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If you'd like to take your family out for an evening of music, you might want to pack up a picnic basket along with a blanket or folding chairs, and head to Arlington Memorial Gardens for their Second Sunday Summer Concert Series on June 9th (Forever Diamond), July 14th (2nd Wind), and August 11th (Blue Stone Ivory).  Concerts begin at 7pm.

Elaine Diehl spoke with Dan Applegate about the series in WVXU's studio on Tuesday, May 28th.  Their conversation included many of the details, like who'll be performing, parking, pet friendly, and a food truck will be there along plus many other topics.


This is Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's 45th anniversary this year, and recently music director Eckart Preu spoke with Elaine Diehl about this summer's Summermusik Festival.  The festival runs from August 3rd - 24th at various locations around the city.  This series is sure to sell out, so if you're planning to attend any of the concerts, you might want to order your tickets soon.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, May 25th at 11pm, the show begins with the Claudettes, Zac Harmon, Shemekia Copeland, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  The Claudettes will be on stage at the Sorg Opera House on June 29th and at the Southgate House Revival June 19th.  Shemekia Copeland's appearing at Rose Music Center at the Heights on June 19th along with Robert Cray Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Marc Cohn.  

The second set of The Blues features music by Albert Cummings, Jimmy Burns, and Debbie Davies.  In the third set, you'll hear songs by John Lee Hooker/John Hammond, Eden Brent, and Leonard Cohen.  And the show ends with the Goshorn Brothers and Eric Clapton. 

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright we'll open with Billie Holiday's "Stormy Weather," close with Ralph Marterie's "Lullaby of Birdland" and in-between you'll hear great hits like Louis Armstrong's "I'll Never Be the Same."

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff will perform an intimate concert of old and new favorites on Thursday, May 30 at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. She's with our Elaine Diehl to talk about her career, the music business today, and what her fans can expect when they come to her show.

Comprador: Important

May 21, 2019

Comprador’s third album Important is a surreal adventure that balances original music with both subtle and overt musical homages. The subject matter of the album ranges from the apocalyptic to the irrational. It is simultaneously a strange amalgam of solo compositions by Charles D'Ardenne and beautifully-intertwined guest appearances.

All the while, Important is loosely based on the exploration into “the abject horror of internet dating in 2018.”

I sat down with Charles D'Ardenne in the studio to talk about Important, the challenges of performing Comprador’s music in a live setting and why this is probably the last Comprador album we’ll see in Cincinnati for a good, long time.

We're celebrating Spring this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright.

You'll hear George Shearing's "East of the Sun," Buddy Rich's "Robbin's Nest" and Johnny Mercer's "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

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.


This week's blues show, Saturday, May 18th at 11pm, begins with vocalists - Al Jarreau, Ray Charles, Etta James, and the legendary Aretha Franklin.  The second set features Lurrie Bell on Delmark Records, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gov't Mule who'll be at PNC Pavilion June 21st, and k.d. lang who's touring in the UK in July. And this blues show ends with three more vocalists -  Abbey Lincoln, Larry Kinley, and Harry Connick, Jr.

In February 2017, award-winning composer, writer, vocalist and hip-hop performance artist, Napoleon Maddox (IsWhat?!), was commissioned by Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center to create a new work as part of their Black Box series.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear classic hits like Dinah Washington's "All of Me," Diane Schuur's "Love For Sale" and Will Bradley's "Celery Stalks at Midnight."

The Devil Makes Three band, an Americana/bluegrass trio, is bringing their unique sound to Moonlite Gardens at Coney Island on Wednesday, May 15th at 8pm.  Elaine Diehl spoke with band member Pete Bernhard by phone from Vermont on May 7th.

Their conversation included what the live album recording process was like, their writing process, tour stops, their advice to young bands, plus much more.  The band's spring tour is in support of their recent release, Chains Are Broken, which according to their press release, "...debuted in the Top 10 Bluegrass Album Charts..."


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. 

Not many people would trust a tarot card reading they bought with a Groupon, but for a musician like Wonky Tonk, it just seems to resonate with that special part of who she is and where she finds herself on her journey.

A tireless performer and songwriter, Wonky Tonk is preparing to release her second full-length album, Lessons Not Lovers, this summer.

It took some relentless pursuit, but after a few years of trying, I was finally able to get her to sit still long enough to spend some time with me in the studio. As we sat down together, I wasn't sure where our conversation would go, and though I resisted asking about "being a girl in a band," it just naturally went in that direction. I found myself fascinated by her stories, her view on music, life, and everything.

Ron Esposito spoke with Cincinnati native Bruce Iglauer by phone on April 1st about his journey into the world of the blues and how he founded Alligator Records in Chicago.  Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts wrote a book about the blues record label entitled, "Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story," which was published last fall.

