Best Of 2021

Best Surprise Christmas Concert Livestream: Over the Rhine

Cincinnati favorite Folk duo Over the Rhine had to cancel their annual and much-anticipated Christmas tour this year due to COVID-19. But instead of a dark, music-less holiday, Over the Rhine offered a special streaming Christmas concert and “tour” from Nowhere Else, their 20-acre Clinton County farm. The “tour” — featuring tunes from albums Darkest Night of the Year, Snow Angels and Blood Oranges In The Snow — took place around their property and was filmed by a small crew and sound engineer. “Whatever we capture, we’ll sew it all together into a warm, musical quilt. Something you can wrap yourself in,” said Over the Rhine’s Linford Detweiler. Proceeds from streaming tickets sales went to support the band and were matched to help complete the farm’s unfinished barn venue. overtherhine.com.