This Week in Live Music: October 7-13… or 14

Before we get to this week’s gigs, I need to apologize. I let you down. There was a free show on Fountain Square this past Wednesday, featuring 500 Miles to Memphis, the Bottle Rockets, and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, and I failed to mention it in last week’s post. Mainly because I had no clue that it was happening until about an hour before the show started, when list member Whit G. mentioned it (he follows the Bottle Rockets on the socials and saw it posted there). Whit, his wife Barb and I hustled down for the Bottle Rockets. They were outstanding, as always.

Admit it, you’ve never heard of Brewmania either.

In my defense, the show was poorly publicized. But I’m sorry, and I won’t let it happen again. At least until the next time it happens again.

OK, as the celebrities like to say after reading a non-apology apology prepared by their PR firm, “I hope we can all move forward.”

Monday, The Fleshtones play Southgate House. They have been around since 1976, but they remain relevant today.

More CBGB stalwarts will be in town that same evening: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie will be at a book event at Walnut Hills. List member Howard Cohen (yes, THE Howard Cohen, lead singer of The Cereal Killers) will be in attendance.

On Tuesday, Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly play PNC Pavilion, and young non-thug Ben Levin plays Arnold’s.

Pure sizzurp

Wednesday, Southgate hosts An Evening with Griffin House in the Sanctuary, and Whitacre in the Revival Room. List member John Sandman’s Tie-Dye Band will be playing The Lounge in Anderson. And Ludlow Garage welcomes a band from Nashville called Towne. They’ll fit right in here, with all the shopping malls that throw a superfluous “e” on the word Town.

The fancier it sounds, the more you can charge.

BLINK! starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, with six different stages in OTR, downtown and Covington (“Lov the Cov”), and their lineup of local music is rock-solid. By law, I’m required to mention that This Pine Box (featuring Joe Tellmann, son of my partner-in-podcast-crime Dave Tellmann) is playing Thursday at 10 p.m. on the 7th Street Stage in Covington, and Rob Fetters is headlining the Court Street Stage at the same time. Worlds are colliding:

Also on Thursday, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers are at Southgate, and Arielle plays Ludlow Garage. If you find yourself saying “Who is Arielle?” you’re in luck, because she has a page on her website called just that.

I am a  singer-songwriter, guitar player, and a lover of life.
I’ve got a hippie heartbeat, with an edgy rocker spirit. 🤘
I was born in the USA, but the world is my home.
A few of my favourite past-times are hugging fans, cuddling animals and traveling, whilst tasting the town’s tasty local kombucha.

Hmm, she was born in the USA but she spells “favourite” the Brit way… and throws in a “whilst” too…Methinks she’s had a bit too much kombucha. Or her publicist also names shopping malls in Cincinnati.


  • Anders Osborne plays Riverfront Live
  • Smooth Hound Smith is at Southgate in the Sanctuary
  • Angela Perley and Harlot are in the Southgate Revival Room
  • Us, Today headlines the BLINK! after-party at MOTR.
  • Just Strange Brothers play Latitudes in Anderson
  • And maybe Michael Martin Murphey will finally find that damn lost pony Wildfire, if said pony is at Ludlow Garage. (Stranger things have happened there… just ask Jim Tarbell.)
Now THAT is a 70s hairdo!

On Saturday, Sean Geil of the Tillers plays Neltner’s Farm Fall Festival in the afternoon. Plenty of shows that evening too:

  • Here Come the Mummies are at Bogart’s
  • John Pizzarelli plays Ludlow Garage (don’t step in the horse doots!)
  • Kongos is at Top Cats with Fitness
  • Mike Oberst (the Tillers) has his album release party at Southgate
  • Automagik headlines the BLINK! after-party at MOTR
  • George Thorogood is at JACK Casino
  • The Charlie Daniels Band plays Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg

Sunday afternoon, you can check at The Redemptioners at Neltner’s Farm. That evening, the Pat Travers Band plays Ludlow Garage (great, now the lights are going to go out and we won’t be able to see where the horse manure is). Greg Norton of Hüsker Dü comes to MOTR as part of the band Porcupine (just Porcupine, not Porcüpine), with Knife the Symphony and Hyperstatic also on the bill. And Ballyhoo! plays Riverfront Live. As if the exclamation point weren’t enough, Ballyhoo! also bills themselves as #punkrockreggaesexmusic.

I’m throwing next Monday onto this list, because I’ll still be in Chicago. My lovely bride is running the full Chicago Marathon next Sunday, and I’ll be there to cheer her on whilst tasting the town’s tasty local kombucha… or more likely sitting on my ass and stuffing my face with Nacho Doritos.

On Monday 10/14, the Nashville band Ornament is playing MOTR with White Lighter and Coy Comer & the Wanderers.

Good reading (and listening)

KEXP presented their listeners’ 666 favorite albums. And hat tip to list member Michael “Rico” Carrico for unearthing a Finnish blog that has a nice weekly playlist and recently celebrated its 18th anniversary with dozens of exclusive live performances.

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