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.

Hyperstatic: Witness

Sep 20, 2019

After a 16-year waiting period, there was a good amount of buzz this Summer about the return of Hyperstatic - and rightly so. 

This old-school 3-piece indie-punk band brings everything you could want to the table and more. Sonically they connect with everything from King Crimson to Sonic Youth - and with Sammy McKee on drums, Mike Fair on bass and Brian Hoffman on guitar and vocals, they have the talent to bring it all together.

The release of their new 4-song EP Witness reminds us of why this music just sounds so good.

Michelle Mavrides

Shawn James will be on stage at the Southgate House Revival on Friday night, September 27th.  He recently spoke by phone with Elaine Diehl about his musical career.  James says that he's toured the USA & Europe and that he's put all his belongings in storage while he continues touring. 

The power of his music seems to appeal to folks all over the map...all age groups...no specific demographics.  James said that he's been obsessed with legends since he was a young boy, and they show up in his lyrics.  Orpheus is one of his favorites and opens his new album, "The Dark & the Light."

Shawn James is also excited to return to the Southgate House Revival and play in the room with stained glass windows.  The rest of his tour will be in the Midwest and then moving on to the West Coast.

The Washington Opera House in Maysville, Kentucky, is hosting award-winning Russian concert pianist Dina Ivanova on Thursday, September 19th at 7pm.  This concert is part of the John W. McNeill Memorial Music Series.  Dina Ivanova is a winner of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition and will be performing works by Liszt, Rubinstein, Schubert, and Schumann during her performance.  

Melanie Davis: Allegoria

Sep 5, 2019

Melanie Davis is a wonderful singer-songwriter from Murray, KY whose writing is imbued with intense passion wrapped in beautiful harmonies.

She and her partner - Fate McAfee (Diesel Palomino) - are performing at Cincinnati’s Listing Loon on September 11 and I thought you might enjoy getting to know a bit more about her and her music.

Look for Allegoria by Melanie Davis to be released in early 2020.

Adam Chaffins' FB page

I got a press release a few days ago about a young musician, Adam Chaffins, who's getting some national attention recently.  He's been featured on NPR's World Cafe Nashville and as one of the best new artists playing AmericanaFest according to NPR City Scene.  Rolling Stone has also highlighted his song, I'm Over You, as one of the 10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now.  According to his press release, Chaffin's also come to the attention of one of my Nashville favorites, Buddy Miller.

So, Adam Chaffins will be on stage at Northside Tavern this Thursday, September 5th at 9pm and the following night, Friday, September 6th in his hometown, Louisa, Kentucky, for their SeptemberFest.  

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Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati, begins another season of Music Live & Lunch concerts this Tuesday, September 3rd from 12:10-1pm with guitarist James Meade.  The series runs through Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

Associate Music Director Shiloh Roby recently spoke with Elaine Diehl about the series which began in 1971.  Roby has been running the series since 2010 with an aim to include as many musical genres as possible including jazz, bluegrass, world music, classical and even use the church's organ occasionally.  His goal is to have different performers each week, so that no two weeks in a row are the same genre.  

They're currently looking for volunteers to usher as well as help in the kitchen to help with the lunches which are available for purchase each Tuesday.  Music lovers may also bring their own lunches with them.

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Patty Smyth & her band Scandal will appear on PNC Pavilion's stage with Rick Springfield and Greg Kihn on Friday, September 6th at 7:30 which also features a pre-show wine tasting.  Smyth is replacing Eddie Money who cancelled his remaining tour dates due to pneumonia complications from a heart valve procedure and is also dealing with stage 4 esophageal cancer.  The tour will move up to Rose Music Center the next night, September 7th.

Elaine began their conversation mentioning that she saw Patty on tour with John Waite many years ago.  They discussed the members of her band, multi-generational fans, and a new recording that's coming out in January.  Patty also mentioned that she calls New York City home with her kids and husband tennis legend John McEnroe.  They also mentioned her self-titled 1992 album (that went gold), the song "Hands Tied," and covers of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Piece of My Heart" that she probably won't be performing this tour.

Joey Allcorn Music

Hank Williams recorded four songs in the Herzog Studios for MGM on August 30th, 1949.  In honor of the 70th anniversary of these recordings, a special concert has been planned in the Herzog Studios space where those recording sessions happened.  The Hank Williams Songwriter Showcase and 70th Anniversary of Hank Williams at Herzog event will happen on Friday, August 30th, from 7-11pm.

