Gary Burbank

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.

  Cincinnati has always been a music town. You can enjoy almost any style of music any night of the week, and attend dozens of large-scale music events through the year. But as any independent musician can tell you, as much as they love what they do, it'’s not an easy way to make a living and there is no safety net.

Play it Forward Foundation

Aug 12, 2012

Brian O’Donnell speaks with Jim Hunt about the upcoming auction on August 17th at the Redmoor in Mount Lookout to benefit the Play it Forward Foundation, which provides financial assistance to area musicians.