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I was fortunate to stumble upon the band Smoke Signals... recently at The Southgate House Revival.

The Newport-based trio played in the Lounge – the smallest of the three stages – and they immediately filled the room to capacity with exuberant fans, curious onlookers like me, and an unearthly powerful sound.  As soon as their set was finished, I made a beeline to the merch table and picked up a copy of their 6-song CD, The Collapse.

The songs on The Collapse read like a post-apocalyptic diary written by those left behind after the cataclysm, but who have still been deeply affected by something much bigger and scarier than themselves.  The tracks are punctuated by bits of radio static or odd recorded clips that seem to cry out “Is there anybody out there?

The sights and sounds from Borneo music festival

Aug 16, 2013

Cincinnati Public Radio’s Len Sternberg recently returned from a trip to Borneo to attend the 16th Annual Rainforest World Music Festival, and he joins Ron Esposito to talk about the country and the importance of music as a bridge between cultures.

New CD from local jazz musician Rick VanMatre

Aug 16, 2013

Rick VanMatre, Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music stops by the studio to talk with Ron Esposito about his new CD, Lines Above, and the upcoming release party at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club on September 6.

Moonbow: The End of Time

Aug 14, 2013
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The opening strains of Moonbow's debut album, The End of Time, draw you in like the first hill of a monster roller coaster.  The off-tune violin and rustic guitar hint of something yet-to-come; and once the drums and bass kick-in, you're over that first big hill, screaming with a combination of thrill and terror. You're gravity's prisoner now, so you best just hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

You may recognize the name Andy Stein from his frequent appearances as guest musician on A Prairie Home Companion. He’s a talented and respected jazz violinist who will be doing three appearances next week with Cincinnati’s own Faux Frenchmen. Brian O’Donnell gets all the details from band member George Cunningham.

Brian Powers from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County joins Lee Hay in our studio to talk about the 5th Annual Cowboy Copas Memorial Concert on August 16 and 17. Copas is a music legend, born in Adams County, and who died tragically in the same place crash that took Patsy Cline’s life. The memorial concerts will take place in Winchester, Ohio and will feature great music and some special guests, including his daughter, singer Cathy Copas.

Us, Today

Aug 2, 2013

Us, Today is a Cincinnati trio of guitar, vibraphone/keyboard, and drums whose music is best described as an avant-garde blend of jazz, rock, minimalism, and electronic music, with a heavy emphasis on experimentation and improvisation. They will be part of this September’s Midpoint Music Festival, but Stuart Holman had the chance to sit down with Kristen Agee and Joel Griggs from Us, Today to talk about their wide-ranging musical styles and influences.

Lebanon Blues Festival

Jul 29, 2013
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It's Commonly Jazz is back!

Jul 26, 2013

The pavilion in Eden Park will host the It’s Commonly Jazz series of concerts this August. As Robyn Carey-Allgeyer learns from organizer Laura Gentry, each Thursday evening will feature different jazz performers in concert for free.

Local music legend and nightclub owner Bobby Mackey joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about a new exhibit at Devou Park’s Behringer Crawford Museum entitled Northern Kentucky Music Legends. The exhibit pays tribute to local musicians, composers and others who successfully spent their lives in the music business.

The Blues show with Lee Hay this Saturday night, July 27th at 11pm, will feature August blues concerts/festivals in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Besides music from various featured musicians, there will be interviews with Peter Frampton, George Hibben from Rookwood Pottery, plus Marcos Sastre and Rick Leighton from the Bluebirds. 

A letter from our friends at the Cincy Blues Fest:

Cincy Blues Fans: 

Covington’s Behringer Crawford Museum has a very special Music@BCM concert Thursday, July 18 when Cincinnati favorite The Bluebirds provide the tunes for the Bourbon ‘n Blues night.

Cincinnati native Susan Didrichsen left for the bright lights of New York and is now a successful singer, working with such artists as Spyro Gyra, Wilson Pickett, Jennifer Hudson and many more. She’s now helping up-and-coming singers, and as Brian O’Donnell learns, she’ll be in town on July 20 to present her NYC Vocal Performance Workshop.

WEB ONLY: An extended interview with local life coach and musician Ron Esposito as he talks about his just released CD Soul Burst with Lee Hay. They discuss his creative process, some of the guest artists on the new CD, the digital recording process and more.

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The second annual Bunbury Music Festival is ready to kick off three days of live music along the Cincinnati riverfront July 12, 13 and 14 with headliners Fun., MGMT, and The National. Jim Nolan is joined by festival founder and producer Bill Donabedian to discuss changes from year one and some of the other acts festival-goers will hear.

