by Mike Breen
The cross-country “Kings of the Mic” tour is technically an old-school Hip Hop exhibition, but the packaging of these particular artists — most of whom have been and remain vital and relevant today — makes it much more than just a 21st century version of an “oldies” revue.And the fact that the three headlining artists’ classic music still sounds so vital today makes it more than just some nostalgia trip. Headliner LL Cool J was one of Rap’s first superstars and, thanks in part to his acting/hosting career (and also his album releases), he remains a superstar to this day. Public Enemy’s smart, socially and sonically progressive sound remains as fresh today as it did when the group released 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back — one of the greatest albums ever made. Like P.E., De La Soul has remained artistically inventive and the trio’s influence is often underestimated. Rounded out by a pair of even earlier influential performers — Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick — the Kings of the Mic tour’s stop at Riverbend tonight is not just a history lesson, but the best party to start off your summer right. Tonight's concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets range from $18.50-$84.50. • Bluesy, soulful British rockers Leogun return to Cincinnati tonight. The trio — which was scheduled to appear at Cincinnati's MidPoint Music Festival last year but had to cancel due to work visa issues — was influenced by the pure Rock sounds of artists like Jack White and Queens of the Stone Age. But it was an Eagles of Death Metal concert that kickstarted Leogun's career into overdrive. Singer/guitarist Tommy Smith talked his way backstage at the band's London show in 2009, where he met a guy who introduced him to Elton John's Rocket Music Management. The threesome quickly inked a deal with Rocket and then with Yamaha's record label. The band is digging in hard in the States and touring on a consistent basis behind its just-released debut album. Catch Leogun tonight for free at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine at 10 p.m. Here is the band's first single, "Let's Be Friends." • Tonight on Fountain Square is your chance to be a part of a Guinness World Record, as the weekly "Salsa on the Square" event invites dancers far and wide to come out and help set the bar for "Most Salsa Dancers" higher. The event starts at 7 p.m. (instructors are always on hand so don't worry about your lack of Salsa skills) and live music is provided by Grupo Tumbao. Click here for more details. Here are even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati for tonight.
June 29 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Injecting the energy of a real drummer into live EDM
performances is nothing new. But if you catch the duo Drummer Versus
Emulator headlining this week’s “Beats” concert, you will witness a genuinely unique show.
by Kenneth McNulty
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2,000 dancers needed Thursday to break Guinness World Record
Thursday may just be a historic night for the city
of Cincinnati as Salsa on the Square attendees attempt to break the
Guinness World Record for Most Salsa Dancers. In order for the record to be
broken, at least 2,000 people are needed on Fountain Square to dance the night away. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join in.
The weekly Salsa
on the Square event (7-10 p.m. Thursdays, Fountain Square) is free and registration for world record certification begins at 6 p.m. Upon signing in, folks will be eligible for
a chance to win prizes and free Gain samples and will receive a fresh T-shirt to wear during the dance-off.
Dancers and spectators will enjoy live music from Grupo Tumbao starting a 7 p.m. If
participants leave a bit to desire when it comes to salsa dancing, experts in
the field will be at the event to teach them how it’s done. The official world
record dance will occur at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the night’s festivities,
Gain and the St. Vincent De Paul will hold a clothing drive to generate clean
clothes for those in need in the Greater Cincinnati area. All donors will
be put into a drawing for a $500 prize pack full of Gain products and gift
certificates to select restaurants. There will be a full service bar with drink
specials during the event as well.
contributing to a good cause and breaking a world record sounds like a good
night, then dust off those old dancing shoes and grab some clothes to donate. Go here for more information.
Plus, Freekbass to teach London
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The free, every-Friday MidPoint Indie
Summer (MPIS) series concerts at Downtown’s Fountain Square goes all-Punk this week. Plus, musician Joe Hedges teams up with artist Jiemei Lin for a performance at the Contemporary Arts Center and local bassist Freekbass is the first "master class" teacher announced for next year's
London Bass Guitar Show in the U.K.
