Foxy Shazam members continue to make waves

Plus, the weekly It's Commonly Jazz series kicks off Thursday in Eden Park and The N.O.W. Fest showcases local Reggae, Hip Hop and Rock acts

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Since breaking up (or going on “indefinite hiatus”) in 2014, Cincinnati-based rockers Foxy Shazam’s local and nationwide fan-base undoubtedly misses seeing the band’s high-wire live shows and hearing new music from the eclectic, eccentric rockers. But fans can take solace in the various great musical projects launched by members of the band, a couple of which are beginning to take off in earnest this summer.

Former Foxy horn player/background vocalist Alex Nauth’s band The Skulx broke out last year, while singer Eric Nally’s much-anticipated solo album — which he worked on while touring the world with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (reprising his guest-vocal turn on the duo’s single “Downtown”) — appears to be coming soon, at least according to hints on his Twitter page.

Now, two other Foxy members are in the midst of rolling out their latest projects.

Foxy Shazam guitarist Loren Turner has kept busy producing local bands and also working his trio TrxlleyDxdgers (previously just “Trolley Dodgers”) into shape. The band — which also features drummer Amanda Deford and ex-KillTones member and current half of duo mr.phylzzz Clinton Jacobs on vocals — recently released a great new single, “Lunch Box” (on which Nauth guests on trumpet), and will be playing its first shows starting this week. The band has dates lined up all around Ohio (plus a stop in Michigan), concluding with a hometown gig at Bogart’s (2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com) Monday with Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm. The tour marks Turner’s first time back on stage in two years. 

You can hear the trio’s latest single at trolleydodgersband.com. Or click below:

Meanwhile, Foxy Shazam bassist Daisy Caplan is taking his duo project with imaginative cellist/singer Kate Wakefield nationwide. Dubbed Lung, the twosome has been touring the Midwest extensively this summer in advance of their full-length album debut, which is due in November. Lung (for which Caplan plays drums) will kick off a series of East Coast dates later this month, followed by a West Coast tour in October/November. Get a taste of the duo’s compelling sound (it’s rocking and not what you probably envision a drums/cello/vocals project would sound like) at lunglunglung.bandcamp.com, where a four-song demo is posted. 

Lung’s next local show is Aug. 11 at Northside Yacht Club (4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com) with Italy’s The Spiritual Bat. 

More Local Notes

• One of Cincinnati’s finest music series, It’s Commonly Jazz, opens its 31st season this Thursday. A mix of top local talent and nationally recognized masters, It’s Commonly Jazz takes place every Thursday at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion (next to the Cincinnati Art Museum), with music beginning at 6 p.m. Cincinnati native William Menefield, a presence on the local Jazz scene since he was a young teen, performs Thursday for the series’ opening night. The rest of the series features local trombonist Marc Fields with acclaimed saxophonist Steve Wilson (Aug. 11), The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (reigning Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners in the Jazz category) with vocalist Mzuri Moyo (Aug. 18) and John Zappa with renowned Cuban-born drummer Ignacio Berroa (Aug. 25). Find more info at itscommonlyjazz.com. 

• Friday at the 20th Century Theater (3021 Madison Road, Oakley, the20thcenturytheatre.com), local music fans can check out an impressive lineup of homegrown talent at The N.O.W. Fest and maybe learn a thing or two. Organizers of N.O.W. (No Other Way) are aiming to use music and art to reach out to the community on a number of important issues. Friday’s theme is “Protect the Water,” focusing on the importance of safe and clean water for communities. The music offered is a blend of Reggae, Hip Hop and Rock, featuring local acts like The Cliftones, Buggs Tha Rocka, Elementree Livity Project, Zebras in Public, Hunting Agnes, J-Phunq & Wizzle T.I.M.E. and many others. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Visit now-fest.com for details.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected] 

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