Archive for April 2009

Photos – Hot Buttered Rum, 4.29.09, Southgate House, Newport, KY

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

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Photos – Rubber Knife Gang, 4.29.09, Southgate House, Newport, KY

Rubber Knife Gang

Rubber Knife Gang

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Show Review – Hot Buttered Rum, Rubber Knife Gang, 4.29.09, Southgate House, Newport, KY

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Written by Nate Rosing

San Francisco’s Hot Buttered Rum kicked off their spring tour last night at the Historic Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky, with the local acoustic trio, The Rubber Knife Gang, opening the show. Although I had heard the name “Hot Buttered Rum” through festivals like Bonnaroo and Telluride, I was completely unaware of this local outfit called The Rubber Knife Gang. In fact, I had never even heard the name thrown around, this coming from a guy who feels he’s pretty up-to-date on the local music scene. Read more

Austin City Limits 2009 | October 2-4 | Zilker Park | Austin, TX

Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced the lineup for the 2009 event. Set to go down October 2-4 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, the festival features 130 bands on 8 stages over 3 days.

The following acts are confirmed:

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Thievery Corporation
John Legend
The Dead Weather
The Levon Helm Band
Ghostland Observatory
Sonic Youth
Mos Def
Flogging Molly
The B-52s Read more

Caribbean Holidaze On Sale

The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Lipp Service, Yacht Rock, Omega Moos, Lebo and more

Tickets are on sale today for the third installment of the immensely popular Caribbean Holidaze in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Following a strong pre-booking period, fans can now book all remaining rooms. Limited availability remains!

The four-night all-inclusive vacation features the music of The Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s McGee with special guest performances from favorites like The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Lipp Service: “Eliot Lipp & Members of Pnuma,” Yacht Rock, Omega Moos, and Michael G from Easy Star All-Stars. In addition, fans can look forward to solo performances from ALO’s Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz and Perpetual Groove frontman Brock Butler. Read more

Interview with Sara Watkins

sara watkins

Sara Watkins

Interview and Photos by Scott Preston

You could say that Sara Watkins’ solo debut has been a lifetime in the making. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter and fiddle player spent nearly two decades—all of her teenage and young adult life—as one-third of Nickel Creek, the Grammy Award–winning acoustic trio that used contemporary bluegrass as a starting point for its no-genre-barred sound. Along the way, she’s hinted at her desire to do a project of her own and even organized some exploratory sessions in Los Angeles about six years ago. Now, with Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus, she is releasing her self-titled solo disc, recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. It features an impressively wide range of backing players and old friends, including itinerant alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; fellow travelers from the bluegrass world like Tim O’Brien, Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek bandmates.

Cincy Groove: What was it like for you to be able to write your own album after being in Nickel Creek?

Sara Watkins: When I first started writing I wasn’t necessarily thinking, okay this song will sell on a record. I generally get caught up in the craft of writing a song and when that happens, those songs are the ones that will make it on an album. I’m usually happier with those songs for longer. I write when something comes to me, I haven’t learned really how to write on demand. When I get caught up in the moment is when the best stuff ends up coming out. It was really great to see the songs on my debut album finished according to my vision and John Paul Jones’ vision. I think this album is really a contrast to what I have done before and before now I don’t think I was ready for it. Read more

ROTHBURY Announces 2-Day Sat & Sun Ticket and Headliner Schedule

ROTHBURY unveils the “2-Day Sat & Sun Ticket,” a reduced rate ticket that allows access to the show on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. Also announced today, the lineup schedule for ROTHBURY 2009 headliners – The String Cheese Incident (their only 2009 performance) will top the bill on Friday, July 3; The Dead (their only summer appearance) will headline on Saturday, July 4; and Bob Dylan and His Band and Willie Nelson & Family will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, July 5. Read more

Save Our Strays Vol 5 music compilation CD

Save Our Strays of the Tri-State seeks original songs and sponsors for the 2009 release of our fifth music compilation CD, “FREE LAP DANCES VOLUME 5: FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.”

The Save Our Strays “FREE LAP DANCES” music compilation CD series was created to raise money to continue our mission but more importantly to raise awareness and encourage more people *everywhere* to take action and help reduce pet overpopulation through non-lethal efforts.

Save Our Strays of the Tri-State ( was organized in 1998 to help reduce the number of stray cats and dogs in Greater Cincinnati through non-lethal methods. We are a non-profit, 501©(3) organization. We do not have a shelter, but, rather, foster animals with volunteers. Our goals are to help humanely control the local stray population by using the Trap-Neuter-Return-Maintain (TNR) method for feral cats and adoption for domesticated pets when possible. Read more

Photos – Serenity Fisher, 4.25.09, Caribou Coffee, Cincinnati, OH

Serenity Fisher

Serenity Fisher

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Photos – Shiny & The Spoon, 4.25.09, Caribou Coffee, Cincinnati, OH

Shiny & The Spoon

Shiny & The Spoon

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