by Mike Breen
Free MidPoint Indie Summer series presents all-Punk lineup
The free, every-Friday MidPoint Indie Summer (MPIS) series concerts at Downtown’s Fountain Square have featured some eclectic music over the past few years, everything from Bounce and Electro to Roots Rock, World music and Pop. But this Friday, the series goes where it has yet to go, presenting the very first all-Punk MPIS concert. Though Punk is known for its quick bursts of songs, it’s a mere coincidence that this Friday’s free show features four acts (as opposed to the usual three per show). The quartet of bands playing offers a nice cross-section of Greater Cincinnati’s Punk scene. The Pop/Punk crew BoyMeetsWorld opens the concert at 8 p.m. After coming out of the gates fast (in just its first year as a band, the group won first place at the popular “battle of the bands” competition presented by Forest Park’s The Underground), the hooks-heavy BMW released its debut EP, Do What’s Best for You, this past April. (The band is performing acoustically at the Microsoft store at Kenwood Mall this Saturday at 4 p.m.)At 8:45 p.m. The Lockland Brakes take over the MPIS stage. The punchy, melodic band just played its first show and released a three-song EP last month. But they’re far from “green,” with a lineup that includes past/present members of Situation Red, Newport Secret Six and DAAP Girls.Unwelcome in my Head by The Lockland BrakesThe excellent, raucous trio The Dopamines, which spent a chunk of its spring touring Europe, perform at 9:15 p.m. The hard-touring band has put out several excellent releases, including last year’s stellar Vices, which caused JadedPunk.com to declare, “For a bunch of goddamned drunks, The Dopamines sure can write some catchy hooks.” Headlining the night at 10 p.m. is Loudmouth, a high-energy local five-piece that mixes power and melody in the vein of Screeching Weasel, NOFX and No Use for a Name. Loudmouth digitally released its latest effort, the eight-track Future Boredom EP, in late March. For more on the MidPoint Indie Summer concerts — and all of the PNC Summer Music Series concerts — visit myfountainsquare.com.
June 7 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 4, 2013
It is both easy and hard to define the music of We Were
Promised Jetpacks. At times Big Beat Rock and other times resembling
energetic Euro Alternative Pop, the one thing the Jetpacks are not is
by Mike Breen
Trio of great Greater Cincinnati Indie bands perform for series opener on Fountain Square
The first day of summer isn't for three more weeks, but MidPoint Indie Summer begins this evening.The free, every-Friday concert event — sponsored by CityBeat's MidPoint Music Festival (which recently announced another stack of performers for this September's fest) — is part of Fountain Square's PNC Summer Music Series, which kicked off earlier this week. Shows start every Friday at 8 p.m., preceded by the 4EG Happy Hour (5-8 p.m.), which includes a special guest DJ each week (today it's DJ Ice Cold Tony) and lots of drink specials. MidPoint Indie Summer shows feature primarily local acts, but also a few national touring performers. Click here for the full lineup so far.Tonight's MPIS headliners are using the event to launch into a new phase of their career. It's officially the last show by 7-year-old, nationally-acclaimed Indie Pop band Pomegranates … but also the first show for the band under its new name, Healing Power. Pomegranates/Healing Power will be playing song from all five Pomegranates albums, "some we haven't done in years," the band writes on its Facebook page. Healing Power already has some solid bookings this summer, including dates with Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot and former Miracle Legion frontman March Mulcahy. R.I.P. Pomegranates, and welcome to the world, Healing Power. Here's an oldie but goodie, from 2009's Lujo Records release, Everybody Come Outside! (The band has confirmed this one's in tonight's set!) Pomegrantes/Healing Power performs at 10 p.m.At 9 p.m., great Covington quartet The Yugos perform, celebrating the release of their brand-new Life is Awesome and Then You Live Forever LP, a stellar exhibition of the band's twinkly/trippy, melodic Dream Pop. The album was posted today on The Yugos' Bandcamp page. Check out the fantastic first single from the album, "Dream Away" (a free download), below and grab your album download here to get even more pumped for the show tonight. Dream Away [Single] by The YugosKicking off the show in style at 8 p.m. is Cincy Indie Rock threesome The Never Setting Suns. The band has independently released a pair of strong albums so far, including last year's Time & Eternity. Download that album's "Meet Me There" for free here.
Plus, Fountain Square and Washington Park kick off free summer music series
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
CityBeat proudly announces the second round of performers coming to Cincinnati at the end of September for the MidPoint Music Festival and Washington Park and Fountain Square kick-off their summer music series.
