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.

From local jazz concerts to Commander Cody at Ludlow Garage and the King Records gala celebration, there's plenty of music for your taste this week in the Cincinnati area.

I recently spoke by phone with Douglas Blue Feather who's the organizer of the 3rd Annual Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival at Patricia Allyn Park in Springboro, Ohio, August 25th and 26th.  This festival brings together world class flute makers & performers, as well as vendors of Native American jewelry and other crafts.  

This week's blues show at 11pm, Saturday, August 18th, is a trip down the Mississippi to New Orleans, because Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown tour is coming to PNC Pavilion Saturday night, August 25th.  

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Bobby Mackey is a great country singer and shares his joy of the music every Friday and Saturday night at his club, Bobby Mackey's Music World,  in Wilder, Kentucky.  Most of us have paid a visit at some time over the last 40 years listening to him and his band, dancing, taking a ghost tour, drinking a beer or two or more, or riding the famous bull.

So, it's only fitting that we asked him into the studio to talk with Elaine Diehl about some of the highlights at the club over these past 40 years.

Bobby talks about how he found the club which used to be a gambling casino, the first song he sang there, and his band.  He also shares memories of welcoming George Jones and Merle Haggard to the stage, plus some of the history of "the most haunted nightclub in America."

And, his new single, "I'll Go Down Swinging," was #3 on the country charts last week.  So, Bobby Mackey doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.  His 40th anniversary celebration is coming up September 7th and 8th at the club in Wilder, Kentucky.

Nick Follger

What an exciting time of music happenings in the Cincinnati area this week!  One of the most exciting ones is the 3-day appearance, 8/17-19, at the Greenwich House Gallery of Ron Campbell who was animator of the Yellow Submarine movie and the Saturday morning Beatles ABC-TV cartoon series in the 60s as well as many other popular cartoons.

There are also upcoming concerts at Riverbend, the Aronoff Center, and a number of jazz venues including the Hilton Netherland, Schwartz's Point, and Washington Platform.

The annual Cincy Blues Fest is returning to Sawyer Point this weekend for a one-day musical event, Saturday, August 11th.  The festival runs from 2:30 - midnight on two stages with the headliner Delbert McClinton taking the stage at 9pm, Saturday night.

Other bands on the Budweiser Main Stage include Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, The Noah Wotherspoon Band, plus Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project.  The Arches Boogie Piano Stage will feature Ben Levin, Ricky Nye, and Judy Carmichael among others that day.

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Jim Pelz is a prolific country-rock songwriter and performer who, when he’s not playing solo or with his band, Hickory Robot, is sitting in with other bands like Root Cellar Xtract.

Lately, he has collaborated with some great musicians to form yet another band called The Firewalkers to record an album that is a follow-up to his 2015 release, Loser Angels.

From new beer cans from Listermann Brewing Company honoring King Records musicians to the Cincy Blues Fest, the Bellwether Music Festival, and local concerts, this week's "Music Notes" has something to offer everyone.

Music Notes, starting the week of July 30th, includes information about a number of local festivals, jazz concerts, major guitar exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and lots more.  

The 3rd annual BeWILDerFest comes to Urban Artifact August 24 & 25 bringing two full nights of music and beer; and featuring over 30 national, regional and local music acts on 3 stages.

To celebrate BeWILDerFest, Urban Artifact is also releasing three special edition beers, flavored with black raspberry, boysenberry, montmorency cherry.

I sat down with Urban Artifact brewers Bret Baker and Josh Elliott and music coordinator Jeremy Moore to get the lowdown on this year’s BeWILDerfest.

Singer/songwriter Dave Gilligan dropped by the studio on July 23rd to talk about the new album that the band, Grey Dogs, have released, Watching the World Go to Hell.  Their album release party is planned for Saturday, August 4th at 9pm at Mansion Hill Tavern over in Newport.  He and Elaine Diehl talk about what went into making this album come into existence, and a bit about his musical history.  Copies of the cd may be purchased the night of the release party and other future gigs.

Jazz in the Heights, a summer concert series benefiting the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, continues Saturday, August 4th, with a concert by jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford along with the Dan Karlsberg Trio.

Bobby Mackey dropped by the studio Monday afternoon, July 23rd, with Jordan Foster, a rising country musician from Somerset, Kentucky, now living in Knoxville, who's making the rounds of radio stations promoting his second album, In Black & White, on R

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Jul 24, 2018
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Nick Barrows and Jay Reynolds are long-time friends who wanted to collaborate on a most extraordinary project -- to develop a soundtrack to a John Carpenter film that doesn’t exist.

