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The fourth annual "Brink" new music showcase goes down Friday at the Southgate House. The event -- a warm-up for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and the public party celebrating CityBeat's 10th

The fourth annual "Brink" new music showcase goes down Friday at the Southgate House. The event — a warm-up for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and the public party celebrating CityBeat's 10th anniversary — presents artists on the cusp of the new, original Rock music scene in Greater Cincinnati. The show, encompassing all three performance floors at the Southgate, is a barometer of the next wave of local music big shots; Brink alumni include The Sundresses, The Light Wires, The Kim Taylor Band, Cari Clara, Mallory and scores of others.

This year's "Best New Artist" CEA nominees like The Cathedrals (who played their third show ever at last year's Brink), patientZero, The 13s, Le TechnoPUSS13s and The Chocolate Horse will strut their stuff, joined by Staggering Statistics , Junior Revolution, (In) Camera (the new guise of the late Subrosa), The Minni-Thins, Goodnight Satellite, The Newbees and others.

The $5 cover charge will be donated to the Lonely Instruments for Need Kids (LINKS) organization, which collects and refurbishes used musical instruments for students interested in music but unable to afford the costs of pursing it. The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony, taking place Nov. 22 at Old St. George near UC's campus, also benefits LINKS. This year, Brink attendees are encouraged to dig through their attics, garages and basements (or wherever you keep stuff you don't use anymore) and bring their discarded instruments to Brink for free admission and a warm feeling in their hearts.

For the complete lineup and set times, go to

Hey Joe
Cincinnati Blues legend Big Joe Duskin will be inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards' "Hall of Fame" at this year's ceremony, joining other local icons like Bootsy Collins, The Afghan Whigs, Over the Rhine, the King Records family, The Bears, Oscar Treadwell and Cal Collins. Like many of his fellow Hall of Famers, the trail-blazing Duskin, now in his 80s, is still making music.

His new album, Big Joe Duskin Jumps Again (on Memphis label Yellow Dog Records) shows him in peak form (the disc even reportedly made the preliminary list of Grammy nominations in the "Blues Album" category). Jumps Again, produced by former Cincinnati Enquirer music critic and respected musician in his own right, Larry Nager, teams Duskin with former King Records session players Phillip Paul (drums) and Ed Conley (bass). The disc features guitar work from Rock legend Peter Frampton and former Cincinnatian/now Memphis-based musician William Lee Ellis, as well as a cameo from amazing local vocalist Shawna Snyder.

On Saturday, Duskin celebrates Jumps Again's release with a huge show at the Southgate House. Along with album-mates Snyder, Paul and Conley, Duskin will be joined by an amazingly diverse cross-section of special guests, including Hip Hop turntable crew The Animal Crackers, local Roots music vet David Rhodes Brown, the young roots rockin' Stapletons, Bluegrass faves The Kenton County Regulators and Ma Crow, singer/songwriters Tracy Walker and Kim Taylor and percussionist Tino Barbosa of Salsa Caliente. The show is being presented by Magus Productions; for advanced tickets, call 513-779-9462.

Local News and Notes
· Eclectic Indie band Debalto are ready to unveil their latest self-produced album, Hot Drinks. The quartet celebrates with a release party on Saturday with special guests The Ropers. (

· The state-wide MultiFestival Music Series gets Beatlemaniacal for this Friday's local event at Stanley's Pub. The "Beatles Music MultiFest" features local artists The Swinging Johnsons, The Hinges, Patrick Ewing, fest founder Myke Rock, Mike Sizemore, Denver Cavins, That Sixties Band and more performing the songs of the Fab Four. The showcase benefits Paul and Heather McCartney's Adopt-A-Minefield foundation and fans can also look forward to trivia games and a display of Beatles collectibles. (

· Friday at the Madison Theater in Covington, the "Women Rock For Breast Cancer" benefit will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The show features performances by locals like Diet Audio, Crankbox and Liz Holland, plus out-of-towners Jamie Green, Stephanie's Id, Spektral Motion and Gretchen.

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