Local Exposure

WVXU's Local Exposure focuses on the thriving music scene in the Greater Cincinnati area.

You'll find interviews with local musicians as well as national artists coming to town, plus concert announcements, album reviews and other music news.

Contributors include musicians, artists and a number of folks who have their finger on the pulse of the local and regional music scene.

There are so many shows you can catch during the holidays in the Cincinnati region.  From Christmas brunch with Jazz at the Hilton to a Jake Speed concert 12/28, the 79th annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival, and so many New Year's Eve celebrations!

New Year's Eve: The Rusty Griswold's at Newport Syndicate, big shows at the Madison Theater, Blue Note Harrison & the Woodward Theater, Lynne Scott at Sorrento's on Reading Road, the Ron Enyard Quartet at Schwartz's Point Jazz Club, the Chris Comer Trio at Dayton's Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall, and Triage at Caffe Vivace.

Happy New Year!

This week's music scene has lots of holiday events on tap.  From Cincinnati Film Society's presentation of  the documentary "Jingle Bell Rocks!" to the 3rd Annual Island Christmas Holiday at The Redmoor and the Society Jazz Orchestra at Schwartz's Point Jazz Club.

No Promises, the Randy Villars Trio, and the Bromwell Diehl Band all have concerts this week.  And, Larry Goshorn found some of his & the Goshorn Brothers' cds in his basement & took them to Shake It Records if you're still looking for that special gift for a music lover.

He is best-known as lead singer/frontman and merrymaker-in-chief for Cincinnati rockers THE MENUS, but Tim Goldrainer is equally at home with Sinatra, Martin, Crosby and Nat King Cole in his other band, CURLY & the Q-BALLS.  Tim and Cueballs pianist Greg Dastillung took a break from rehearsing their annual Christmas show to drop by WVXU's Corbett Studio on November 30th for a visit with Elaine Diehl and a swingin’ take on an Irving Berlin classic Christmas song, "White Christmas."  Curly & the Q-Balls w

Holiday concerts are springing up around the city including a Nat King Cole Christmas at the Aronoff.  CCM will feature Gerald Arpino's Birthday Variations this week, and musician Will Downing will perform at the Freedom Center Friday night.

Lots of jazz shows around town, too, including Lynne Scott, the Brad Myers Trio, Mike Sharfe's Mambo Combo, & Mandy Gaines. 

There's a film coming to the University of Cincinnati's Mainstreet Cinema on Friday, November 30th, with  an important thesis which is that rock and roll was a contributing factor in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist party.  Cincinnati native Doug Yeager, one of the producers of the film, "Free to Rock," will be at the screening.  Doors open at noon, film begins at 1pm, Friday afternoon, November 30th, with a question and answer session with Doug Yeager immediately following.

During this one-hour special, Saturday evening, November 24th at 11pm on WVXU/WMUB, you'll hear a phone conversation recorded in WVXU's studio on November 1st with Brian O'Donnell and Doug Yeager.  Doug begins by sharing his memories of booking local acts in clubs in Europe, and then being one of the owners of the Reflections rock club at Vine & Calhoun in Clifton which opened in 1970.  They talk about some of the musicians who played there like Boz Scaggs, Seatrain, the Allman Brothers, YES, Long John Baldry, Edgar Winter & White Trash, Velvet Underground, Chuck Berry, Cheech & Chong, Martin Mull, Bonnie Raitt, Genesis, and Little Feat.  He said that The James Gang was the very first booking with opening act guitarist Sandy Nassan.  There are also stories about Popeye Maupin, how Pure Prairie League was signed to RCA, and trying to book Elton John. 

Then, Doug goes into detail about how the film, Free to Rock, was started and the long process to get music rights and interviews with folks like President Jimmy Carter, the Beach Boys, Billy Joel, and many, many others who appear in the film which airs on PBS stations through 2019.

Michael Wilson

This holiday week there are plenty of music opportunities throughout the Cincinnati area.  Ricky Nye's performing a number of concerts, the Bromwell Diehl Band have a lunchtime show at Christ Church Cathedral Tuesday; the Newbees &  the Psychodots are in concert Friday night, 11/23; Saturday night, Robin Lacy's Trio at Front Street Cafe, & it's Brews, Blues & BBQ at Christian Moerline Brewing Company.  Looking ahead, Chris Collier's back on stage at York Street Cafe, 12/7.  Steve Schmidt's announced dates for his annual Christmas Schmidtacular, 12/19-21, and Merlefest has firme

Rick Andress

We were thrilled when singer/songwriter Chris Collier dropped by the studio with George Cunningham from the Faux Frenchmen on Tuesday, November 13th, to talk with Elaine Diehl about her upcoming performance at the York Street Cafe on Friday, December 7th.  Greg Mahan will open the show.

Their conversation centered on Chris's return to York Street Cafe where she once played a monthly show to packed houses.  She said that this is the first time she’s performed with a full band in a very long time.  Chris also discussed what it was like to hear her own music interpreted by the talented musicians she works with including George Cunningham who came into the studio with her.  Other topics included her songwriting process, the need for music in the world, and her retirement from public education and how some of her former students impacted her life and also turn up in her songs.

Chris Collier and George Cunningham also performed the song, "Over the Moon," from her cd "Love Answers Loudly" which was released earlier this year in WVXU's studio.  Technical support was from Rick Andress.

