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.

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.    

There's a new book out about Robert Mann who was an important classical musician, teacher, and performer, A Passionate Journey: A Memoir.  One of the founders of the Julliard Quartet in 1947, Robert Mann was passionate about his music.

His son, Professor Nicholas Mann, spoke with Elaine Diehl by phone on October 17th about his father and the process of writing this book with his mother and sister.  During their conversation, he said that his father had begun the writing process years before the family took over, and that Robert Mann did get a chance to read over the galleys of the book before his death at the age of 97 earlier this year.

Professor Nicholas Mann is the co-chair of Manhattan School of Music's string department and a Julliard faculty member since 2002.


Abby Cates is a 17-year-old singer from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy who has passed the blind auditions on the 15th season of The Voice on NBC.  With a following of 180,000 on her Instagram account, The Voice staff invited her to a private audition in Indiana which was followed up with other interviews, ultimately leading to her appearance on The Voice's blind auditions.

During Abby's conversation with Elaine Diehl in WVXU's studio on Tuesday, October 16th, she talked about her love of Kelly Clarkson's music and being thrilled to be on Team Kelly.  She won a spot on Team Kelly with her performance of "Scars to Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara.  

Abby also discussed taking voice lessons since the 2nd grade, the glam and music teams working with contestants on The Voice, and how wonderful the support of her family and school is.  Abby Cates's next appearance on The Voice will be the battle rounds next week.  

Andy Gabbard, frontman for the band Buffalo Killers has a brand new solo project he’s put out, called Strawberry Tapes - in which he explores a wide array of new territory, both musically and thematically.

From beginning to end, Gabbard has taken complete control of the creation of Strawberry Tapes with the intention of having noone to answer to but himself.

This week in Cincinnati you'll find a benefit show for the Longworth-Anderson concert series at Memorial Hall.  There's also "Guys & Dolls"  at CCM, big band concerts at the Redmoor & the Sorg Opera House, plus the Cripple Creek Music Festival, the Falling for Wiedemann Fall Festival, and for Halloween fans the Wake the Dead Bash in Music Hall's Ballroom.   

Cirque Du Soleil is also bringing one of their shows, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities to the 3 big screens in Cincinnati one night only 11/13.  And, there's big news about the preservation of John & Alice Coltrane's Long Island home.

Mark Messerly: Inert

Oct 9, 2018

Mark Messerly has been a key figure in the Cincinnati music scene for quite some time - known both as a member of Wussy as well as for his long-time partnership with Brian Ewing.

Messerly’s newest project, called INERT is anything but.

Val Emmich will be signing his new book, Dear Evan Hansen, based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway production, on Thursday, October 11th at 7pm at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.  Mr. Emmich will be accompanied by two of the songwriters with the play and performing with them songs from the production in an unusual twist to a regular booksigning event.

Jim Stump discussed with him the plot of the play, how he worked some of the music into the book, and also telling the backstories of some of the characters.

Broadway in Cincinnati is bringing the musical to the Aronoff Center's stage from April 30th to May 12th, 2019.  

This week on "Music Notes", you'll find information about a number of big band concerts, a couple of fall festivals, and an interesting program sponsored by Cincinnati Opera combining yoga with live opera performances.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to Music Hall's Ballroom and the Blue Wisp Big Band will be performing a tribute memorial with guest jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton.  The Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival's at Town Hall Park this Saturday, and the Cincinnati Celtic Festival at Summit Park in Blue Ash this week. 

Pianist/composer Dan Karlsberg dropped by the WVXU studio Monday, October 1st, to talk with Ron Esposito about his new jazz cd, Tales from the Winter Solstice.  He and the rest of his trio, JD Allen and Tom Buckley, will perform at their cd release party on Sunday afternoon, October 7th at Caffe Vivace starting at 2:30pm.  

Coming up on October 18th at Memorial Hall will be a benefit concert to raise funds in support of the Longworth-Anderson concert series.  The "Celebrate the Series" event will feature two local Americana bands, The Tillers and Honey & Houston.  The evening includes a pre-concert reception beginning at 6.

William Baumann, Chairman of the Longworth-Anderson series; Cori Wolff, Director of the series; and Sean Gail from The Tillers dropped by the studio recently to talk about Memorial Hall and this benefit concert with Elaine Diehl.  Sean Gail also brought along his guitar and performed a song.

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