by Mike Breen
Outdoor Downtown/OTR hotspots present themed music nights several days a week
We told you a few weeks back about the lineup for the MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square, featuring numerous (primarily local) Indie and Rock acts every Friday this summer from 7-11 p.m. Click here for the full rundown. But there are many other popular themed nights returning this summer to both Fountain Square and Washington Park, which re-opened after a major makeover in time to introduce live music nights last summer for the first time. (Both spots are managed by the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC). Fountain Square's PNC Summer Music Series will have live music five days a week, while Washington Park will host three themed music nights this summer. All events are free and a great way to enjoy our city's central districts. The concerts begin at the end of May/start of June and run through the end of August/start of September. Be sure to check the official websites of both venues for any updates, additions or cancellations. Fountain Square • Every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m., the Square presents "American Roots" night. This year, the lineup is the strongest its been, showcasing the best of Greater Cincinnati's rich Roots/Americana scene (as well as a few regional faves). May 27 8 p.m.: Magnolia Mountain 7 p.m. Terminal Union June 4 8 p.m.: Kentucky Struts 7 p.m.: The Turkeys June 11 8 p.m.: The Tillers 7 p.m.: Tom Evanchuck June 18 8 p.m.: Dallas Moore Band 7 p.m.: Jamison Road June 25 8 p.m.: Kentucky Timbre 7 p.m.: Tex Schramm July 2 8 p.m.: Shiny and the Spoon 7 p.m.: Ten String Symphony July 9 8 p.m.: Glossary 7 p.m.: Frontier Folk Nebraska July 16 8 p.m.: Pure Grain 7 p.m.: Straw Boss July 23 8 p.m.: Jeremy Pinnell & the 55s 7 p.m.: Arlo McKinley July 30 8 p.m.: Great Peacock 7 p.m.: The Seedy Seeds August 6 8 p.m.: Bulletville 7 p.m.: Ricky Nye & Chris Douglas August 13 8 p.m.: Mason James 7 p.m.: Honey and Houston August 20 8 p.m.: Bobby Mackey 7 p.m.: Blair Carman August 27 8 p.m.: Robert Ellis 7 p.m.: Fifth on the Floor • Reggae Wednesdays return to the Square this summer, with wider-net bookings that include numerous regional and touring Reggae acts. Music runs every night from 6-10 p.m. and acts are teamed up with a DJ or DJ squad for each event. May 29 The Ohms Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D June 5 The Zionites Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System June 12 Cliftones Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D June 19 Seefari Summer Splash Happy Hour with I Vibez June 26 The Drastics Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D July 3 Jah Messengers Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System July 10 Dougie Simpson and Faith Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D July 17 Billbuckers Summer Splash Happy Hour with I Vibez July 24 Ark Band Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D July 31 Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System August 7 Ras Dodirie Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D August 14 Ras Gato Summer Splash Happy Hour with I Vibez August 21 Nature Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D August 28 One World Tribe Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System • Salsa dancers and music lovers will be happy to know that Salsa on the Square is returning this summer on Thursdays, running 7-10 p.m. As always, dance instructors will be on hand to give you pointers (if you need 'em). Music is provided primarily by some of Greater Cincinnati's finest Salsa/Latin music groups. May 30: Son Del Caribe June 6: Kandela June 13: Zumba June 20: Tropicoso June 27: Grupo Tumbao July 4: Clave’ Son July 11: Kandela July 18: Tropiscoso uly 25: Grupo Tumbao August 1: Zumba August 8: Azucar Tumbao August 15: Clave’ Son August 22: Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel August 29: Son Del Caribe • Before MidPoint Indie Summer on Fridays, local club/bar conglomerate 4EG (which operates several nightclubs in the area) will present 4EG Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Local DJs will spin every Friday (except for Aug. 2, when local cover band Snidely Whiplash performs). May 31: DJ Ice Cold Tony June 7: DJ Jake the Ripper June 14: DJ E-trayn June 21: DJ Identity June 28: DJ Jesse the Ripper July 5: DJ D-Lo July 12: Fuseamania July 19: DJ Tina T July 26: DJ Will Kill August 2: Snidely Whiplash August 9: DJ Scene August 16: DJ Simo August 23: DJ Spryte August 30: TBA • One of the most