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It's the same old story... boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy mopes until his buddies can't take it anymore and drag him out for guy's night.  Later, boy meets new girl, boy's psycho ex-girlfriend screws things up, boy contemplates love and Mexican food...we've all been there before.

This is the story line for the album Saturday Night just released by Cincinnati's The Infinity Ball.

Dean Alger's written a book about Lonnie Johnson called, "The Original Guitar Hero & the Power of Music: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music & Civil Rights." Coming out late this month, and Mr. Alger will be in Cincinnati for a booksigning at the Bookseller on Fountain Square on Friday, 5/2 from 7-8:30pm.

I got an email this morning from the Morganfield Foundation in Chicago.  The group was established to try to save legendary bluesman Muddy Waters’ home on the South Side of Chicago.  The home’s located at 4339 S. Lake Park Avenue in Chicago, and the historical significance of the home is what’s the driving force  to raise the funds necessary to save the building.

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Happy Record Store Day everyoneToday is the day we celebrate our local independent music retailers - and Greater Cincinnati has some amazing ones.  

If you are downtown and are looking for some great local music then I recommend you seek out my friends at Rock Paper Scissors.  If your tastes are a bit more eclectic then Shake-it Records is probably for you.  But if vinyl is king of your collection you might also want to try out Black Plastic Records in Northside or Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge.  South of the river you can also find Phil's Records - which is where I started my music education as a young whippersnapper - and Torn Light Records in Newport for stuff you might not find anywhere else.

In honor of Record Store Day, I wanted to do a special review and I wanted to use this occasion to celebrate a local band that has completely exploded onto the world stage but who still have pride in their Queen City roots.  I'm talking about Tweens.

Update: Tweens will be performing a special Record Store Day show at Shake-it Records today (April 19) at 8pm.

The Cincinnati Arts Association welcomes the amazing a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock to the Aronoff Center on April 27 on their 40th Anniversary Tour. Van Ackerman from CAA joins Lee Hay to talk about this musically diverse and award-winning ensemble and what the audience can expect during this personal and celebratory concert experience.

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The 2014 MidPoint Indie Summer lineup has been announced.  The free, outdoor concert series organized by 3CDC and sponsored by the MidPoint Music Festival takes place Friday nights May 30 through August 29 on Fountain Square and features many of the bands that make the local music scene great.

State Song: Sleepcrawling

Apr 15, 2014

Cincinnati's Phratry Records has a reputation for teaming up with artists who embrace the seedier side of music.  Many of the bands on their label [AmplineMala in Se, Knife the Symphony, Smoke Signals..., Swear Jar, etc.] engage in highly-aggressive, effects-and-noise driven music that some critics pigeonhole as 'post-punk.'

Listeners unfamiliar with the band State Song will probably be surprised to find that this band shares the same label.  However, even those who are familiar with State Song will be floored when they get their first taste of Sleepcrawling.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra partners with many of the best arts organizations in the region, including two-year partnerships with both the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Join Bill Cartwright this Saturday night at 10 o'clock for a trip back in time with music from jazz vocalists Billie Holiday and Dakota Staton, plus the big band music of the legendary Benny Goodman.

This week's blues show is a kaleidoscope of music from the opening song with BB King and Van Morrison to Jorma Kaukonen, the Bluebirds, and finally ending the show with Billie Holiday's "My Man."

Tune in Saturday night at 10 and have your own swingin’ dance party with Bill Cartwright and great artists like Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie.

April 2nd announcement by the Library of Congress:

The Blues - 4.12.14 show

Apr 8, 2014

Saturday night at 11pm, this week's edition of The Blues will feature The Goshorns, Ricky Nye, and the Claudettes who will be performing at Arnold's on Sat, 4/19.  You'll also hear a power set with blues legends Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Luther Allison.  There are also a couple of songs by Shannon Curfman who appeared on Kid Rock's cruise last month and EG Kight who's been to Cincinnati any number of times.

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If you enjoy earth-shattering rhythms, dark and soulful melodies and heavy blues-metal with a bit of Seattle grunge tossed in for flavor, then I strongly recommend that you check out Cincinnati's Valley of the Sun and their album Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk, from Fuzzorama Records.

Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk is the first full-length release from the band and follows on the heels of two very successful EPs, 2010 and The Sayings of the Seers. Talons picks up right where Sayings of the Seers left off with epic-length pieces rife with driving riffs and adroit changes in both tone and rhythm that display great talent and attention to composition and dynamics.