A profile of music great Stanley Jordan

Jul 5, 2013

He’s one of the most admired and prolific musicians working today. Though known as a jazz impresario, his musical interests are wide and his collaborators varied. Stanley Jordan was recently in town and came into our studio for an interview with Frank Johnson where they touched on topics ranging from Katy Perry to Debussy, mathematics to Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead.

Music and Fireworks

Jul 1, 2013

Independent producer Hans Anderson delivers a humorous piece about impressing the neighborhood with your fireworks on the Fourth of July, and Mark Perzel talks with  Conductor, J.R. Cassidy as the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra enters its 19th summer of making beautiful music and memorable  evenings  in the bandshell at Covington's Devou Park.

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Guitarist Stanley Jordan will present a music seminar entitled "Keys to Optimal Learning for Musicians" at The Blue Wisp Jazz Club on Monday, June 24th at 7pm.  The seminar is open to all people interested in music, regardless of instrument, style or playing ability.

Sylvain Archer: shop owner and musician

Jun 21, 2013
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Sylvain Archer is the owner of the Madisonville shop French Rendez-Vous during the day, but away from the store he’s an accomplished guitarist. He joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to discuss his new, all-French CD with his new group, French Axe, recorded in the Corbett Studio at Cincinnati Public Radio, and featuring other top local musicians Eric Sayer on bass, Rob Allgeyer on Hammond organ and accordion and Mark on drums.

A song from the newest CD, Soul Burst, from local musician Ron Esposito.

Student singers can apply for a choral scholar program

Jun 14, 2013

High school students looking to learn the fine art of choral singing are encouraged to apply for the Christ Church Cathedral’s choral scholar program. As Anne Arenstein learns from Stephan Casurella, the church’s music director, applications are due by June 30 for the 2013-14 season (September-May) and accepted students receive a monthly stipend for their participation.

Summertime version of Suits That Rock

Jun 14, 2013

They’re back! Suits That Rock, the successful fundraising concert for the The Carnegie in Covington returns with a summer themed event – SwimSuits That Rock – on June 22 and 29. Local business and civic leaders show off their true passion, music, by strapping on their guitars and beating their drums, all to support the children’s art education programs at The Carnegie. One of the rockers (and co-founder of this event), Fidelity Investments’ Kevin Canafax, joins Jim Stump with more information on the performers, the music, and the work of The Carnegie.

A song from country artist Billy Currington, who will be performing at the Kentucky Speedway prior to the Quaker State 400 race on June 29.

Carmon DeLeone's Big Band in concert

Jun 7, 2013

Carmon DeLeone, longtime music director of the Cincinnati Ballet, is also an exceptional jazz drummer, and he and his band, Carmon DeLeone and the New Studio Big Band, will be in concert at The Carnegie in Covington on June 13. He joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to talk about his love of big band music and the wide repertoire the audience will hear during the Old, New, Borrowed and Blue concert.

After a triumphant appearance with the Cincinnati Ballet in April, guitar virtuoso and former Cincinnatian Peter Frampton is coming back to town with a few of his friends: BB King and Sonny Landreth. They’ll be in concert at the PNC Pavilion on August 14 with a show called Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour, and he spends a few minutes with Brian O’Donnell to talk about the music and these guitar legends.

Cincinnati Men's Chorus present "Loud & Proud"

Jun 7, 2013

One of the highlights of this year’s Cincinnati Pride Week will be the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus concert entitled Loud and Proud, taking place June 22 and 23 at the School for Creative and Performing Arts downtown. Artistic Director Casey Hayes is in the studio with our Jim Stump with details on this year’s program and the historical significance of this concert at gay rights.

Two acclaimed and sought-after touring and studio musicians, Bobby Fisher (guitar/songwriter) and Michael G. Ronstadt (cello/guitar/songwriter), have joined together to create a new and truly special CD entitled Ancient and Unending, and as they tell Lee Hay, it started as a musical idea that took creative scheduling and the help of some very talented friends to finally come to fruition.

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Tel-Aviv bassist Adam Ben Ezra is known worldwide as an upright bass virtuoso and composer. His longtime friend and manager Guy Dayan also helped established Ezra as a YouTuber. His YouTube videos have more than 4 million views.

Final Concerts for MUSE Director Catherine Roma

May 31, 2013

Catherine Roma, the long-time director of the women’s choir MUSE, joins Anne Arenstein to discuss her upcoming retirement, some highlights from her time leading MUSE, the incoming director, and what the audience can expect in her final two concerts on June 8 and 9.

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