Local Pop/Rock legends psychodots return to the stage this week for their annual Thanksgiving time run. The trio — singer/guitarist Rob Fetters, singer/bassist Bob Nyswonger, singer/drummer Chris Arduser — are set for shows at the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton on Wednesday, and on Friday they'll be at the Southgate House in Newport with special guests Appalachian Cancer (both shows are non-smoking events).
Though the 'dots only come out for spot shows (they also performed at the "Sound Off for Kerry" benefit before the presidential election), the members have been active on various other musical fronts. The new album by The Bears (which is the psychodots plus guitar genius Adrian Belew) is one song short of being completed, according to Arduser. "The whole process has been much looser than previous efforts and, therefore, is coming together rather quickly," Arduser adds. "As usual, everyone has contributed several tunes and we're all excited by the material." The group plans to do more touring after the release.
Arduser is working on a solo CD, The Celebrity Motorcade, a concept album revolving around old Hollywood characters like Fatty Arbuckle, Irving Thalberg and Erich Von Stroheim and the price of fame (another Graveblankets disc is also in development). Arduser has also been busy producing the instrumental guitar album by George Cunningham, his bandmate in the Graveblankets, which he says he's hopeful will be out before Christmas, while Nyswonger produced and engineered Scorpio Moon, the recent album by local singer/songwriter Ruthie Allen Lincoln.
Lots of good shows are set for Thanksgiving eve, allegedly the biggest bar night of the year.
Here's a sampling:
· The Walker Project, Screaming Mimes, Jason Ludwig and patientZero team up for a show at Neon's Wednesday night. The show is being hosted by the quality local-music cable-access TV program, City Nights, and proceeds from the event will be donated to VH-1's Save the Music foundation as well as local charity, Lonely Instruments for Needs Kids (LINKS). All in attendance will also receive a free copy of City Nights' compilation CD, 14 Nights, which features live performances from the show.
· Also on Wednesday, several of the best acts from the local Indie scene will get together at alchemize, the old Cavern locale on Walnut Street in Over-the-Rhine, which has been resurrected as one of the best, more progressive original music venues in town. Chalk, Hilltop Distillery, The Chocolate Horse, (In) Camera, Campfire Crush and wil-o-ee are slated to perform.
· It's hard to believe that it's been a year since local Pop/Roots rockians The Stapletons hosted their ambitious re-creation of The Band's The Last Waltz concert at the Southgate House. Unfortunately, the planned DVD release of that project — which featured local stars in cameo roles — will likely not officially see the light of day, due to outrageous song licensing fees. But the group returns to the scene of the tribute on Wednesday for what should be an excellent show featuring Cari Clara, The Swarthy Band and The Vinyltones.
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· "Beyond Bars," a benefit concert for the Prison Reform Advocacy Center, goes down Saturday in the Southgate House's Parlour and Ballroom. Local faves lending their support for the benefit include Culture Queer, Staggering Statistics, Le TechnoPUSS13S, Crazy Ivan, The Blue Rock Boys, Bill Alletzhauser, The Chocolate Horse and Maurice Mattei. For more on the event and cause, go to prisonreform.com.
· Matthew Shelton of the local duo Me or the Moon will host a closing reception for his art exhibit, Women and Kitties, on Sunday night at The Comet. Music for the 9:30 p.m. reception will be provided by fantastic newcomers Goodnight Satellite and The Chocolate Horse (who seem to be everywhere this week).
· Middletown Rock legends Tornado House have decided to call it a day. But, before they leave, they'd like to rock you not like a hurricane, as much as a tornado one last time with a farewell show at C.C.'s Showcase in Middletown. The band will be joined by Uncle Daddy and the Family Secret and Subvinyl for the swan song performance.