Making friendships along the way with guys like Mike Montgomery (Thistle, Ampline, Tiberius Records), Jerry Dirr (Knife the Symphony, Phratry Records), as well as bands like the Strongest Proof and Banderas, Mad Anthony now has the support and mindset to take the local music scene by storm. I guess you could even say they sound a bit like a storm. One big, mad storm.
They're a seven piece outfit, who combine a number of elements such as reggae, ska, jazz and world music, while using a variety of instruments that feature several drums and horns.
After nearly going deaf upstairs, my ears told me it was time to hear an acoustic guitar. I got to the lounge just in time to hear Tuck Me In covering the popular tune, "Wagon Wheel."
Bob Dylan left the song unfinished, only writing the chorus part which goes "Rock me mama..." The song was later finished and made popular by Old Crow Medicine Show. A number of artists include it in their repertoire, ranging from Against Me! to Little Feat, as well as locals The Tillers.
Tuck Me In had a good time and a good turnout, filling the lounge with mostly college kids
I hurried downstairs to see how the pro's do it, which would be the band Thistle. Currently celebrating fifteen years together, they have served as an inspiration for a lot of the younger bands in the area, not just with the evolution of the music they've written, but also with the professionalistic approach that they take.
Thistle: Still blowing people away
It was back upstairs to the lounge, where I had to catch the buzz that has surrounded Wake the Bear over the past several years.
You couldn't describe it better than in the way Mike Breen (CityBeat) put it: "A humble, dreamy lushness is crafted with acoustic guitars, keys, synths, layered voices and heart-swelling string sounds, all tied together by Cunningham's emotive, vivacious lead vocals, which have the kind of effortless elasticity that only truly great singers can pull off..."
Scott Cunningham, aka Wake the Bear
White Girls. Honestly, I don't remember...
The Hotties of Stick Figures - the Wonk and Sarah
Wonky Tonk sings like an angel
Nick Mitchell of Wonky Tonk adds the extra flavor to their sound on the melodica
The Sign Seen 'Round the World
The Seedy Seeds remain a Cincinnati & CincyPunk favorite
The biggest mystery of the evening, The Guitars, packed the parlour from front to back, for their first ever live performance
Headliners and CincyPunk fav/vets, Alone at 3am, closed the evening's festivities