‘Cannon Ball’ Local-Music Showcase Debuts

Plus, news on The Cliftones, Kevin Donahue, Strangetunge, Dallas Moore and more

click to enlarge Multimagic at the 2015 MidPoint Music Festival
Multimagic at the 2015 MidPoint Music Festival

Cincinnati Indie Pop band Multimagic is launching a new local-music showcase called The Cannon Ball this Saturday at the Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com). The Cannon Ball will be a bi-annual event featuring a handful of area touring bands that, according to a press release, “share a unique vision, rigorous focus and saturated integrity.” Joining Multimagic (currently at work on its debut full-length) Saturday are Young Heirlooms and The Yugos, as well as Columbus, Ohio’s Indigo Wild.

Tickets for the debut Cannon Ball (for which attendees are encouraged — but not required — to wear formal attire) are available at cincyticket.com, Shake It Records and MOTR Pub for $7 in advance; admission is $10 at the door on the day of the show. Showtime is 8 p.m. More show details can be found at facebook.com/multimagicmusic.

More Local Notes

• Local Reggae heroes The Cliftones recently announced that their full-length, Enemies Scatter, will be released on Jan. 19 through Rebel Sound Records. The group — which has been around for over half a decade and is the reigning Cincinnati Entertainment Awards champ in the World Music/Reggae category — has released several excellent singles over the years, but Enemies Scatter will be its first album release. You can help The Cliftones celebrate the forthcoming milestone Saturday when the group performs a free, 10 p.m. show at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com). For more on The Cliftones, visit thecliftones.com.

• When Kevin Donahue, frontman for beloved local Garage Rock crew The Pariahs, died in September from lung cancer, he not only left a lasting musical legacy — he also left behind a large collection of unique visual artwork. Thursday at the former Herzog Studio space/current Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation headquarters (811 Race St., Downtown, takingyoutothebridge.org), Donahue’s art — done on canvas and bone, along with some furniture pieces — will be exhibited and up for sale during a special one-night-only event running 7-10 p.m. Proceeds from the sales will go toward purchasing a headstone for Donahue’s gravesite. A musical tribute to Donahue and The Pariahs, featuring former bandmates and various guest singers originally scheduled at The Comet later this month is now planned for February.

• This Saturday on Frank Sinatra’s would’ve-been 100th birthday, Urban Artifact (1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, artifactbeer.com) hosts a tribute to the American music (and cultural) icon, with two sets of music performed by the all-star Chairman of the Board Orchestra (directed by Dominic Marino) and featuring the vocals of Dan “Old Green Eyes” Radank. Tickets for both of Saturday’s shows (at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) are available for $10 at artifactbeer.com/sinatra.

• Local rockers Strangetunge celebrate two new EP releases Saturday with a 9 p.m. show at Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com). Along with its newer effort, Betty Beat the Devil, the group is also issuing Rest Easy, Brother, an EP that pays tribute to former Strangetunge bassist Rob Elkins, who passed away in 2013. The EPs are included with the price of admission ($8 or $10 for fans 18 to 21 years old). Joining the band for the show are local groups New Moons and Judge n Jury. Visit strangetunge.com for more details.

• The Dallas Moore Band started 2015 with the release of its excellent Dark Horse Rider album and spent much of the rest of the year on the road, including the Country group’s first West Coast dates, which resulted in a Los Angeles Times feature story. The band (nominated in the Outlaw Country category for a 2016 Ameripolitan Music Award, which you can vote for at ameripolitan.com) headlines Friday’s “Ameripolitan Honky Tonk Holiday” concert at Southgate House Revival, alongside fellow local artist Taylor Shannon and touring acts Peewee Moore & The Awful Dreadful Snakes and Jericho Woods. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance (through ticketfly.com) or $10 on the day of the show. Visit dallasmoore.com for more info.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected]

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