The Cliftones – Live and Revived Tour 2017, Photos by Joelle Gueguen

The Cliftones

The Cliftones

Photos by Joelle Gueguen –

The Cliftones –

The Cliftones are currently on their way out to California to bring Cincinnati reggae to the masses.  Cincy Groove is very lucky to have photo journalist Joelle Gueguen documenting the tour with her photos.  The first installment from Joelle comes from the Carib Cafe in Indianapolis, IN on 1/14/2017. Read more

Keller Williams to Release New Album “Sync” on 1/20 – Performing at Live at the Ludlow Garage on 2/2

Keller Williams

Keller Williams

Keller Williams with Leo Kottke
Live at The Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH
8pm show, Buy Tickets

Sync, the first studio album from KWahtro, the most recent ensemble from genre hopping multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Keller Williams, will be released on January 20.

Led by Williams on guitar and vocals, KWahtro features the superb musicianship of bassist Danton Boller (Jazz Mandolin Project, Roy Hargrove), guitarist and longtime Williams’ collaborator Gibb Droll (Brandi Carlisle, Bruce Hornsby) and drummer Rodney Holmes (Carlos Santana, Steve Kimock). Special guests include The Accidentals, Mike Dillon and Williams’ son Cabell Williams. Read more

Photos – Hickory Robot, 1/7/17, Plain Folk Cafe, Pleasant Plain, OH

Hickory Robot

Hickory Robot

Photos by Scott Preston

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Chuck Prophet Reveals Gritty, Jangly Title Track From Upcoming LP ‘Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins’ – Southgate House Revival on 3/24

Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet

Photo by Karen Doolittle

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
7:30 pm doors, 8:30 pm show, Buy Tickets

Chuck Prophet has unveiled “Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins,” the title track from his upcoming LP out February 10th on Yep Roc. The gritty and jangly song pays homage to the legendary “I Fought The Law” singer. The story of Bobby Fuller, who died mysteriously in 1960s Los Angeles, sits at the crossroads of some of the record’s main themes: death, celebrity and the disillusion of a California dream. Tales of doomed love, loneliness and fast-paced violence add to a musical narrative that Prophet describes as “California noir.” Read more

Aquabear Legion to Release Double Vinyl Compilation with over 20 Ohio Bands


Athens based Ohio music and art collective Aquabear Legion will be releasing a double LP, vinyl compilation featuring over 20 Ohio bands in late Summer 2017. The group just launched an Indiegogo page to fund the project through a pre-order, featuring not only the record release but also limited edition posters, colored vinyl, and more. You can support this project and Ohio music and art right now by visiting or the project’s Indiegogo page. ( Read more

The Grove Releasing New EP “Coming To Terms” January 14 at Northside Tavern


The Grove EP Release Show
Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Free, 9pm, 21+

Built around the songs of lead vocalist/guitarist Adam Forsthoefel, the band has been described as, “The Black Crowes meets The Red Hot Chili Peppers”; careful listeners will also hear shades of everything from Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Killers.

The Grove’s origins were in the band SomeDaze, started by Forsthoefel and drummer Jeff Voegele, who attended high school together in Anderson, Ohio. SomeDaze quickly became one of the hot upcoming bands in Cincinnati, with performances at local clubs and festivals as well as several appearances on Cincinnati’s local news channel Fox 19. Read more

Postmodern Jukebox Coming To The Taft Theatre On 1/23

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

Photo by Braverijah Gregg

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

Imagine wandering into a nightclub somewhere on the outskirts of time. A classic jukebox in the corner plays timeless music with oddly familiar modern lyrics, incongruously marrying the 21st-century party vibe of Miley Cyrus or the minimalist angst of Radiohead with the crackly warmth of a vintage 78 or the plunger-muted barrelhouse howl of a forgotten Kansas City jazzman. The dance floor is full of revelers twerking in poodle skirts, while at the bar, well-heeled hipsters balance a martini in one hand with a smartphone in the other. Read more

Photos – Magic Lightnin’ Boys, 12/13/16, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH

Magic Lightnin' Boys

Magic Lightnin’ Boys

Photos by Scott Preston

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Melissa Etheridge Performing with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on 1/8 at The Taft Theatre


Melissa Etheridge with the Cincinnati Pops
Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
7pm show, Buy Tickets

Melissa Etheridge has done some pretty gutsy things in her stellar career. She’s shown no fear in forthrightly standing up for her truths, both in her songs and her life.

But as an artist she’s never quite laid it on the line like she does on MEmphis Rock and Soul, scheduled for release on October 7, 2016 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Sure, she’s sung songs by some of her biggest heroes before. But Otis Redding? Mavis Staples? Sam and Dave? Rufus Thomas? These are some of the names, some of the voices of music at the pinnacle of an era in American music, the people indelibly identified with the songs on this album. Read more

Robbie Fulks Coming To Folk School Coffee Parlor on 1/14 in Support of New Album “Upland Stories”


Robbie Fulks
Folk School Coffee Parlor, Elm St, Ludlow, KY
6:30pm show, Buy Tickets

Upland Stories continues and — with sprinklings of pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, and keyboards — expands the sound of that acoustic set. Fulks’s richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. At 53, he is philosophically reflective, writing “with clear eyes and a full heart” (Ken Tucker, NPR).  Don’t get us wrong, his wit is still as quick as his picking; but it’s reflected through the lens of fatherhood, marriage, middle age, and the literary voices he is drawn to and draws from: Flannery O’Connor, Anton Chekhov, Mary Lavin, Frank O’Connor, Javier Marias, James Agee. Read more

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