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Local H

May 11 • Ballroom at Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, May 7, 2012
Long before Jack and Meg White made it fashionable, Scott Lucas and Joe Daniels made serious waves as Indie Rock duo Local H. Anything’s possible at a Local H show; tickets for their 2007 morning gig at Cellular Field were available only by finding Lucas on the street and addressing him, “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation, we have assumed control.” The countdown is on.  

Trampled by Turtles

April 28 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, April 20, 2012
 Bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles was originally formed as a side project so the original four members could take a break from their Rock bands, but the exercise was comfortable and rewarding enough to warrant giving up Rock and moving full-time to Bluegrass.   

Tedeschi Trucks Band

April 26 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, April 20, 2012
  Like the star-crossed events that improbably introduced peanut butter to chocolate, the universe conspired to match Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks at a beautiful personal and professional crossroad.  
by Deirdre Kaye 04.02.2012
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Review: Alison Krauss at Taft Theatre

Some musicians get jaded and cynical when they become mostly known for only a handful of songs that aren’t even necessarily the best examples of their work. When this happens, bands sometimes fall entirely on their most popular songs and use them as a crutch. Or they shy away from playing them at all.  Alison Krauss and Union Station may have earned their biggest media coverage and added the most fans when they were featured on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack, but they’ve released far more music than just that handful of songs. After being in the music business for over 20 years, the gang know how best to handle appealing to their most faithful fans as well as their soundtrack buddies. At the Taft Theatre March 31, the ensemble played the best songs from its newest album, Paper Airplane, and quite a few older favorites. Because so many members of Union Station have careers outside the band, the night also featured a few solo performances. Alison sang “Let Me Touch You for Awhile” and Dan Tyminski played the “singing voice of George Clooney” when he revived “Man of Constant Sorrow.”  Dobro legend Jerry Douglas even played a little bit of Paul Simon – a sneak peek at his forthcoming album, perhaps?The group also had to appease concert goers who may only know Alison and the boys from the O Brother songs or her duet with Brad Paisley. They did this with an encore full of those well-known hits. Included in that mix were two verses of “Down to the River to Pray” and the last verse of “Whiskey Lullaby” (with just Krauss backed up by her bassist). All of those songs, by the way, were played with instruments unplugged as the members leaned in around one vintage microphone.The night was enjoyable for fans on any part of the dedication spectrum. The band members teased each other and had fun together on the stage and their smiles were, as cliché as it sounds, contagious. The music Saturday night couldn’t have sounded any better if you were listening to the group's albums through a sweet-assed Bose system. They performed flawlessly.
 
 

Alison Krauss & Union Station

March 30 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, March 26, 2012
 Bluegrass’s sweetheart Alison Krauss and her band of pickin’, strumming and bowing minstrels, Union Station, return this week to the Taft Theater. Krauss has been on the music scene for more than 25 years. She drew a flurry of attention when she was featured on the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and again when she released an album of duets with Robert Plant. Krauss is more than just a pretty face and enchanting voice. She’s also a champion fiddle player.  

J. Roddy Walston

March 24 • The Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, March 16, 2012
No one has ever wondered what would happen if a mad scientist isolated the musical DNA of Camper Van Beethoven, New York Dolls and Georgia Satellites and recombined them in a beaker with a shot of Gospel and a splash of Soul. If that thought should cross some inquiring mind, rest assured they need only slip a copy of the eponymous 2010 sophomore release by J. Roddy Walston and the Business into the changer, thereby saving science a lot of time, effort and unnecessary expenditure.   
by Mike Breen 02.14.2012
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Taft 'Ballroom' to Host Bad Veins Release Gig

Just announced venue The Ballroom at the Taft gives Taft Theatre versatility to bring more concerts to Cincy

I may be imagining it (the eternal optimist that I am), but it seems like ever since the Southgate House locked its doors at the end of 2011, many in the local booking world stepped up their game instantly. Though it's only been just over a month, it certainly doesn't feel as if the Greater Cincinnati concert market has been gutted by the loss of that one great club. And with several spots slated to open later this year (new venues from the brains behind the Southgate and Mad Hatter, plus whatever happens to the actual Southgate House building), it only looks to be getting better. More good news on that front came out at the start of this week. On Feb. 10, an unexpected, big-time venue entered the mix — or rather, increased its presence in it. Downtown’s gorgeous Taft Theatre already this year announced some concerts by more “mid-level” groups like Trampled By Turtles and JJ Grey & Mofro, cult faves and Southgate alumni. Now, the Taft and promoter Music & Events Management Inc. are opening a new venue-within-a-venue that will allow the Taft to book artists who have outgrown small clubs but aren't quite ready for the big room. The Ballroom at the Taft — located in the theater’s lower level — was designed to be, according to the press release, “a showcase style club venue that will play host to a variety of live entertainment events spanning all types of styles and genres.”

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Ryan Adams

Jan. 28 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, January 20, 2012
Ryan Adams is only 37 and he’s already more accomplished than most people are at retirement. During his 12-year career he has released eight official solo albums and five albums with his former backing band, The Cardinals.   

Craig Ferguson's Wee Small Hour

Comedian continues to carve out a cozy niche in late night talk

0 Comments · Monday, April 19, 2010
"It's a great day in America," bellows Craig Ferguson every weeknight five minutes after David Letterman's show fades out. The talk-show host, hyper-Scotsman, stand-up comedian and naturalized American citizen has been credited by many media commentators as being more innovative and substantial than his late-night counterparts, and the ratings have been catching up.   

Hitting the Right Marx

Comedian Lewis Black knocks politics to the mat with a (far) left hook

0 Comments · Monday, November 30, 2009
Lewis Black recently turned 61 and, like many of his generation, was influenced by the social comedy of George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor. It was worth asking if Black felt that stand-up comedy was still evolving or if, like Rock & Roll, it had played itself out and was searching for an identity.   

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