Seymour Stein is coming to Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, December 1st at 3pm to the downtown Public Library for a presentation on his time with Syd Nathan, King Records, and Sire Records which he founded.  We were delighted when Stein found some time on November 14th to talk by phone with Brian Powers, King Records historian, about his time with Syd Nathan who became his mentor in the recording industry.  There was a discussion about the history of King Records, some of the artists who recorded there, and the importance of King compared to Chess & Sun Records.  Seymour Stein also shared how Sire Records got its name and that from Syd Nathan he learned that the song was the most important thing - the song comes first - advice he took with him to Sire Records.  Stein's new memoir is "Siren Song: My Life in Music," and he'll be signing copies of it at his library visit on December 1st.

We were thrilled when Jay Bolotin dropped by the studio with his guitar the morning after his packed concert at Northside Tavern November 13th to talk with Elaine Diehl about his music career, artwork, and new cd release.  During their conversation, Jay talked about writing songs in his 20's, meeting Carl Solway in New York during the 1970s, and working on films. 

His show at Northside Tavern was his first in three years, and he was delighted that photographer Michael Wilson + family were in the house that night.  And at the end of their discussion, Jay also talked about Aralee Strange who was his best friend for 40 years.  His artwork is on the cover of the new Aralee book, The Road Itself.  At the end of the interview, he brought out his guitar (a 1936 Gibson) and performed one of the songs from the new album, "The Picture and the Frame." 

Michael Wilson

In this week's "Music Notes," you'll hear about concerts by John Hiatt, Tom Rush, the Patsy Meyer Trio, and many more local musicians.  You'll also hear about the Shrimp & Jazz Festival at Washington Platform, the Winter Blues Fest at Miami Valley Gaming, a new Jimi Hendrix box set, a Cirque du Soleil movie, and tickets going on sale for a concert by Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn next year.

Many of us who experienced the 60's music scene are familiar with the songs of singer/songwriter & folksinger Tom Rush.  We're delighted that he's still writing and recording as evidenced in his new cd, "Voices."  

He spoke with Elaine Diehl by phone from his home in Maine, on Wednesday, November 7th, about his tour stop at the 20th Century Theater on Thursday, November 15th.  On tour with him is the exciting young musician Matt Nakoa.

During their conversation, Rush talks about his new cd, PledgeMusic, Matt Nakoa, his guitar collection, and the reasons he no longer tours with a band.

The news that Dave Davis has suddenly passed has saddened the Cincinnati music community.  But, the music will go on, and this week there are shows by  Marmalade Brigade; Phil DeGreg & Brasilia; Jose Madrigal, The Ultimate Santana Experience; and jazz vocalist Samantha Carlson.  There's a film about Paul Butterfield at the Woodward, and tix for Ozzy Osbourne's June 6th Riverbend show go on sale this Friday, November 9th.  There are also Cincinnati Opera and Dayton Opera events.

Women have been an integral part of the rock and roll movement, and in her book, "Rock-And-Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers," Meredith Ochs profiles women from the 1950s to today and shares their backstories to success and lasting impacts.  

With more than 100 illustrations, this volume includes the stories of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, and many others.  

During their phone conversation, Elaine Diehl asked Ms. Ochs about the #Me Too Movement, sexism in rock and roll, and which came first - the photos or the text in the book.  They also discussed Sarah MacLachlan and Lilith Fair and why she wasn't included in the book as well as the surge in guitar purchases by young women now.

Meredith Ochs also mentioned that she has a book about Aretha Franklin coming out from Sterling Publishing in December.

The life of legendary blues harmonica musician Paul Butterfield will be shown on screen in the movie, "Horn From the Heart:   The Paul Butterfield Story," at the Woodward Theater on Wednesday, November 7th.   Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7pm.  A live performance by blues harmonica musician Johnny Walker will precede the film which is presented in partnership with the Cincy Blues Society.    Tickets may be purchased through the Woodward Theater's website.

We were delighted when Tyshawn Colquitt, one of the Cincinnati contestants still in the running to win NBC's The Voice, dropped by the studio this morning, October 29th, to talk with Elaine Diehl about his experiences on the program and being mentored on Team Jennifer.

During their conversation, Tyshawn talks about what it was like singing during the blind auditions and what he felt to have both Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton turn their chairs during his 90-second song performance.

He also talked about going to school here in Cincinnati at SCPA, the World Choir Games, and performing in Beijing's Forbidden City.  Tyshawn discussed how thrilling it was to receive a Presidential Award scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

And, finally, the importance of love when preparing a pound cake was addressed and what song Tyshawn would sing when he delivered a cake to Elaine sometime in the future.

Tyshawn Colquitt survived the blind auditions on The Voice, the battles, and this week will appear in the knockout rounds.  The Voice airs on NBC at 8pm eastern on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

From Stephen Marley to Humble Pie and a free bluegrass concert at MadTree Taproom, music's alive and well in the Queen City this week.

Joani Lacy has written a wonderful new children's book entitled, "Jack and Remy's Bayou Band," with illustrations by Debbie Kern.  They have a booksigning at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Commons this Thursday, November 1st at 6pm.  Here's a link to Brian O'Donnell's interview with them in WVXU's studio on September 20th.  Their book's also getting some love in New Orleans!

The Queen City Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert, Ghostly Mozart, Saturday, October 27th at 8pm at Philippus United Church of Christ, 106 W. McMicken.  It's a perfect concert for the Halloween weekend featuring Mozart's Symphony 25, arrangements of "Funeral March for a Marionette" and "Pavane for a Dead Princess," and the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins.

Halloween Concerts & More!

Oct 22, 2018

This week you'll find at least one music event to your tasting from Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) to Bootsy Collin's birthday party to Jazz in Walnut Hills with two nationally known jazz artists and a Ghostly Mozart concert Saturday night.    

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