by Mike Breen
There is a staggering amount of high-quality live music events tonight in Greater Cincinnati, especially for a Wednesday. Here are a few of the best.• Though Jazz is the music saxophonist Jeff Coffin is most
closely identified, his experience and passion extends well beyond the
genre. Coffin’s and his Mu’tet make dynamic, progressive sounds, most recently heard on the studio effort, Into the Air,
which draws from mainly from modern and vintage Jazz. But Coffin first
came to many music fans’ attention when he joined Bela Fleck’s
Flecktones in 1997, a fittingly adventurous gig for the diverse
musician/composer. Coffin left the Flecktones after he was invited to
join the Dave Matthews Band full time, replacing late founding member
LeRoi Moore in 2009.
As if he wasn’t busy enough, Coffin — who has also shared
stage/studio time with everyone from McCoy Tyner and Branford Marsalis
to Willie Nelson and Widespread Panic — is equally acclaimed as an
educator and clinician, working with students of all ages around the
world. “The spirit and breath of the music is what I take away from the
listening and playing,” he says of his influences, which, collectively
he dubs “Spirit Music.” Coffin and his Mu’tet come to Northern
Kentucky University tonight to share their musical wisdom and spirit.
After an afternoon lecture and clinic for NKU music students, Coffin and
Mu’tet perform an 8 p.m. concert at the school’s Fine Arts Center’s
Greaves Concert Hall. Admission is $10 ($5 for students with ID). Visit
nkuconnections.nku.edu for more info. • Nick Zammuto may have broken up his acclaimed experimental sound-collage project The Books, but he's not given up music. Tonight, his new band, appropriately named Zammuto, performs at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The show is free and features a warm-up set from Lymbyc Systym. Click here to read about Zammuto and here for more on Lymbyc Systym.• Innovative guitarist Bill Frisell is in town to perform with his 858 Quartet at The Emery Theatre. The concert is related to the current, ongoing FotoFocus events around town. Click here for more details. • Popular rockers Band of Horses, whose upcoming tour with Willie Nelson was sadly cancelled recently, play at Bogart's in Corryville tonight. Click here for a preview.
Oct. 10 • Bogart's
0 Comments · Monday, October 8, 2012
Band of Horses is back and its music is sexier than ever.
The members’ beards are luscious and their button-down shirts are
oh-so-tantalizing, but it’s BoH’s awesome new(ish) sound that will truly
make you squirm.
by Hannah Cook
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Church ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings — or, in this case, until My Morning Jacket are good and ready.The Louisville natives are known to play a lengthy set, which appeals to most people so long as you’re either a baby boomer or on some sort of mind-altering substance. On Sunday night in Columbus at the LC Pavilion, it’s possible nearly every person was one or the other. That or maybe we all just came together to appreciate what the Indie Rock jam band had to offer.To my pleasant surprise, Band of Horses opened up for the band — a piece of information I didn’t bother to find out until my friend and I recognized frontman Ben Bridwell’s distinctive voice from the beer tent.“Is that Band of Horses?” “By golly, I think it is.”Unfortunately, they weren’t really anything to write home about. A bit on the boring side, the band showed the same amount, if not less, energy than any other given southern Indie Rock band. I appreciated the hits, like “Is There a Ghost” and “The Funeral” as much as the next guy, but there was some sort of intangible barrier, either coming from my point of view or theirs that made the whole thing not as special. I guess they were leaving that up to their “heroes,” My Morning Jacket. And so were we.By this point, the sun was going down and everyone had had their decent fill of 32 oz beers and marijuana cigarettes (isn’t that what you call those things these days?). Jim James, or as I like to call him, “Yimmy Yammies,” took the stage donned in some sort of blue cape. At last! Our super hero! He and his fellow band mates all took their respective places and began forcefully with “Heartbreakin’ Man.” James’ falsetto boldly took shape within the dope-stained air, and the audience was nearly forced by this invisible entity to get ta’ groovin’.Roughly two-and-a-half hours and about 20 songs later and somehow everyone seemed lost in time, concerning themselves only with embracing every goddamn moment — My Morning Jacket included. Deeming us “beautiful fucking people,” James made us feel like there was no other purpose for us than to be standing right there along with him.The band left the stage, only to rejoin us a few minutes later for the encore — encore number one that is. James played “Hopefully” on his lonesome, with the spotlight glaring down on that glorious bearded silhouette like he was God himself. (Blasphemy!) The band joined him for a few more songs like “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” and “Wordless Chorus."And just when we thought it was all over, My Morning Jacket came out one last time for a second encore and played “Steam Engine.” The finale was meant to be, embodying our current state of being perfectly. Relishing in every moment, we went to some kind of church. And it ain’t over to Jim James sings.