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.

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!

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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.

This week's musical events include an American Roots series concert by Ray Wylie Hubbard, jazz saxophonist Greg Abate at The Greenwich, and a cd release party with Dan Karlsberg at Caffe Vivace.

Ray Wylie Hubbard will be on Memorial Hall's stage with Arlo McKinley Thursday, October 4th.  Greg Abate will be performing with a local all-star band at The Greenwich Saturday night, October 6th.  And, jazz pianist Dan Karlsberg will have a cd release party at Caffe Vivace Sunday afternoon, October 7th, from 2:30-5:30pm.  

Dan Karlsberg dropped by WVXU's studio Monday, October 1st, to talk with Ron Esposito about his new cd, "Tales from the Winter Solstice," and the players on it.  This interview will be posted to Local Exposure this week.

Local heavy-rock icons Electric Citizen are about to release their 3rd album Helltown on RidingEasy Records.

Helltown, in a way, provided the band with a way forward by taking a small step back - and continues to strengthen their great working relationships with their label and with noted musician, engineer and producer, Brian Olive.

Jason Snell

The King Records 75th anniversary celebration this month winds up with several events this week including a panel discussion of Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt by Reds historian Greg Rhodes and Nick Clooney, a presentation by Jim Tarbell about Ronnie Hollyman at the Main Library downtown, a performance at The Greenwich by the Spear Shakers, and a discussion by Christine Anderson about "The Kings and Queens of Cincinnati."  

Simon McDermott has written a new book about connecting with his father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, through carpool karaoke.  Their video, "Quando Quando Quando - Teddy Mac - the Songaminute Man," has gone viral and been viewed millions of times.

Dellan Stokesbary spoke with Mr. McDermott by phone on September 12th about his book, "The Songaminute Man: A Tribute to the Unbreakable Bond Between Father and Son."  They discussed the support he's received from the Alzheimer's Society and the need to share the experience with others who are going through the same situation.  McDermott also shares that his mother is the rock of the family and has been there for her husband and son everyday coping with this illness.

This presentation is on the third floor of the Main Library downtown, and at 2pm right before Roy Baugher's slideshow, Darren Blase from Shake It Records will be on the first floor talking about the comeback of vinyl recordings.  A great afternoon of musical history Saturday afternoon, September 22nd, at the Main Library downtown!

Bradford Jones

In this episode we re-visit an interview I did in 2015 with David Lowery and Johnny Hickman from the band Cracker.

David & Johnny stopped by the WVXU studios to talk about the band, its longevity, the music industry and to play a few songs prior to their show at The Southgate House Revival.

This week's "Music Notes" covers a number of events in honor of King Records 75th anniversary in September, tickets going on sale this week for John Mellencamps's February tour coming to the Aronoff,  and a number of local concerts including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati.

The 44th annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival is running 9/19-22 in Bean Blossom, Indiana, with performers like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Tom T. Hall & Miss Dixie will be inducted into the HOF this year.

Madeleine Peyroux is a singer who has many fans here in Cincinnati.  Her voice has been described as reminiscent of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.  She recently released her album "Anthem" which was produced and co-written by Larry Klein who also worked with Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.  In support of this new release, she'll be playing at Ludlow Garage on Saturday, September 29th.  

Elaine Diehl spoke with her at her Brooklyn home while taking a break on August 9th.  They discussed the new album, personal connection to her audiences, the writing process with a group, band members, guitars, and Billie Holiday.


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