Sunday, November 16, 2008

Les Paul is a 2008 American Music Master

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Les Paul as the 2008 American Music Master this past Saturday (11/15) at the Playhouse Square State Theater in Cleveland, OH. This was just an incredible night of music and to be in the same room as Les Paul was amazing. There were performances from Hall of Fame members and some of best guitar players today including: James Burton, Duane Eddy, Billy Gibbons and the Ventures along with Jennifer Batten, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Eric Carmen, Dennis Coffey, Lenny Kaye, Steve Lukather, Barbara Lynn, Lonnie Mack, Katy Moffatt, Alannah Myles, Richie Sambora and Slash.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Midpoint Music Festival 2008, Cincinnati, OH

What a great 3 days of music in my hometown of Cincinnati, OH. The Midpoint Music Festival has become one of the best music festivals around. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to have over 150 bands playing over 3 days in 15 different venues. City Beat Magazine put together a great festival this year. A nice touch was the 20 Scion street cars that were running a loop during the festival to shuttle around patrons, it saved me a lot of walking.

Here are photos I took of the following bands:
Seabird, Daughters and Sons, Addie Loy, Megan King, Ill Poetic, Sonny Moorman, The Newbees, Jon Justice Band, IsWhat, Jayne Sachs, Seedy Seeds, Taini Asili, Tracy Walker, Troubadour Dali, Wussy, Yoshi, The Koala Fires, Bill Kurzenerger

There is also video from most of the bands that were photographed, bands from 9.25 have been added with the rest being added soon!


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Video - Freekbass, 8.1.08, House of Crave, Columbus, OH

Just posted video of Cincinnati funk band, Freekbass from 8.1.2008 at The House of Crave in Columbus, OH:


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Band Spotlight July 2008 - Jon Justice Band

Jon Justice was recently sited as Best of Cincinnati 2008 Blues Singer/Slinger, won the Cincinnati Blues Challenge representing the Queen City at the IBC in Memphis. In 2007 Justice was nominated for three C.E.A's for Best Blues Artist, Best Live Act, and Best Up and Coming Artist and appeared in a Bootsy Collins', ( James Brown, Parliament Funk, George Clinton), video "BENGAL ROCK". Jon was also honored with a C.U.LA.N award by the city of Cincinnati for his artistic contributions to the community in 2008.

Jon Justice is also Artist of the Month for July 2008 on

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Photos - Buffalo Killers, 4.18.2008, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH

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Photos from Buffalo Killers at 20th Century Theater last night:

Buffalo Killers, 4.18.2008, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH


Photos - Freekbass, 4.18.08, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH

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Photos from Freekbass at 20th Century Theater last night:

Freekbass, 4.18.2008, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH

They were recording a live dvd last night so be on the look out for that. Be sure to also catch Freekbass on the upcoming Tribute to James Brown Tour which begins May 1st. Check out the information for the tour at


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Show Review : Richie Havens, 3.29.2008, Peachs Grill, Yellow Springs, OH

Review and Photos by Scott Preston

richie havens, folk musicI always enjoy when Richie Havens makes his annual trip through the state of Ohio. Peachs Grill in Yellow Springs, OH holds less than 200 people. Richie also had 2 very talented musicians playing with him, Walter Parks on guitar and Stephanie Winters on cello. I have rarely ever been to a show where single person in the bar was paying attention to what was happening on the stage. Everyone in the venue was hanging on every word that Richie spoke. It just shows the respect that the man receives. He started off the evening with Dylan's All Along the Watchtower. Followed a few songs later by Maggie's Farm. Richie is truly a master of interpretation of Bob Dylan's music. Shortly thereafter Richie sang his signature song Freedom. A nice surprise was Richie singing an accapela version of You are So Beautiful to Me. Richie left the stage but wasn't finished yet. He returned to the stage to perform George Harrison's Here Comes The Sun. Something else that impresses me about Richie Havens that after the show he will come back out and take photos and sign cd's for every single person that is standing in line. A truly genuinely kind person.

Source -

Bootsy Collins and Jeff Ruby to open new club

Restaurateur Jeff Ruby and funk rocker Bootsy Collins on Thursday announced they have signed a lease on their joint venture, a downtown Cincinnati nightclub and restaurant.

