• While you’re waiting for nostalgia for the ’00s to kick in (remember that crazy Kanye West dude?), you can dip back to the 1990s this Friday as several local musicians team up at The Mad Hatter for a musical tribute to the era that saw Hair Metal murdered by Grunge. The “’90s Tribute Show” — rescheduled from June — features several local bands performing songs from the decade (everything from Alanis to Beastie Boys to Portishead), including Angels of Meth, Humans Bow Down, The Strongest Proof, The Guild of Calamitous Intent (pictured), The Sweep and Black Signal. The show is headlined by (presumably one-off) local supergroup tribute bands The Neverminds (Nirvana tribute), Butthole Son (Soundgarden), Hung Bunny (Melvins) and Bossarosa (Pixies). The hit parade begins at 7 p.m.
• Another group participating in the ’90s tribute is ace Hip Hop squad da muttss, which has recently returned to the local club scene with a lineup reuniting the group’s MCs Kyle David, El Born and Bimu Bishop. The group — which split in 2008 immediately following its excellent second album, The Sophomore Slump — is back on track with a new DJ (DJ Spam), plus plans for a third group album and solo records from all of the MCs. For a “non-tribute” set from da muttss, head to Arlin’s for the group’s free show Saturday.www.myspace.com/damuttss360)
• If you’re a fan of outdoor drinking, river-watching and endless cover versions of “Blister in the Sun,” the popular “Party on the River” concert events every other Wednesday at Yeatman’s Cove are probably already your favorite things to do in the summer. Fans of original bands? Not so much. That changes this week as Garage Rock crew The Lions Rampant takes its shot at partying on the river Wednesday starting at 5:30 p.m. The band has been doing regional touring in support of its debut full-length, It’s Fun to Do Bad Things, and this fall they’ll take their first steps towards global domination as they head to the U.K. for a string of tour dates.
• New local Hard Rock band Albedo Zero plays its first show this Saturday at Harvey’s Blue Note in Price Hill. Though very much “new,” the trio’s members aren’t new to each other — band members Steve Klosinski, Bill Menke and Jeff Conner also all currently play together in the band Chakras. Albedo Zero is joined by Reason 420 and Nashville’s Straw Factory for Saturday’s debut. (albedozeroband.com)
• In Cincinnati, there are “long-running music series” and then there’s the Queen City Balladeers’ Edensong which has been a part of the local music scene since its 1964 debut. The free series is back with its usual mix of the quality local Roots/Folk, presented at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion with 8 p.m. shows every Friday in July. This Friday, catch Rumpke Mountain Boys, Lagniappe, Lisa Biales, Anna and Milovan and the Tom Triplett Band. For the rest of July’s lineup, head to qcbleo.wordpress.com.
• Though there are still plenty of good nights for Salsa dancing fans around town, the loss of the Havana Martini Club (which closed last month) did put a dent in the available options. This Saturday, Newport’s York Street Café gives it a shot with “Salsa Café,” a night of dancing (lessons provided for those with dos left feet), live music and Latin/Caribbean/Cuban food and drinks. Dinner is served from 5-11 p.m., while the Salsa party kicks off at 8 p.m. New, locally based Latin/Salsa group Uno Mas! (featuring members from Peru, Colombia and Puerto Rico) provides the music, along with DJ duo Los Rumberos.(www.yorkstonline.com)
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