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The Whispering Beard Folk Festival, celebrating its 12th year, is leaving the communal atmosphere of Friendship, Indiana for the big city party vibe of Cincinnati's Smale Park. With a preview of all the music and fun that will happen along the river August 22-24, organizer Catfish Washbordio is with our music contributor Elaine Diehl.

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A celebration of Native American music and culture is coming to Springboro's Patricia Allen Park on August 24-25. Organizer and performer Douglas Blue Feather previews this year's Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival during this conversation with Ron Esposito.

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Jim Tarbell's Ludlow Garage was open from September 1969 to January 1971, just about 18 months. But in that time the music venue hosted some of the best bands in Cincinnati, along with some of the biggest names in rock, including Alice Cooper, Santana, The Kinks and the Allman Brothers.

BeWILDerFest 2019

Aug 15, 2019

The eclectic and mesmerizing BeWILDerFest returns to Urban Artifact for its 4th year on August 23 & 24, 2019.

Hosted on three stages over two days, this years’ lineup of musicians includes many local favorites as well as great regional and nationally-know acts such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Zach Deputy and Screaming Females.

Jack Burton Overdrive has recently released their second album, Happy To Be Here. This album, a follow-up to 2015's Tarbell Street, is a more experimental project with more collaborations, but still guided by the trusting hand of Ben Cochran of Soap Floats Recording Studios.

The members of the band stopped by the WVXU studios to play two songs from the new album and to talk about the band, the new record and some of the stories behind the songs.

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Fifty years ago, roughly 400,000 people sought out peace, love and music in a previously quiet and subdued hamlet in upstate New York. The event would become legendary for its extraordinary lineup of musical acts, and for its statement and purpose during one of the most tumultuous eras in American history.

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Brian O'Donnell has two interviews in celebration of the iconic Ludlow Garage’s 50th Anniversary Reunion happening on August 17:

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Bestselling singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is in concert at the Taft Theatre on August 19, but first she's on the phone with our Elaine Diehl for a wide-ranging conversation. She talks about how she stays positive after all these years on the road, her various albums, and how much her show experience has changed since her 1988 debut.

SRV, Van Morrison & Ry Cooder On The Blues!

Aug 8, 2019

Stevie Ray Vaughan starts off this week's blues show, Saturday, August 10th at 11pm, talking about his playing, followed by him & Double Trouble on their classic, "Pride and Joy."  The rest of the first set includes Lonnie Mack and Joe Louis Walker.  The second set begins with Delbert McClinton who has a new cd out, "Tall, Dark, & Handsome."  You'll also hear Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and Johnny Adams.  The rest of the show includes songs by Bernie Pearl, Ry Cooder, Candye Kane, and Wynton Marsalis/Eric Clapton's version of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

Ben Levin & Takuto Asano Visit Our Studio!

Aug 7, 2019

We were delighted when Ben Levin came into our Corbett Studio this morning along with his friend, Takuto Asano from Japan, who plays guitar.  I asked them about their friendship and their upcoming concerts with Ben's trio later this week.  They performed "Key to the Highway" while in the studio.  (Technical assistance from Rick Andress, engineer.)

Takuto also mentioned that he is taking intensive English courses in New Orleans and decided to fly into Cincinnati a week early to spend some time with Ben and perform with the trio.  He also told me that he had been lucky enough to attend this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Ben Levin Trio will be performing at Latitude's Bar & Bistro in Anderson Township from 6-9pm, Thursday, August 8, and the next night, Friday, August 9, from 7-10pm at the Brew River Creole Kitchen in the Columbia Tusculum area.

Back To The Garden: Woodstock Remembered

Aug 7, 2019
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Saturday, August 17 at 10 p.m.

Woodstock organizers, musicians and audience members recall the 1969 music festival that rocked the world in more ways than one.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Tommy Dorsey's "Song of India," Cleo Laine's "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" and Rosemary Clooney's "We're in the Money."

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In the final interview he recorded for Around Cincinnati, Frank Johnson spoke last fall to Darren Blase of Northside's Shake-It Records about their just released Cincinnati Musical Legends Trading Cards, Set #1. This project, a collaboration with ArtWorks, celebrates the rich diversity of Cincinnati's music scene through the years with 36 cards featuring the likes of Lonnie Mack, Katie Laur, The Cotton Club, and more.

Update: You can see the original artwork in an exhibition at the Public Library of Cincinnati entitled, "Cincinnati Musical Legends: Art from the First Deck."  In this exhibition, you'll see the source materials artists used for their portraits.  The exhibition is located on the second floor connector in the Main Library downtown and will be up through December 31st.

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Aprina Johnson spends her days helping transform Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhood as the community outreach coordinator for the Redevelopment Foundation, but after hours, she is an accomplished musical/communal activist with an album coming out in the fall. She is in our studio with Elaine Diehl for a conversation about her life and work, plus she performs her song “Ima Pick You U Up."

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One of the area's most popular live music duos are Jeff and Misty Perholtz, better known as The Newbees. This year, they are celebrating 15 years of the band known for outstanding originals and a love for performing The Beatles songbook. They visited recently with our Elaine Diehl for conversation and a performance, engineered by Cincinnati Public Radio's Rick Andress, in advance of their anniversary celebration on August 10 at the Southgate House Revival.

