by Mike Breen
Latest "Salsa on the Square" compilation CD to be given away free
Fountain Square's popular Thursday evening "Salsa on the Square" concerts/dances — featuring top Salsa/Latin Jazz groups from across the area (and sometimes beyond), numerous dancers and even free Salsa lessons (right at the scheduled 7 p.m. start time) — are coming to an end for the summer, with two more dates left. Like all concerts on the Square, the event is free and tonight and next Thursday you can also score a free Salsa compilation EP. "Volume 4" of the Salsa on the Square CD compilation series features five tracks by performers from this year's concerts on the Square, including locals Cla've Son, Azucar Tumbao, Son del Caribe and veteran local favorites Tropicoso, plus a cut from tonight's Salsa on the Square headliners, Bay Area ensemble Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. Only 500 Salsa on the Square comps are available; half will be given out tonight and the rest next Thursday, when Tropicoso closes out the series.Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel will be making the most of their Cincinnati visit (though based in San Francisco since 1999, drummer/group leader Andres grew up in Cincinnati, where he first found his drumming groove). The group also performs downtown at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Read more about Andres and Co. from this preview from when they were in town last year. Here's a clip of Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel performing "Estampa Cubana" in 2009.
Aug. 24 • Fountain Square
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The very niftiest things about School of Seven Bells have nothing to do with its music and everything to do with its name.
by Mike Breen
Sleeper pick for the best Fountain Square show of the summer
Tonight's free, all-ages MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square is certainly one of the most eclectic ever … and may turn out to be one of the best ever. Exhibit A: Openers Sidewalk Chalk at 7 p.m.Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk have opened for De La Soul and ?uestlove, and Lupe Fiasco majorly shouted-them-out on his Twitter and Facebook pages. The band is described as "a hip-hop, soul, jazz octet that consists of a singer, emcee, drummer, bass, trombone, trumpet, keys player, and a tap dancer."Here's the music video for Sidewalk Chalk's "Water Song" from the group's album Corner Store. Exhibit B: Middle-slot performers Kansas Bible Company at 8:15 p.m. From nearby Goshen, Ind. (currently working out of Nashville), KBC has wowed Cincy crowds a few times in the past year or so. The dynamic Soul/Jazz/Rock band trumps Sidewalk Chalk's mere eight-person membership, featuring "a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists and one bass."Dig this video for the great KBC tune "How to Build A Planet" from their album Ad Astra Per Aspera (rough translation: A rough road leads to the stars).Exhibit C: Headliners A Place to Bury Strangers at 9:30 p.m. Another frequent visitor to Cincy, the NYC-based APTBS are like a more abrasive, modern update of Jesus & Mary Chain's Psychocandy album. Guitar nuts can also bathe in some cool guitar sounds courtesy of the band's own line of effect pedals. (Read Reyan Ali's interview with the band for CityBeat from this past March here.)Here is a video from A Place to Bury Strangers' recently released Worship album, "You Are The One." (Mildly NSFW clip.)
by Jac Kern
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If the city smells
especially savory, you must be catching the aroma of Cincy's unofficial favorite
food as Glier’s Goettafest
takes over Newport on the Levee. Tonight through Sunday, folks can grub on goetta nachos, corn dogs,
reubens, sushi, chili and more (plus plenty of swine-free options). Expect
festival staples like rides, games, children’s vendors, live music and — of
course — a goetta coney contest. This is Cincinnati, after all. Tonight’s
festivities run 5-11 p.m. with live music starting at 6. Admission is free and
food runs $1-$6 per item.
All who work in a
digital field or just enjoy talking shop with techies are invited to AIGA
Cincinnati’s Web/Tech Drinkup tonight at Nicholson’s. Every first Thursday, all
who enjoy web design, development, technology, digital marketing and social media are welcome to grab
drinks and network with industry professionals. Enjoy appetizers and first
drinks on the house (thanks to AIGA, Creatives on Call, and ChoreMonster)
beginning at 5 p.m.
