This Sunday, late local Blues hero Big Joe Duskin will be honored at the "first annual" Big Joe Duskin Memorial Birthday Party at Topper Ballroom inside Music Hall. Proceeds from the show go to the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation, a program that will send musicians into area schools to encourage them to pick up a musical instrument. Sunday's party/concert features some of the best of the local Blues scene -- not surprising given Duskin's huge influence on it. Music starts at 4:45 p.m. with Cash Ownly and The Roadies. At 5:30 p.m., fantastic guitarists Scotty Anderson, Scott Covrett, Larry Goshorn, Tim Goshorn, Harold Kennedy and Marcos Sastre will participate in a "Guitar Pull" jam session. The Jon Justice Band, which competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last weekend (the band and fellow Cincy representative Ricky Nye surprisingly did not make it to the finals), performs at 6:45 p.m. A big tribute to Duskin takes place at 7:45 p.m. featuring The Blue Birds Big Band, Ricky Nye, The Medicine Men and many special guests, including II Juicy, Kelly Richey, Sweet Alice Hoskins, Cheryl Renee, Bekah Williams, Keith Little and Sonny Moorman.cincinnatiarts.org or by calling 513-621-ARTS. (bigjoeduskin.org)
• Lauren Dragon will be participating in the Big Joe tribute Sunday. The former Cincinnati resident (now based in Tampa) who turned heads with a star turn as Janis Joplin in the Playhouse in the Park's production of Love, Janis (she was a part of the national tour of the production) has been trying to break into the Hollywood scene, and so far so good. She's landed a leading role in the feature film Accidental Villain, which will begin filming in March. Friday, Dragon will headline her own concert at the Madison Theater in Covington. (myspace.com/soulfuldragon)
• Members of the Ohio Valley Industrial Workers of the World present a tribute to labor-movement hero and Folk singer/storyteller Utah Phillips Thursday at the Blue Rock Tavern in Northside. The politically active Phillips has been suffering from health issues that make it impossible for him to tour. With his income mostly gone, the show's proceeds (there's a $5 "suggested donation") will go to help offset mounting bills. The Tillers, Mark Damron, Marie Mason, J. J. Staples and members of the Defective Males perform at the 9:30 p.m. show. The Tillers appear on the radio program Curved Air Thursday at 4 p.m. on WAIF (88.3 FM; waif883.org) to promote the event and perform live.
• Singer/songwriter Eric Matthew Tepe hosts a CD release party for his debut album, Right Shirt Wrong Shoes, this Friday at the Southgate House. The usually "solo acoustic" performer teamed with some supporting musicians for the album and Friday he'll show of his new "full band" format. Also performing: Kentucky Struts and The Vinyltones. (myspace.com/ericmatthewtepe)
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