Farewell to a Friend

Sunday at the Southgate House, friends of the late local musician Simon Kinsella will pay tribute with a concert celebrating his life and raising awareness and money for the Simon Kinsella Scholarsh

Sunday at the Southgate House, friends of the late local musician Simon Kinsella will pay tribute with a concert celebrating his life and raising awareness and money for the Simon Kinsella Scholarship Fund.

The 29-year-old Kinsella passed away in his sleep on Aug. 18 in San Francisco, where he was working as a journalist at the East Bay Express (Kinsella landed in the Bay area after receiving a full scholarship to attend grad school at UC Berkeley, following his graduation from the University of Cincinnati in 2002). As a guitarist, Kinsella performed in Cincinnati with the bands Gospel on Whetsel and The Euphio; the remaining members of both bands are set to perform at Sunday's concert. The show also features sets from johnnytwentythree, Teleharmonium and Starshaker.

Proceeds from the show will go to the scholarship fund set up in Kinsella's name through the Journalism Gradate School at UC-Berkley.

Home For the Holidays
A couple of local bands with scattered membership will reunite in the next couple of weeks for rare Cincinnati shows.

· Sax-driven Jam band Represent Green — who blend Rock, Pop, Jazz and Hip Hop influences into their distinct mix — regroups Thursday for a gig downtown at the BarrelHouse Brewing Co. In April, the band took a hiatus due to the relocation of singer/guitarist Brock Jones and bassist Josh Kerns to Dallas, where they continue to play as the Fogg Brothers. Saxophonist Shaun Limber also left town, moving to Chicago. For their reunion show, the band is joined by The Walker Project, readying their first full-length CD, You Can Be Yourself, for an early 2005 release. According to the RG Web site, the band hopes to be back "full time" soon.


· It's singer Noah Hunt who has been holding up the 420 All-Stars. But cut him some slack — he's been very busy with his "day job," as vocalist for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Hunt has been on tour with Blues guitar wiz Shepherd, supporting his latest release, The Place You're In, which actually features Shepherd on vocals (to the chagrin of some Hunt fans). But mark your calendars: Hunt and his 420 pals are back for their annual holiday show on Dec. 30 at Stanley's. Those attending are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Freestore/FoodBank; admission is $10 with the can, $12 without. Opening the show is Hyde Park Outrage and Fat Cactus, a group featuring members of Big Whiskey, Ten Foot Big and Fairbanks 142. (noahhunt.org)

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings
· Looks like local greats The Tigerlilies will be ushering in a new guitarist, as Sunday's show at the Northside Tavern marks the last gig with current slinger William Weber. Weber, who also spent a lot of time this year on the road with the Murder Junkies (the late G.G. Allin's backing band), is returning to New York City in the new year. Check Weber's Web site (williamweber.com) to keep tabs on him after he leaves. No word just yet on who will be Weber's replacement. (thetigerlilies.com)

· Touring local Hip Hop producer/DJ Jahson — formerly of the group Mood and currently owner and operator of Mission Control Records (missioncontrolrecords.com), home to his most recent recording effort, The Resistance — has picked up an every-Wednesday-night residency at One Eyed Jack's in Mount Lookout Square. Jahson says he'll be spinning a mix of old and new Hip Hop with a heaping spoonful of original Funk and Reggae.

· If you're a Rock band with at least one female member and want to get in on this year's "Chicks Rockfest," time is running out to get your submissions in. Deadline is midnight, Jan. 1, to submit to appear at the festival, which goes down April 8 and 9 at the Southgate House. You can sign up at sonicbids.com/chicksrockfest or check out chicksrockfest.com for snail-mail instructions.

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