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This Week in Live Music: September 23-29

Welcome, officially (but not officiously) to Fall. Monday, September 23rd is the Autumnal Equinox.

Summer's going fast, nights growing colder 
Children growing up, old friends growing older

(name that tune... without using Google search)

9/23 is also National Great American Pot Pie Day. We suggest you celebrate by cooking a Swanson’s pot pie in the oven for about 80 minutes, and then enjoying how the crust burns your tongue yet the veggies inside the pot pie are still ice cold.

Oh, and 9/23 is National Checkers Day… as in Nixon’s dog.

Almost makes you wistful for those carefree, PAC-free days, doesn’t it?

OK, enough meandering, let’s get to the gigs.

Monday, a Beach Boy and some Zombies walked into a theatre. No, it’s not the setup for a joke, it just means Brian Wilson and The Zombies are playing Taft. Also, Bad Religion is playing Bogart’s, with Dave Hause & The Mermaid and Emily Davis.

Jesse Dayton is playing Southgate on Tuesday, with the Taylor Shannon Band and Mike Stinson. Broadside is at Top Cats, and Scott Stapp of Creed is playing Bogart’s. (If you’re keeping score at home, that means Bogart’s has Bad Religion on Monday, and bad religious guy on Tuesday.)

On Wednesday, Patty Griffin is at 20th Century Theater in Oakley, with former V-Roy Scott Miller as the opener. I’ll be at that gig, because I adore Patty Griffin. Other shows that evening:

  • The Brother Brothers are playing Southgate
  • Dressy Bess is at MOTR
  • Joel Ansett is at Listing Loon
  • Chainsmokers are at the Coliseum
  • Andy Grammer performs at Bogart’s. (Update your scorecard with some bad grammer.)

Thursday, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line play Southgate, and Felix Pastorius’ Hipster Assassins roll into the Ludlow Garage.

Friday night, our old pal Chris Comer starts what will be a recurring weekend gig at The View at Shires Garden, the new rooftop bar at 309 Vine Street.

I still miss the Chris & Rob Late Night Talk Show on WAIF-FM.

There are several other notable gigs that evening:

  • Brett Newski plays the Parlor & Patio house concert in Ft. Thomas (I’ll be at that gig)
  • Devotchka and The Joy Formidable form a great twin bill at Woodward Theater
  • Tommy Emmanuel plays Taft with Jorma Kaukonen, making that show a picker’s paradise
  • Tracy Walker plays the grand opening of the new Braxton Barrel House in Ft. Mitchell
  • The Toasters, Scotch Bonnets and Newport Secret Six are at Northside Yacht Club
  • Stoney LaRue plays Madison Live
  • Warrick & Lowell play MOTR with Nick Dittmeier and Chelsea Ford & The Trouble
  • REO Speedwagon chugs into Rose Music Center

We also have two multi-stage festivals on tap Friday through Sunday. The Rhythm Brew Art & Music Festival takes over Riverfront Live.

And down in Louisville, Louder than Life rocks the Kentucky Expo Center fairgrounds.

Saturday, the Neltner’s Farm Fall Festival kicks off (pumpkins, games, corn maze, petting zoo… learn more here). It’s a great place to bring the family because A. it’s a legit family farm, not some hay bales on asphalt, B. the Neltner family is super-nice, and C. they’ll have live music every Saturday and Sunday through 10/27. Here’s the lineup:

Also on Saturday, a white trash guy and a redneck walk into a shed. That’s not the setup to a joke… actually it is… Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr. are playing Riverbend. That same evening:

  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper play Miami University-Middletown (affectionately known as MUM)
  • Filter plays the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg (affectionately known as Hoosier Hollywood)
  • Not a music show, but should be fun: Southgate hosts the annual beard and mustache competition known as Big Whisker Revival IV. In the Cartoon Mustache category, the smart money is on Dick Dastardly, Snidely Whiplash and Yosemite Sam… but Yukon Cornelius might sweep.

On Sunday, the Women of the Blues show in Southgate’s main room features Cheryl Renee, Kelly Richey, Kelly Walker, Alice Hoskins and more (doors at 1:30). The Cowpokes and Jane Rose & the Dead End Boys play a free afternoon show in Southgate’s Lounge. Amy Gerhartz and Jonathan Cody White play the Downtowne Listening Room, and Billy Alletzhauser (The Hiders, Ass Ponys) plays MOTR with Remnose.

Good Reading

Matthew Caws of Nada Surf wrote a nice tribute to former Ohio resident Ric Ocasek of the Cars, who passed away last week and Jonathan Richman sings the praises of the Rubinoos.

Shameless Self-promotion (disguised as reunion news)

Bauhaus recently announced a gig at the Hollywood Palladium on November 3rd. Their most famous song is “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” a nine-minute-and-36-second dirge that was a popular “bathroom break” song at 97X.

If you listen to the 97X Rumblings from the Big Bush podcast, you’ll note that my co-host Dave Tellmann and I try to keep each episode’s length to “two Bela Lugosi’s Deads”… or roughly 19 minutes. Oh, and since we mentioned that podcast, the latest episode features a 5th grade weather reporter, Abe Vigoda’s birthday, romance tips from Fabio and news about John Curley’s XXL t-shirt. You can listen via the 97Xbam.com website (which includes bonus content – photos, videos, etc.) or on Podbean, Spotify or iTunes.

Hot Ticket Alert

My main man Jesse Malin is playing Southgate on Friday, November 15th. Dude is brilliant. New album is stellar.

Pint-sized punk poet Jesse Malin

I’ve seen Jesse live several times and he always puts on a killer show… sadly, the crowds are usually pretty sparse in Cincy. Let’s change that, with my Double D Money Back Guarantee™: if you go to the show and aren’t completely satisfied, I’ll pay you back the ticket price out of my own pocket. I’m not rich, I’m just super-confident that Jesse Malin will rock your world. Here are two tracks from the new album that showcase his range.

That’s a wrap – have a great week!

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