For the 14th consecutive year, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards are waiting in the wings to remind you of the best in local theater. The nominations are out, with public voting open now. Check out all the nominees and theater companies, plus the eight new categories.
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs) were established by CityBeat in 1996, using theater critics from all the local media to determine nominees. The Acclaim Awards were created in 2006 and are largely supported by The Cincinnati Enquirer. Our theater scene is excellent for a city this size, but it’s worth asking if competing awards enhance what we have or duplicate recognition.
As we approach the beginning of a new decade, I decided to try to think of 100 reasons why I've enjoyed covering Cincinnati music over the past 3,650 days. At first I was worried I might not be able to come up with enough. A couple of hours into an "off the top of my head" list, I considered changing it to 1,000 reasons. After some hard editing choices, I've managed to squeeze the decade down into 50 items.
Wade Baker recently nabbed his first CEA nomination in the Jazz category, but he's a pervasive presence throughout Cincinnati's music scene. In addition to playing trumpet with a rotating cast of Jazz luminaries in the Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, he's toured with Hip Hop/Jazz/Jam locals Eclipse, provided bass for Blues cat Jon Justice for the past three years and has a regular gig with the veteran Blue Birds Big Band. And that's just a partial list.
Locals Seabird spent 2008 riding high on their debut for EMI/Credential, 'Til We See the Shore,' promoting it on the road and in network TV shows and even scoring the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for "Artists of the Year." They close out another good year with a release party for their new album, 'Rocks Into Rivers.'
People sure do love The Seedy Seeds. The endearing Folktronica trio cleaned up at this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, claiming three trophies: Album of the Year, Best Live Act and Best Alternative/Indie. The relatively young group now has six CEAs to its name. They're performing at the Southgate House with tourmates The Young Republic and D.C.'s Vandaveer.
After a year of existence, Loudmouth experienced the gamut of local band emotions in a fairly compressed time frame. For starters, Loudmouth would never have existed if former Now Entering Rehab guitarist/vocalist Mike Ulanski had opted for a Florida teaching job.
This Sunday, local musicians and the fans who love them will be getting gussied up for the 13th Cincinnati Entertainment Awards honoring local musicians. The CEAs will be presented at a 7 p.m. ceremony at Covington's Madison Theater, a first for the event, and feature live performances from six nominated acts.
Get all the details about Sunday night's CEA show, performers, tickets and special surprises as well as the scoop on the wonderful people who helped to make the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards possible.
The 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music will be handed out Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Madison Theater in Covington. Live performances include The Lions Rampant, Magnolia Mountain, You You're Awesome, II Juicy, Small Time Crooks and Brian Olive. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.