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Businesses know they need to pay licensing fees for music played in their establishment. 

September is King Records Month in Cincinnati. WVXU will pay tribute with four special episodes of Lee Hay's Blues show (Saturday nights at 11pm starting September 3). 

Local musician Chuck Brisbin is in our studio with Bob Nave to preview the upcoming Cincy Blues Fest

Commentary: The Ohio Phonograph Company

Jul 8, 2016

The Ohio Phonograph Company was the first record company to operate out of Cincinnati, and its history involves legal battles with the father of the phonograph, Thomas Edison

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Imagine it's 1971, you and some high school buddies record a couple songs. You sell the 45 to your friends, put it in a few jukeboxes in your hometown and... life just goes on. Then 45 years later, you get an unexpected email.

Starting April 15, the Constella Festival brings a diverse schedule or art and music back to an array of venues around the city.

Our contributor David Lewis is the chair of the Cincinnati chapter of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and gives lectures each month at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County about this area’s long, distinguished history of recording sound and music.

While Playboy may be changing some of the visual content in its magazine, there’s no denying the impact it has made to music, particularly jazz, over the decades.  Ron Esposito talks with Patty Farmer, the author of the new book Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music.

It just may be a universal truth: one of the best ways to reach teens is with and through music. The Music Resource Center— - Cincinnati is a multifaceted teen program that uses recording and performing arts, as well as life skills mentoring, to create a sense of empowerment and accomplishment in the urban community.

On Highway 61 is the new book from Dennis McNally, subtitled Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, and he’s on the phone with David Lewis to talk about the importance of music during the 1960’s civil rights turbulence.

Alive Inside is described as "a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity." The film was awarded the Audience Award for US Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Special screening events are coming to the Kenwood and Mariemont Theatres and feature special Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.

Cincinnati-born filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the experiences of individuals around the U.S. who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. 

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center emphasizes it's not for everyone, but a few families are taking advantage of a new way to remember their critically ill children.

Music therapist Brian Schreck  records the child's heartbeat and uses it as a metronome or drumbeat while he mixes it with songs that are important to the patient or the family.

Provided, Simon and Schuster

  How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of “Hallelujah” straight to the heart of popular culture in his book, “The Holy or the Broken.” Mark Perzel talked with Alan Light about “Hallelujah,” and its unlikely ascent.

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The Allman Brothers Band celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and Senior Writer for Guitar World Alan Paul has a new book out about the band, its members and the music they have been making for more than four decades. Alan Paul talks about his book, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.

As we salute the accomplishments and vision of Dr. King this weekend, there was, of course, another side of the man. A unique aspect of his, and 3 other influential men of the 1960’s, is the music they loved, that inspired them, or that entertained them. In his book, Popology: The Music of the Era in the Lives of Four Icons of the 1960s, author Timothy English takes a unique look at Dr. King, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Thomas Merton through the music in their lives. The author joins Lee Hay by phone to share what their taste in music said about them.

Growing Sound, based in Northern Kentucky, is an extension of Children, Inc. – an organization designed to help meet the needs of children and families. 

MidPoint Music Festival

Sep 22, 2013
CityBeat

Great music, old and new, is coming to town this week. The Bunbury Festival offers 80 live performances by local and national bands for three days of outstanding rock. And UC's Corbett Auditorium will resound with the classics, as twenty-four brilliant pianists compete in the World Piano Competition.

Though they've only been playing together for a year or so, Tweens has exploded onto the local music scene and things are definitely going their way.  


Caitlin Behle and John Sebastian are passionate supporters of local music - and local beer.

They started Drunk Music Reviews in 2011 as an extension of Each Note Secure, the local music blog.

Music great Peter Frampton is entering new territory – ballet! His music will be the focus of the next performances of the Cincinnati Ballet on April 26 and 27. In addition to some of his previously recorded music, he tells our Brian O’Donnell that he has written a brand new piece specifically for the ballet.

Mandy Patinkin coming to Music Hall

Apr 12, 2013

His presence on stage, screen and television is unmistakable – Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway, The Princess Bride on film, Homeland on television. Mandy Patinkin is multi-talented, but his singing is how he first achieved fame. He will be joining the Cincinnati Pops for three concerts April 19-21, performing songs from his stage career as well as some of his favorite popular standards. Mandy Patinkin is on the phone with our Rick Pender to talk about his career and these upcoming concerts.

Steve Parker

Grammy winning musician Victor Wooten is bringing his band to The Madison Theatre in Covington on April 19 for a night of some of his newest music. He’s played bass for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark and Dave Matthews, but this night will be his band, featuring Cincinnati’s own Krystal Peterson on vocals. Krystal is in the studio with Lee Hay to talk about her career and now touring with Victor Wooten.

Rosie Carson back to host concert event

Apr 12, 2013

For the second year, Cincinnati musician Rosie Carson, who has been touring internationally of late, will come home to host and perform at a fundraiser dedicated to her mother, Sue Carson. Sue lost her battle with cancer, so proceeds from the event, which also features The Graveblankets and Tickled Pink, will benefit Cincinnati’s Cancer Family Care, which provides education and counseling to cancer patients and their families. The concert happens Tuesday, April 16 at the 20th Century Theater. Rosie joins Frank Johnson to talk about this event, her recent travels, and the new CD she and partner Kevin Dempsey will have out in October.

It’s hard to believe, but Elementz, Cincinnati’s hip hop youth services organization, is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year. They moved into a new, larger space last year and continue to expand programs designed to keep our city’s young people safe, off the streets, and moving towards an educated, positive life. Brother Abdullah Powell, the creative director of Elementz, is in the studio with Mark Perzel to talk about the past eight years and what he sees for the organization in the coming years.

Next year’s Cincinnati Pops season will run the gamut from favorite standards to space, Broadway and more. And as Conductor John Morris Russell tells our Brian O’Donnell, some of the guest stars include the iconic George Takei and star of “Smash,” Megan Hilty.

The amazing story of pianist Leon Fleisher

Mar 29, 2013

Leon Fleisher is an acclaimed pianist who has overcome some debilitating odds to continue performing at a peak level. Before he comes to town to perform with the Linton Chamber Music Series, our Suzanne Bona speaks with him about his career and the paralysis that nearly ended it.


Lee Hay welcomes in local Christian singer/songwriter Joy Chadwell to talk about her new CD, Nothing Separates Me.


"Opening Day"

Mar 29, 2013

To get everyone ready for the Reds vs. Angels game on Monday, here’s a song from local singer/songwriter Dave Hawkins CD, Best That I Can, called “Opening Day.”

CCM alum Shoshana Bean's new album

Mar 29, 2013

After graduating from UC’s College Conservatory of Music, Shoshana Bean attained great success in New York, appearing in Godspell, Hairspray and Leader of the Pack before being cast in Wicked. After a year of understudying, she spent one year in the lead role of Elpheba. Realizing that could be the pinnacle of her Broadway career, she moved to California and is now writing and performing her own music, including her newly released CD O’Farrelll Street. Assistant Producer Kevin Reynolds remembers Shoshana onstage at CCM and talks with her about her career and this new album.

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