The biannual Clifton Heights Music Festival returns this weekend for another incredibly diverse celebration of local music (and a smattering of regional performers). The fifth CHMF takes place Friday and Saturday in six venues — Baba Budan’s, Rohs Street Café, Mac’s Pizza Pub, Christy’s, Murphy’s Pub and Roxx Electrocafe, a coffee/gaming café on Calhoun. Featuring everything from Hip Hop and Electronica to Folk and Indie Rock, the fest begins at 8 p.m. both nights.
Among the artists performing Friday: Sassy Molasses, Plastic Inevitables, The Yugos, Come Here Watson, Vaudeville Freud, Oso Bear, Agape Alive, Puck, MC Till, Trademark Aaron, Abiyah, Pop Empire, for algernon, Valley of The Sun, The Frankl Project, Fists of Love, Saturn Batteries, The Desert Gun, The Prohibitionists, The Harlequins and dozens more. Saturday’s lineup includes: The Heartlanders, Jess Lamb, The Tigerlilies, Acarya, Zebras In Public, SHADOWRAPTR, State Song, Shotski, Shoot Out The Lights, Wild Talents, The Ohms, Newport Secret Six, The Dukes are Dead, Banderas, Automagik, Incline District, Zachary Burns Band and Buckra.
Advanced tickets are available through www.cincyticket.com for $8 (one night) or $12 (two nights). Tickets can also be purchased at CHMF venues during the festival. View full lineups in our music listings. Details at www.cliftonheightsmusicfest.com
Ray’s Reunion: The Sequel
In July last year, members of one of the more popular Cincinnati bands of the past 20 years — the Jazz/Funk/Fusion/Rock/Electronic/etc. troupe Ray’s Music Exchange — got back together for a reunion concert at the (now defunct) Play By Play club. The show — for which special T-shirts were made — was such a hit with fans, the musicians decided to make the reunion gigs an annual affair. The members are re-teaming Saturday at Newport’s Southgate House and this time they’ll have more than just T-shirts. Last year’s performance (Ray’s first in five years) was filmed and the DVD, titled A Live Rayunion (with two hours of footage and bonus audio tracks) will be available at Saturday’s show.
Ray’s alumni slated to appear Saturday include Brad Myers, Nicholas Blasky, Joe McLean, Paul Hogan, Michael Mavridoglou, Matthew Hawkins, Jason Smart, Eli Hludzik, Nicholas Mavridoglou and Steve Kortyka. The band (and a few special guests) will perform Ray’s material alongside tributes to Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa and The Beatles.
Tickets are available through www.ticketfly.com for $15 or at the door the night of the show for $18.
Superfans can also catch Ray’s Music Exchange at the Clifton Heights Music Festival, performing a “teaser set” at Christy’s at 11:45 p.m. Friday.
Singer/songwriter/banjoist Mike Oberst of the hugely popular local Folk trio The Tillers celebrates the release of his first solo album Sunday at the Queen City Balladers’ long-running “Leo Coffeehouse” showcase, held weekly at the Zion United Church of Christ’s Founder’s Hall in Norwood.
Oberst and many of the special guests that helped him out on the album — including Mark Utley and Matt Frazer of Magnolia Mountain, Rabbit Hash String Band and The Williams Family Band — will take over the entire three sets at Leo’s (time slots are usually split between two or three acts), starting at 7 p.m. For more info, visit queencityballadeers.org. Admission is $3 at the door (free for QCB members).
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