Bootsy’s, Produced by Jeff Ruby’s will be located in the former Uno’s on Walnut Street, across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

The new establishment will include a Rock ‘n Roll museum on the downstairs level.

“I wanted to stimulate the city’s first true entertainment district along Walnut Street,’’ Ruby said during a news conference at his Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, just north of Bootsy’s on the corner of Seventh and Walnut streets. “I truly believe in this area, and Bootsy Collins was the perfect partner to make this happen.’’

The restaurant is expected to open by fall and will feature Spanish tapas, or small plates, and sushi.

Ruby has another steakhouse under construction in St. Louis.

The downtown restaurant will feature a balcony over Walnut Street and two patios in the front and back.

A disc jockey will play music in the club area nightly.
(source: Cincinnati Enquirer)

New Music Venue in Cincinnati - National City Pavilion at Riverbend

National City Pavilion is a brand new music venue located at The Riverbend Music Center here in Cincinnati, OH. The new venue has 4,100 seats, smaller than Riverbend's capacity, but will provide a more intimate concert experience. The stage in National City Pavilion is almost as large as Riverbend's just not as deep. National City Pavilion is for the most part a smaller version of Riverbend's pavilion.

here are the initial shows that have been announced so far:
Sheryl Crow with special guest Jason Mraz - May 25, 2008
The Moody Blues - June 6, 2008
The Raconteurs with special guest The Black Lips - June 10, 2008
Stevie Nicks - June 26, 2008
Aly & AJ - June 27, 2008
Steely Dan - July 13, 2008
Weird Al Yankovic - July 21, 2008
The CSO Performs The Music of Led Zeppelin - August 1, 2008
Peter Frampton - August 6, 2008
Merle Haggard - August 7, 2008
Huey Lewis & The News - August 11, 2008
O.A.R. with special guest Ozomatli - August 12, 2008
George Thorogood & The Destroyers with special guest Buddy Guy - August 20, 2008

Photos - Widespread Panic, 4.9.08,US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Photos - Widespread Panic, 4.9.08,US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Interview with Billy Alletzhauser from The Hiders

April 14, 2008

Interview by Scott Preston

the hiders, cincinnati musicThe Hiders are composed of an all-star indie line up. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Bill Alletzhauser is a former member of Ohio alt-country group The Ass Ponys. Beth Harris once turned down a university scholarship for vocal music. Michael Horrigan has played in groups The Love Cowboys and The Afghan Whigs. Tony Franklin is one of the most talented jazz, rock, and blues drummers in Cincinnati.

The Hiders will be holding a CD release party for the debut of their 2nd studio cd "Penny Harvest Field" on May 9, 2008 at The Southgate House in Newport, KY. Singer/Songwriter Kim Taylor will be opening the show.

Cincy Groove: So is the new cd "Penny Harvest Field" ready for the people?

Billy Alletzhauser: We are taking care of some final tweaks here and there. We recorded 12 songs in Nashville at Alex The Great studios and plan on using 10 of them on the cd. We also recorded 2 songs here in Cincinnati at Ultrasuede studios/the BatCave by John Curley and myself. So the cd will have 12 songs. We are getting it mastered next week and taking care of the artwork.

Cincy Groove: Do you have any people play on the cd outside of The Hiders?

Billy Alletzhauser: We ended up using this guy in Nashville who is kind of a multi instrumentalist. His name is Fats Kaplin. He ended up playing pedal steel guitar, banjo, and fiddle on the record. It worked out well. There were some people from Cincinnati that were supposed to play on the record. But they were going to come down to Nashville in Feb of 2007 when we had that huge snow and ice storm. So that didn't work out. But it was ok because Fats was there and he played 3 different instruments on 5 different songs. He did it all in about 4 hours.

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Bill Alletzhauser

Cincy Groove: Who do you consider some of your influences?

Billy Alletzhauser: Everything from Kris Kristofferson to Minor Threat. A lot of punk stuff has been a major influence on me. I think it still is in a way.

Cincy Groove: Do you remember the name of the first band you were ever in?

