Local Exposure

WVXU's Local Exposure focuses on the thriving music scene in the Greater Cincinnati area.

You'll find album & book reviews, interviews with local musicians as well as national artists coming to town, plus concert announcements, reviews and other music news.

Contributors include musicians, artists and a number of folks who have their finger on the pulse of the local and regional music scene.

Closing out the holiday season, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra will join with St. William's Church Choir to perform along with guest soloists selections from Handel's classic "Messiah".  The performance is scheduled on Wednesday, January 10th, at 7:30pm in St. William Catholic Church located at 4108 W. 8th Street in Price Hill and will be free and open to the public.  

Singer/songwriter Dave Hawkins dropped by the studio with his guitar "Sparky" to talk about his most recent cd, "As Long As We Get There" and a concert he's got coming up on December 23rd at the College Hill Coffee Company.

Elaine Diehl recently sat down with Scotty McEvoy, one of the producers of a unique holiday concert, to talk about Island Christmas Holiday, scheduled for Thursday, December 21st at The Church in Oakley.  He characterized the show as “where 'White Christmas' meets Bob Marley and 'A Prairie Home Companion’ meets Jimmy Buffett.”  

Soften: Seen + Unseen

Dec 12, 2017

Since I saw them perform live at our Tiny Desk Showcase in July, I have been eager to sit down with the members of Soften to talk about their music. In speaking with them, I was pleased to find very talented musicians who, not only play very well together, but who genuinely seem to care about and for each other.

Stevie Nicks new biography

Dec 7, 2017

Elaine Diehl recently spoke by phone with Stephen Davis in Boston about his new unauthorized biography, "Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks."  She's been a popular vocalist on the rock scene for decades since her early work with the band Fritz & Fleetwood Mac and her rocky relationship with Mick Fleetwood.  

I recently spoke with David Hepworth about his book, Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars, which explores his theory that the era of the rock star began in 1955 and ended in 1995 with the advent of computers & social media.  He's divided the book into 40 chapters, one for each year between 1955 and 1995 beginning with Little Richard's New Orleans recording of "Tutti Fruitti" for Specialty Records in 1955.

Legendary drummer John Von Ohlen has recorded a cd of original piano compositions and needs help to pay for its production.  So, a Kickstarter project has been established to help him fund the project.   The goal is to raise $5,000 by Tuesday, December 12th.   So far, a little over $1,500 has been raised.  

Nat Comisar who owned two popular restaurants, the Maisonette and La Normandie, in downtown Cincinnati (sadly both are now closed) is staying busy with real estate these days and also sharing his singing talents with local and national bands including Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins, and The Bobs.

From December 7th -21st, Nat Comisar and Noah Berry will be touring with the NO PROMISES Vocal Band in the Tristate area on their "Christmas with NO PROMISES" tour.  They'll be performing in Covington, Walnut Hills, Montgomery and Beavercreek.  The ensembles's "signature blend of jazz-infused seasonal favorites and everyday classics" includes songs by the Manhattan Transfer, Joni Mitchell, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Elaine Diehl sat down with two folks from Buddy Roger's Music who dropped by the studio this morning to talk about their two days of clinics coming up on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th at their showroom in North College Hill.

Pike 27: The Long Fight

Nov 28, 2017

In 2001, Northern KY’s Pike 27 released their first album “Falling Down Hard” which gathered a lot of attention for the then fledgling local band. Then, in 2014 “Calling Out,” with its catchy pop melodies and infectious rhythms, solidified their reputation as one of the best live acts in the area.

Elaine Diehl's thoughts on this zany Christmas show on the west side of Cincinnati at Jim & Jack's on the River located at 3456 River Road.  You'll hear "a collection of holiday songs performed ala The Rat Pack by Curly & the Cueballs. 

Here's a link to their YouTube video from their past Christmas performance.

Frank Johnson recently spoke by phone with Ricardo Averbach, Director of Orchestra Studies at Oxford's Miami University about a recording he conducted of the Seattle Symphony.  The orchestra performed AR Rahman's composition, "The Flying Lotus," and a cd of it was released this fall.

