Archive for Show Reviews

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

trey anatasio, phish

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

Show Review – Bunbury Music Festival, 7/12-7/14/13, Cincinnati, OH

Bunbury Festival

Bunbury Festival

Written by Alex Weiglein

Photos by Craig Weiglein

Following the great success of its inaugural weekend, the Bunbury Music Festival returned to Cincinnati this year from July 12 – 14 and was full of great music, food, and people. It seemed impossible to avoid hearing about the festival’s arrival with the number of ads posted around the area, but the Festival had good reason to boast as the fantastic lineup was well deserving of the attention it received. Bunbury’s reach stretched near and far this year, bringing in several local bands as well as groups from as far away as Scotland. Read more

Show Review – Gregg Allman, 6/29/2013, Fraze Pavilion, Kettering, OH

Written by Bill Whiting

Gregg Allman appeared rested and ready to rock at Kettering, Ohio’s Fraze Pavilion on June 29. The Allman Brothers Band’s lead singer and keyboardist was full of energy as began his set with the one- two punch of “I’m No Angel” into a bruising take on the ABB barn burner, “Statesboro Blues.” Lead guitarist Scott Sharrard lit up the early evening  with blazing, electric leads on “(Call It) Stormy Monday,” and saxophonist and flutist Jay Collins was a wonder to behold on the Jackson Browne cover of “These Days.” Allman was eager to spread the abundance of musical wealth around, and Floyd Miles walked to center stage to belt out a riveting version of “You Must Be Crazy.” Read more

Show Review – Dark Star Jubilee, 5/24 – 5/26/13, Legend Valley Music Center, Thornville, OH

Dark Star Jubilee

Dark Star Jubilee

Written by Bill Whiting

Photos by Scott Preston

Dark Star Orchestra’s Jubilee Music Festival & Campout at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio on May 24-26 had a thematic focus that celebrated the legacy of the Grateful Dead. Beginning on Friday, May 24, Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass graced the main “Dark Star” stage with a set full of high, lonesome sounds, replete with intricate soloing from banjo picker Michael Bont, guitarist Dave Bruzza, and mandolin master Paul Hoffman. Greensky Bluegrass proved to be the perfect opening act as they culled material from the underrated 2006 release Tuesday Letter, 2008′s wonderful project Five Interstates, and 2011′s definitive document, Handguns. Read more

Show Review – The Lumineers, 6/4/13, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

The Lumineers

The Lumineers

Written by Bill Whiting

Photos by Scott Preston

The Lumineers’ June 4 concert at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio was full of buoyant, engaging moments showcasing their 2012 chart topping album. The Denver, Colorado ensemble put on a great show, beginning with the call and response sing- a- long, “Submarines.” Lead singer Wesley Schultz demonstrated commanding stage presence as he strummed his acoustic guitar, and belted out the lyrics to “Flowers in Your Hair.” Stelth Ulvang and Neyla Pekarek contributed dynamic backing vocals to the hit single, “Ho Hey.” It was an exhilarating return to form as The Lumineers tore through the folk inspired rap of the Bob Dylan classic, “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Read more

Show Review – Scott Weiland, 3/22/13, Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH

Written by Bill Whiting

Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts Purple At The Core tour made a stop at Bogarts in Cincinnati on March 22, and the pandemonium that enveloped the building’s floor made for a lively and entertaining evening. A late start to the proceedings had Weiland taking the stage just before 11p.m., and The Wildabouts fused together an impressive, lengthy improvised jam session that lasted for nearly ten minutes. Weiland appeared, and the band whipped out a tenacious cover of “Crackerman” from the Stone Temple Pilots recording, Core. Slam dancing along with push and shove sessions broke out on the floor, and Scott Weiland made a plea for calm. Read more

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