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Show Review – Buckle Up Music Festival, 7/18-7/20/14, Cincinnati, OH

Amanda Shires

Amanda Shires

Written by Bill Whiting

Photos by Scott Preston

The first annual Buckle Up Music Festival arrived on the banks of the Ohio river on July 18-20, and provided a party to look forward to year round in the Cincinnati area and beyond. The rain that fell on July 18 did not dampen the spirits of patrons eager to hear the down home leanings of Amanda Shires and Jamie Lynn Spears. Sam Lewis certainly did not disappoint those coming to hear his bittersweet ballad, “I’m a River,” while the water fell out of the sky near the peaceful settings of the lawn stage. Nashville’s Chris Janson put on a rip roaring set on the Bud Light stage, featuring freewheeling harmonica solos, and material from his long player, Take It to the Bank. Knoxville’s Ashley Monroe’s sunny presence on the river stage had Buckle Up’s denizens dancing and singing along to the roots driven rhythms of her 2013 chart topping album, Like a Rose. Marty Stuart’s classic country style harkened back to his Mississippi beginnings as his guitar playing sizzled through the barn burning classics, “Stop the World and Let Me Off” and “The Whiskey Ain’t Working.” Read more

Show Review #3 – Bunbury Music Festival, 7/11 – 7/13/14, Cincinnati, OH

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Written by Alex Weiglein

Photos by Craig Weiglein

Anyone who attended Bunbury this year would agree that the lineup was full of bands that were bursting with talent. While all of the bands fit under the Bunbury umbrella, there were several that really stood out as good fits for the Festival. They cover a wide gamut of musical genres, as well as a wide distance from around the country. Whatever their style and origin, these bands had excellent performances and really helped to push the Festival into the success that it was.

Jane Decker played a solid set at the Lawn Stage, attracting a modest crowd. While normally not going the acoustic route, she was determined to play at Bunbury and being forced to play acoustic wasn’t going to stop her. Grabbing a friend to play guitar, Decker sang her heart out to her audience, excited that she won a bet on whether 100 people would show up to her show or not. Listening to this local gem was certainly worth it, and her bubbly, energetic personality made it all the more worthwhile. She showed equal excitement about her upcoming album, which will no doubt be fantastic. Routinely thanking the audience for their applause and attendance, it seems only natural to return the favor and thank her for putting on such a great set. Read more

Show Review & Photos – John Fogerty, 7/25/14, PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

John Fogerty

John Fogerty

Photos & Reviews by Toby Clark

On a beautiful summer evening along the Ohio River the crowd of around 3,000 file into the PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, OH. to see an icon of rock and roll royalty. As it hit 8:00 the legend wasted no time as the band took the stage with the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival hit Travelin’ Band. The older crowd were on there feet singing every word right along with Fogerty. The band had a quick moment to catch a drink as Fogerty welcomes the crowd and thanks them for coming out to enjoy some great rock and roll. Fogerty told the crowd “Tonight there won’t be much talking so lets get on with it!” As the guitar riff of Green River come through the amps. As the band changed guitars, Fogerty asked did anybody attend Woodstock? he said, “I did, I took in the experience and went home and wrote this song.” As the sounds of “Who’ll Stop The Rain”. Fogerty when on to play hit after hit from the Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog along with his solo hit “Centerfield”. He did play his newest song from the 2013 album Wrote a Song for Everyone called “Mystic Highway”. Fogerty did not disappoint any of the crowd. Read more

Show Review #2 – Bunbury Music Festival, 7/11 – 7/13/14, Cincinnati, OH

Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant

Written by Bill Whiting

Photos by Scott Preston

The Bunbury Music Festival entered it’s third consecutive year along the banks of the Ohio river in Cincinnati, Ohio with winning results. Friday, July 11, had many shining moments, including the bump and grind party rock of Bowling Green, Kentucky’s favorite sons, Cage the Elephant. Touring behind the entrancing masterpiece recording, 2013′s Melophobia, Cage the Elephant heated up the stage by slamming into the hardcore jams of “Spiderhead” and “Come a Little Closer.” Lead singer Matthew Shultz crowd surfed across the front of the stage as he encouraged Bunbury’s revelers to “have fun.” Cincinnati and Granville, Ohio’s Black Owls made a lasting impression with their riveting performance on Bunbury’s lawn stage, covering Harry Nilsson’s “Jump into the Fire” for an enthusiastic and sweaty crowd. Los Angeles’ Fitz and the Tantrums won over the main stage following with the peppered pop confections, “Out of My League” and “The Walker” from 2013′s radio friendly project, More Than Just a Dream. Read more

Show Review #1 – Bunbury Music Festival, 7/11 – 7/13/14, Sawyer Point, Cincinnati, OH

