Music

MOIRA: Demons + Daisies

Oct 4, 2019
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MOIRA is a 3-piece dream pop band with origins in Dayton, OH. Their new EP Demons + Daisies is a follow-up to their 2015 release entitled Asleep/Repeat/Awake.

The music of MOIRA is lovely combination of traditional and non-traditional instruments intertwined with samples and the haunting vocals of lead singer Alicia Grodecki.

I sat down with the members of the band to talk about the new EP, writing songs in the cold and bartering chicken-wrangling for rehearsal space.

Elementary Students Bop Together In New Jazz Program

Oct 4, 2019
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"A one, a two; a one, two; a one, two, three and…"

A drummer starts pumping out a solo.

Twenty-eight Cincinnati Public School students are getting a new opportunity to learn and play music.

Brother Smith: Drink The River

Oct 4, 2019

Aaron and Wesley Smith from the local band Brother Smith came into WVXU’s Corbett studio to talk with Elaine Diehl about their music and perform two songs from their new album Drink The River.

Meet The Joe Policastro Trio

Oct 4, 2019
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The Joe Policastro Trio performs at Caffè Vivace on October 11. Ron Esposito looks ahead to the performance by this Chicago-based alternative jazz trio led by Cincinnati native Joe Policastro (bass) and featuring Dave Miller (guitar) and Mikel Avery (drums).

Freddie Meyer was the original drummer and singer of Ivan & The Sabers, a popular Ohio band in the early to mid-60s, who later became a star in France with his band Salvation & His Army.

He's lived in France for the past 51 years. Lee Hay recently learned more about Freddie from his longtime friend Doug Yeager.  (The music at the end of this interview by Ivan & The Sabers was supplied by Shake It Records.)

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, 10/5/19 at 11pm, the first set includes music from Alex Jenkins & the Bombers, Greg Schaber & High Street, and Kelly Richey.  The second set starts off with a song by T-Bone Burnett followed by selections from R.L. Burnside, Bob Dylan, and Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir.  Lonnie Brooks, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Eric Clapton, and Jonell Mosser fill out the show. 

George Thorogood & the Destroyers will be appearing at Jack Cincinnati Casino in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday night, October 12th at 8pm.  Bob Dylan's making a rare appearance in the area November 8th at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, KY.  And, Eric Clapton's announced a 2020 European tour starting May 29th which includes 3 shows in Russia.

kentucky symphony orchestra devou park
Courtesy of The River City News

For 28 years, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has brought classical music - and modern music with a classical twist - to Northern Kentucky.

Jazz with OT: 10/6/19

Sep 29, 2019

This week on Jazz with OT, 10pm on Sunday, October 6th, you'll hear a program originally broadcast on WMKV on March 25, 2000.  The first selection in this varied two-hour presentation is "King Kong" by the John Patitucci Quintet.  Other artists heard during this program include Cassandra Wilson and Jeff Hamilton.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Buddy Greco's "My Kind of Girl," Robin McKelle's "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" and our own Blue Wisp Big Band performing "You're Driving Me Crazy."

Hissing Tiles: Boychoir

Sep 27, 2019

Frank Zappa once said, “You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.”

This sentiment applies when you’re composing an entire album that tries to navigate the male archetypes in everyday life.

From social expectations about what it means to be a “real man,” to the ever-increasing presence of fascism and hate-groups in America, Hissing Tiles seeks to shine a light on the assumptions the pervade our culture and ask why they exist in the first place. Their new album Boychoir is dissonant, challenging and extraordinarily cathartic.

Acarya: The Way Home

Sep 27, 2019
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The local band Acarya celebrates the release of their new cd, The Way Home, at the Cliftonfest main stage on October 5.  Band members Liz Wu and Hannah MacNeal are in the studio with Ron Esposito to discuss their new cd.

Freddie Meyer, the original drummer and singer of Ivan & The Sabers, a popular Ohio band in the early to mid-60s, later formed his own band Salvation & His Army (while studying TV production at UC).  Doug Yeager took the band to France in 1968 where Meyer became a star and protege of Brigitte Bardot.  He's lived in France the past 51 years.  Lee Hay recently spoke by phone with Freddie's longtime friend Doug Yeager about him.

Born without a leg above the knee, Freddie Meyer was the poster child of the company that manufactured artificial limbs in Dayton, Ohio.  While at UC, he helped engineers invent an artificial leg with a hydraulic pump, so he could get out from behind the drums and dance like James Brown.  That artificial leg became the model that everyone in the world would then use.  In Europe, he became known as the "white" James Brown.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, September 28th at 11pm, the show starts off with a song from Wynton Marsalis's "The Midnight Blues: Standard Time, Vol.5" release.  The set also includes Nina Simone and Cincinnati favorite Jimmy McGary.  The second set has songs from Chet Baker, Diana Krall, and the Monty Alexander Trio from their Live! at the Montreux Festival set from 1977.  And, the show ends with songs by Ruth Brown, Miles Davis, Ernestine Anderson, and Billie Holiday.

Schwartz's Point Exterior
Courtesy of Justin Whittaker

Imagine the Hollywood-depicted dark, moody jazz bar: maybe it's in the Marais in Paris, or down an alley in Chicago. Carpets on the wall for insulation, warm lighting, a dark conversation corner so chatty couples don't disturb the musician, a chalkboard with drink specials, a surly-on-the-outside bartender who's actually a teddy bear, a woman making sure everyone's drinks are filled and that everyone is welcomed. 

Cheryl Renee dropped by WVXU's studio recently to talk about the Women of the Blues benefit concert at the Southgate House Revival on Sunday afternoon, September 29th from 2-6pm. This concert benefits Play It Forward which is a "Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping area musicians in times of critical need."  

Cheryl is a board member of Play It Forward and was asked to produce this concert.  She, along with a number of well-known Cincinnati musicians like Sweet Alice Hoskins and the Spear Shakers, will be performing that afternoon.  During our conversation, Cheryl talked about her musical roots, working out of town, her return to Cincinnati, and details of this benefit concert.

Chicago bluegrass band Cox's Army will pre-release their new album, "New Richmond Town," at the Front Street Cafe in New Richmond, Ohio, on Saturday evening, October 5th at 7pm.  The album's release date is planned for November, 2019.

According to their press release, "Cox's Army is a bluegrass band that performs classic and original material in the traditional style."  The band was founded in 2016 and is led by lead vocal/guitarist Chuck Cox who is a Cincinnati native.

The other band members include Laird Patten on banjo; Jeff Burke, mandolin/baritone vocals; and Jack Campbell, bass/tenor vocal.

From press release:

"Tommy Emmanuel is postponing his September 27th concert at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati to March 13, 2020.  Tommy is having a health issue that requires medical attention and rest. Tickets purchased will be honored for the new performance date on Friday, March 13th.

Tommy would like to thank his fans for the love and understanding, and he is truly sorry for any inconvenience. He looks forward to returning to the road soon."

Jorma Kaukonen was also on the bill with Tommy Emmanuel that evening.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear such hits as Patti Page's "Exactly Like You," Louis Armstrong's "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" and Tony Bennett's "Lullaby of Broadway."

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.

Bands Against Cancer

Sep 20, 2019

Dr. Dan Flora, a medical oncologist from St. Elizabeth Healthcare, is the co-founder of the music festival Bands Against Cancer, planning for its second event on September 28.

Dr. Flora joined our Jim Nolan in the studio to talk about this year's beneficiary, St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, and some of the musicians who'll take the stage in Fort Thomas.

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