popular nights on the Square during the summer is Saturdays' "Beats" night, booked by local promoter Self Diploma. The concerts run 7-10 p.m. and again feature an impressive mix of local and touring Hip Hop, Electronic and DJ acts. Among the national act highlights this year are Mod Sun, Hoodie Allen, Watch the Duck and DJ Jazzy Jeff. June 1 10 p.m.: Chuck Inglish 9 p.m.: Puck 8 p.m.: Olu 7 p.m.: The Natives June 8 10 p.m.: DJ D-LO 9 p.m.: Cal Scruby 8 p.m.: SD Choice 7 p.m.: DJ Vizion June 15 10 p.m.: Hoodie Allen 9 p.m.:D-Why 8 p.m.: Sam Lachow 7 p.m.: Ian J June 22 10 p.m.: Mod Sun 9 p.m.: Trademark Aaron 8 p.m.: Junya Be 7 p.m.: Jean P June 29 10 p.m.: Drummer vs Emulator 9 p.m.: Firecat 451 8 p.m.: Black Signal 7 p.m.: Catch Phrase July 6 10 p.m.: Mutrix 9 p.m.: Milk N Cookies 8 p.m.: DJ X Nightmare 7 p.m.: No Limits July 13 10 p.m.: T Mills 9 p.m.: Huey Mack 8 p.m.: Santino Corleon 7:30 p.m.: Round 2 Crew 7 p.m.: Nick Youngerman July 20 10 p.m.: Collin Mcloughin 9 p.m.: Napalm 8 p.m.: X5ight 7 p.m.: DJ Sab July 27 10 p.m.: Watch the Duck 9 p.m.: Gold Shoes 8 p.m.: Vincent Vega 7:30 p.m.: DJ Rhetorik 7 p.m.: Emari J August 3 10 p.m.: Somo 9 p.m.: Arin Ray 8 p.m.: Eben Frankewitz 7 p.m.: Alabama Capital August 10 9:30 p.m.: Stafford Brothers 8:30 p.m.: Davey C 7:45 p.m.: J Hollow 7 p.m.: 4 Grand August 17 9:30 p.m.: Candyland 8:30 p.m.: DJ Prism 7:45 p.m.: B-Funk of Dave Rave 7 p.m.: Neon Medusa August 24 9-11 p.m.: DJ Jazzy Jeff 8 p.m.: Joseph Nevels 7 p.m.: Erica P Washington Park After a successful inaugural summer of events last year, Washington Park brings back three music nights, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, plus several other entertainment offerings, including "Dancing Under the Stars," an every-Tuesday dance night, with lessons that focus on different types of dancing each week. (Click below for the concert lineups.)
by Mike Breen
Free Friday concerts return to Fountain Square starting May 31
The lineups for 2013's PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain Square — featuring live music from different genres for free throughout the summer — have been coming out gradually. We're happy to announce the lineup so far for the Friday night "Indie Summer" shows (presented by CityBeat and the MidPoint Music Festival). Look for the rest of the finalized lineups — for American Roots Tuesdays, Reggae Wednesdays, Salsa Thursdays, Saturday's popular Beats night (with Hip Hop, Dance and Electronica) and the acoustic-music-meets-wine-tastings "Sunday in the Grove" — later this week. Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine is also again presenting regular music programming this year, with Jazz on Wednesday, Bluegrass and Roots music on Thursday and R&B/Soul/Hip Hop on Fridays, plus a new Tuesday night feature, Dance Under the Stars, featuring dance lessons in a variety of styles. The bad news? The Indie Summer shows kick-off on May 31 with the final show by fantastic Cincinnati Indie Pop band Pomegranates. The good news? It will also be the first show by Healing Power, Pomegranates' new name. The opener will also serve as a "release party" for great local Indie crew The Yugos. Christian altrockers Seabird will also use their Indie Summer show to celebrate the release of a new album, the band's first independent release after a couple of albums on Credential Recordings/Universal Music Group. Northern Kentucky rockers Dept. Store Alligators will also put out their new release in conjunction with their Aug. 16 appearance with Belle Histoire. Local restaurant/club chain 4EG will host "Happy Hour" parties on Fridays as well, featuring various local DJs and drink specials from 5-8 p.m. Indie Summer concerts are open to fans of all ages and run from 8-11 p.m. all summer on the Square. Click here for details.May 31: Pomegranates/Healing Power; The Yugos; The Never Setting SunsJune 7: We Were Promised Jetpacks; Tweens; PublicJune 14: Seabird; Mike Mains & The Branches; TBAJune 21: Loudmouth; The Dopamines; The Lockland Brakes; BoyMeetsWorldJune 28: Psychodots; Cari Clara; The Ready StanceJuly 5: Margot & the Nuclear So & So's and Matt Pond with Matrimony July 12: Plumb; more TBAJuly 19: Wussy; Queen City Radio; TBAJuly 26: Brian Olive and Man Halen with The Tongue & LipsAug. 2: The Seedy Seeds with The Guitars and the student band from Mason's School of RockAug. 9: Archers Paradox; (headliner to be announced on June 2)Aug. 16: Belle Histoire; Dept. Store Alligators; TBAAug. 23: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors; Green Light Morning; TBAAug. 30: Why? with Vito Emmanuel and TBA