Cincinnati Pop Trio PUBLIC Plays Hometown Show This Weekend Following Tour with Jesse McCartney and Love From Radio Disney

Fresh off of dropping their latest single and video, "One That I Want," PUBLIC hosts "The Deep End" concert Friday in Covington.

click to enlarge PUBLIC onstage opening for Twenty One Pilots last year at Nationwide Arena in Columbus
PUBLIC onstage opening for Twenty One Pilots last year at Nationwide Arena in Columbus
Cincinnati trio PUBLIC’s climb up the Pop music ladder hasn’t proceeded at “overnight” speed, but it has continued confidently and steadily over the past couple of years. In the year-plus since the group opened one of Twenty One Pilots’ pre-hiatus arena shows in Columbus, Ohio (the two acts had performed together pre-TØP’s explosive success), John Vaughn, Ben Lapps and Matt Alvarado have continued to build upon an already large and rabid fanbase with regular coast-to-coast touring, including a recent five-week stint opening for Pop star Jesse McCartney that wrapped up late last month in Los Angeles.

Also last month, PUBLIC released the latest entry into its discography of slickly produced, highly accessible singles and EPs, a new track titled “One That I Want.” The ear-candy single is built around a smooth, circular guitar riff and a roof-raising chorus hook that is Top 40 radio-ready. Teen/pre-teen oriented radio platform Radio Disney took notice and added the track to its playlist, pushing the single into the ears of multitudes of fans and fans-to-be through the network’s vast online reach (iHeartRadio is a digital distributor). The single has also been getting terrestrial radio love from Top 40 stations across the country, including Cincinnati’s Q102.

PUBLIC put together a handmade, smart-phone-friendly “vertical” music video for “One That I Want”; check it out below.


The band’s signal is boosted by having support from some big industry names behind them. Jonas Group Entertainment — formed by Jonas Brothers patriarch Kevin Jonas Sr., who guided his sons’ rise to fame — is PUBLIC’s management, and the trio is booked by Paradigm Talent Agency, a heavyweight international booking company that works with artists from various disciplines and levels of success (Sara Bareilles, Sean Paul, Tame Impala and Dave Matthews Band are just a few of the artists on the agency’s massive music roster).

This Friday, PUBLIC will play for hometown fans for the first time in several months. Dubbed “The Deep End” (named for a line in “One That I Want”), the group plays Madison Live (734 Madison Ave, Covington, Ky., madisontheateronline.com) at 8 p.m. PUBLIC will be joined at the show by fellow Cincinnati AltPop groups 90’s Kids and Circle It. Tickets are $13 in advance (available at ticketmaster.com) or — if any remain —$15 at the door on the day of the show. On Twitter, the group has promised new music and new merch at the show, and also hinted at some surprises.

For more on PUBLIC, visit publictheband.com.