• This year’s Halloween festivities seemed especially zombie-heavy. Zombies are cool and all but, jeesh, what happened to originality in costuming? Unless you were Zombie Billy Mays. Now that’s funny.
Anyway, if you did do the zombie dress-up thing and grew so attached you want to sport your costume again this weekend, you’d probably fit right in at Covington’s Molly Malone’s this Friday. That’s when local singer/songwriter Beau Alquizola puts on the show “Dead Musicians Society,” his annual benefit for the local Stop AIDS organization (stopaidscincinnati.org).
Alquizola and his band — along with Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers, Sean P. Hafer, Lovely Crash, Greg Mahan, Messerly & Ewing and The Newbees — will be performing tunes from their favorite deceased musicians, taking on everybody from The Carpenters to Bo Diddley to The Ramones. (Note to performers: Please double check your tribute song to make sure the artist is actually dead; despite Internet reports earlier this year, Kanye West and Rick Astley are, indeed, still among the living.) The fun starts at 9 p.m. Details are here.
• Speaking of dead guys, it was recently announced that the historical marker proposed for the former site of Herzog Studios (811 Race St., current downtown home to CityBeat’s offices) has been approved. Thanks to the hard work of the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, Brian Powers and others, the marker will be installed at the site — where Hank Williams recorded trademark tunes like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and artists like Flatt & Scruggs and The Delmore Brothers also worked — on Nov. 22, the day of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music.
Herzog was where Williams — one of the true icons of popular music — recorded “Lovesick Blues” in 1948 with WLW’s Pleasant Valley Boys, leading to wider popularity and an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. “I’m So Lonesome” was recorded in a second session the following summer. See an earlier CityBeat blog post on Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation's efforts.
• Indie Pop duo Bad Veins has been steadily touring since the summer release of its self-titled debut on Dangerbird Records (though the band did have to cancel several dates toward the end of a recent jaunt due to van problems). The Veins get a little break now, but they'll be performing next Saturday, Nov. 14, at aliveOne in Mount Adams with Electro pals You You’re Awesome (fresh off an appearance at the CMJ conference in New York City). DJ Matt Joy and DJ K-Smuv will spin at the event. The free 11 p.m. show is in celebration of aliveOne’s seventh anniversary.
• We’ll wrap up with one more zombie-related item (words I never thought I’d type). Next Friday, Nov. 13, the University of Cincinnati’s Bearcast radio station is presenting a showcase of artists on the local Grasshopper Juice label. Part of Bearcast’s “Brews & Bands” series, the event is dubbed “Zombiewalk!” with students gathering at the Sigma Sigma Commons at 5 p.m. for costume prep, then going for a walk around campus and ending up at Baba Budan’s for the 9 p.m. showcase. The show features Kumasi MC, Wonky Tonk and Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar. Find more info at bearcastradio.com and grasshopperjuice.com.
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