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Janiva Magness brings soulful blues to Canal Public House By Miranda Brooks Janiva Magness knows the blues, and has the voice to prove it. Singing since a teenager, and performing now for nearly forty years, Magness’ gained wisdom from life’s lessons continues to inspire a career that clearly chose her. On tour currently to promote […]

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Aged and defined

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Zakk Knight brings award-winning blues to Taffy’s in Eaton By Tim Walker Zakk Knight is a busy man. The 21-year-old guitarist, songwriter and performer is on a mission, and that mission today is getting ready to perform a sold-out show in his own hometown. “I don’t play Indianapolis too often with my full band,” Knight […]

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A touch of country

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Erica Blinn brings Nashville rock to Trolley By Mike Ritchie Columbus-born Erica Blinn started playing the stage at the young age of 14, encouraged by her musical dad. “At first I was excited then I got some stage fright,” Blinn recalls. Raised with a musical pedigree of rock including of Sheryl Crow and The J. […]

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Singin’ the Detroit blues

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Eliza Neals and the Narcotics play Taffy’s By Josher Lumpkin Eliza Neals is no stranger to music and performing. Song filled her home as she was growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Her father would play guitar, her older sister would play piano and Eliza and her two sisters would sing together to pass […]

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Only going up

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Blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey to play Oddbody’s By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Kelly Richey plays Oddbody’s Saturday, Dec. 19; photo: Sonya Ziegler Cincinnati-based veteran blues-rock guitarist Kelly Richey is set to release a new album early next year titled, Shakedown Soul. It will be Richey’s 16th album in a career spanning 35 years. In anticipation of […]

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Carrying the torch

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Joe Bonamassa performs tribute to blues kings By Tim Anderl Photo: Blues musician Joe Bonamassa will perform on Aug. 15 at Fraze Pavilion; photo: Christie Goodwin Although 38-year-old bluesman Joe Bonamassa has 13 albums and a mountain of accolades under his belt, he’s surprisingly honest about his self-doubt and personal uncertainty when it comes to […]

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Moanin’ the blues

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang at Rose By Rusty Pate Photo: Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform with Jonny Lang at Rose Music Center on June 24 It may be hard to believe, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been making music for nearly 20 years. He first burst onto the blues scene […]

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Still bad to the bone

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George Thorogood and Brian Setzer co-headline Rose By Rusty Pate Photo: George Thorogood and the Destroyers will co-headline with Brian Setzer on June 2 at the Rose Music Center George Thorogood and the Destroyers have spent the better part of four decades recording and crisscrossing the country. Their raucous and hard-edged take on bar-band blues […]

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Kicking cancer in the C-Note

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Dayton Blues Society benefits American Cancer Society By Mike Ritchie Photo: [l-r] Paul Goodwin, Greg Calvert and Fred Gillespie of The Beaumonts The Dayton Blues Society (DBS) and Team Vanderpool (TV) present the “Blues in the Key of C” Benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). TV is a group from Indiana and Ohio who […]

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Kind of blue

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Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater By Rusty Pate Photo: Keb’ Mo’ will perform on Jan. 29 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati Since his 1994 self-titled debut, Kevin Moore has been viewed as a sort of harbinger of the seemingly continuous roots blues revival. While the larger blues community is littered with all […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]