Best Of 2018

Last summer, after some booking shuffling, the Covington space that turned into Octave started to become a touring destination for artists in the so-called Jam band scene (a terrible name that hints at open-ended, improvisational elements of the acts, but fails to encapsulate the very broad range of styles within the community), while also hosting numerous local and regional acts that possess the same spirit. It has also helped the emerging entertainment district around Madison Avenue solidify its place as one of the top areas in Greater Cincinnati for original, high-quality live music, located just a block away from music venues Madison Theater and Madison Live. In 2017, the club hosted fan-favorite national acts like the Ben Miller Band, Moon Hooch, Twiddle and Consider the Source, plus locals like Strange Mechanics, Ernie Johnson from Detroit and Peridoni, among many other shows and events (musical or otherwise). As word has spread, the bookings for 2018 have kept up the streak and look to continue Octave’s upward swing. Octave, 611 Madison Ave., Covington, theoctavebar.com.

Music & Nightlife
Illustration: David Wilson


2. Northside Yacht Club

3. The Video Archive

2. MOTR Pub

3. Queen City Exchange

2. Overlook Lodge

3. Dutch’s

2. Back Porch Saloon

3. Fox & Hound

2. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

3. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

2. Knotty Pine Rock Club & Tiki Bar

3. The Crow’s Nest

2. Bogart’s

3. Southgate House Revival

2. Madison Theater

3. Woodward Theater

2. Arnold’s Bar and Grill

3. Below Zero Lounge