local music

A Song From Katie Laur

Jul 26, 2020
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From our friend Katie Laur, her song “Ohio River Blues,” from The Official Tall Stacks ’92 Soundtrack.

Life In The Pandemic With Musician Ric Hordinski

Jul 3, 2020
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Musician, CCM faculty, and owner of Monastery Studio, Ric Hordinski  is staying busy through the pandemic, plus his photojournalist daughter has gained the family an international fan base. He joins Elaine Diehl to talk music in our current world and the “life in the time of COVID” feature his daughter Madeline, an Ohio University student, did for the BBC.

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In advance of the release of  "Backstage," a double live album recorded at Shipley’s in 1979, we bring you the crowd favorite “Amaretta” by the popular Cincinnati band, Wheels.

The tradition continues! Since 2005, host/producer Lee Hay has assembled a holiday feast of music and spoken word featuring some of Cincinnati's finest musicians, storytellers, and personalities. This year is no exception. 

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Happening on Friday, October 25 at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout is You Know You're Right, a multi-artist tribute show to the influential grunge rock band Nirvana. Charles Baker from the local band Six Hours to Kill is the organizer, and he's in the studio with Elaine Diehl to talk about the impact Nirvana had on him as well as this being the 30th anniversary of the band's release Bleach and their appearance at Murphy's Pub in Clifton.

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Brian O'Donnell has two interviews in celebration of the iconic Ludlow Garage’s 50th Anniversary Reunion happening on August 17:

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In the final interview he recorded for Around Cincinnati, Frank Johnson spoke last fall to Darren Blase of Northside's Shake-It Records about their just released Cincinnati Musical Legends Trading Cards, Set #1. This project, a collaboration with ArtWorks, celebrates the rich diversity of Cincinnati's music scene through the years with 36 cards featuring the likes of Lonnie Mack, Katie Laur, The Cotton Club, and more.

Update: You can see the original artwork in an exhibition at the Public Library of Cincinnati entitled, "Cincinnati Musical Legends: Art from the First Deck."  In this exhibition, you'll see the source materials artists used for their portraits.  The exhibition is located on the second floor connector in the Main Library downtown and will be up through December 31st.

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Aprina Johnson spends her days helping transform Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhood as the community outreach coordinator for the Redevelopment Foundation, but after hours, she is an accomplished musical/communal activist with an album coming out in the fall. She is in our studio with Elaine Diehl for a conversation about her life and work, plus she performs her song “Ima Pick You U Up."

A Day Of Music And Food To Celebrate Good People

Jul 12, 2019
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On Sunday, July 21, The Good People Festival will be celebrating its 6th year of encouraging hard work and positive influences in the community. Founder of the Good People Festival, Rachel DesRochers, joins Elaine Diehl to talk about her non-profit and the success that she attributes to gratitude.

Back and bigger than ever! 91.7 WVXU and Radio Artifact present 2 nights of amazing  music performed by local bands and musicians who have entered NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest.

Happening Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at Northside's Urban Artifact, home to AAA station Radio Artifact (heard on 1660 AM. radioartifact.com, and WVXU-HD 2), this new format for the Showcase will allow the invited bands to play longer for their fans and new listeners alike.

AND NOW...the line-up has been announced! Join us for one or both nights of great local music!

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Local singer-songwriter Maria Carrelli is set to digitally release her debut CD, Strings On My Guitar, at two sold-out shows on Saturday, April 13 at Ludlow's Folk School Coffee Parlor

Tiny Desk Contest 2019

Mar 12, 2019

Over the Rhine, the local band featuring wife & husband musicians Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler, celebrates their 30th anniversary in 2019 with the new CD Love & Revelation

This year's Music on the Avenue series in Bellevue, Kentucky will feature 5 Friday nights of musical performances ranging from bluegrass to jazz to classical to choral. 

The 14th Annual Around Cincinnati Christmas Special, produced and hosted by Lee Hay. features a wide range of local musicians and others celebrating the season in song and word.

The popular American music from the end of WWI is reimagined and performed by the Cincinnati Pops and special guest stars on the new CD, American Originals: 1918

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame will host a fundraising concert on November 14 to support their educational programs. 

A classic Cincinnati band of the 1960's will be celebrated at an upcoming fundraiser for the Play It Forward foundation, supporting local musicians in need. 

The annual celebration of music, community and independence returns to Northside on July 4. 

Dan McCabe, co-owner of MOTR and the Woodward Theatre, will join other local creative thinkers for a discussion of the health and future of the local music at the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati on Thursday, May 24. 

Play It Forward, the local effort to support musicians in need, is bringing together some of Cincinnati's best guitar slingers for a night of music and fundraising. 

He's one of Cincinnati's favorite musicians, known for his singing, songwriting and drumming. 

Katie Laur's Memories From The Hills Of Home

Apr 27, 2018

Some new Memories from the Hills of Home from Katie Laur

Cincinnati native and acclaimed musician Bryce Dessner and his band, The National, are hosting a weekend of music and art from April 26-29 in downtown's Smale Park, the Freedom Center, and the Cincinnati Masonic Center.

Happy Together - The Next Concert From Fluidity

Apr 20, 2018

Coming April 29: Cincinnati's newest community choir, Fluidity, presents its next concert, Happy Together, at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout.

Music And Conversation With The Newbees

Apr 13, 2018

One of Cincinnati's most popular bands is The Newbees, led by Jeff and Misty Perholtz.  The band uses a variety of line-ups, sometimes performing all Beatles music, but now doing more and more original material.

Elaine Diehl welcomes Jeff and Misty to our Corbett Studio for a conversation and some great live music.


As Women's History Month wraps up, Lee Hay welcomes in Sue Plummer and Christine Anderson from Xavier University.   They are documenting the many women who were part of Cincinnati's legendary King Records and encourage listeners to email them any names or other information that will help.  Please email them directly:  Sue Plummer - plummers1@xavier.edu -  and Christine Anderson - andersoc@xavier.edu.

A Song From CEA Winners Dawg Yawp

Dec 29, 2017

Local music: A song from recent CEA award-winning band and album, Dawg Yawp.

New Music From Maurice Mattei

Oct 20, 2017

Local musician and artist Maurice Mattei is ready to release his latest CD, Jealous Wreck

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.