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.

As a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and  Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen has had a long career in the music business. Along his journey, not only did he attend Antioch College where he was introduced to  the guitar style of Rev. Gary Davis, but he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Jefferson Airplane in 1996.  

He and his bandmate Jack Casaday are currently on tour as Hot Tuna in support of Jorma's new autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music, which is on book shelves Tuesday, August 28th.  The book also includes a 5-track album with live recordings of “Been So Long,” “Song for the High Mountain,” “Broken Highway,” “River of Time,” and “In My Dreams.”

This week's Music Notes includes local jazz concerts, auditions for the May Festival's Youth Chorus, WVXU's first King Records special about Moon Mullican,  a new Christmas album by Eric Clapton, and an Opera Fusion: New Works collaboration.

If not having a website for your band makes you part of the underground, then Sweet Pablo is the next big thing in Cincinnati’s subterranean culture.

On September 29, Her Royal Airship Ashanti and the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance will be hosting a jazz concert at Withrow High School to celebrate 20 years of the popular anime series, Cowboy Bebop.

The concert also benefits Melodic Connections an organization dedicated to teaching people with special needs through the power of music.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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