During the hour-long special on The Blues, Saturday, May 11th beginning at 11pm, you'll hear not only Ron's conversation with Bruce Iglauer, but also music released by Alligator Records over the years.  

During their conversation, they discussed the differences in the recording industry with digital downloads and streaming.  Bruce talked about growing up in Cincinnati, moving to Chicago, and working for Delmark Records.  He said that hearing Hound Dog Taylor in a Chicago club on a Sunday afternoon in 1970 changed his life.  

This week, it's all about love on Swing with Bill Cartwright. You'll hear such songs as Helen Forrest's "Taking a Chance on Love," Eileen Farrell's "Looking For a Boy and Pearl Bailey's "Frankie and Johnny."

 

This week's blues show, Saturday, May 4th at 11pm, begins with R. L. Burnside, Charlie Musselwhite, Marc Broussard, and Jonny Lang.  The second set starts off with the 1962 classic, "Green Onions" by Booker T & the MG's followed by music by Johnny Winter, Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, and Gov't Mule.  And, ending the show, songs by James Blood Ulmer, Hugh Laurie, Dr. John, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Softstone Hearts describe their music as "Indie Pop Rock (with Lots of Cello.)"

Longtime friends Chase Jeffries and Lisa Newell started the band, which included Abby Depp to round out the vocal harmonies and provide keys and saxophone, in 2018. With the addition of Tom Harlan on drums and John Botter on bass, they gained not only a rhythm section, but additional tools for songwriting, recording and production.

When they went into Marble Garden studio to record their EP, String Or a Bow, they met up with CCM cello student Chris Park who quickly became a permanent member of the band.

We're still celebrating Spring on Swing with Bill Cartwright with hits like Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow," Woody Herman's "Apple Honey" and Frank Sinatra's "You Make Me Feel So Young."

Imagine that you have years of experience behind the bar at a club that celebrates uniquely-crafted cocktails. Add to that over 60 years of rock-n-roll and rhythm & blues history, a dash of funk, a twist of serendipity, garnish with spontaneity and serve super-cool.

Now you have the recipe for Rocktails - a new compendium of concoctions by local musicians Kristen Kreft (The Perfect Children) and Mayalou Banatwala (Heavy Hinges).

There are some real classics on this week's Swing with Bill Cartwright, including Vaughn Monroe's "Riders in the Sky," Andrew Sisters' "Shortenin' Bread" and Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin."

Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal on The Blues!

Apr 28, 2019

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday evening, April 27th at 11pm, includes a taste of New Orleans in honor of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running through May 5th, as well as some  of our talented local musicians, plus others who'll be stopping in Cincinnati soon.

The first set features the Sonny Moorman Group, Ry Cooder, and Corey Harris/Henry Butler.  A song by Taj Mahal begins the second set followed by Bruce Cockburn, Delbert McClinton, and Robin Lacy & DeZydeco.  And ending the program is music from Galactic, Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, and Joe Bonamassa.

NXNS - North By Northside

Apr 25, 2019

50 musical acts at 7 venues over a 2-day period.

That is exactly what you can experience at the North By Northside festival --- happening this Memorial Day weekend.

The Sorg Opera House is hosting two concerts on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th.  Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials will be on stage at the Sorg Opera House Friday night, April 26th, beginning at 8pm.  Then, the next evening, Saturday, April 27th, the Blue Wisp Big Band take center stage for a special evening saluting Duke Ellington with music  also beginning at 8pm.  It's the 2nd Annual Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser sponsored by Premier Health Atrium Medical Center.

Elaine Diehl and Jeff Johnson, board member of the Sorg Revitalization Group, discussed the history of the Sorg Opera House, improvements made since 2012, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming concerts.

Longtime local musician Leroy Ellington recently assembled a new band, the Sacred Hearts, whose debut CD, Sanctified, has received critical acclaim. 

Legendary songwriter Eric Andersen has produced many of his own albums, including The Essential Eric Andersen, and his songs have been recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pete Seeger and others. 

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. 

Grammy-nominated vocalist Carla Cook is performing for one night at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills on Saturday, April 27. She'll then be part of the We Create Jazz finale concert on April 28. 

Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts On The Blues!

Apr 17, 2019

This week on The Blues, Saturday night at 11pm, April 20th, we'll start off with an interview in WVXU's studio with Leroy Ellington, Marcos Sastre, and Charlie Fletcher who talk with Brian O'Donnell about their new blues cd, Sanctified.  You'll also hear a couple of songs from the cd, too.

After that interview, stay tuned for a set of music with Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, and Ray Charles.  And, the show closes out with songs from Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi from the "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson" cd, and Terence Blanchard.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, it's a sweet mix of old & new with Rod Stewart's "It Had to Be You," Hoagy Carmichael's "Huggin and a Chalkin" and Bobby Darin's "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

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