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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.

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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."

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On August 4, Cincinnati's The Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet will perform at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. Before they go, our Elaine Diehl welcomes the group into our studio for a conversation and performance. Here is an additional live performance recorded at Cincinnati Public Radio:


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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You can catch great live jazz music at the Lane Library in Hamilton on six Tuesdays at noon this summer. Brian O'Donnell has details on the performers and dates.

New Music From Cincinnati's Own Freekbass

May 31, 2019
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He's still on the radio at Radio Artifact and has a new album out. The one and only Freekbass is in the studio with our Ron Esposito to talk about All the Way This. All the Way That. The release party is happening on June 6 at Top Cats in Corryville.

On Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m., local music legend Bootsy Collins will talk with Freekbass about the new album on Facebook Live.

Their conversation (split into 2 parts) include subjects like the “popping sound on the bass,” his bass-playing techniques, why he doesn’t have a guitarist in the band, photo shoots, endorsement of a new line of basses & a trip to New Zealand to record a video for it, why he plays a 4-string bass, and Questlove.

Jazz, Latin, Bluegrass…all those musical styles and more will be featured this summer at Covington's Behringer Crawford Museum's Music@BCM concert series. Organizer Mark Schlachter and Executive Director Laurie Risch are in the studio with Lee Hay to talk about the diversity of local music that will be heard on Thursday nights.


One of the area's most popular fundraising concerts returns to The Carnegie in Covington when Suits That Rock takes the stage on June 22 and 29. 

Two local musicians who moonlight (or daylight) as bartenders have combined their mixology skills in a new recipe book called Cincinnati Rocktails

Play it Forward, the foundation raising money for local musicians in need, will present the annual Cincinnati Guitar Festival fundraiser at Covington's Madison Theatre on April 27. 

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WoodyFest, a celebration of the music of folk legend Woody Guthrie, happens Saturday, April 13 at Mount St. Joseph University's Recital Hall. 

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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

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame is preparing to induct its fifth class of local musicians on Sunday, March 31 at Mount St. Joseph University

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

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 Music Of Rosemary Clooney Coming To The Carnegie

Nov 30, 2018

The life and music of music legend Rosemary Clooney will be celebrated by Queen City Cabaret at The Carnegie in Covington on Sunday, December 9. 

Longtime local musician Joani Lacy is finding additional success as an author. Her latest is a children's book, Jack and Remy's Bayou Band, which was illustrated by Debbi Kern. 

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. 

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