Billy Alletzhauser: I guess the first band that I was in that played out was called Rover. We were just like 14 at the time.

Read the full interview here

Cincy Blues Fest Aug 1-2, 2008 Sawyer Point Cincinnati, OH

Cincy Blues Fest will return to Sawyer Point Aug. 1 and 2 for its 16th year.

The “Sweet Sixteen" edition of the blues extravaganza will include more than 50 local, regional, and national acts.

On Friday, Aug. 1, the festival will run from 5 p.m until midnight on three stages with a $7 admission (Blues Society members free). Tickets will be available at the gate; there are no plans for advance sales.

The Main Stage will feature headliner Sean Costello along with Alvin Jett, Phat Noiz, and Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers.

This year, the Arches Stage features “AlternaBlues”: blues-influenced roots music with performances by local bands that will include Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Jake Speed and the Freddies.

The Aug. 2 shows run from 2:30 p.m until midnight for $10 (Blues Society members free). The headliner is Watermelon Slim and the Workers, along with Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Sugar Blue, Gina Sicilia, Lisa Otey, Sue Palmer, Wendy DeWitt, Luther G. Williams, Matt Wigler, Bob Seeley, Marc Braun, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, Rob Rio and more.

All proceeds go to the Cincy Blues Society to help fund their Blues in the Schools program, educating area local students from elementary through high school on the history and styles of Blues music.

For more information visit

Spring Hookahville 2008 News

Spring Hookahville (XXVIIII) 2008 News
May 23 - 26, 2008

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Spring hookahville 2008 will be taking place at Legend Valley Music Center in Thornville, OH (about 30 miles east of Columbus) from May 23 - 26, 2008.

Music this time around will be on Saturday (5/24) and Sunday (5/25) with Early bird admission on Friday (5/23).

spring hookahville lineup
2 nights of ekoostik hookah, Emmitt Nershi Band, Outformation, Lotus, The Ragbirds, Boogie Matrix Mechanism , Woodbox Gang, Seven, Fat City Reprise, Macpodz, The Werks, Stephan Mikes, Greensky Bluegrass

added to the lineup 3.4.2008:
Sam Bush and Railroad Earth

I will also be profiling each band in an article:
Interview with Dave Katz of ekoostik hookah
Interview with Jesse from LOTUS
Interview with Sam Holt from Outformation
Interview with Rob Chafin from The Werks
Interview with Nick Ayers from The Macpodz
Interview with Drew Emmitt from the Emmitt Nershi Band
Interview with Johnny K from Boogie Matrix Mechanism

Special discounted tickets are now on sale for $65. Goto to purchase tickets.

You can also visit to see the history of this festival. This year 2008 is bringing up hookahville's 29 and 30. Not too many festivals can attest to having a longevity as hookahville has had. My opinion might be a little biased, as I have been to 22 consecutive hookahvilles. I always look foward to this every year, its a great time to see some great music, camp under the stars and see all your friends. I will be posting any new information as it becomes available.

Hookahville Golf Outing
* Thursday May 22nd at 1:00PM at Raccoon International Golf Course in Granville, Ohio
* Cost and info to come but it's usually about $30 to play, including a cookout at the course after.
* Format is teams of 4 people and this is a scramble (each team uses their best shot), shotgun start (everyone begins more or less at once at a different hole)
* There's a trophy for first place.....come on out and get ready for Hookahville!

Hookahville Motorcycle Ride
The Hookahville motorcycle ride to Hookahville meets at the High Beck Tavern on the corner of Beck and High St. in Columbus. Riders will meet on Saturday May 24th between 11AM and 1PM and ride at 1PM to Legend Valley. It's about a 30-45 minute ride.

If you are doing early bird camping - and who wouldn't be - you can bring your bike to Hookahville, camp Friday night and ride on over to the High Beck Friday morning. Lots of people do it....maybe even enough to have a mini-ride FROM Hookahville to the High Beck for the big ride....

High Beck Tavern - 564 S. High St - Columbus, OH 43215 - (614) 224-0886

Related links:
ekoostik hookah - ekoostik hookah fan site - ekoostik hookah fan site - extensive ekoostik hookah setlist and lyrics database