They named the project after the main character in Carpenter’s The Thing, played by Kurt Russell.

Tyler Zoller

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is playing the Bacon, Blues & Brews festival in Batesville, Indiana, Saturday, July 28th.  This is a  3-piece country blues band from southern Indiana with a large fan base here in the area.  Update: This festival is already sold out.  No tickets remain.  There were only 450 available to start with according to the festival's website.

Here's Music Notes for the busy week of July 23rd.  You'll hear about lots of jazz concerts around town, an Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, a new concert series at Baker Hunt, the Dayton Celtic Festival, auditions for May Festival's adult chorus, and a reggae concert this fall, plus much more.

Since the early 1990s, John Curley - bass player for the Afghan Whigs - has been a great friend to the local music scene and, as operator of UltraSuede Studio, has helped countless bands and musicians achieve their dreams of having their music recorded in a professional studio.

Then, in March, John was forced to close up shop at UltraSuede after 25 years, but quickly found that he had friends on the other side of the river that wanted to collaborate.

By relocating to The Lodge in Dayton, KY, John has found a new home for his talents, his passion and his gear.

This week's "Music Notes" for the week of July 16th include events at Herzog Music, many jazz concerts, a couple of music festivals, and the Who's "Tommy" production coming to Memorial Hall in September.

Welcome To PaoliFest

Jul 12, 2018

PaoliFest is a joint venture between Black Vulture Project and Jordana Greenberg, a local musician and internationally touring performer who credits the musicians she encountered in Paoli among the influences that have shaped her career.

The inaugural PaoliFest will take place August 11, 2018 at the Tomato Products Company in Paoli, IN. Built to be a celebration of the town and community, the festival will be a completely free event featuring local and nationally touring musicians, visual art, films made by local youth, food and craft vendors, workshops, jam sessions and children's entertainment.

I spoke a couple of hours ago by phone with the great guitarist Derek Trucks who's coming into town at the PNC Pavilion on Sunday, July 22nd with the Tedeschi Trucks Band along with the Drive-By Truckers & the Marcus King Band.

We talked about how the recent heat wave has affected the band and their instruments, and how this year's tour differs from last year's with the Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna.

This week you'll hear about some of Ricky Nye's upcoming gigs, acts booked at Caffe Vivace, the Crown Jewels of Jazz and the Jazz in the Heights concert series, plus a show at the Comet and more.

Classic rock icons Dave Mason & Steve Cropper bring their Rock & Soul Revue to Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township on July 13. I had the unique pleasure to speak with both musicians for Around Cincinnati.

Heavy Hinges: Lonely

Jul 2, 2018

Heavy Hinges has just released their 3rd album entitled Lonely - a collection of songs full of passion and strength that are as universal as they are personal. They still sustain that "sublime ruckus" that endeared them to me 4 years ago when I first heard Mean Old City.

  

1. Northside Rock n' Roll Carnival - Hoffner Park - 7/3 & 7/4

(Interview on Around Cincinnati's 7/1 show about the Northside Parade & Carnival)

2. Blue Ash/Montgomery Orchestra - Montgomery Park - 7/3

3. Boz Scaggs & America - Rose Music Center - 7/4

Lots of local concerts leading up to the 4th of July holiday next week including ones at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Washington Park, and in Franklin, Ohio.

Be Blessed by TRIIIBE

Jun 20, 2018

To some they are a band, to others they are activists, and to many they are heroes.

To me, the artists of TRIIIBE are all three.

Phasmids

Jun 19, 2018

Phasmids is an eclectic collective of artists and creatives. That approach to the band and the music is reflected in the synth-pop / prog-rock hybrid that makes Phasmids unique.

Alamy

Concerts, concerts, and more concerts all around the Cincinnati area are included in this week's edition of Music Notes.  You'll also hear about the passing of Danny Kirwan who was a guitarist with Fleetwood Mac, about a new film with Tom Waits appearing in it, and a new song released by John Fogerty & ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.  

When most people think of a 4th of July parade, certain images come to mind; but the Independence Day parade that, to me, most embodies the idea of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the one that happens in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside.

Sharon Is Karen, the newest album from Tooth Lures a Fang, displays an acutely DIY approach to recording, which allows them to take full control of the process.

The music and lyrics are a result of a tenuous balance between the absurdly funny and the uncomfortably dark.

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