Written by Bill Whiting
Photos by Scott Preston
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ August 31 appearance at Moonlite Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio was a highly anticipated event in the tri state area. Many fellow travelers convened on the banks of the Ohio river to soak up the Coney Island amusement park atmosphere that the Moonlite Gardens amphitheatre provides. Welch’s newest release in eight years, The Harrow and The Harvest, has received a tremendous amount of praise from both critics and fans alike. The packed house, and roaring ovation that greeted the duo’s entrance onto the stage was reflective of the excitement that had been building for months in advance of the singer songwriter’s concert in Cincinnati.
Opening with the well known “Orphan Girl,” from the stellar 1996 recording, Revival, Welch and Rawlings set the pace with highly nuanced vocal harmonies and richly textured acoustic musicianship. Welch’s star power glowed brightly as she wowed the audience with her high lonesome singing, and intricate guitar picking on “Scarlet Town” from The Harrow and The Harvest. Rawlings’ prowess on his signature 1935 Epiphone Olympic archtop guitar stunned many pressing close to the stage to hear “The Way it Will Be.” The dynamics of Welch and Rawlings’ sharp and lyrical delivery was best exemplified by the stark reading of Harrow’s standout composition, “The Way It Goes.” By the time they reached the end of the first set with “Tennessee,” Welch and Rawlings had the crowd in a state of blissful rapture with a buzz that circulated through the Moonlite’s upstairs and floor levels. Beginning set two with “Hard Times,” Welch’s intimate banjo picking colorfully complimented her gently swaying performance of the Harvest ballad. “Dark Turn of Mind” entranced the denizens strewn about the gallery with it’s gripping, scenic, and darkly descriptive nature. Welch’s knee slapping and joyfully abandoned dance skills flowered into the participation piece, “Six White Horses.” Welch honored the shouted requests from throughout the aged facility by reaching into her back catalog for the overpowering title track from the 2001 album, Time (The Revelator). Rawlings strummed slowly as his voice blended with Welch’s into an exquisitely beautiful symphony of sound on “Down Along the Dixie Line.” Read more
King Crimson members Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto have combined the forces of their trios, the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Stick Men, for the Two of a Perfect Trio tour. This double trio will extensively tour the United States this fall with select Canadian dates.
“It’s a rare treat, both for us in the band, and for the audience, for three King Crimson members to be together onstage,” says Levin. “And the supporting cast are excellent players in their own right.”
The performance will feature two sets with an extended encore of music all featuring King Crimson material. The show will kick off with sets by Stick Men, featuring Mastelotto on electronic and acoustic percussion, Markus Reuter on his self-designed Touch Guitar, and Levin on Chapman Stick; and the Adrian Belew Power Trio with Belew on guitar and vocals, bassist Julie Slick, and NYC drummer Tobias Ralph. Read more
Photo by Darin Back
THE PINES IN CONCERT! In support of Mason Jennings!
Thursday, September 29th, 8:00 PM
20th Century Theatre
3021 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45209
513-731-8000 – Buy Tickets
The Pines play a concert supporting their latest Red House release Tremolo, which has received rave reviews in Rolling Stone and was named the #3 Americana album of the year by PopMatters. Featuring Iowa natives David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, the album includes poetic songwriting and artful arrangements, unearthed from the Midwest’s barns and backwoods. Read more
Sunspot, Chakras, Atlantis Becoming, Albedo Zero
Thursday August 25, 2011
The Mad Hatter
620 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY
All Ages, $5, 7pm
Interview by Scott Preston
Sunspot’s music and live performance is a communal experience for the audience. Bringing people together is something they do extraordinarily well (there have been plenty of weddings from people that have met at Sunspot shows!) The band is about bridging the gaps in the human condition by making the show as much about the audience as it is about the band. Read more
Cincinnati, OH – Far-I-Rome Productions is pleased to bring you Cause We Celebrate, an annual concert and art show created to raise funds for a local charity. This year’s event benefits the Neurosurgery Fitzpatrick Chiari Fund (NFCF). NFCF is a research foundation benefiting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center whose mission is to further understand the condition known as Chiari malformation, create community awareness and lend support to families affected by this disorder. Cause We Celebrate will be held August 27th, 2011 at The Leaping Lizard Lounge in Covington, KY. This a 21 and up events, with a $10 admission fee, all proceeds benefit NFCF. Read more
On September 20th, 2011 Thrice will release Major/Minor, their 7th studio album. The band also released their 4th installment of the behind the scenes look into the recording process. The band will support the album release with a headlining tour kicking off September 30th with Moving Mountains, O’Brother and La Dispute to support.
The recording of Major/Minor began May 2nd in Santa Monica, CA with Dave Schiffman at Red Bull Studios who mixed “Beggars” and engineered “Vheissu.” As a band that continues to push boundaries, Major/Minor will be no exception. “It’s definitely the most natural progression from record to record that we’ve had in a while. We did The Alchemy Index, which was totally different [from Vheissu]. Then Beggars was kind of the reaction against that. This kind of makes sense coming out of Beggars, but it’s definitely a different record,” says lead singer Dustin Kensrue. Read more