Got My Mojo Workin’

R.I.P. Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. — better known as Mojo Nixon.

He really liked that red shirt… he was even wearing it when list member Dave Tellmann caught up with him a while back.

And list member Dave Lenehan shared a couple of Mojo stories on Facebook:

Someone dug up this audio of Mojo (a Miami U. alum!) and Skid Roper on 97X with Mr. K:

And Ken Katkin paid tribute to Mojo on his Trash Flow Radio show. Listen here.

Outlaw to the very end. Amen.

OK, let’s talk live music.

Friday night shows:

  • Joe Pug and Hello Darling play the Southgate House
  • War Hippies and Blake Tyler are at the old Annie’s
  • Neck Deep plays the Ovation

On Saturday, your faithful scribe will be in Ludlow, Kentucky for their Cabin Fever extravaganza. The lineup of local artists is outstanding:

And proceeds benefit Music Fund Cincinnati, a non-profit started by list member John Sandman and his wife.

Other Saturday shows:

  • Saving Escape, Sunmates, and Knotts play MOTR
  • The Aronoff hosts Blackout featuring Siri Imani
  • Songwriter and longtime Jimmy Buffett Coral Reefer band member Mac McAnally kicks off a three-night stand (Sat/Sun/Tues) at Ludlow Garage.
  • Bogart’s has Gimme Gimme Disco: A Dance Party Inspired by ABBA. If you go to that gig, be sure to break out your best ABBA threads.

(Not sure if that’s ABBA or stunt doubles from “Logan’s Run.”)

Joe’s Truck Stop plays the Rabbit Hash “Music Behind the Stove” series Sunday at 2:30 p.m. If you go to that show, be sure to wear your best “BJ & the Bear” outfit.

(Greg Evigan hair by Vidal Sassoon. Shirt from Botany 500. Buttons sold separately.)

Mac McAnally wraps up his Ludlow series on Tuesday.

Speaking of (‘Til) Tuesday, Aimee Mann plays a sold-out show at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, with Jonathan Coulton as the opener. And Gaelic Storm storms the Taft.

Next Thursday (2/29) is Leap Day

A.k.a. the 17th birthday of list member Ted Gardner. Teddy Boy can celebrate with Eric Gales at Ludlow, or Bryan Adams at Truist Arena. The opener for the latter gig is “Eurythmics Songbook featuring Dave Stewart”… which is a better name than “the guy without Annie Lennox.”

Next Friday, March 1st, The Raisins reunite for the first of three consecutive sold-out shows at the Woodward Theater. I’ll be in the house for that one.

Other 3/1 shows are Steel Wheels at Ludlow Garage, Moonbeau and Sappha at MOTR, and Mammoth WVH at Bogart’s.

Saturday, March 2nd is action-packed:

  • The Raisins are back on the Woodward stage
  • The Tillers kick off a two-night stand at Southgate – both shows will be recorded for an upcoming live album
  • Joe Bonamassa plays the Taft (giving blues-rock guitar freaks a massa-ive bona)
  • Madison Live hosts “An Evening with Sofaburn” – acts include Mike Montgomery, Lung, Super City, Shadwick, Wilde with Quiet Hollers, and Mosant
  • Plain Folk CafĂ© in Pleasant Plain, OH has An Evening with Dead Centric (that should be pleasant)
  • Molly Hatchet plays the Madison Theater
  • Annie’s hosts Aces High: The Music of Iron Maiden

On Sunday, March 3rd, The Tillers are back at Southgate and rolling tape for the live album.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo plays Memorial Hall on Tuesday, March 5th. And Socks in the Frying Pan and Enter the Haggis play that same venue the following evening (3/6). (“Socks in the Frying Pan and Enter the Haggis – part of this complete Celtic breakfast!”)

Local Lixx

Hat tip to list member Reid McCreary for recommending Mol Sullivan’s new album Goose. Definitely worth a spin or three:

Future Shows of Note

  • Guided By Voices and Wussy (full band!) play Madison Theater on 4/26.
  • They Might Be Giants play Madison Theater on May 14 and May 15
  • Pixies, Modest Mouse, and Cat Power at the Carol Brady on 6/5
  • Railbird (June 1-2 in Lexington) and Bourbon & Beyond (Sept 19-22 in L-ville) lineups below

Fast Car goes Back to the Future

I’m no fan of the Grammys, but it sure was nice to see Tracy Chapman back on a stage… and back on the charts.

Possibly Bogus Album Cover of the Week

List member Howard Cohen shared this one, but he warned me it could be fake news:

After a bit of internet sleuthing, I think it’s the handiwork of graphic designer Cris Shapan, who does a lot of retro fakery that’s friggin’ hilarious. Check out his work on Facebook but be prepared to laugh your buttocks off. Here’s a fake TV Guide listing:

And here’s a fake ad:

Real Album Cover of the Week

This is actually more disconcerting than the fake album cover, TBH.

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