MUSIC: Dweezil Zappa
A month after Woodstock, on Sept. 19, 1969, Jim Tarbell opened The Ludlow Garage in Clifton with a Grand Funk Railroad concert. The Ludlow Avenue venue would attract some of the biggest and most influential Rock acts of the era to Cincinnati, including Santana, The Kinks, Humble Pie, James Gang, Alice Cooper, Iggy and the Stooges and MC5. The Allman Brothers also famously played the club a few times the bands Live at Ludlow Garage became a hugely popular bootleg recording before Polydor released it officially in the early 90s. The Garage burned bright and left a big impact on Cincinnati in its short lifespan it closed in 1971. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that first Ludlow Garage concert and there have been myriad celebrations, including an all-day concert in Eden Park and a forthcoming mural in Clifton featuring depictions of BB King, Judy Collins, Captain Beefheart and others who played the club that will be unveiled in October at Cliftonfest. The venues current owners are celebrating with a special concert event this week. Using several 50th anniversary angles, the club will host Rock legend Frank Zappas son Dweezil Zappa Thursday. On his tour that kicked off on Sept. 3, Dweezil is playing Franks seminal album Hot Rats in full (plus other hot stuff, the tours title promises). 8:30 p.m. Thursday. $30-$90. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
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