Cincinnati singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ingrid Woode and her group The Woode Tribe Orchestra celebrate the release of a new CD/DVD package with a concert Saturday at the Fairfield Community Arts Center Theater (411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, 513- 867-5348). Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $12, which includes a copy of the new release, titled Going LiVe In FiVe. Tickets for the show are available at fairfield-city.org.
Woode is an accomplished musician, having written for artists like Queen Latifah and Lalah Hathaway. She also performed her original composition “When This Life Is Over” with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2011. The 11-piece Woode Tribe Orchestra (which includes five backup vocalists) gives the five tracks on Going LiVe In FiVe a full-bodied richness and depth. The music is best categorized as smooth and funky R&B/Soul, but there is an impressive diversity in the arrangements that take it to another more intriguing level. Tracks like the smooth and sultry “This One” and the more upbeat “Dangerous” (which is threaded with some compelling guitar work) are reminiscent of Alicia Keys at her best, while “Thank Me Later” glows with an almost Gospel-like fervor. These are clearly some top-notch musicians, each of whom seem perfectly matched to Woode’s strong songwriting style and impassioned vocal delivery. Woode’s stellar voice is a powerful and dynamic instrument and the glue that holds everything together on the EP.
The DVD portion of the collection includes some background info on the artists and a few philosophical musings from Woode, but mostly it chronicles the one-day recording session in Cincinnati, which was nearly derailed when the original engineer fell ill (last-minute replacement engineer Dave Davis filled in wonderfully and helped save the day). The footage also includes each of the songs on the CD as they are being recorded in the studio.
Woode and Co. continue to make big inroads into the local music scene (they’ve performed at the MidPoint Music Festival and at a Beats by Self-Diploma concert on Fountain Square), but Going LiVe In FiVe should help the ensemble draw attention from outside of the city limits.
For more on Woode, visit ingridwoode.com.
Cool Sunday Shows
• Progressive Hip Hop/Jazz crew IsWhat?! presents a special multimedia showcase Sunday at The Greenwich (2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, the-greenwich.com). Dubbed “A Million Ways to Tell a Story,” the show will spotlight international artists from various disciplines and show how they tell stories within their own mediums. The night includes a screening of the short film Doradus by Italian director Fernando J. Scarpa, who IsWhat?! frontman Napoleon Maddox met while in Hollywood supporting the film Billie’s Blues, which was scored by Maddox. Experimental Japanese percussionist (or, as Maddox calls him, “sonic poet”) Tatsuya Nakatani will also perform, as will IsWhat?! and poet Matt Hart, writer, co-founder/editor of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety and musician (you may remember him from such local acts Clifford Nevernew and Travel).
“A Million Ways to Tell a Story” begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $7. Find more info on the show at iswhatonline.blogspot.com.
• Play It Forward, the local nonprofit organization set up to assist (typically uninsured) musicians in their times of medical and/or financial need, presents a benefit concert this Sunday in the name of esteemed veteran local guitarist Larry Goshorn (Sacred Mushroom, Pure Prairie League, Goshorn Brothers). Goshorn has had a series of health issues over the past couple of years, including open-heart surgery. Sunday’s all-ages “Play It for Larry Goshorn” benefit concert runs 4-11 p.m. at Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., madisontheateronline.com).
The show is being hosted by Cincy radio superstars Gary Burbank (Play It Forward’s founder) and Eddie Fingers and will feature performances by Pure Prairie League, The Goshorn Brothers, The Menus, The Bluebirds, Balderdash, Rob Fetters, George Powell and Dave Widow.
Here is part one of Chuck Land's documentary film on The Goshorn Brothers for context:
• Earlier this year, Cincinnati Pop Rock band Mixtapes announced they’d be going on indefinite hiatus after their current run of show dates, which wraps up on Halloween at the big Punk Rock festival Fest in Gainesville, Fla. Local fans won’t have to travel to Florida to see Mixtapes before their break (which seems like it could possibly be permanent). On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the band plays its final hometown show for at least quite some time at a unique venue — Lucy Blue Pizza (1126 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, lucybluepizza.com). The show also includes Mixtapes’ current tourmates Direct Hit!, Elway and Lipstick Homicide, plus Cincy’s Boys and Kinder Words.
Sunday’s show is open to fans of all ages and admission is $8 (advance tickets are available through cincyticket.com).