Music

Memorial Hall will present their Signature Series "Simply Swinging" concert on Friday, April 18th.  The show will feature Steve Lippia with the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.  Before the concert, the Mad Men-themed reception will include Salon 21, lite bites by Elegant Fare and Catered Affair, plus cocktails from Obscura and Madisono's gelato.  The reception and open bar begins at 6:30pm followed by the performance at 8, and dancing at 9pm.  The evening is co-presented by the Blue Wisp and Memor

Local musician, producer and music studio owner Ric Hordinski spends a few minutes with our Brian O’Donnell to talk about his recent projects, including producing the latest projects for singer-songwriter David Wilcox and Ruthie Allen Lincoln. Wilcox’s album, blaze, is his 18th and features some well-known local musicians providing back-up.

Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner is not only one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed band The National, but is also founder and artistic director of the local MusicNOW festival, happening the weekend of March 21-22. This year’s event is a groundbreaking collaboration with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, presenting two completely separate nights of music involving world premiere compositions, special guest starts, and a Music Hall experience unique and provocative for traditional concert-goers. Bryce Dessner is on the phone with our Frank Johnson to discuss MusicNOW and his passion for both rock and classical music composition and performance.

According to today's New York Times website, Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans has decided to retire at the age of 91.  Famous for his harmonica, he decided to leave the stage because he "considers his energy too limited for a full concert."  But what a legacy he's retiring with....

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear from a number of great female vocalists including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne.  There will also be songs by legendary big bands from the swing era like Harry James, Duke Ellington and Les Elgart.

We're going to begin the show with a set highlighting events which have happened over the years on the date, March 15th.  Lightnin' Hopkins was born on 3/15/12, Ry Cooder's birthdate is 3/15/47.  James Brown's song, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" received a Grammy on 3/15/66, and finally on 3/15/68, Life Magazine called Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."

If you were to Google the phrase "great rock storytellers" you'd get... well, a list of useless garbage. But, if you were to ask me, I would probably give you a list of names like Pete Townshend, Shane MacGowan, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Neil Young... and I would then find some way to include the names of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Willie Nelson because, although they are not rock storytellers, they are probably the greatest American musical storytellers of all time - and their influence of those listed previously is undeniable.

Cincinnati's roots/reggae masters, and 3-time CEA award winners, The Pinstripes will play their 10th Anniversary Show on Friday, March 28th at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.

However, it is a bittersweet event as it also marks a turning-point in the band's history.

A couple of selections by the always popular Frank Sinatra along with songs by legendary vocalists Doris Day and Sarah Vaughan.  You'll also hear from Linda Ronstadt and Diana Krall.

The Blues: 3.8.14 show

Mar 9, 2014

This week's show begins with Eric Clapton and ends with favorite Delbert McClinton.  You'll also hear an exciting long set by New Orleans legendary pianist Ronnie Kole.  There's also music from Charlie Musselwhite, Anders Osborne, Nina Simone, and Emmylou Harris & Spyboy.  BB King's included, and he'll be performing at the Lexington Opera House on Tuesday, 4/8.

The latest release from Northside GarageAll the King's Horses, is a 2-track sampler of modern-day garage rock that unites the raw, unbridled energy of punkabilly with the straightforward groove of roots-rock.  Eddy Mullet of ClassX Radio called Northside Garage, "One of my favorite local bands in town to go out and see." 

3/5 - Ricky Nye performs with Bulletville @ The Drinkery 1150 Main Street downtown - 8-11PM

3/9- RICKY NYE & CHRIS DOUGLAS @ MOTR PUB – 8-10pm - 1345 Main St

3/11- RICKY NYE with BEKAH WILLIAMS @ CHRIST CHURCH - 4th & Broadway- lunchtime concert series  12:10-12:50 PM

3/12 - RICKY NYE @ THE LISTING LOON - 4124 Hamilton Ave 8-11pm

3/13 - RICKY NYE & DOTTIE WARNER @ ARNOLD'S BAR & GRILL - 210 E. 8th St. - 7:30-9:30 PM

My introduction to The Upset Victory came when I saw them perform at Covington's Madison Theatre as part of this year's CEA event.  Shortly after, I received a copy of the EP Wall Street from the band.  My first impression was that this may be the best-produced CD I have reviewed so far.

The band went to Starlight Studios in Orlando, FL to record Wall Street and worked with producer Brock BerryHill and engineer Evan Coffman. Together with BerryHill and Coffman, The Upset Victory have crafted a sound that is top-notch and completely ready for air-play.

Classic songs from the swing era tonight include "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" by John Pizzarelli and Frank Sinatra's "The Lady is a Tramp."

