Play it Forward

Women of the Blues!

Mar 12, 2020
Michael Wilson

The spotlight is on the women of the blues on this week's blues show, Saturday, March 14th at 11pm.  The first set features Bonnie Raitt, Marcia Ball, Ernestine Anderson, and Phoebe Snow.  During the second set, you'll hear songs by Shemekia Copeland, EG Kight, Shannon Curfman, Kelly Richey, and Aretha Franklin.  And, ending the show, there's music from Joss Stone, Debbie Davies, Susan Tedeschi, Janis Joplin, and Mary Pinckney.

The first set of this Saturday's blues show, February 22nd, includes music from Madeleine Peyroux, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, and Eric Bibb.  The second set features songs by BB King/Eric Clapton, Kombo, and Gov't Mule.  And the last set begins with Koko Taylor, Duke Robillard, and then Mark Murphy and Ken Nordine (who passed away 2/19/19).

Play It Forward has two events coming up: Flying Leapfest at the 20th Century on 2/29 and the Cincinnati Guitar Festival at Riverfront Live...4343 Kellogg Avenue...4/18.  Tommy Emmanuel's at the Taft 3/13, and Delbert McClinton's back in town at Ludlow Garage 3/20.

Courtesy Bob Nave

Play It Forward honors Bob Nave, the musician and radio DJ who died Jan. 28, with a memorial show 2-6 p.m. at The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, on Sunday, Feb. 16.

A visitation for Nave will be 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Spring Grove Cemetery Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, according to his obit. There will be no funeral service.

Chuck Madden

Bob was a friend who shared many interests like NASCAR, jazz, blues, radio, and life.  We'll miss him.

This has been a sad week for many of us who have known Bob Nave for years.  Bob contributed to a number of my specials including ones about Janis Joplin, Tim Goshorn, and Kenny Poole.  Plus, he interviewed a number of folks for "Around Cincinnati."  So, it was hard to hear of his passing earlier this week.  Details of a memorial service are still pending.  

In this week's blues show, Saturday, February 1st at 11pm, you'll hear from a number of female musicians including Jonell Mosser, Joan Armatrading, Susan Tedeschi, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and k.d.lang.  You'll also hear from Keb' Mo' & Joe Cocker in the first set; John Hammond, Bob Dylan, and the Goshorn Brothers in the second set; and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, plus Leonard Cohen in the last set.

Courtesy Bob Nave

The multi-talented Bob Nave, who died Tuesday at home, is hard to describe in one sentence.

I first heard him playing jazz on old WNOP-AM (740), "Radio Free Newport," broadcast from floating oil drums on the Ohio River in the 1970s.

If you were into rock music in the 1960s, you heard him playing keyboard on "Green Tambourine" with The Lemon Pipers.

Cheryl Renee dropped by WVXU's studio recently to talk about the Women of the Blues benefit concert at the Southgate House Revival on Sunday afternoon, September 29th from 2-6pm. This concert benefits Play It Forward which is a "Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping area musicians in times of critical need."  

Cheryl is a board member of Play It Forward and was asked to produce this concert.  She, along with a number of well-known Cincinnati musicians like Sweet Alice Hoskins and the Spear Shakers, will be performing that afternoon.  During our conversation, Cheryl talked about her musical roots, working out of town, her return to Cincinnati, and details of this benefit concert.

Provided

Popular local musicians Robin and Joani Lacy will celebrate 30 years of their band, Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, with a concert benefitting Play It Forward on June 9 at Southgate House Revival. They are in the studio with Brian O'Donnell to talk about the history of the band and how they've kept it going all these years.

Play it Forward, the foundation raising money for local musicians in need, will present the annual Cincinnati Guitar Festival fundraiser at Covington's Madison Theatre on April 27. 

A classic Cincinnati band of the 1960's will be celebrated at an upcoming fundraiser for the Play It Forward foundation, supporting local musicians in need. 

Play It Forward, the local effort to support musicians in need, is bringing together some of Cincinnati's best guitar slingers for a night of music and fundraising. 


Local musician Tim Goshorn passed away earlier this year, now his friends and collaborators are celebrating his life and music with a memorial concert, benefiting Play It Forward

The Blues: 5.20.17 show

May 23, 2017

The first set of the blues show which airs on Saturday, May 20th at 11pm, starts off with Bob Dylan (who's on tour in June), EG Kight (who's playing a solo show at the Downtowne Listening Room 9/23) and also the Goshorn Brothers and Steve Winwood.

Play It Forward, the local foundation supporting musicians in times of need, is paying tribute to the late, great blues/rock/country artist Lonnie Mack

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, April 15th at 11pm, the spotlight's on the late, great guitarist Lonnie Mack who passed away a year ago on April 21, 2016.  You'll hear many of his songs, as well as some songs with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Play It Forward

Exactly a year after his death, local musicians will celebrate the life of legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack on April 21 at Madison Theater.

Called "Mackfest," the concert features Sonny Moorman, Gary Burbank, Scott Bratcher, Jay Jesse Johnson, Chuck Sullivan, Johnny Fink, Wayne Bullock, Junior Spivey, Greg Schaber, Bob Herrmann, Brian Tarter, Raul Watson and Tom Kaper.

Provided by Bill Whyte

After helping Gary Burbank create the Play It Forward nonprofit assisting local musicians years ago, former WUBE-FM DJ Bill Whyte returns Friday to help raise funds with a concert at Newport’s Southgate House Revival.

Whyte performs with his “Hits & Grins” trio of songwriters, Steve Dean and Victoria Venier. They’ll play songs recorded by George Strait, Alabama, Reba McEntire, Ray Stevens, Take Six and others.

“It’s my first time playing back in the Cincinnati area in a long time, so I'm looking very forward to seeing and playing from some old friends,” says Whyte, based in Nashville.

Proceeds from this concert will benefit Play It Forward which helps support local musicians in time of their need.  The show starts on Saturday, Feb.7th at 8pm at St. X. 

Here's a link to Gem City's video for their song, "They Know Me."

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