Tonight, Northside non-profit
hosts a trivia night to raise money for the organization’s performing arts
classes for children and young adults. Swing by Northside Tavern between 6-9
p.m. for trivia throwdowns, drinks, raffles and
more fun stuff. Ten bucks gets you a spot on a four-person trivia team, a door
prize ticket and free food.
day one of the World’s Longest Yard Sale, which stretches 690 miles from just north of Addison, Mich. to Gadsden, Ala. Rummage
and haggle your way along US 127 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday.
is the go-to spot for locals to find vintage goods, antique furniture and
killer deals at this gigantic, 25th annual sale.
forget about free weekly events downtown like Salsa on the Square and Jazz in the
Park. It's also a really good TV night, jussayin'.
by Jac Kern
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Whenever I hear about laser
night at planetariums, I immediately think of Freaks and Geeks. Lindsay and the crew would go to Laser Dome and hang out/make out
under squiggly beams set to Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. You can pretend it’s 1980, too, as Drake Planetarium presents
Laser Beatles, 8-9 p.m. Making out optional.
and New York
Times-bestselling author Alex Kava
will discuss and sign her latest book, Fireproof,
tonight at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Rookwood Commons). Like her past mysteries,
Kava’s latest follows FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell, this time as she
investigates and tracks down a dangerous arsonist. The event begins at 7 p.m.
The Clermont County Fair
continues tonight with a petting zoo, carnival rides, deep-fried comfort food
and live music. Tonight’s lineup features a pie auction and demolition derby.
(“fashionable friends of fine art, fine
reading and the Mercantile Library) present a screening of the 2005 adaptation
of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
tonight at the Merc. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. showing and admission is
$5 (free for members).
Salsa on the Square
takes over downtown from 7-10 p.m. tonight. Come for the live tunes from Son
del Caribe, stay for the free dance lessons — expert Salsa dancers are always
on hand to give tips and show you the basics.
Over in Washington Park, it’s
Jazz night. Enjoy
a free concert by The Chris Comber Quintet, 7-9 p.m.Update: Live After Five at The Banks has been postponed due to heat and possible storms. The event will be rescheduled in August.
by Jac Kern
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Those lucky enough
to snag a ticket to Cincinnati Opera’s sold-out run of Maria de Beunos Aires get to see a rare performance, which opens
tonight. Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova team up for the first time to
present the story of an a woman in Argentina who becomes the embodiment of Tango. If you
didn’t get tickets in time, check out our preview to learn the backstory of this CO production.
continues on Fountain Square from 7-10 p.m. The Ark Band, a Columbus-based St.
Lucian reggae group, performs tonight.
Looking for a fun
spot to grab dinner or drinks tonight? Mosey on down to Django Western Tacos,
Northside’s newest watering hole. Taco options range from chicken to beef
tongue to squash and peppers and can be ordered premade or DIY assembly. Django
also offers larger traditional Southwest dishes and tasty cocktails. Peep our profile
for more tasty morsels. Django Western Tacos is open until midnight tonight.
Bluegrass is just one of the new weekly free music nights at Washington Park.
Each Wednesday, a new band takes the stage — check out The Comet Bluegrass
Allstars tonight, 7-9 p.m.
Over on the Civic
Lawn of Washington Park, Cincinnati Sports Kickball League takes over. Last
week’s game rained out, so this is your first chance to check out the ballers
in action. Games are each Wednesday from 6 p.m. ‘til dusk.
