local musicians

  The 13th annual MidPoint Music Festival kicks off this Thursday, offering festival goers three days of music, fun, food and drink, in various venues throughout Over the Rhine and downtown. While headliners at this year’'s MidPoint are The Afghan Whigs, Chromeo and OK Go, the festival continues to embrace emerging artists, the bands people will be talking about next year.

This week's review is a bit unusual  - mostly because the subject of the review is pretty unusual itself.

On August 8, local bands Ohio Knife and Skeleton Hands were paired together on the Fountain Square stage as part of the Midpoint Indie Summer celebration. To help promote this event, and to celebrate local music in general, Jason Snell, lead singer of Ohio Knife and creator of the downtown branding company We Have Become Vikings, decided to cut a limited-edition 7" dual single and release it on white vinyl.

Play It Forward is a local foundation that helps local musicians in times of need. They are gearing up for their 19th Annual Michael W. Bany Golf Scramble to support their efforts and Brian O’Donnell learns more about Play It Forward, the golf event and its namesake, Michael Bany, from the foundation’s Jim Hunt and Michael’s brother, Mark Bany.

Local musicians Rick Lisak and Zak Rowe (Lisak & Rowe) are with Lee Hay to talk about their newest CD, Amer-i-Cana including how long they’ve been working on it, what other musicians appear on it and more.

Hear about Acarya's new EP, "Is Fio Glacies"

Jun 13, 2014

Ron Esposito welcomes local musicians Liz Wu and Wes Davidson from Acarya in to talk about their new EP Is Fio Glacies and their upcoming concert on Fountain Square on Friday, June 27.

There is a new live music venue coming to the downtown area that will be doing things a little bit differently.

The DownTowne Listening Room, located in in the historic Shillito building (151 West 7th Street), is a place where people can turn off their phones and turn on to the music.

Local musician, producer and music studio owner Ric Hordinski spends a few minutes with our Brian O’Donnell to talk about his recent projects, including producing the latest projects for singer-songwriter David Wilcox and Ruthie Allen Lincoln. Wilcox’s album, blaze, is his 18th and features some well-known local musicians providing back-up.

Cincinnati music icon Rob Fetters (The Bears, psychodots) has just released his latest solo project, Saint Ain’t, and he joins Brian O’Donnell to discuss the evolution of the album (several years in the making) as well as some of the musicians who joined him on the project.

Cover art by Matt Zory

New music from Acarya

Nov 22, 2013

Cincinnati tribal rock duo Acarya (Liz Wu and Wes Davidson) is releasing their new downloadable CD, Reperio Terra, on November 29. It’s an acoustic rock album with guitar, male vocal and a specially designed drum set. Liz Wu joins Ron Esposito to talk about the group and the genesis of this new project.

Joe Duran Nonet has new CD

Nov 22, 2013

Cincinnati jazz musician Joe Duran’s group, Nonet, has a new album available now for download and soon as a CD. It’s called Midwest Daydream and the group is composed of members of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to discuss the group’s name and the help of Kim Pensyl from CCM in producing, engineering and performing.

Local music icons Karin Bergquist and Linford Detwiler, better known as Over the Rhine, have a new CD coming out (“Meet Me at The Edge of the World”) and a live concert at Coney Island on September 13. They stopped by our studios for a talk with Ron Esposito about the new music and what fans will hear at the Coney Island event.

Us, Today

Aug 2, 2013

Us, Today is a Cincinnati trio of guitar, vibraphone/keyboard, and drums whose music is best described as an avant-garde blend of jazz, rock, minimalism, and electronic music, with a heavy emphasis on experimentation and improvisation. They will be part of this September’s Midpoint Music Festival, but Stuart Holman had the chance to sit down with Kristen Agee and Joel Griggs from Us, Today to talk about their wide-ranging musical styles and influences.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, is a five-part series hosted by Lee Hay and is produced to honor the label’s impact on Cincinnati and music.

The series includes interviews with former King musicians, music historians, and music fans. A roundtable discussion of King Records moderated by music journalist Larry Nager and including Otis Williams and the Charms (Jimmy Railey, J.J. Peterson, and Rufus Allen), session drummer Philip Paul and his wife Juanita, and vocalist Keith Little is also featured.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part I 

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The three members of the band Mad Anthony were injured in a June 29th car accident while on tour outside Louisville en route to Evansville, IN.  

The musicians, Marc, Ringo and Adam have all returned home to Cincinnati to recover.  Several tour dates have been canceled "with more TBA" according to the band's Facebook page.

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