Archive for May 2012

Show Review – Dave Matthews Band, 5/29/12, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

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Dave Matthews

Written by Bill Whiting

Photos by Scott Preston

The return of the Dave Matthews Band, after a year long hiatus from the road, at Cincinnati’s Riverbend Music Center on May 29 had many on an early summer’s night in high spirits. Matthews seemed to be soaking up the electricity in the air as his group launched into a fierce one-two punch of the dazzling composition “Sweet” into “You Never Know.” The percolating strains of “You Might Die Trying” had the crowd on the lawn dancing feverishly. Matthews interaction with bassist Stefan Lessard and drummer Carter Beauford hit many high points on the revealing classic, “Rhyme and Reason.” A pulsating “Granny” shook the pavilion, and Tim Reynolds provided many tasty lead guitar licks on the bruising bouncer, “Why I Am.” Fiddle master Boyd Tinsley shared solos with sax player Jeff Coffin on the linear, jamming masterwork, “#41.” The DMB, as they are affectionately dubbed, are one of the highest grossing improvisational musical acts in the United States, and they pounded their way through the timeless jewel, “Tripping Billies,” with solid precision, taking the standard to rarified jazz rock heights. Pausing to catch his breath, lead singer Dave Matthews strummed and sang the sixties nugget, “Whiter Shade of Pale” as if he had been crooning to an audience of one. A boisterous turn on “Jimi Thing” brought Tinsley to the front of the stage once again, and Beauford’s solid, grounded percussion held, as an anchor, while the DMB ship set sail on a loose and limber rendition of their first radio hit, “What Would You Say.” Read more

Big Head Todd and The Monsters “Last Summer on Earth” Concert at Fraze Pavilion on 7/8

Sunday, July 8 @ 7:00PM (Doors @ 6:00PM)
Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
with Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler and Cracker
695 Lincoln Park Boulevard Kettering, OH
Tickets Prices vary: $33.50 – $65.50, see website for details / All Ages Welcome
For more information, please contact 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com

Big Head Todd & The Monsters travel this summer with the Barenaked Ladies’ “Last Summer on Earth” tour. The tour, which also features Blues Traveler and Cracker, was picked for Rolling Stone Magazine’s recent list of “The 10 Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012.” Launching July 6th at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre in Toledo, OH, “Last Summer on Earth” hits more than 30 arenas and amphitheaters across the country through mid-August. Tickets and additional info available at www.lastsummeronearth.com. Read more

Photos – Dave Matthews Band, 5/29/12, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

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Dave Matthews

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Margaret Darling brings folksy sound to Arnold’s Bar and Grill on June 26

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Margaret Darling

Photo by Jesse King

Margaret Darling of The Seedy Seeds is leaving her accordion at home on Tuesday, June 26, but she’ll be bringing her guitar and a few friends along for an evening of music at Arnold’s Bar and Grill. Having just returned from TSS’ latest tour, Darling will be taking the opportunity to share more of her extensive song catalogue. Seeds fans will find familiarity in the same carefully crafted lyricism and addictive melodies that characterize TSS’ body of work, though her stripped-down and unabashedly melancholic material is a departure from TSS’ upbeat discography.

In the process of recording her first solo album, this darker and more intimate incarnation of the Cincy songstress can only be heard live. For this occasion, Margaret will be joined by musical renaissance man Cameron Cochran (Pop Empire and Jeremy Pinnell and the 55′s) on pedal steel. Read more

Photos – John Mullins, 5/25/12, Spring Hookahville, Legend Valley Music Center, Thornville, OH

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John Mullins

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Photos – Cabinet, 5/26/12, Spring Hookahville, Legend Valley Music Center, Thornville, OH

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Cabinet

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Photos – Yonder Mountain String Band, 5/26/12, Spring Hookahville, Legend Valley Music Center, Thornville, OH

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Yonder Mountain String Band

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The 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival begins Tuesday, May 29th

Know Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival are proud to announce the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The 9th annual festival is scheduled to kick-off Tuesday, May 29th with CityBeat’s official Fringe Kick-off Party. The festival will continue through June 9 with 35 productions and special events including the second year of the high school centered program, FringeNext.

Festivities begin with the official CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Party on May 29 at 7 pm. Guests will enjoy musical entertainment from The Dukes Are Dead and watch the launch of the 2012 Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News Update. Food for the party will be provided by Venice on Vine, Madisono’s Gelato, Skirtz & Johnston, and Washington Platform and there will also be Christian Moerlein drink specials all night long. It’s a great way to meet the Fringe artists, staff, volunteers, and other audience members! A suggested donation of $5 will get you into the event. Read more

Midpoint Music Festival 2012 Tickets Now On Sale

Cincinnati, Ohio —Tickets for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF.12) went on sale on 5/25 at 10AM. VIP, All Music Access and Washington Park Day Tripper options are all available from CincyTicket.com

“This is the fifth year CityBeat has operated Cincinnati’s 11-year old MidPoint Music Festival,” said Dan McCabe, MPMF’s executive producer. “In each year we have pushed to expand the event with the help of our sponsors, the Over The Rhine neighborhood and music fans. MPMF is now a regional cultural event that shows off our city like no other. This September all eyes and ears will be on you Cincinnati! Now is your opportunity to participate. Get your pass while they last.”

This is the first time a dedicated ticket to MPMF’s main stage is being made available in advance.The Day Tripper, a special single concert ticket for the all new Washington Park venue serving as MPMF.12′s main stage, offers all-age access each night of the festival. Read more

Photos – ekoostik hookah, 5/25/12, Spring Hookahville, Legend Valley Music Center, Thornville, OH

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