If you want to do
your after-work drinking outdoors with a local cover band and thousands of others at Yeatman’s Cove,
tonight it your last chance to do so! Party in the Park
wraps up tonight with Naked Karate Girls from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy half-priced
drinks until 6:30 p.m.
entertainer, dubbed “the man who owned Broadway,” George M. Cohan is the focus
of Cincinnati Landmark Production’s latest show. George M!, onstage at Showboat Majestic, features good choreography and showtune classics like “Yankee
Doodle Dandy.” Tickets to tonight’s 8 p.m. performance are $17-$18. Read our
full review here.
by Mike Breen
Athens, Ohio Indie Folk troupe unveils "commerical" for free Friday Fountain Square show
Tomorrow evening on Fountain Square will be dry! I promise, or I'll personally refund your ticket money. This week's installment of the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on the Square features another solid bill. Joining in on the fun Friday is rootsy Indie Rock crew and Bloodshot recording artists Ha Ha Tonka, the eclectic Izzy and the Catastrophics (read more here) and our pals from great Athens, Ohio-born Indie Chamber Folk group, The Ridges. The Ridges (MPMF vets) usually add a great personal touch to their area gigs by making cool little commercials for the event (which we've featured several times in the past). Tomorrow's show is no different. Check their latest "ad" and then click here to listen to more tunes from The Ridges. Friday's MidPoint Indie Summer show starts at 7 p.m. Here's a taste of Ha Ha Tonka, via the music video for the group's "Lonely Fortunes" from last year's Death of a Decade.And here's a wild video from Izzy and Co. for the song "Mi Bailarina."
July 21 • Fountain Square
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In the swelling tide of Dance producers with great ears, a
metric ton of talent and the laser-focused potential to take Electronic
Dance music to an exponentially higher level, few stars shine as bright
as Pierce Fulton. Recently spotlighted by genre bible Mixmag
in their “Keep An Eye On” column, Fulton is one of the most gifted
boardsmen among the Dance scene’s Nu Skool producers, an amazing
accomplishment for the 19-year-old Vermont native.
July 20 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Monday, July 16, 2012
If you’re looking to dust off your dancing Keds or run a
diagnostic test on your pacemaker or combine your aerobic activities
with your club regimen, Izzy and the Catastrophics, the pride of
Brooklyn, N.Y., should be your soundtrack of choice.
by Mike Breen
Like every Friday, a great place to start your evening is Fountain Square, as the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series continues with headliner Lydia Loveless. Loveless is an Ohio native who performed fairly regularly in the Cincinnati area (and elsewhere around the region) before she caught the attention of AltCountry/Modern Roots music institution Bloodshot Records with her natural blend of classic Country influences and more contemporary Rock flavors. Her debut for the label, Indestructible Machine was released last year and Loveless was one of the more buzzed-about names at last year's MidPoint Music Festival (even making the cover of CityBeat the week of the event. Loveless is currently working on new material. Read more about Lydia from this week's CityBeat here, as well as from last year's MidPoint issue here.Northern Ohio Roots/Blues artist Patrick Sweany and Cincinnati rockers The Ready Stance (check out our recent interview here) warm things up for Loveless starting at 7 p.m.• Christopher Dexter Greenspan — better known as Bay Area Electronic artist oOoOO — brings his spectral beats and melodies to Northside's Mayday tonight for a 9 p.m. show with guests Fogger and Skeleton Hands. Admission is $12.Greenspan's hypnotic, slanted mix of Chillwave and ethereal Trip Hop — at times sounding a little like Icelandic electronic act múm or a ghostly, gauzy version of M83 — was most recently showcased on oOoOO's second EP, Our Loving Is Hurting Us, which includes spacey vocals from singer Butterclock (as well as Greenspan's own voice, which delivers melodies slathered in a glaze of effects). Here's the new EP track "Break Yr Heart."• Former local musician GD Mills once again brings his raucous Minneapolis Garage Punk group Fuck Knights back to his former stomping grounds, performing a free show tonight at MOTR Pub with Muddy Udders, Children of the Emerald Fire and Martin Luther and the Kings. Showtime is 10 p.m.How are Fuck Nights like Batman? Click here to find out. Here's a clip of the Knights playing live last year (that's Mills singing and playing drums).Click here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.