Empire Of The Sun - Bunbury Music Festival

Empire Of The Sun – Bunbury Music Festival

Written by Alex Weiglein

Photos by Craig Weiglein

Returning for its third year, the Bunbury Music Festival managed to go above and beyond everyone’s expectations. For the weekend of July 11-13, Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove were packed with people eager to see what the well-picked lineup had to offer. Booths for food, artisan goods, and even a beer garden were lining the sidewalk for people to peruse while listening to some of their favorite artists. Temperatures were considerably cooler than they had been in past years, which was a welcome change. Unfortunately, Sunday proved to have some bad weather in the beginning, forcing the Festival to shut down and rework the schedule and cut some bands short. Fingers crossed, the crowd still came out to see the bands, albeit being a noticeably smaller crowd than the day before. The weather is likely to blame, and the World Cup Finals likely had a hand (or perhaps a foot) in the attendance. Nevertheless, people were still eager to come out and hear the music and spend time at one of the best weekends Cincinnati has to offer. Read more

Show Review – The Monkees, 6/6/14, PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

Written by Bill Whiting

The Monkees’ return to Cincinnati, Ohio’s PNC Pavilion on June 6 was a breezy, summer walk back into the 1960′s with the chart topping ensemble, and it’s innovative use of film and television. Starting with the filmed intro to it’s groundbreaking television show, the three remaining members (Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith) took the stage to launch into “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Papa Gene’s Blues.” Tork engaged the energized PNC Pavilion crowd with a wild run through the boisterous stomp of “Your Auntie Grizelda.” Dolenz danced effortlessly, and sang the radio friendly numbers, “She” and “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone.” Nesmith added vocal strength, and an anchoring instrumental presence on the popular tunes, “Sweet Young Thing” and “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round?” as Monkee mania swept through the concert facility. Read more

Show Review – Trey Anastasio Band, 5/24/14, Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH

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Trey Anastasio from Phish

Photo by Scott Preston

Written by Bill Whiting

The Trey Anastasio Band played to a packed Taft Theatre on Saturday, May 24, and added to Cincinnati’s festival atmosphere. Outside the venue, the annual Taste of Cincinnati had thousands of revelers roaming the streets. Inside the Taft, the Trey Anastasio Band took the stage, and launched into the free flowing number, “Sometime after Sunset.” Continuing in the same propulsive groove, TAB knocked the one-two punch of “Pigtail” and “Burlap Sack and Pumps” out, with Anastasio firing off focused lead guitar riffs. The heightened screams from the Cincinnati faithful were awarded with two refined compositions, “The Land of Nod” and “Valentine.” Anastasio and co. energized the balcony with a fired up version of “Bounce,” that led into the Phish classic, “Gotta Jibboo.” Read more

Show Review – Dark Star Orchestra, 5/23/14, Dark Star Jubilee, Legend Valley Music Center, Thornville, OH

Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra

Written by Bill Whiting
Photo by Scott Preston

Dark Star Orchestra’s Jubilee, an annual three day festival held at Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio, got off to a roaring start on Friday, May 23 with an original two set concert by the headliner. Starting with “Box of Rain,” DSO set the wheels in cruise control with simmering solos by Jeff Mattson. Seventies Grateful Dead nuggets continued to pour in as “Til the Morning Comes” was followed by a rousing “Black Throated Wind,” featuring the growling vocal attack of Rob Eaton. Eaton and Mattson traded edgy, fleet fingered guitar breakdowns on “Big Railroad Blues” and “Cassidy.” A surprise take on “Mission in the Rain” led into the galloping double barreled firepower of “Mama Tried” – “Big River.” A gentle, swaying “Sugaree” had Mattson serenading the extensive Legend Valley campgrounds with assured authority. Read more

Show Review – Flogging Molly, 3/3/14, Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly

Review and Photos by James Steed

Sometimes it’s hard not to enjoy what I do. The long hours, lack of sleep, endless nights of editing seem never too difficult when you get to experience a show this impressive. At one point in the night I had to be reminded it was only Monday by front man David King and that I had to be up in a few hours but honestly I didn’t care, I was surround by good people and watching a band that cranked out damn good music.

To start my night off I was introduced to a new to most band, Dead is Dead. Best label I can think of for DiD (which I kind of don’t like doing) would be a garage band. The tricky thing is they’re only just barely what you’d consider a garage band. Now granted their sound isn’t all that smooth or fleshed out but after a bit of a rough start and picking up their energy a bit they started to impress me. Between their comfort on stage cracking one liners and conversing with the crowd they’re base line tone started to come out. With a bluesy, throw back kind of punk vibe Dead is Dead did an impressive job at setting the tempo for the night and didn’t leave that stage without impressing quite a few of us in the crowd. Read more

Show Review #2 – Bunbury Music Festival, 7/12-7/14/13, Cincinnati, OH – by Alex Weiglein

Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon

Written by Alex Weiglein

Photo by Craig Weiglein

The whole of the Bunbury Music Festival was a great success this year, much like the year before it. This was mostly thanks to the excellent lineup that was put together, filled to the brim with greatly talented and entertaining acts. While all of the bands did a fantastic job, a handful of groups really brought a life and energy that provided the extra kick that made the Festival so brilliant. These acts come from a variety of genres which reflected the entire lineup and as such gives them even more reason to be considered the gems of Bunbury 2013. Read more

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