With Jake Speed & The Freddies, Sean Geil & Mike Oberst (The Tillers) and Mark Utley from Magnolia Mountain
Archive for April 2011
Review by Bill Whiting
EOTO’s appearance at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky on April 30 was a return for the jazzy outfit to the greater Cincinnati area after their last gig in the fall of 2010 at the 20th Century Theater. For the uninitiated, EOTO, (meaning “good sound” in Japanese), is an electronic, beat oriented duo consisting of percussionist Jason Hann and drummer Michael Travis from The String Cheese Incident. Hann has played since the age of 12, performing with a wide variety of artists, including Loreena McKinnet, Dr. Dre, Isaac Hayes and Youssou N’Dour. From the beginning of the show, it was understood by those in attendance that this was a special night. Read more
Laurence Juber (Grammy-award winning guitarist, Wings) to play at Falcon Theater in Newport on May 17
Falcon Theater has been in Cincinnati for 20 years, and this is the first time we’ve presented a live concert (well, except for all of that musical theater we do, like Evil Dead: The Musical and Rocky Horror). We are welcoming Laurence Juber, a Grammy-award winning guitarist who played with Paul McCartney in Wings. It’s one night only, May 17th at 8 PM. His wife, Hope Schwartz Juber, visited us when we presented Gilligan’s Island, as her father was Sherwood Schwartz, the creator– that’s the fun little Falcon connection! He’ll be playing selections from his albums– an all-acoustic set. Seating is very limited, and tickets may be purchased at falcontheatre.net.
May 17, 2011 8:00 PM
636 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY
JT Nero – CD release tour for “mountains/forests” with special guest Allison Russell & Kim Taylor – May 8 at The Southgate House
May 8 @ The Southgate House
co-bill w/ Kim Taylor
24 E. Third St.
Newport, KY 41071
(859) 431 – 2201
$8 adv/$10 door
8:00pm show time
Ask JT Nero, and he’ll claim that he learned doo wop songs and spirituals from Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal on the back of the Harlem Globetrotter bus in the late 70’s, and that his father played for the Washington Generals, who traveled with the Globetrotters, losing nightly while serving as comic punching bags. JT will also tell you that his beliefs about the absurdity of life and the inevitability of loss were formed in these years. Read more
JULY FOR KINGS with SAMUEL LOCKRIDGE
Saturday, May 7, 2011
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
JULY FOR KINGS return with a crisper, modern sound. Eleven carefully crafted songs from relentlessly melodic frontman Joe Hedges are tastefully accompanied by band members Brian Ives (bass), Dan McQuinn (drums), and John McGuire (guitar).
JULY FOR KINGS walk a tightrope. The songs on Monochrome are at once intimate vignettes of mid-western American life and arena rock singalong anthems. Hedges’ lyrics balance angst with introspection; sadness with positivity. Monochrome balances expansive, lush soundscapes with stripped down acoustic guitars; youthful yearning with mature introspection; and rough-at-the-edges grunge rock with perfectly resolving pop melodies. This is an experienced band in their prime. Read more
Bob Schneider Releases New Album ‘A Perfect Day’ Via Kirtland Records – Performs at the Southgate House on Monday May 9
That might have something to do with songs on the album like “Another Bad Idea” (the subject is love), “Everything You Love” (he sings “God will destroy/Everything you love/If you live long enough”) and “Penelope Cruz,” where he longs for a love that’s out of reach (“I wanna make a baby with Elizabeth Taylor/Around 19 and 57”) and reveals: “I wanna fall in love like I was falling off the face of the earth/I wanna fall forever/But every day/My dreams seem farther and farther away.”
It’s candid and razor-sharp lyrics like these from his 11th solo album A PERFECT DAY–produced by Dwight A Baker–that personify the acclaimed Austin-based artist. Since his 1999 solo debut, SCHNEIDER has won 24 Austin Music Awards, including “Best Singer-Songwriter,” “Best Band,” “Best Vocals” and “Musician of the Year” and earned critical praise plus a strong live following. His last album, 2009’s Lovely Creatures featured the hit “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet).” SCHNEIDER’s songs have been heard in films including Gunshy, Miss Congeniality, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, 40 Days & 40 Nights and Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Read more
Kings of Leon have confirmed summer 2011 tour dates with special guests Band of Horses. Coming off a triumphant headlining slot at this year’s Coachella, about which the LA Times said the Kings “touched down into something wistful and real, as nostalgic as rock ‘n’ roll itself,” the tour is the first multiple-date run stateside since the release of the band’s fifth album, Come Around Sundown. Read more
CINCINNATI, OH – APRIL 28, 2011: Once again, the area’s best blues bands will perform at the Cincy Blues Society’s Blues Band Challenge at Germania Park on Sunday, May 15, 2011. And the following week the area’s best blues musicians will compete at the Blues Solo/Duo Challenge at Arnold’s Bar & Grill on Sunday, May 22, 2011.
The first-place winner of each category will be entered as the Cincy Blues Society’s representatives at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), January 31 – February 4, 2012 in Memphis. Along with the first place winners, other high-scoring local Blues bands will be invited to play at the Cincy Blues Fest, August 5 & 6, 2011 at Sawyer Point on the Local Stage. Read more
Written by Bill Whiting
Photo Credit: Billy Pavone
NYC and Philadelphia’s The Walkmen’s April 26 appearance at Cincinnati’s Bogarts nightclub had been anticipated for many winter months leading up to the late spring date. Their last Cincinnati appearance was as the opening act for the Kings of Leon at PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, where they wowed an energized, sold out crowd with bracing originals that were, at once, haunting and hypnotic. Their Bogarts concert was in support of the openly inviting disc Lisbon, and The Walkmen surged into “Angela Surf City” with rawness and fierce emotion. Read more