Music Notes

There are so many shows you can catch during the holidays in the Cincinnati region.  From Christmas brunch with Jazz at the Hilton to a Jake Speed concert 12/28, the 79th annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival, and so many New Year's Eve celebrations!

New Year's Eve: The Rusty Griswold's at Newport Syndicate, big shows at the Madison Theater, Blue Note Harrison & the Woodward Theater, Lynne Scott at Sorrento's on Reading Road, the Ron Enyard Quartet at Schwartz's Point Jazz Club, the Chris Comer Trio at Dayton's Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall, and Triage at Caffe Vivace.

Happy New Year!

This week's music scene has lots of holiday events on tap.  From Cincinnati Film Society's presentation of  the documentary "Jingle Bell Rocks!" to the 3rd Annual Island Christmas Holiday at The Redmoor and the Society Jazz Orchestra at Schwartz's Point Jazz Club.

No Promises, the Randy Villars Trio, and the Bromwell Diehl Band all have concerts this week.  And, Larry Goshorn found some of his & the Goshorn Brothers' cds in his basement & took them to Shake It Records if you're still looking for that special gift for a music lover.

He is best-known as lead singer/frontman and merrymaker-in-chief for Cincinnati rockers THE MENUS, but Tim Goldrainer is equally at home with Sinatra, Martin, Crosby and Nat King Cole in his other band, CURLY & the Q-BALLS.  Tim and Cueballs pianist Greg Dastillung took a break from rehearsing their annual Christmas show to drop by WVXU's Corbett Studio on November 30th for a visit with Elaine Diehl and a swingin’ take on an Irving Berlin classic Christmas song, "White Christmas."  Curly & the Q-Balls w

Holiday concerts are springing up around the city including a Nat King Cole Christmas at the Aronoff.  CCM will feature Gerald Arpino's Birthday Variations this week, and musician Will Downing will perform at the Freedom Center Friday night.

Lots of jazz shows around town, too, including Lynne Scott, the Brad Myers Trio, Mike Sharfe's Mambo Combo, & Mandy Gaines. 

The holidays are upon us, and therefore, lots of related events like Price Hill Will's "Holiday on the Hill,"  the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Nutter Center, Saengerfest 2018, and tickets going on sale for the Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival.

A film documentary, "Free to Rock," will be shown at UC's Main Street Cinema on campus Friday, November 30th at 1pm.  Doug Yeager, one of the filmmakers, will be in attendance and also participate in the question & answer session afterwards.  

And, sadly, Walt Harrell, "Bunky Tadwell," one of WNOP's on-air personalities, passed away recently.  His funeral will be held this Saturday, December 1st in Delhi at the Dennis George Funeral Home.

Michael Wilson

This holiday week there are plenty of music opportunities throughout the Cincinnati area.  Ricky Nye's performing a number of concerts, the Bromwell Diehl Band have a lunchtime show at Christ Church Cathedral Tuesday; the Newbees &  the Psychodots are in concert Friday night, 11/23; Saturday night, Robin Lacy's Trio at Front Street Cafe, & it's Brews, Blues & BBQ at Christian Moerline Brewing Company.  Looking ahead, Chris Collier's back on stage at York Street Cafe, 12/7.  Steve Schmidt's announced dates for his annual Christmas Schmidtacular, 12/19-21, and Merlefest has firme

Michael Wilson

In this week's "Music Notes," you'll hear about concerts by John Hiatt, Tom Rush, the Patsy Meyer Trio, and many more local musicians.  You'll also hear about the Shrimp & Jazz Festival at Washington Platform, the Winter Blues Fest at Miami Valley Gaming, a new Jimi Hendrix box set, a Cirque du Soleil movie, and tickets going on sale for a concert by Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn next year.

The news that Dave Davis has suddenly passed has saddened the Cincinnati music community.  But, the music will go on, and this week there are shows by  Marmalade Brigade; Phil DeGreg & Brasilia; Jose Madrigal, The Ultimate Santana Experience; and jazz vocalist Samantha Carlson.  There's a film about Paul Butterfield at the Woodward, and tix for Ozzy Osbourne's June 6th Riverbend show go on sale this Friday, November 9th.  There are also Cincinnati Opera and Dayton Opera events.

