Singer/Songwriter Neko Case to Return to Cincy for the First Time Since Contentious 2013 Concert

Case is booked to play Memorial Hall in June, her first Cincinnati headlining appearance since an infamous Taft Theatre concert during which she stopped the show several times to chastise fans for taking photos with their phones

click to enlarge Neko Case - Photo provided by Anti- Records
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Neko Case

The last time celebrated singer/songwriter Neko Case was in town, she performed a solid show. But reports from the concert at the Taft Theatre on Oct. 22, 2013 suggested Case didn't have the best of times, stopping the show on more than one occasion to chastise fans taking photos with their smartphones, which angered some, including a few attendees who walked out.

Hopefully things go a little smoother when Case returns to Cincinnati later this year. She's slated to perform at Over-the-Rhine's Memorial Hall on June 28 as part of the Longworth-Anderson Series.

Tickets ($41-$66) go on sale this Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. Visit memorialhallotr.com for info.

It seems likely there won't be a repeat of her last contentious visit. Though the 2013 incident garnered coverage from a few national music sites, Case isn't particularly known for stopping shows like that (usually signs are posted to let patrons know photo-taking is a no-no).

"I personally don't like getting my photo taken on a good day, but people filming me makes me so distracted I mess up the show,"  Case explained to Elle in 2014. "Not fun. No one should be filmed if they don't want to be. But most importantly, the people trying to watch the show are looking over a sea of bright-lit screens. It's not cool to pay to see a live show and people interfere with your experience that way. It's not allowed at the movies or in a classroom, or at a play, so a show should be no different unless that's what you expect and actually paid to see. Also, it's copyright infringement, meaning, you should ask first."

"I can see how it could be part of a show, but it's not something I'd be comfortable with personally," she added. "I'm just hoping people want to be there with me."

Case's most recent album was 2018's Hell-On, which was cited as one of that year's best releases by various outlets. The album paired Case's stunning voice and evocative songwriting with an extensive roster of guests, including k.d. Lang, Laura Veirs, Beth Ditto, Joey Burns of Calexico and Doug Gillard of Guided by Voices.