The shock over the early November 2018 death (from injuries sustained in a car crash in late October) of Dave Davis reverberated heavily in many corners of the Greater Cincinnati music community. Davis — who was 57 at the time of his passing — had a hand in innumerable recordings released by local artists (and others) in the past several decades.
If you’ve listened to music made by Cincinnati artists in that time span, odds are you’ve heard Davis’ work. His résumé includes releases by The Ass Ponys, The Bears, Freekbass, Electric Citizen, The Greenhornes, The Seedy Seeds, The Tigerlilies, Midnight Star, Heartless Bastards and many, many others. Davis also taught sound design at the University of Cincinnati.
This Sunday (Jan. 27) at 4 p.m., there will be a memorial concert at Over-the-Rhine’s Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com) dubbed “Mastering Our Universe: A Tribute to Dave Davis.” The event features five bands that represent four decades of Davis’ engineering/mastering work. Joining veteran Cincinnati Indie Pop/Rock legends The Fairmount Girls and The Tigerlilies are Wussy (in the acclaimed band’s first full-band show since last year’s springtime release party for its What Heaven Is Like album), a reunited Sundresses and Pike 27, which is coming off of an extended hiatus to perform.
Proceeds from the show (and from a silent auction) will go to fund a new scholarship for a woman studying audio at the University of Cincinnati, where Davis studied and taught. According to the Facebook event page for the concert, “this is a realization of a personal goal that Dave had expressed, specifically to bring more women into the audio industry.”
Click here for more details on the Mastering Our Universe concert.
And click here for more on Davis.
Tickets for the Jan. 27 concert are available now for $15 in advance through cincyticket.com.