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.

Lauren Eylise is an independent, soul singer/songwriter & guitarist who's coming off an appearance at the Funk Fest and is now scheduled to headline her first show at the Woodward Theater at 8pm on Friday, May 4th.  She's added a horn section to her backup band, The Part-Time Lovers, for this show. The theme of the concert, "Running with the Wolves," was inspired by a book she loves.

Glen Phillips, most easily recognized as the lead singer of Toad The Wet Sprocket comes to the Ludlow Garage on Friday, May 11 for a solo performance. His visit provides me a great opportunity to reprise my conversation with him from March, 2017.

1. Ruins - debut album, Sample Size

2. Legendary jazz vocalist Bob Dorough passed away at the age of 94. YouTube videos: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" & "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most"

3. Trout Steak Revival, Nicholas Johnson & Mike Mains - all have shows coming up at the Southgate House Revival

4. Flying Circus Big Band & a host of jazz musicians at The Greenwich for a fundraiser for drummer John von Ohlen.  Both shows are now sold out!

5. Steve Schmidt - Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame induction celebration - Urban Artifact - 5/2

6. Mandy Gaines - Schwartz's Point w/Pat Kelly - 5/3 & Washington Platform 5/12.

7. Rita Coolidge - first album of new material in 25 years - "Safe in the Arms of Time" - 5/4 release 

A. M. Nice: End of an Era

Apr 25, 2018

Adam Nice, along with George Marshall Jenkins and Nick Hill are keeping the sound of the 90s alive with their band A. M. Nice - and their new album End of an Era.

I got to speak with Adam about the band’s history, their recent tour, their label - Phratry Records, and about the collaborative effort involved in the record-making process.

The album release party for End of an Era is Friday, May 4 at Southgate House Revival.

1. Phil DeGreg - Latitudes - 4/26

2. Ricky Nye - Brew River Gastropub - 4/26

3. Ariel Quartet - Corbett Auditorium - 4/26

4. Black Plastic record store   

5. Sam Amidon/Sam Gendel - Music Now Festival - 4/27 & 28

Comprador: Downstream

Apr 19, 2018

Comprador returns with their second full-length release - a massive 19-track double album called Downstream that full of insightful and explosive music. The band also has an all-new lineup that includes Jon Delvaux, Brianna Kelly & Corey Waddell joining primary songwriter Charlie D'Ardenne. 

1. Southgate House Revival - 4/18 (Tom Petty Tribute), 4/21 (Sierra Hull)

2. The Greenwich - Chasing the Trane film - 4/19

3. Cincinnati Opera's summer season

4. 4/20 - MOTR Pub, Madison Theatre, Northside Tavern shows

2018 No Response Festival

Apr 16, 2018
noresponsefestival.com

The No Response Festival returns to The Woodward Theater for two nights of avant-garde experimental music. Co-founders John Rich and John Lorenz provide more information about the festival and other art performance events, including a screening from the Mini Microcinema and an in-store performance at Torn Light Records.

Take a look at the videos local artists have submitted for NPR Music's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and tell us who your favorite is. We will announce the local winner on Thursday, May 3.

 

We are proud to present the local acts that have participated in this year's Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music.

These videos and their music continue to represent a wide variety of styles and genres and showcase the diversity and talent of our region. Please take a look at the videos below (listed alphabetically by artist) and, if you like what you see and hear, vote for them as your favorite. The local winner will be announced May 3.

The great musical icon, Mavis Staples, is coming to Memorial Hall on Friday, April 20th for a show which is sure to sell out.  Joining Elaine Diehl in our Corbett Studio to talk about her concert as well as the Longworth-Anderson concert series at Memorial Hall is Bill Baumann, Chairman of the Memorial Hall Society, and Rick McCarty from MEMI.

Their conversation goes into depth on how this series is put together and presented twice per year and also goes into detail about the pre-receptions prior to each concert in the series.  Of course, the pre-reception for Mavis Staples will include a very special award ceremony by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in honor of her civil rights work.  Rhiannon Giddens' upcoming performance at Memorial Hall on May 20th is also discussed.

1. Cincinnati Zoo's Tunes & Blooms concert series

2. Ricky Nye - St. Louis shows & Listing Loon gig

3. G/Listen concert series for GLSEN Greater Cincinnati chapter - Listing Loon

4. Newbees - Fretboard Brewing Company & Around Cincinnati interview/performance

5. Amy London - NJ shows

6. Bobby Mackey's - benefit for the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame - 4/14

Bobby Mackey's supporting the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame with a benefit concert on April 14th at his club in Wilder, Kentucky.  The Hall of Fame's next induction ceremony will be held June 7th at the Amphitheater in Fort Thomas.  Elaine Diehl spoke with Bobby in WVXU's studio April 3rd about the Hall of Fame, the benefit, his club, and his new album coming out in August.

Lots of local, regional & national "music notes" this week.  Here's Elaine Diehl:  


Blossom Hall: Parasols

Mar 21, 2018

Nancy Paraskevopoulos, Phil Cotter and Charlie Schefft form the Garage Pop trio that is Blossom Hall. Thier music has been described as "a blend of 90s alternative rock and 60s vocal harmony."

Phil and Nancy stopped by the studios to perform a couple of new songs and to talk about the band, songwriting, their new EP and their next big project.

Though he came to the band in February 1983 - 9 years after they formed, Richie Ramone has a legitimate claim to the throne of punk rock royalty.

1. Vocal Arts Ensemble - Memorial Hall

2. Sam Lewis - He opens for Paul Thorn at the 20th Century, & the show's sold out.

3. Ricky Nye 

4. Punch Drunk Tagalongs

5. Erin Costelo & Shannon McNally

6. Opera Goes to Church

7. Harry James Orchestra

8. Record Day Store

9. Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

1. Rufus Wainwright - Taft Theatre - 3/16

2. Walnut Hills High School - Sing for a Cause - 3/18

3. Alan Barnes - First Unitarian Church - 3/18

4. Richie Ramone - Southgate House Revival - 3/23

5. Bobby Mackey - 70th birthday celebration at his club - 3/23 & 3/24

Zapruder Point is the musical project of Dan Phillips, who recently moved to Cincinnati from Chicago. His 5-song EP Stars + Specks is a testament to his experience as a new father as well as "songs of unsentimental nostalgia, expectation and loss, and the comforts and inevitable contusions of living in the world."

Nick Graham

This week on Music Notes you'll hear about future local concerts, SXSW, new recordings by Wussy & Marcia Ball, and future interview/performances of musicians recorded in WVXU's Corbett Studio.

Joe Policastro is bringing his jazz trio to Bromwell's Harth Lounge on Saturday, March 3rd.  The Cincinnati native, who has lived and worked in Chicago the past 15 years, talked with Ron Esposito about the trio's  cd of "alternative jazz", Screen Sounds, and their takes on jazz today.

Cincy Blues Fest & Delbert McClinton

Us, Today

Yugos & Carriers & Kid ESP

CSO Classical Roots concert

2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 23, 2018

  • Are you a person who makes music?
  • Ever wanted to perform behind NPR's Tiny Desk?
  • Here’s your chance to show us what you’ve got.

Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and you can play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.; Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.; and appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.

Pages