“I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influences to my story,” muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living—consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction—such sincerity is jarring from the 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a self-destructive past and born anew in sobriety, Francis has captured an inspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms, Chicago blues, and early ’70s rock n’ roll. His music evokes a bygone era of R&B’s heyday while simultaneously forging a new path on the musical landscape. Ohio-based Karma Chief Records (a subsidiary of rising soul label Colemine Records) released his debut LP Changes in September 2019.
Greg Dulli, frontman of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers, recently announced his first-ever solo record, Random Desire out February 21st via Royal Cream/BMG. Today, Dulli shares the music video for the single, “Pantomima,” directed by long-time Whigs collaborator Philip Harder who also stars in the video. “The video is an homage to the movie All That Jazz,” said Dulli. “‘Pantomima’ feels like a show tune to me.” Random Desire is now available for pre-order.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper has announced his Summer 2020 tour plans. Cooper will be touring North America with Tesla and special guest Lita Ford. Cooper has extended his “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” show, which debuted in the Summer of 2019, into 2020.
Today, multi-platinum rock band Barenaked Ladies announce their extensive Last Summer On Earth tour of North America in 2020. Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket will round out the incredible lineup.
Elementz, a Cincinnati-based urban arts organization providing hip hop dance, music technology, poetry and visual arts programming, the next event in a series of public concerts and events presenting art and artists from Cincinnati’s own hip hop community. With the overall theme of “Thrive”, Elementz hopes to inspire and captivate Cincinnati in a series of cultural events.
The Columbus, OH band Caamp announced new co-headlining tour dates with Minnesota’s Trampled By Turtles. These additional tour dates cap off an extensive, mostly sold-out North American run of dates which kick off in the spring of 2020 including dates with The Lumineers and stops in Madison, Portland, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Charleston and more. See all tour dates below.
When asked to describe an “Island Sound”, most people would agree that the steel drum, is the definitive sound of Carribean music. Developed in Trinidad by poor street kids, gangs and dreamers, the steel drum, or pan by those in the know, quickly spread across the Carribean and around the world to be used in many different musical styles. For 15 years, many community and educational organizations have started steel drum bands that exemplify the depth and flexibility of this instrument.
The Woodward Theater in conjunction with Cincinnatisimo present the first annual “Winter Salsa Social” on Friday, January 31st, 2020 featuring Cincinnati’s eleven-piece classic Salsa orchestra Son del Caribe with support from The Amador Sisters.
Local musician and lifelong Cincinnati resident Veronica Grim has partnered with popular Newport, KY venue The Southgate House Revival to host “Aussie Aid” – a charity event featuring eight live bands, as well as a raffle and auction – with all proceeds to benefit Wildlife Warriors in partnership with Australia Zoo and NSW Rural Fire Brigades, on February 1, 2020.