Saturday, February 28, 2009

Go See A Show Tonight... Kentucky or Ohio!

There are two great, "can't miss" shows tonight in the Queen City.

1. Southgate House
2. Northside Tavern

At the Southgate House tonight, is Andy McKee with opener Jonah Smith.

Andy McKee is a fingerstyle guitarist from Kansas, whose career took off after achieving more than nineteen million hits on MySpace, for a live video performance of his song, "Drifting." McKee has also been successful in the same way, with two other songs, "Rylynn" and "Africa." Both songs combined to rack up nearly seventeen million hits. He has released five albums since 2001, with his sixth on the way, later this year. He has also appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and Woodsongs, which is filmed at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.

Jonah Smith and his band are from Brooklyn. Over the years, they have brought together elements of country, jazz, roots rock and soul into their music. Smith has opened for the likes of Taj Mahal, Little Feat, James Hunter, Martin Sexton, The Subdudes and Madeleine Peyroux. They have also been a part of festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, CMJ, AllGood, Gathering of the Vibes and Smilefest.

Doors open at 8 pm and the show begins at 9. Tickets are $18 at the door.

Across the river, in Ohio, you'll get a little taste of this year's CincyPunk Festival. Newcomers, Slow Claw, are having their CD Release Party, with friends White G!rls and The Sweep.

The Sweep is an indie-rock band, composed of some local music vets in the scene, most notably Billy Alletzhauser of The Hiders. The so-called "supergroup" has had a wonderful, natural chemistry since their first jam session, just a few years ago in 2006.

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