From Stephen Marley to Humble Pie and a free bluegrass concert at MadTree Taproom, music's alive and well in the Queen City this week.

Joani Lacy has written a wonderful new children's book entitled, "Jack and Remy's Bayou Band," with illustrations by Debbie Kern.  They have a booksigning at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Commons this Thursday, November 1st at 6pm.  Here's a link to Brian O'Donnell's interview with them in WVXU's studio on September 20th.  Their book's also getting some love in New Orleans!

Halloween Concerts & More!

Oct 22, 2018

This week you'll find at least one music event to your tasting from Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) to Bootsy Collin's birthday party to Jazz in Walnut Hills with two nationally known jazz artists and a Ghostly Mozart concert Saturday night.    

This week in Cincinnati you'll find a benefit show for the Longworth-Anderson concert series at Memorial Hall.  There's also "Guys & Dolls"  at CCM, big band concerts at the Redmoor & the Sorg Opera House, plus the Cripple Creek Music Festival, the Falling for Wiedemann Fall Festival, and for Halloween fans the Wake the Dead Bash in Music Hall's Ballroom.   

Cirque Du Soleil is also bringing one of their shows, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities to the 3 big screens in Cincinnati one night only 11/13.  And, there's big news about the preservation of John & Alice Coltrane's Long Island home.

This week on "Music Notes", you'll find information about a number of big band concerts, a couple of fall festivals, and an interesting program sponsored by Cincinnati Opera combining yoga with live opera performances.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to Music Hall's Ballroom and the Blue Wisp Big Band will be performing a tribute memorial with guest jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton.  The Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival's at Town Hall Park this Saturday, and the Cincinnati Celtic Festival at Summit Park in Blue Ash this week. 

This week's musical events include an American Roots series concert by Ray Wylie Hubbard, jazz saxophonist Greg Abate at The Greenwich, and a cd release party with Dan Karlsberg at Caffe Vivace.

Ray Wylie Hubbard will be on Memorial Hall's stage with Arlo McKinley Thursday, October 4th.  Greg Abate will be performing with a local all-star band at The Greenwich Saturday night, October 6th.  And, jazz pianist Dan Karlsberg will have a cd release party at Caffe Vivace Sunday afternoon, October 7th, from 2:30-5:30pm.  

Dan Karlsberg dropped by WVXU's studio Monday, October 1st, to talk with Ron Esposito about his new cd, "Tales from the Winter Solstice," and the players on it.  This interview will be posted to Local Exposure this week.

The King Records 75th anniversary celebration this month winds up with several events this week including a panel discussion of Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt by Reds historian Greg Rhodes and Nick Clooney, a presentation by Jim Tarbell about Ronnie Hollyman at the Main Library downtown, a performance at The Greenwich by the Spear Shakers, and a discussion by Christine Anderson about "The Kings and Queens of Cincinnati."  

This week's "Music Notes" covers a number of events in honor of King Records 75th anniversary in September, tickets going on sale this week for John Mellencamps's February tour coming to the Aronoff,  and a number of local concerts including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati.

The 44th annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival is running 9/19-22 in Bean Blossom, Indiana, with performers like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Tom T. Hall & Miss Dixie will be inducted into the HOF this year.

This week's musical events include many local concerts as well as several events in honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records.  Tickets are going on sale Friday, September 14th for two December shows by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also concerts by Cher in Louisville and Indianapolis.  

The GoFundMe campaign in support of a documentary about the great saxophonist Jimmy McGary will end Saturday, September 15th.  


September starts off with a number of King Records-related events which continue throughout the month.  Concerts, panels, a twist dance at the Cincinnati Reds, a King tribute by Roomful of Blues are just some of the lineup.  There's a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a Jimmy McGary documentary, plus music lessons and lots of concerts in this week's Music Notes!

This week's Music Notes includes local jazz concerts, auditions for the May Festival's Youth Chorus, WVXU's first King Records special about Moon Mullican,  a new Christmas album by Eric Clapton, and an Opera Fusion: New Works collaboration.

From local jazz concerts to Commander Cody at Ludlow Garage and the King Records gala celebration, there's plenty of music for your taste this week in the Cincinnati area.

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