Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Brad Andress, bassist for the hard-working local Pop/Punk group Close to Home. Andress passed away Oct. 6 after a battle with cancer, something he only discovered earlier this year, while the band was on the road touring. Andress had been undergoing treatment for the cancer; in August, he wrote on his MySpace blog (where he nobly kept upbeat about the situation) about how the cancer had moved to his stomach, heart and one remaining lung. Close to Home's guitarist Josh Wells wrote about visiting Andress in the hospital on Oct. 3 on the band's Web site, saying it was horribly "depressing to see him in this state. It was hard to not cry." On Oct. 6, Wells' announced that Andress had passed on the band's MySpace page, which now contains an overwhelming outpouring of supportive comments from the band's friends and fans. Understandably, the band is shaken up and has yet to announce their plans for the future.
There was a fund set up to help Andress and his family with medical expenses. If you'd like to contribute, go to closetohomerock.com for more info.
Bigger Than Hip Hop
If you're an aspiring Hip Hop artist (or even one with some success under your belt), this is a great week to be in Cincinnati.
This Wednesday at 6 p.m., Napoleon Maddox (of local Jazz/Hip Hop squad IsWhat?!) will be joined by M1 of the popular underground Hip Hop group dead prez, and Chace Infinite and DJ Khalil of West-Coasters Self Scientific for the "Get Yo Head Right Summit" at Hip Hop youth center, Elementz (1599 Central Pkwy., Downtown; call 513-721-5801 for directions). The event (moderated by WIZF's Asia) will offer practical advice about the Hip Hop game, as the panelists share their own experiences and give advice on how to get the most out of your ambitions. Thursday, M1, Self Scientific and IsWhat?! perform at Top Cat's in Corryville.
Sunday at the Public Library's main branch downtown, Maddox keeps his educator hat on as he participates in the "Listen 2 This! Breaking Into Hip Hop Music" panel at 1:30 p.m. The free event features other panelists like moderator (and former CityBeat columnist) Kathy Y. Wilson, current CityBeat writer Mildred Fallen, Hip Hop performer/enthusiast Mr. 5th and Darren Blase of Shake It Records. The session will be followed by an open mic at 3:15 p.m., backed by Elementz instructor, DJ Pillo. For more info, call the library at 513-369-6955.
More Local Notes
· As if IsWhat?! wasn't busy enough (Maddox heads to Europe at the end of the month to perform with Sotto Voce, before reteaming with IsWhat?! for several European dates in November), the group is slated to be the first performers at this Saturday's grand reopening festivities for the new Fountain Square. IsWhat?! performs at 5:30 p.m. on the new Square. Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek (see review, page 39) perform at 6 p.m., followed by Roots Rock band The Kentucky Struts (6:45 p.m.), Los Lobos (7:15 p.m.; see interview, page 38), Buckra (8 p.m.) and OK Go (8:30 p.m.). Local legend Bootsy Collins emcees the party. Stages at the free event are located on Fifth Street and right next to the newly relocated (well, relocated a couple of feet anyway) Fountain. (myfountainsquare.com)
· Impressive newcomers Jonuh who play a sharp, hypermelodic brand of Pop Punk — celebrate the release of their first CD, a self-titled five-song EP, this Sunday at downtown's The Poison Room. The band is joined for the 7 p.m. release party by Junior Revolution, The Winner's Circle, Show Me Up and Counterpoint. (myspace.com/jonuhmusic)
· This Thursday and Friday, Newport's Southgate House houses "Adjust Your Eyes," a two-day, three-stage music and arts festival put together by Nick Mitchell from The Terrors. Along with visual art from a variety of local artists will be music from Chick Pimp, The Terrors' Luke Pace, Grand Oversoul, The Ohms, Da Muttss, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Philosopher's Stone, Norust, The Host, Crush Kill Destroy, Michael McIntyre and the Marmalade Brigade and many others. Admission is $5 each night and proceeds go to community radio station WAIF (88.3 FM). More info: myspace.com/adjust_your_eyes.
· Newcomers 40 East play The Mad Hatter this Friday with Matt Pond PA and Northern Southern (see below). The band, recently formed from the ashes of The Hinges and Terravada, also appears on WAIF's "Kindred Sanction" Thursday at 8 p.m. (myspace.com/40eastmusic)
CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen(at)citybeat.com