Best Of 2018

Best Recording Studio Reborn
Hailey Bollinger
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Hailey Bollinger

Brian Olive has built up a reputation for being an ace musician, performer and songwriter with his projects over the years, ranging from his time in The Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers to his solo recordings and bands to his Grammy-winning work with Dr. John. He also is a go-to recording specialist for many, particularly in Cincinnati, where he had hosted artists like The Tillers, Ohio Knife and The Perfect Children in his Northside studio, The Diamonds. But after a series of issues at the space, culminating with an extensive water leak that seriously damaged a piano and other equipment while Olive was working on his Living on Top album, Olive extricated himself from the building and got to work on a new space in the woods of Mount Airy. The all-analog Mount Saturn Studio reopened in early 2018; internationally acclaimed hard rockers Electric Citizen and Daniel Wayne were among the first projects in the space and Olive is taking bookings for later in the year now. Mount Saturn Studio, brianolivemusic.com/mt-saturn-studio.

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