This Week in Live Music: February 24-March 1

Before we get into the gigs, TWILM would like to wish a hearty “Happy Birthday!” to list member Ted G., who turns 16 on February 29th.

Meet me at the end of the world

Speaking of birthdays, I was at a real rager of a BD bash last night. It got soooo out of control that a cop showed up… to politely ask us to move our cars to the other side of the street. But that reminded me of the famous “this is the Minneapolis Police” intro to the Replacements song “Kids Don’t Follow”…

The story behind that intro (which was real, not fake) is pretty cool, and you can read all about it in this 2016 blog post from the Minneapolis radio station The Current.

OK, let’s get to the live stuff.

On Tuesday, Ben Levin (“the hardest working college sophomore in show business”) plays BrewRiver, and the Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band plays Sis’s in Newport.


  • The Austin band Star Parks plays MOTR
  • Ben Levin plays happy hour (5-8) at the Residence Inn/Phelps downtown
  • Chris Cusentino and Brad Meinerding play Ripple Wine Bar in Covington
  • Janis Ian plays Memorial Hall. List member Ted G. will undoubtedly enjoy listening to her biggest hit on Feb. 29th, 2024.

On Thursday:

  • Town Mountain plays Southgate along with Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle.
  • The Soul Rebels (“an eight-piece New Orleans based brass ensemble that incorporate elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop music within a contemporary brass band framework”) are at Riverfront Live, with opener Ernie Johnson from Detroit
  • Jam band Manic Focus plays Madison Live
  • Ace of Wands (the band, not the Tarot card) plays Northside Tavern

If you’re in a movie mood on Thursday, list member Eric Weltner has poured his heart and soul into creating a cool film:

International Incidents chronicles Central Ohio’s three original professional hockey teams that played in the International Hockey League between 1966 and 1977. The film serves as a glimpse into a rough and tumble era of old time hockey in the minor leagues. Men named Wild Willie, Terrible Ted and Battleship Bob patrolled the ice. Transport yourself back to a time when helmets and common sense were optional.

Posted by International Incidents: Columbus IHL film on Friday, February 7, 2020

You can catch that film at the Woodward Theater. Get tickets here.

Quick, grab a goat… Bockfest kicks off Friday with the annual parade starting at Arnold’s and winding up (or down) at the Christian Moerlein Brewery.

Move along… nothing to see here, just your average, everyday motorized bathtub driven by a lederhosen-wearing, cigar-chomping dude with a rubber duck hat.

Other Friday events:

  • Chicago Farmer has a record release show in Southgate’s main Sanctuary
  • Legendary psychedelic prog rockers Nektar are at Ludlow Garage
  • Gaelic Storm plays Bogart’s
  • The Stolen Faces are at Stanley’s
  • Flocks flocks to MOTR
  • a local band with the great (or not so great) name of Two Inch Winky is playing Southgate’s Revival Room.

On Leap Day Saturday:

  • The Huntertones play Ludlow Garage
  • The Yugos play MOTR
  • Highly Likely has an album release party at Dead Low Brewing
  • Ludlow, Kentucky hosts the Cabin Fever Music + Arts Festival at several venues (lineup below)

Also on Saturday, list member Ted G. might get his driver’s license.

Hot Ticket Alert

Railbird announced their 2020 lineup:

Too Hot To Handle Ticket Alert

Foxy Shazam sold out their Taft Theater show in approximately 25 seconds.

Recommended Reading

List member Gil Kaufman wrote a great piece for Billboard about the story behind the song “Girl You Know It’s True” — which went from a Maryland trash heap to a worldwide smash for Milli Vanilli, thanks to a random telemarketing call. Very cool story.

Steve Baker, the voice of 97X and Miami U. football and basketball, recently got his Associates Degree at MU, which is pretty friggin’ cool. Read more in this blog post. (Yes, I realize I just recommended one of my own posts… I’ll try not to break my arm patting myself on the back.)

Jerry Springer and the Bakerman

Current Videos

Throwback Video

Now this was a kickass band:

Album Cover of the Week

Eat your heart out, Two Inch Winky!

One Reply to “This Week in Live Music: February 24-March 1”

  1. Lisa

    Awesome article on The Replacements – to have been a fly on the wall!


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