Photos by Frank Lanza
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that the Saturday, March 22 program of the MusicNOW Festival will feature enhanced lighting by Meagan Metcalf. Ms. Metcalf will design choreographed concert lighting which will complement two works on the program: Penderecki’s Polymorphia and Jonny Greenwood’s 48 Responses to Polymorphia. These original visual enhancements will reflect the dynamic qualities each work presents. The program also includes Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite and a world premiere by David Lang.
The CSO’s pioneering MusicNOW collaboration represents a spirit of experimentation permeating Louis Langrée’s inaugural season as CSO Music Director. The Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, March 21-22 at historic Music Hall. In addition to two main concert performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, opening acts will be performed by local band Little Lights (Friday evening) and singer-songwriters Olga Bell and Will Oldham (Saturday). Read more
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Amos Lee is performing TONIGHT 3/7 at The Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
Live from Daryl’s House celebrates it’s Philadelphia roots in its new Pawling, N.Y., location as fellow City of Brotherly Love native Amos Lee joins Daryl Hall for the show’s 66th and latest installment. The episode premieres on Viacom’s high-definition music channel Palladia on Thursday, February 27 and on the VH1 App on March 7 before being made available April 15 on Daryl’s dedicated LFDH.com website, the first to be filmed at Daryl’s still-under-construction new “clubhouse,” a combination concert venue and restaurant he is currently restoring as a future home for the show. Read more
The Forecastle Festival returns this summer led by hip hop royalty, Outkast; 21st-century rocker Jack White and alt-rock renaissance man, Beck. The three-day music celebration, now in its 12th year, will take place July 18-20, 2014, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River, framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.
The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Spoon, Nickel Creek, Dwight Yoakam, Twenty One Pilots, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives and Gary Clark Jr., plus more than 40 others round out the lineup. Louisville-based post-rock outfit, Slint, will also reunite for their first hometown show in nearly 10 years. A full list of confirmed acts can be found below. Read more
French-American post-punk outfit DTCV was formed in Los Angeles in 2012 by Guylaine Vivarat, novelist/screenwriter James Greer, and Chris Dunn, a recent transplant from Chicago. Known for its incendiary live shows, the group has been compared variously to Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma, and “post-Nico Velvet Underground with Debbie Harry on vocals.” Read more
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Olga Bell will be the opening act for the MusicNOW Festival on Saturday, March 22. Ms. Bell will perform from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall lobby. A former classical piano prodigy, Ms. Bell is known for her wide range of composition styles and songwriting ranging from electronic to dance and acoustic. She has performed at such venues as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. In addition to Ms. Bell’s performance, the CSO has also added Will Oldham (often known as “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy”) to the Festival. The actor and songwriter known for his “folk-punk” style will perform an acoustic set at the top of the concert program beginning at 8 p.m. in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium. Read more
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that local Cincinnati band Little Lights will be the opening act for the MusicNOW Festival on Friday, March 21. The band will perform at from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium. Comprised of Emmie Bishop, Scot Torres, and Gabriel Molnar, Little Lights features “Dreampop soundscapes, lush guitar washes, and vintage beats accompany softly sung melodies.” The full concert program begins at 8 p.m. with the CSO’s ensemble-in-residence eighth blackbird performing Bryce Dessner’s (MusicNOW Founder and Artistic Director and guitarist with popular rock band The National) Murder Ballades. The full CSO then performs Mr. Dessner’s St. Carolyn by the Sea which features Bryce and his brother Aaron (also of The National) on electric guitar. The second half of the program consists of the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Pleasure Ground, a portrait work commissioned by the Orchestra depicting the life of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. The Orchestra brings the performance to a close with Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy. Read more
Photo by Scott Preston
Band of Heathens
March 28, 2014
Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
8pm doors, 9pm show, $12 adv, $15 dos
In the course of their evolution from loose assemblage to world-class rock ’n’ roll outfit, the Band of Heathens has built a potent body of recorded work that’s won the Austin, Texas ensemble a reputation as one of its hometown’s most vital musical resources. They’ve won a fiercely loyal fan base and a reputation as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, while revealing a musical and lyrical depth that consistently enriches the band’s infectious songcraft.
Sunday Morning Record, the Band of Heathens’ fourth studio album (and seventh overall), marks a milestone in the resilient outfit’s development, capturing the musicians’ remarkable creative chemistry along with the deepening melodic and emotional resonance in the songwriting of founding singer-guitarists Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist. The 11-song set, produced by Austin studio vets and longtime BoH collaborators George Reiff and Steve Christensen, is the product of an intense period of change within and around the group. Read more