Archive for October 2011
Written by Bill Whiting
Photos by Scott Preston
The double bill of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band with Joe Walsh was a highly anticipated event in Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre on October 27. A homecoming event of sorts with Cincinnati native Noah Hunt, lead singer for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, taking the same stage one year after appearing with the traveling Experience Hendrix revue, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band got down to business early on. Bruising takes on songs from his new long player, How I Go, found Shepherd extending solos along with keyboardist Riley Osbourn on the classic Beatles’ track, “Yer Blues.” Bassist Tony Franklin wowed the sold out throng with his loose limbed bass lines on the barn burners, “Come On” and “I’m a King Bee.” Hunt was the consumate showman, bringing the audience to their feet several times during the night. His booming vocals echoed throughout the aged facility on “Shame Shame Shame” and the radio hit, “Blue on Black.” Louisiana native Shepherd put on a tour de force performance, combining his string bending mastery with bursts of improvised feedback on the Jimi Hendrix gem, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band received a well won standing ovation that shook the Taft’s newly renovated walls. Read more
Written by Bill Whiting
Widespread Panic’s return to PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, Ohio one year later on October 16 gave Panic fans a riveting, surprise laden pearl of a concert. Beginning with a seven minute “North” that led into the explosive locomotions of “Love Tractor,” Widespread was firing on all cylinders, revved up and ready to take their folowers on a wild ride. Sunday night became a nice showcase for the always dependable bassist Dave Schools, and he delivered on thumping versions of “Sleepy Monkey” and “Jack.” John Bell engaged the Cincinnati audience with the spirited set ending run of “Travelin’ Man,” “You Should Be Glad,” and “Climb To Safety.” Read more
Seattle psych-rock outfit JESSE SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER makes its debut at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on Saturday, November 19. Local faves BUFFALO KILLERS to support
MOTR Pub presents
JESSE SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER with BUFFALO KILLERS
Saturday, November 19, 2011
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
all shows at MOTR Pub FREE, 21-and-up, 10 p.m.
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter follow up 2007’s critically acclaimed ‘Like Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul’ with ‘Marble Son’, their fourth release from Paris’s Fargo Records and the first on their own US imprint Station Grey/Thirty Tigers.
Sykes and Wandscher took on full production duties for ‘Marble Son’; recorded entirely in and around their hometown of Seattle (engineered by Mell Dettmer and mixed by Martin Fevyear). ‘Marble Son’ exemplifies a band at their creative pinnacle—heavier and more complex than previous records; the music resonates among the parallel worlds of the avant-garde and the timeless. Sykes’ voice and sometimes-mystical leanings (the former described aptly by Magnet as “sounding less like a performer and more like a sage”) and her band’s incomparable musical repoire culminate in what the New York Times has described as “spellbound music, rapt in fatalism and sorrow.” Read more
Interview by Scott Preston
The Dixie Bee Liners’ show on 10/31/11 starts at 8pm, and tickets are $10. The Leapin’ Lizard Lounge is located at 726 Main Street in Covington, KY. For more information, please call 513.509.0951, or visit The Dixie Bee-Liners on Facebook.
Though Monday’s concert will be full of spooky fun, The Dixie Bee-Liners take their music seriously. The ensemble has received worldwide acclaim for their innovative blend of traditional and contemporary sounds. The band has been heard on BBC Radio, The Food Network, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, SkyArts Television, and hundreds of radio stations in North America and Europe. They were named Roots Music Association’s 2008 Bluegrass Artist of the Year, beating out such musical giants as Merle Haggard and Alison Krauss. Their 2008 cd RIPE achieved four #1′s on the bluegrass charts, and 2009′s Susanville was deemed “one of the most revolutionary bluegrass releases in recent memory” by Country Standard Time. The group is currently at work on a brand-new studio release, set for January. Read more