Coming April 19 - National Record Store Day!

Apr 4, 2014

It’s almost time to again celebrate those local, iconic and often eclectic purveyors of recorded music… April 19 is the 7th Annual National Record Store Day! Our Frank Johnson talks with Jim Blase from Northside’s Shake It Records about the reasons for National Record Store Day, how musicians have found ways to support it, and the health of local, independent stores.

The forces behind Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival are adding a new, country music event the weekend after Midpoint. Lee Hay learns all about the Buckle Up Music Festival and some of the big name performers (Willie Nelson, Alabama, Allison Krauss and Union Station, and more) from organizer/founder Bill Donabedian.

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the publisher of a new book about the Allman Brothers Band, One Way Out, written by Alan Paul.  I did a phone interview with him which was featured on last week's blues show.  While reading his book, there were a few mentions about the Allman Brothers Band's visit to the Ludlow Garage.  So, I t

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you’ll hear from a number of legendary swing bands including Harry James, Les Brown, and Woody Herman.

Like a bad-for-you woman, sporting tattoos and an eyebrow-piercing, the kind that you might spy across the bar - it was love at first sight for me and Black Planet.  In truth, there is very little about Black Planet and their 5-song EP Female Hysteria that is not completely adorable and endearing.

This week's Swing show features a number of popular vocalists from times gone by as well as the present including Michael Buble, Doris Day, Dinah Shore and Rosemary Clooney.  Cincinnati native Doris Day will celebrate her 90th birthday this coming Thursday, April 3rd.  Turner Classic Movies will celebrate her birthday with an all-day marathon of her movies on April 3rd if you'd like to re-visit her tremendous talent.

Faux Frenchmen concerts

Mar 30, 2014

George Cunningham from the Faux Frenchmen sent me this email with their upcoming concert schedule:

To celebrate Cincinnati native Doris Day’s 90th birthday on April 3, Lee Hay talks with vocalist Kristi King who stars as Doris in a stage show called Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day.

This show features an interview I did by phone on February 19th, 2014, with Alan Paul, author of the 2014 biography, “One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.”  Alan Paul’s a senior writer for “Guitar World” magazine and has covered the Allman Brothers Band for 25 years.  The program  includes a discussion of the Allman Brothers Band mixed with songs some of which are from the Polydor release,

Anwar Sadat: Gold

Mar 25, 2014
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Anyone who has ever seen a live show at The Comet in Northside knows what a close, tightly-packed and intimate audience the venue often generates.  That is where I received my introduction to Lousiville's Anwar Sadat.  As the band set up their drum kit and amplifiers that were almost as tall as I am, I knew that I was in for a show that would fill the room with sound. The band was brought to town at the invitation of Cincinnati's Gazer, who also invited their friends Mardou to join the bill.  What resulted was an entire evening of magnificently loud and powerful music.

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Cincinnati favorites and masters of the alt-folk scene The Ridges are back from Austin and will be playing a special 'SXSW Homecoming' show tonight at Northside Tavern along with The Mitchells and Shiny & the Spoon.

The Bunbury Music Festival is back for its third year at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove.

Highlights of this year's music lineup include huge stage production acts like Flaming Lips and Empire of the Sun; reunions of beloved rock bands like Veruca Salt and Psychodots; plus great local talent such as Molly Sullivan, Foxy Shazam and The Yugos.

As the festival has grown and matured, so has the attention being paid to personalizing the visitor experience.  

It's Good to Be Back, the first full-length release from Cincinnati's The Vains, is an album created by struggle, tempered by compromise and forged in defiance.

Fans of Social Distortion, Bad Religion or even The Gaslight Anthem should stop what they're doing and go grab a copy of It's Good to Be Back, not only to help support the local music scene, but simply because it is a great album performed by a damn fine band.

This week's show on Saturday, March 22nd, at 10pm will feature a number of outstanding vocalists including Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson.  Others are Harry Connick, Jr. along with the wonderful duet sounds of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.

This Saturday night at 11pm you'll hear Gov't Mule, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, and guitar legend Lonnie Mack who's living in Nashville now.  The show begins with a song by Boz Scaggs from his "Memphis" album and ends with Joan Armatrading's "The Way I Think of You." 

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