Aquabear Legion Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Two New Compilations

Athens based Ohio music and art collective Aquabear Legion will be celebrating 15 years with the release of two compilations. Aquabear Legion
Volume 7 is a compilation on vinyl featuring new Ohio music from around the state, and Mother of Presidents is an archival compilation on cassette featuring classic Ohio bands. Pre-order and support these projects right now on Indiegogo at aquabearlegion.com, or visit igg.me/at/aquabearlegion. The pre-order campaign features both releases along with new Aquabear t-shirts and hoodies, prints, previous releases, and more. These will be the 14th and 15th releases from Aquabear Legion since 2004.

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Freekbass & The Bump Assembly Announce New Tour Dates – “Funksgiving” 11/29 at Southgate House Revival

Freekbass
Freekbass

Freekbass & The Bump Assembly

11/29/19

Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY

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Freekbass, hailed by the legendary Bootsy Collins as “the new spiritual warrior for the funk,” has served up his new album All The Way This. All The Way That. on the exciting new Color Red imprint out now. He is taking the new album on tour kicking off with the opening performance at the Cincinnati Reds’ game on August 5th. The tour will take the funk guru all over the Eastcoast and mid-west. Check out the tour dates here and below.

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Neal Francis Appearing at David Shaw’s Big River Getdown on 9/7 in Hamilton

Neal Francis at David Shaw’s Big River Getdown on 9/7 at Riversedge Amph, 116 Dayton St, Hamilton, OH – Buy Tickets

“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 and Chicago blues. 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) have already released two singles earlier this year, “These Are The Days” and “Changes, Pt. 1”, with the full LP Changes to follow this fall.

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Show Review – Bellwether Music Festival 2019, Harveysburg, OH

Guided By Voices
Guided By Voices

Photos and Review by Alex Weiglein

Bellwether Music Festival returned for its second year at the Ohio Renaissance Festival fairgrounds in Waynesville, Ohio. In contrast to last year’s setup, the festival was within the fairgrounds rather than in the neighboring fields. Making full use of the location, the festival provided several Renaissance-themed offerings for attendees, including a rock and roll joust featuring legendary competitors. Bellwether kept similar stage placements, with two stages on opposite ends of the fairgrounds. This made for an easy walk from one stage to the other in between performances. The Shipwreck Stage made for a unique setup, allowing performers to check “play a show on a pirate ship” off their wish lists.

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Photos – The Doobie Brothers, 8/10/19, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers

Photos by Scott Preston

thedoobiebrothers.com

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Photos – Carlos Santana, 8/10/19, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana

Photos by Scott Preston

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Photos – Jonny Lang, 8/8/19, PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

Jonny Lang
Jonny Lang

Photos by Scott Preston

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Photos – JJ Grey & Mofro, 8/8/19, PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

JJ Grey & Mofro
JJ Grey & Mofro

Photos by Scott Preston

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Photos – Kamasi Washington, 8/7/19, Rose Music Center, Huber Heights, OH

Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington

Photos by Scott Preston

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Photos – Herbie Hancock, 8/7/19, Rose Music Center, Huber Heights, OH

Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock

Photos by Scott Preston

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