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.

Elaine Diehl's thoughts on this zany Christmas show on the west side of Cincinnati at Jim & Jack's on the River located at 3456 River Road.  You'll hear "a collection of holiday songs performed ala The Rat Pack by Curly & the Cueballs. 

Here's a link to their YouTube video from their past Christmas performance.

Frank Johnson recently spoke by phone with Ricardo Averbach, Director of Orchestra Studies at Oxford's Miami University about a recording he conducted of the Seattle Symphony.  The orchestra performed AR Rahman's composition, "The Flying Lotus," and a cd of it was released this fall.

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Moonbeau, a band that started out as a synth-pop solo project by Christian Gough of The Yugos has quickly grown into one of the most popular bands in town. Recently joined by Alex Murphy-White on drums and Claire Muenchen on keyboards, Moonbeau has expanded their throwback pop sound and, in doing so, has expanded their audience exponentially.

The Fillmore Wind Program will present their 2017 holiday concert on Saturday, December 2nd, at 7pm at Mt. Healthy High School with special guest vocalist Nancy James.  Frank Johnson recently spoke with their artistic director, Dr. James Daughters, about the Program.  

Miami University Department of Music and the William E. Schmidt Foundation present 

Grand Night: Love Letters to Ella

Celebrating 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald at Miami University

Marti Schottelkotte

Ron Esposito sat down in the WVXU studio with the three teenage members of the group, Triple the Trouble.  They recently opened up for Smashmouth, Uncle Kracker, and Spin Doctors, so they're definitely talented and having fun on stage.  

Bob Ross sat down in the WVXU studio with Ron Esposito Monday afternoon, October 30th, to talk about his musical career which started at the age of 14 and was influenced by Metallica.  Bob honed his guitar style while studying at Morehead State University and also in Philadelphia.  He talks about guitarists Jimmy Bruno and Pat Martino as well as his approached to sound and music.

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I don’t think it is hyperbole to say that Mad Anthony is the hardest working band in Greater Cincinnati. When you combine a regular schedule of touring - both in the US and internationally - with a massive recording project that involves releasing one song every week for a year -- plus elaborate video production - the three members of this band give their heart and soul into producing some great hard-hitting music.

Lisa Biales, who lives in Oxford, Ohio, and has been performing and recording for a number of years, has been notified that her album, The Beat of My Heart, has been nominated for a Grammy award in six categories.  

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing their classic holiday rock opera to Cincinnati's US Bank Arena for two shows on Thursday, December 21st.  Their lead guitarist, Joel Hoekstra, who's been with them since 2010, recently spoke by phone with Elaine Diehl about TSO and some of his other musical projects.

Here’s a review of Radney Foster’s new cd and book of short stories by WVXU’s singer/songwriter Roberta Schultz. 

Root Cellar Xtract is a country-rock band deeply connected with the Laurel Canyon, California sound of the 1970’s that produced such bands as Buffalo Springfield, Little Feat, Poco, The Eagles and Pure Prairie League.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

The Sorg Opera House has finally begun hosting a variety of musical concerts for area music fans.  The first concert was by the Butler Philharmonic on September 24th, 2017.  The next concert will feature the sounds of the Blue Wisp Big Band, a band which has been performing on the Cincinnati jazz scene for decades.

Wonder Lust is the third album by local band New Sincerity Works and, though it feels like it might be the conclusion of a trilogy, lead singer Mike Tittel tells me how that’s not quite the case.

We’ll talk about the new album, the all-star band that created it, the beautiful cover art and the album release party that’s coming up. And we’ll also discuss the super cool El Camino that appears in the band’s new video.

Rhonda Juliano, Artistic Director of the choral group Fluidity, and Mike Moroski, Executive Director of UpSpring, dropped by the studio recently to speak with Anne Arenstein about their upcoming concert.

WVXU will air a one-hour special about rock legend Tom Petty on Saturday night, October 7th at 11pm.  Produced by documentarian Paul Ingles, Tom Petty - Live and Kicking It: An Appreciation is a music-intensive hour of live performances.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who just finished up a national tour recently, Petty's passing by cardiac event Monday, October 2nd, stunned his many fans from his decades of performances.

The 4th Annual Bend in the River Art & Music Festival will be held Saturday, October 7th from noon to 10pm at The Sanctuary, a renovated historic church built in 1847, at 2110 St. Michael Street.  It's a free, family-friendly event showcasing the transformation of the lower Price Hill neighborhood.

A man in a black cape holds a sitar like a guitar all while singing a dreamy tale about wanting to be a dog. Well actually a "dawg."

Welcome the world of Dawg Yawp, the musical concoction of Rob Keenan and Tyler Randall, where drones and toy pianos are likely to collide with heavy metal electronics and a well-placed melody.

Ladyfest Cincinnati is a multi-faceted festival promoting womxn involved in arts and activism. Working in partnership with various local organizations, the festival is focused on musical and multi-media performances, visual art, educational workshops, community building and empowerment. Their mission is to provide a safe space for personal expression in a dynamic array of forms.

He's a Cincinnati native and one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of this era. 

He's got a new CD (Open Book) and memoir (Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz), and will be back in his hometown for the upcoming Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival on October 28. Fred Hersch joins our Ron Esposito to talk about his life, his health and his music.

Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter Willy Porter along with Carmen Nickerson are bringing their music to the Ludlow Garage on Thursday, October 26th.  Their latest album, Bonfire to Ash, was released last November.  

The King Records month long celebration in September is coming to a close, and tonight's one of the few remaining events this week.

Stan Hertzman, who's been a guest on Around Cincinnati in the past, will talk about King Records and the group Them.  Great stories from Cincinnati's historical past.

Stan will be at the Public Library's downtown branch tonight at 7pm.

Ron Pope's an internet success!  He's sharing his music with fans who found out about him by way of social media and concert venues.  Here's a link to his YouTube channel.  He'll be taking the stage at Bogart's here in Cincinnati on October 16th.

Music fans from around the region will be flocking to downtown Cincinnati to hear over 50 bands perform at the 17th annual Midpoint Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th.  The bands will be performing on four stages, two at the Taft Theatre, and two at the Cincinnati Masonic Center. 

Elaine Diehl recently spoke with festival organizer Rick McCarty about the festival and the bands which will be coming into town to perform.

EG Kight is a Triple Threat Blues Artist

Sep 18, 2017

When EG Kight comes to town, followers can catch her performances anywhere from a blues festival to a house concert to a club. While she travels internationally with a full band called Blue South, the Georgia Songbird also logs many solo shows per year that both engage and entertain blues lovers with her voice, guitar licks, and songwriting.

We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene captures the stories of women who were active in the SoCal punk rock scene during this historic time, adding an important voice to its cultural and musical record.

The annual DevouGrass Music & Arts Festival is coming to Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky, on Saturday, october 7th from noon to dusk.  The free festival will feature bluegrass bands, crafters, and food trucks with all proceeds raised going to the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky.

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