Tonight's show features some classic musicians from the swing era like Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw and Count Basie...plus female vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, and Billie Holiday.

We're heading down to New Orleans this week to celebrate the Mardi Gras season.  The show will begin with the Marcus Roberts Trio and then continue with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Professor Longhair, and Dr. John.  Dr. John will be headlining the French Quarter Festival running April 10th through the 13th.  The festival features 1400 Louisiana musicians on 21 stages during the 4-day festival, and it's all free!

The Blues: 2/11/14 show

Feb 23, 2014

Lots of favorites in this show including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Raitt.  There's a song by Cincinnati favorite Lonnie Mack and New Orleans legend Johnny Adams.  You'll also hear a song from Ry Cooder's "Chicken Skin Music" album which was a personal favorite back in the day.  And, we'll round out the show with "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" by Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton.

Alligator recording artists Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, touring in support of their latest Alligator CD, JUMP START, will perform at Legends in Cincinnati on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed Williams and his rip-roaring Blues Imperials -- bassist James "Pookie" Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton -- deliver gloriously riotous, rollicking and intensely emotional blues.

Credit from thestringtheoryband.com / Steve Ziegelmeyer (ziegelmeyerphotography.com)

This may say more about me than about the band, but the first time I listened to Falling Like The Sun by The String Theory, I was reminded of the time Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins [Foo Fighters] joined forces with Nick Raskulinecz to perform "Overture" from Rush's 2112 at The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  This was a nod of acknowledgment and honor for the former and a passing-of-the-torch moment for the latter. 

Legendary Cincinnati musician Philip Paul has just released his self-produced CD, The Masquerade is Over - Live at the Cincinnatian Hotel, and he joins Lee Hay to talk about the members of his trio and his long career.

Torn Light Records on Monmouth St. in Newport, KY is the dream-child of Alex York and Kyle Shibinski, formerly of the band White Walls.

Alex and Kyle formed Torn Light originally to help distribute their own band's material, but soon found themselves producing records for bands like Vacation and Sunken Cheek.

Blues with Lee Hay: 2/15/14

Feb 12, 2014

On the Blues show, Saturday night, February 15th at 11pm, you’ll hear some legendary musicians like Albert King, Etta James, and Bob Dylan.  The show begins with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and vocalist Noah Hunt who’ll be in Louisville on Tuesday, March 18th for a one-night show.  There’s also a song by Anders Osborne who’s part of the Southern Soul Assembly Tour coming to the Taft Theatre downtown on Wednesday, March 19th. 

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Swing with Bill Cartwright.  Doris Day, Woody Herman, and the Andrews Sisters are just a few of the great performers you’ll hear.

Rob Fetters: Saint Ain't

Feb 11, 2014

If you live, you're gonna suffer.

This is the straight-no-chaser, honest and 'sorry, but it's true' message behind Saint Ain't - the third solo release by Rob Fetters [Raisins, Bears, Psychodots].  Fortunately for us, this message is wrapped-up nicely in a rockin' good time that allows us to enjoy the short ride we're allowed in our own hand basket.

According to a touching article written by Cliff Radel for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Rusty York, who owned Jewel Studio in Mt. Healthy, passed away recently in Florida.  You'll find some great photographs on his page in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

Day Camp

Feb 4, 2014
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Frank Black and John Flansburgh had a baby, and they named it Day Camp.

Rarely do I get the opportunity to see a band live BEFORE I get my hands on their recording, but I was lucky enough to share the Mainstay stage with Day Camp recently and, frankly, fell in love with what I heard. So, when I found out they were releasing their first EP, I (quite literally) dropped what I was doing and rushed out to pick it up.

The Blues: 2/8/14 show

Feb 3, 2014

This Saturday night, February 8th at 11pm, you'll hear music from three groups who'll be appearing in the Cincinnati area soon.  The first is Tommy Castro & the Painkillers who'll be at the Redmoor in Mt.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 for Swing with Bill Cartwright.  The program kicks off with Benny, Billie, and Basie…and keeps going strong from there!

Chris Comer Trio concerts

Feb 3, 2014

Email from Chris Comer 2/2/14:

If you are missing the hip jazz nights at Chez Nora we used to play, there's this cozy hip spot in Northside on Hamilton Ave. called The LISTING LOON. It's in a space that used to be a tango dance studio next to the bike shop SPUN BICYCLES. The address is 4124 Hamilton Ave. They have a nice piano at The Listing Loon as well as all kinds of unique beers and a full bar. I'm playing piano there this Wednesday at 8pm with Bryan Berwanger on bass & Brendan Blumer on drums.

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