Music

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.

We're all about names this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright as you'll hear Buddy Rich's "Shorty George," The Andrew Sisters' "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh" and Ella Fitzgerald's "Johnny One Note."

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The Whispering Beard Folk Festival, celebrating its 12th year, is leaving the communal atmosphere of Friendship, Indiana for the big city party vibe of Cincinnati's Smale Park. With a preview of all the music and fun that will happen along the river August 22-24, organizer Catfish Washbordio is with our music contributor Elaine Diehl.

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A celebration of Native American music and culture is coming to Springboro's Patricia Allen Park on August 24-25. Organizer and performer Douglas Blue Feather previews this year's Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival during this conversation with Ron Esposito.

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Jim Tarbell's Ludlow Garage was open from September 1969 to January 1971, just about 18 months. But in that time the music venue hosted some of the best bands in Cincinnati, along with some of the biggest names in rock, including Alice Cooper, Santana, The Kinks and the Allman Brothers.

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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.

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Fifty years ago, roughly 400,000 people sought out peace, love and music in a previously quiet and subdued hamlet in upstate New York. The event would become legendary for its extraordinary lineup of musical acts, and for its statement and purpose during one of the most tumultuous eras in American history.

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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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Bestselling singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is in concert at the Taft Theatre on August 19, but first she's on the phone with our Elaine Diehl for a wide-ranging conversation. She talks about how she stays positive after all these years on the road, her various albums, and how much her show experience has changed since her 1988 debut.

Stevie Ray Vaughan starts off this week's blues show, Saturday, August 10th at 11pm, talking about his playing, followed by him & Double Trouble on their classic, "Pride and Joy."  The rest of the first set includes Lonnie Mack and Joe Louis Walker.  The second set begins with Delbert McClinton who has a new cd out, "Tall, Dark, & Handsome."  You'll also hear Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and Johnny Adams.  The rest of the show includes songs by Bernie Pearl, Ry Cooder, Candye Kane, and Wynton Marsalis/Eric Clapton's version of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

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.

Back To The Garden: Woodstock Remembered

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Saturday, August 17 at 10 p.m.

Woodstock organizers, musicians and audience members recall the 1969 music festival that rocked the world in more ways than one.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Tommy Dorsey's "Song of India," Cleo Laine's "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" and Rosemary Clooney's "We're in the Money."

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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."

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One of the area's most popular live music duos are Jeff and Misty Perholtz, better known as The Newbees. This year, they are celebrating 15 years of the band known for outstanding originals and a love for performing The Beatles songbook. They visited recently with our Elaine Diehl for conversation and a performance, engineered by Cincinnati Public Radio's Rick Andress, in advance of their anniversary celebration on August 10 at the Southgate House Revival.

We weren't able to air the entire conversation with Misty and Jeff or all the music they performed, so here's the full interview with more music from The Newbees:


This week on The Blues, Saturday, August 3rd, at 11pm, the first set begins with the Claudettes, Ricky Nye, Bob Dylan, and ends with Larry & Tim Goshorn's song "Wild About My Lovin'."  The second set features Shannon Curfman, Gov't Mule, Bobby Blue Bland, and E.G. Kight.  Albert King begins the third set followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Luther Allison.  And, The Blues show ends with Bruce Cockburn's, "Deep Lake."

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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