With slightly over a week to go in voting for the 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Music, more than 3,000 ballots have already been turned in via the intertubes. Remember that your votes determine the winners in 16 categories, with three other "critical achievement" categories hashed by the CEA judging committee. Deadline to vote is Monday, Nov. 9.
The long overdue appreciation of Cincinnati-based King Records gets another shot in the arm with the publication of Dayton-native Jon Hartley Fox’s King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records, a detailed look at the various personalities, including kingpin Syd Nathan, that made the studio such a culturally groundbreaking and creatively vital musical force.
For those who can’t wait for Fox’s appearance at the Books by the Banks festival at the Duke Energy Center on Saturday or at Shake It Records on Sunday, the author discussed the book with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air today. The show also included separate interviews with Bootsy Collins and former King staffer/Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, both of whom talk about their memories of King.
There appears to have been a second small controversy over remarks delivered at the podium at Sunday night's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. At least this time it didn't involve anyone's penis.
Before Mr. Rhythm Man, who spins stacks o' shellacks every Saturday night on WNKU (89.7 FM), presented the award for R&B/Funk, he offered his thoughts on the past and future of King Records, which was a major topic throughout the evening's event. Earlier in the day a historical marker had been unveiled at the former King studio and offices in Evanston, followed by a reception to celebrate a proposed new King studio and community center being developed by Xavier University, Ultrasuede owner John Curley and others.
The afterparty is still going on as I write this, but, while we assess what happened last night at the 12th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards event at the Emery Theatre — the first sold-out show and quite possibly the best show in CEA history — here's who won what last night.
I hate when hard working people get ripped off. These kind of injustices can range from phishing scams to pickpockets, insurance companies' denying claims by any means necessary to bank CEO’s using bailout cash for beer money. It’s heart breaking to hear the stories of identity theft leaving people broke and in perpetual debt, or stock- and 401K-holders losing their future to corporate malfeasance.
Not that it is by any means “worse,” but I get a special bug up my ass (I’ve named him “Tony”) when I hear about artists and musicians getting ripped off. Having written about music for 18 years and played music for over 20, I’ve seen all kinds of scams designed to make cash off of the creative endeavors of others. From “battle of the bands” contests with exorbitant, unnecessary “entry” fees to club owners deciding at the end of the night that a band’s performance fee suddenly didn’t fit his budget to record labels putting no money into a project only to blame the band for not selling more albums (and coming at them to “recoup” costs), not paying or actually taking money from artists is its own little cottage industry within the music industry.
Our pal Joe Long, a DJ on locally-based, globally renowned Indie station woxy.com (and operator of the great music blog, Each Note Secure), did a special edition of the station's "Local Lixx" show recently. The episode featured a ton of local bands that are nominated for Cincinnati Entertainment Awards this year. What was especially cool about the show was that it included several live songs from the artsts, recorded for the station's popular in-studio sessions, "Lounge Acts."
And now for a few public service announcements:
If you're a nominee for the 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and you haven't claimed your tickets yet for the Nov. 23 shindig, you're just about out of time. Please contact Stacy immediately at email@example.com or 513-665-4700 ext. 100. Nominees are entitled to half-price tickets ($10 and no handling fee), but since we're expecting the event to sell out we need to know now if you're planning to join us at the Emery Theater.
If you're not a CEA nominee and want to support local music and celebrate Cincinnati's own King Records, check out the CEA micro site for details on performers, tickets ($20) and the King connections.
The lineup of performers for this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards music program has been confirmed. Opening the show will be Bootsy Collins, who is heading up a band of King vets (including his brother, Catfish) to pay tribute to the late, great James Brown (it will be so cool to see Bootsy actually playing bass on stage!). JB was the biggest artist to record for King Records, which is a special part of the ceremony this year. In honor of the pioneering record label's 65th anniversary, the day of the show — Nov. 23 (at The Emery Theater) — will see the erection (he he) of a plaque marking the original King facilities in Evanston.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally got to check out the muched-buzzed about band The Tillers, nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Folk/Americana category. Playing in the Southgate House's "lounge" room, the trio (playing stand-up bass, guitar, banjo and more) huddled around a single, vintage-looking, multi-directional mic and delivered their sweet, accomplished spin on traditional Folk, Country, Gospel and Blues.