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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 http://www.cincygroove.com/?q=node/211
I 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.
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.
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
The 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.
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
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.
Special discounted tickets are now on sale for $65. Goto legendvalley.net to purchase tickets.
You can also visit hookahville.com 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