Bobby Mackey Talks Music And His Haunted Honky Tonk

Aug 23, 2019
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Local country music legend and club owner Bobby Mackey is celebrating 41 years of his iconic, possibly haunted, country music honky tonk in Wilder, Kentucky. He's with our Elaine Diehl for some reminiscences and to talk about his latest single.

There’s a free event for musicians this Saturday, August 24th from noon to 3pm to recycle and replace their instruments’ strings with new D’Addario NYXL or Nickel Bronze Acoustic strings.

The event will be held at Third Rock Music Center at 1232 Eight Mile Road.  Old strings collected during the event will be recycled through Playback, D’Addario’s national recycling program.   For more information, call Third Rock Music Center at 513-843-5739.

Elementz, a Cincinnati-based urban arts organization - with the help of ArtsWave - is producing their first ever concert series for the community focused on music and spoken word from the local Hip Hop community. The series is called THRIVE - A Celebration of Hip Hop Music & Culture.

The first of these four events entitled HipART will take place Thursday, September 19 at the Woodward Theate. HipART performances will explore themes of personal growth, adulting and continuing to pursue dreams at every stage of life.

BeWILDerFest 2019

Aug 15, 2019

The eclectic and mesmerizing BeWILDerFest returns to Urban Artifact for its 4th year on August 23 & 24, 2019.

Hosted on three stages over two days, this years’ lineup of musicians includes many local favorites as well as great regional and nationally-know acts such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Zach Deputy and Screaming Females.

Jack Burton Overdrive has recently released their second album, Happy To Be Here. This album, a follow-up to 2015's Tarbell Street, is a more experimental project with more collaborations, but still guided by the trusting hand of Ben Cochran of Soap Floats Recording Studios.

The members of the band stopped by the WVXU studios to play two songs from the new album and to talk about the band, the new record and some of the stories behind the songs.

We were delighted when Ben Levin came into our Corbett Studio this morning along with his friend, Takuto Asano from Japan, who plays guitar.  I asked them about their friendship and their upcoming concerts with Ben's trio later this week.  They performed "Key to the Highway" while in the studio.  (Technical assistance from Rick Andress, engineer.)

Takuto also mentioned that he is taking intensive English courses in New Orleans and decided to fly into Cincinnati a week early to spend some time with Ben and perform with the trio.  He also told me that he had been lucky enough to attend this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Ben Levin Trio will be performing at Latitude's Bar & Bistro in Anderson Township from 6-9pm, Thursday, August 8, and the next night, Friday, August 9, from 7-10pm at the Brew River Creole Kitchen in the Columbia Tusculum area.

I don’t know much about Mike Montgomery’s childhood, but I imagine it included a lot of people telling him that he can’t make a career out of punk rock and skateboarding - but that’s pretty much exactly what he’s done.

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Jonny Lang recently spoke with Ron Esposito in advance of his performances at PNC Pavilion, 8/9, and Rose Music Center, 8/10, along with JJ Grey and Mofro along with Marc Broussard.  Lang discussed his guitars including playing Duane Allman's Les Paul on his new album,

Doug Yeager Archives

We're hoping to set up an interview for Around Cincinnati with Sandy Nassan who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage's 50th Anniversary Celebration in Eden Park on Saturday, August 17th.  So, I reached out to Doug Yeager for his contact information since they're good friends, and Doug sent me this 1970 concert poster of Sandy's appearance at the Reflections nightclub at the corner of Calhoun and Vine Streets in Clifton.  That was a great venue!!  I drove up with friends from Morehead to see the Allman Brothers there with Duane.  It's an empty lot now, but what great memories for those of us lucky enough to hear great musicians who played there.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their Wheels of Soul tour to PNC Pavilion on Friday, July 19th and to the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Saturday, July 20th.  Both shows start at 7pm.  Opening acts are Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope.  I spoke by phone yesterday with guitarist Derek Trucks about the Tedeschi Trucks Band's new album, Signs, and also about their Wheels of Soul tour. 

Cincinnati Opera

Get to know Evans Mirageas, the Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Opera since 2005.

Evans tells his own story and previews the Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary. He also discusses the balancing act between new and experimental and standard audience favorites, taking opera to exciting new venues, the collaboration with our CSO and student singers from CCM, and finally, what’s to come for Cincinnati Opera.

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