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Moonbeau, a band that started out as a synth-pop solo project by Christian Gough of The Yugos has quickly grown into one of the most popular bands in town. Recently joined by Alex Murphy-White on drums and Claire Muenchen on keyboards, Moonbeau has expanded their throwback pop sound and, in doing so, has expanded their audience exponentially.

The Fillmore Wind Program will present their 2017 holiday concert on Saturday, December 2nd, at 7pm at Mt. Healthy High School with special guest vocalist Nancy James.  Frank Johnson recently spoke with their artistic director, Dr. James Daughters, about the Program.  

Miami University Department of Music and the William E. Schmidt Foundation present 

Grand Night: Love Letters to Ella

Celebrating 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald at Miami University

Marti Schottelkotte

Ron Esposito sat down in the WVXU studio with the three teenage members of the group, Triple the Trouble.  They recently opened up for Smashmouth, Uncle Kracker, and Spin Doctors, so they're definitely talented and having fun on stage.  

Bob Ross sat down in the WVXU studio with Ron Esposito Monday afternoon, October 30th, to talk about his musical career which started at the age of 14 and was influenced by Metallica.  Bob honed his guitar style while studying at Morehead State University and also in Philadelphia.  He talks about guitarists Jimmy Bruno and Pat Martino as well as his approached to sound and music.

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I don’t think it is hyperbole to say that Mad Anthony is the hardest working band in Greater Cincinnati. When you combine a regular schedule of touring - both in the US and internationally - with a massive recording project that involves releasing one song every week for a year -- plus elaborate video production - the three members of this band give their heart and soul into producing some great hard-hitting music.

Lisa Biales, who lives in Oxford, Ohio, and has been performing and recording for a number of years, has been notified that her album, The Beat of My Heart, has been nominated for a Grammy award in six categories.  

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing their classic holiday rock opera to Cincinnati's US Bank Arena for two shows on Thursday, December 21st.  Their lead guitarist, Joel Hoekstra, who's been with them since 2010, recently spoke by phone with Elaine Diehl about TSO and some of his other musical projects.

Here’s a review of Radney Foster’s new cd and book of short stories by WVXU’s singer/songwriter Roberta Schultz. 

Root Cellar Xtract is a country-rock band deeply connected with the Laurel Canyon, California sound of the 1970’s that produced such bands as Buffalo Springfield, Little Feat, Poco, The Eagles and Pure Prairie League.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

The Sorg Opera House has finally begun hosting a variety of musical concerts for area music fans.  The first concert was by the Butler Philharmonic on September 24th, 2017.  The next concert will feature the sounds of the Blue Wisp Big Band, a band which has been performing on the Cincinnati jazz scene for decades.

Wonder Lust is the third album by local band New Sincerity Works and, though it feels like it might be the conclusion of a trilogy, lead singer Mike Tittel tells me how that’s not quite the case.

We’ll talk about the new album, the all-star band that created it, the beautiful cover art and the album release party that’s coming up. And we’ll also discuss the super cool El Camino that appears in the band’s new video.

Rhonda Juliano, Artistic Director of the choral group Fluidity, and Mike Moroski, Executive Director of UpSpring, dropped by the studio recently to speak with Anne Arenstein about their upcoming concert.

WVXU will air a one-hour special about rock legend Tom Petty on Saturday night, October 7th at 11pm.  Produced by documentarian Paul Ingles, Tom Petty - Live and Kicking It: An Appreciation is a music-intensive hour of live performances.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who just finished up a national tour recently, Petty's passing by cardiac event Monday, October 2nd, stunned his many fans from his decades of performances.

The 4th Annual Bend in the River Art & Music Festival will be held Saturday, October 7th from noon to 10pm at The Sanctuary, a renovated historic church built in 1847, at 2110 St. Michael Street.  It's a free, family-friendly event showcasing the transformation of the lower Price Hill neighborhood.

A man in a black cape holds a sitar like a guitar all while singing a dreamy tale about wanting to be a dog. Well actually a "dawg."

Welcome the world of Dawg Yawp, the musical concoction of Rob Keenan and Tyler Randall, where drones and toy pianos are likely to collide with heavy metal electronics and a well-placed melody.

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