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Midpoint Indie Summer 2014 Lineup Announced

MidPoint Music Festival is pleased to once again sponsor MidPoint Indie Summer. This free concert series on Fountain Square, in collaboration with 3CDC, presents regional, national, and international acts for a night of live music each Friday from May 30 to August 29.

As part of the larger PNC Summer Music Series, fans looking for summer fun are promised 14 weeks of perfect excuses to hit the town and enjoy a cool lineup of bands each Friday. You can make an evening of it by taking advantage of food and drink vendors right on the Square, or by visiting the many nearby Downtown restaurants.

This year’s Indie Summer offers up a special mix of great live music experiences in a wide range of styles. Fans interested in the larger, 3-day MidPoint Music Festival will also want to attend these shows to catch the latest information, insider tips, and chances to purchase tickets to the September 25–27 event. Read more

Ziggy Marley Coming To The Taft Theatre on 6/28 In Support Of New Album “Fly Rasta”


Ziggy Marley
Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
7pm doors, 8pm show, Buy Tickets

“FLY RASTA, the fifth studio album from six-time Grammy winner and Reggae icon Ziggy Marley was released today to all physical and online retail outlets via Tuff Gong Worldwide.  Produced by Marley with additional production by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Silversun Pickups), “Fly Rasta” features ten new tracks including the album’s infectious opening number “I Don’t Wanna Live On Mars,” and the uplifting lead single “Fly Rasta” which includes The Melody Makers’ Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley and Rica Newell.

Marley recently held a very special event at Sonos Studio in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, April 3rd that included a very intimate live performance and on stage Q&A to talk about the new release. To view footage from the event, please click HERE.  Ziggy is scheduled for a number of national television appearances in April and May to support the album including The Late Show with David Letterman on April 29th, The Queen Latifah Show on May 1st, Real Time with Bill Maher on May 2nd and Conan on May 5th. Read more

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Announces Addition Of Joe Henry To Line-Up For American Originals Concert & Live Recording

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra announces another exciting addition to the line-up for its American Originals concert and live recording January 23-25, 2015. Singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Henry will lend his talent to the program which honors the legacy of Stephen Foster.

Mr. Henry joins an all-star cast of performers, which also includes Rosanne Cash, Over The Rhine, Dom Flemons, Aoife O’Donovan, and the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. He has written songs for Rosanne Cash, and produced albums for both Over The Rhine and Carolina Chocolate Drops, of which Dom Flemons is a founding member. Other collaborators include Madonna, Hugh Laurie, Blind Boys of Alabama, Spinal Tap, Allen Toussaint, Rodney Crowell, Solomon Burke and many more. In addition to his production collaborations, he has released thirteen of his own studio albums. An artist who draws from a broad swath of American musical influences ranging from blues, jazz and country, Mr. Henry has also scored music and written songs for various films and television shows. Read more

3 Doors Down – US Summer Acoustic Tour Announced – Coming To The Taft Theatre On 8/7


3 Doors Down Acoustic
Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
7pm doors, 8pm show
Tickets on sale: Monday, April 21 @ 11:00 A.M.
more info

3 Doors Down has announced Summer plans that feature additional “3 Doors Down Acoustic – Songs From The Basement” dates fueled by public demand alongside select plugged in electric dates at festivals in select markets.  Fans have embraced and celebrated the band’s acoustic touring since they first began staging these performances in January featuring deep cuts and hits from their catalog of songs.  Over the last few months, they have been “in the basement” digging up more gems to perform on these upcoming shows alongside their biggest hits.   Limited VIP tickets featuring on stage seating will be made available offering the rare chance to “sit in the basement with the band” in this intimate, live setting.  Singer Brad Arnold shares, “The acoustic shows are a blast, and we have an amazing connection with our fans during the performances. We are excited to get back out on the road and play these songs for the rest of America!”  Arnold has posted a video coinciding with this announcement: Read more

Brooklyn indie-punk band Swearin’ plays MOTR Pub on Wednesday, May 28



Wednesday, May 28, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 9:30pm

Swearin’ operates and shines like a well-oiled, pragmatic machine. Their complimentary personalities, solid work-ethic, and similar backgrounds in DIY punk, have helped them thrive. Formed in 2011 in Brooklyn, Allison Crutchfield (guitar) and Kyle Gilbride (guitar) had been making demos for nearly a year before inviting Keith Spencer (bass) into the equation. The trio eventually added longtime friend and Philadelphia resident Jeff Bolt on drums, releasing their demo EP What a Dump shortly thereafter.

