• Block out next Saturday, Nov. 13, on your day planner for the 10th annual BRINK New Music Showcase, which this year morphs from a one-venue event (at the Southgate House) to a multi-venue extravaganza in Northside. Tied to the annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, BRINK is a chance to check out the next wave of new, original bands in the Cincy area. Participating venues Northside Tavern (with performances in the front and back rooms), Mayday, The Comet and Shake It Records will host CEA “New Artist of the Year” nominees Pop Empire, The Skeetones and Soapland, as well as Sacred Spirits, High Heels, Painwater, Leopard Messiah, The Dukes and many others. Head to citybeat.com to place your CEA votes now (voting ends Nov. 15) and start picking out your red-carpet outfit for the CEA ceremony Nov. 21 at Covington’s Madison Theater.
• Ricky Nye, the local master of the Blues style known as Boogie Woogie, again hosts the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit at the Southgate House this Saturday. The unique event (now in its 12th year) has featured Boogie Woogie specialists from around the world and this year is no different, with the U.K.’s Julian Phillips, Belgium’s Patrick Smet and Detroit’s Bob Seeley joining Nye for the 9 p.m. show. For more info, head to rickynye.com.
• Fantastic local Indie/Roots/Rock crew The Hiders celebrate the release of their new album, Four Letter Town, with a free, two-set show at the new MOTR Pub on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine this Saturday. The album follows 2008’s acclaimed Penny Harvest Field and is the first to feature newest members Kevin Carlisle and Glen May. (thehiders.com)
• Sirens on Sunday releases its new self-titled EP in conjunction with a show Saturday at Molly Malone’s in Covington, with special guests New Eve, Drew Laplante and The Prosperity and Leo Clarke. The five-song effort nicely showcases the band’s effortless blend of radio-friendly Rock and tight, funky grooves. The solid musicianship, soulful vocals and infectious rhythms have earned the band a stamp of approval from Funk legend Bootsy Collins and the group’s catchy songwriting is begging for radio airplay. Saturday’s show kicks off at 9 p.m. and the $5 cover also gets you a copy of the CD. (www.myspace.com/sirensonsunday)
• Vocalist/fiddler Rosie Carson — a violin and singing prodigy who has studied and competed around the world and recently has been performing with local faves The Graveblankets — will be celebrating the release of her second CD with British Folk guitarist Kevin Dempsey with a series of local shows over the next couple of weeks. Following several European tour dates earlier this year, the duo recorded their sophomore release, Between the Distance, in Coventry, U.K. (the twosome’s debut, The Salty Diamond, was recorded in Newport last year). Carson and Dempsey play at the College of Mount St. Joseph Friday at 7 p.m., Shake It Records Saturday at 8 p.m., the Northside Tavern Nov. 10, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center Nov. 12 and Molly Malone’s in Covington Nov. 13. For more details on the release shows and album, go to www.rosiecarson.com.
• This past April, North Carolina-based Folk/Pop singer/songwriter David Wilcox came to Cincinnati to record a unique “live album” at The Monastery, the recording/performance facilities run by local producer/guitarist/singer/songwriter Ric Hordinski. Wilcox ran through a set of new songs over two-nights, essentially allowing fans to witness the recording of an all-new album (crowd noise is relatively non-existent). This Tuesday, the resultant album, Reverie, is being released and in its honor Wilcox will be in town to perform a more traditional “concert” at The Monastery. For more details, visit
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