We weren't able to air the entire conversation with Misty and Jeff or all the music they performed, so here's the full interview with more music from The Newbees:


This week on The Blues, Saturday, August 3rd, at 11pm, the first set begins with the Claudettes, Ricky Nye, Bob Dylan, and ends with Larry & Tim Goshorn's song "Wild About My Lovin'."  The second set features Shannon Curfman, Gov't Mule, Bobby Blue Bland, and E.G. Kight.  Albert King begins the third set followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Luther Allison.  And, The Blues show ends with Bruce Cockburn's, "Deep Lake."

I don’t know much about Mike Montgomery’s childhood, but I imagine it included a lot of people telling him that he can’t make a career out of punk rock and skateboarding - but that’s pretty much exactly what he’s done.

Guitarist Jonny Lang's Coming To The Area

Jul 30, 2019
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Jonny Lang recently spoke with Ron Esposito in advance of his performances at PNC Pavilion, 8/9, and Rose Music Center, 8/10, along with JJ Grey and Mofro along with Marc Broussard.  Lang discussed his guitars including playing Duane Allman's Les Paul on his new album,

On this week's blues show, Saturday, July 27th at 11pm, the program begins with BB King & Friends, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Delgado Brothers, and the Neville Brothers.  The second set features Jorma Kaukonen, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Curtis Salgado.  The High Street Rhythm Rockers start off the third set followed by the Bluebirds and the Derek Trucks Band.  And, Billie Holiday closes out the show with "My Man" from her "God Bless the Child" release.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Mildred Bailey's "When Day is Done," Robin McKelle's "Night and Day" and Ella Fitzgerald's "This Can't Be Love."

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Featuring more than 20 new acts, the Bellwether Music Festival returns with a change of venue August 9-10, with an array of great music and fun activities for all ages. Join Elaine Diehl as she speaks with co-founder Bill Donabedian about tickets, artists, and his inspiration for the event.

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From the bestselling 60’s pop duo Chad & Jeremy, Jeremy Clyde joins Lee Hay to talk about the current tour in support of his new five-volume set, The Bottom Drawer Sessions, and his upcoming show on August 14 at the York Street Café in Newport.

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Under the direction of John Morris Russell, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has released Voyage, their first CD recorded in the newly refurbished Music Hall. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the title track, from Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, draws inspiration from the stars.  Also from the CD, from that same composer, we present his theme music from the new "Star Trek" films.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Glenn Miller's "St. Louis Blues March," Chris Connor's "Jeepers Creepers" and June Christy's "Skyliner."

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Otis Williams is the founding, and only surviving, member of the original, legendary, super-group The Temptations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are currently on tour with The Righteous Brothers and will be in concert at Cincinnati's PNC Pavilion on Friday, July 26. Elaine Diehl had the chance to speak with Otis Williams about the history, music, and legacy of The Temptations.

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This week's blues show, Saturday, July 20th at 11pm, starts off with Harry Connick, Jr; Queen Latifah; Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson; and Billie Holiday.  The second set features Curtis Salgado, Joe Cocker, and Tony Monaco from Columbus, Ohio.  Jimmy Witherspoon begins the third set followed by Roy Orbison, Dr. John, and Tom Waits.  And, Delbert McClinton's, "My Love is Burnin'," end the show from his 1990 release, "I'm With You."

Concert notes...the 4th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival will be held at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum on Saturday, July 27th from 3-9pm.  Bands performing include the Leo Clarke Band, Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds, the Almond Butter Band, and the North Second Crew.  Jimmy D Rogers will be playing in the Beer Garden during set changes.

Alligator Records performing artist, Billy Branch, will be on stage at the Sorg Opera House in Middletown on Friday, August 9th at 8pm.  

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We're hoping to set up an interview for Around Cincinnati with Sandy Nassan who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage's 50th Anniversary Celebration in Eden Park on Saturday, August 17th.  So, I reached out to Doug Yeager for his contact information since they're good friends, and Doug sent me this 1970 concert poster of Sandy's appearance at the Reflections nightclub at the corner of Calhoun and Vine Streets in Clifton.  That was a great venue!!  I drove up with friends from Morehead to see the Allman Brothers there with Duane.  It's an empty lot now, but what great memories for those of us lucky enough to hear great musicians who played there.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, you'll hear Mills Brothers' "Nagasaki," Charlie Barnet's "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie" and Julie London's "The One I Love Belongs to Somebody."

Meet Steve Berlin Of The Legendary Band, Los Lobos

Jul 12, 2019
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Los Lobos band member Steve Berlin reminisces about the band’s early days as he joins Elaine Diehl to talk about upcoming shows, new music and his own touring experiences. Los Lobos and The Mavericks will co-headline a show at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Tuesday, July 23.

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On August 4, Cincinnati's The Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet will perform at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. Before they go, our Elaine Diehl welcomes the group into our studio for a conversation and performance. Here is an additional live performance recorded at Cincinnati Public Radio:


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