The demo received instant praise from Brooklyn’s indie punk scene and beyond. It combined the sounds of Gilbride and Crutchfield’s prior bands (Big Soda and P.S. Eliot, respectively) while stretching into new territories of fuzzed guitars and compounded song structures. Read more

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras Present Busy Spring Concert Programs

The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) and Cincinnati Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra (CSYO Concert Orchestra) present their final concerts of the 2013-14 season throughout April and May. Highlights of the spring schedule include the CSYO’s annual Side-by-Side concert on stage at Music Hall with Conductor John Morris Russell and the world-class musicians of the full Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the CSYO Concert Orchestra’s participation in the New Richmond Bicentennial Celebration, and both orchestras’ annual Memorial Day concerts.

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
John Morris Russell, conductor *
William White, conductor**
Jackie Tso, violin
Music Hall
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tickets are $10 and are available by calling: CSO Box Office (513) 381-3300 or visiting Read more

Red Wanting Blue announces upcoming new release “Little America,” arriving July 1st

Red Wanting Blue

Red Wanting Blue

Columbus, Ohio-based band Red Wanting Blue returns this summer on July 1st with Little America, it’s most personal and promising album to date. “Black Canyon,” an album cut from the new record, is available via an exclusive premiere courtesy of American Songwriter now.

In the years since vocalist and songwriter Scott Terry formed Red Wanting Blue, the band has gone on to establish itself as a quintessential example of American perseverance and hard work, building an exceedingly loyal fanbase based on non-stop touring, all without any industry support. Read more

Washington, D.C. rockers U.S. Royalty return to MOTR Pub on Thursday, May 15

U.S. Royalty

U.S. Royalty

Thursday, May 15, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
Free, ages 21-up, 10pm

U.S. Royalty searches for home on their sophomore album Blue Sunshine. Chronicling the search for connection, intimacy, and acceptance, the album recounts times of confusion giving way to moments of clarity. From the tender swell of lead track “Into The Thicket” to the orchestral thrust of album title track “Blue Sunshine,” the album explores the tension between polished composition and raw energy.

After relentlessly touring the U.S. over the last few years and performing at festivals such as SXSW, Art Basel, and the Sweetlife Festival, the Washington, D.C.-based band (John Thornley, Paul Thornley, Jacob Michael, and Luke Adams) wanted to take a season to reflect. With the unexpected passing of John and Paul’s father and the disorientation upon returning to a city forsaken for the road, they felt the need to start fresh. To focus on reflection and new approaches to songwriting, the band isolated themselves with longtime friend and engineer, Justin Long (Mirrors) for six months in a house overlooking a cemetery near Great Falls, MD. Read more

Alice In Chains Performing At Horseshoe Casino May 17

Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains

ALICE IN CHAINS have announced the first leg of their 2014 headlining tour of North America, set to kick off April 25th at the Brady Theatre in Tulsa (itinerary beow). It’ll be a busy year for the band, who are also playing a slew of international festivals, including Soundwave in Australia, the Singapore Rock Festival, Italy’s Rock in Roma, France’s Main Square Festival, the Sonisphere Festival (sharing the stage with Metallica) in Switzerland, Warsaw and London, the Czech Republic’s Aerodrome Festival and Vienna’s Krieau Rocks. Read more

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Welcomes Boyz II Men On April 29


Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor, Boyz II Men, vocalists
Music Hall
7:30 P.M. Tuesday, April 29
Tickets start at $25 in advance
More information and tickets available by calling:(513) 381-3300 or visiting

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Pops) is thrilled to welcome, for the first time ever, the best-selling R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men, for an unforgettable one-night musical event on Tuesday, April 29 at historic Music Hall. This final concert of the Pops’ 2013-2014 Music Hall season features breathtaking performances of the group’s most beloved hits such as “On Bended Knee,” “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “The End of the Road,” and “Motownphilly,” all accompanied by the show-stopping Pops Orchestra. Read more

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