Greg Dulli Solo-Tours Ahead of New Afghan Whigs LP

Hamilton, Ohio native Greg Dulli, frontman for Cincinnati-spawned AltRock greats The Afghan Whigs, announces a solo tour and releases a free new song. Plus, Taylor Shannon, Automagik, Silver Pockets Trio and Blame the Gun celebrate new releases this week

click to enlarge Greg Dulli will play Cincinnati March 17.
Greg Dulli will play Cincinnati March 17.

Hamilton, Ohio native Greg Dulli, frontman for Cincinnati-spawned AltRock greats The Afghan Whigs, recently announced a worldwide solo tour that will hit churches, a synagogue and small theaters in 31 cities in 11 countries across the world. The show, dubbed “An Evening with Greg Dulli” and featuring a “stripped-down band” running through songs from throughout the singer/songwriter’s career (along with new tunes), comes to Over-the-Rhine’s Woodward Theater on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).

Tickets are $25 and officially go on sale Friday through, but special presale tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. (use the password “Dulli2016”). Comedian, poet and storyteller

Derrick Brown is slated to open the 8 p.m. show.

In conjunction with the tour announcement, Dulli made his excellent cover of singer Sharon Van Etten’s song “A Crime” (featuring guest vocals from Ani DiFranco) available as a free download through 

The Afghan Whigs — with ex-Greenhornes/Raconteurs drummer Patrick Keeler, who joined the group last year, behind the kit, and John Curley, the only other founding member of the band, on bass — are currently working on the follow-up to the critically acclaimed comeback album, 2014’s Do to the Beast. The new Whigs album will be released on SubPop Records in 2016. In response to fans expressing disappointment that his solo tour was skipping their town, on his social media accounts, Dulli said the Whigs will be back on the road next year to play many of the cities skipped on this current go-around.

More Local Notes

• On-the-rise Cincinnati Country singer/songwriter Taylor Shannon will be celebrating his new album, Home & Tennessee, with a release party/Halloween shindig this Saturday at Bogart’s (2621 Vine St., Corryville, Home & Tennessee is the follow-up to Shannon’s 2014 debut, Old Soul, and he and his band have been touring regionally and garnering fan and industry attention over the past couple of years.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday and Billy Brown and the Michael Wayne Stacey Band open. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show. Visit for more info on Shannon.

• Two Cincinnati acts — Blues/Rock group Silver Pockets Trio and AltRock crew Blame the Gun — are teaming up for a double-release party in honor of each acts’ new EP this Saturday at Madison Live (734 Madison Ave., Covington, Since it’s the season, the show is also a Halloween party, and fans are encouraged to come in costume.

Tickets for the all-ages 9 p.m. show (with special guest Here Come Here opening) are available for $10 through or $12 at the door.

• Fresh off of an appearance at the Old Flame Records showcase (among other appearances) at the huge CMJ conference/festival in New York City, local AltRock quintet Automagik is set to release its new EP, Dark Daze, in conjunction with a Friday night show at The Drinkery (1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (There do not appear to be any mandates regarding costumes for this show, though the band probably wouldn’t be mad if you showed up wearing one.) Automagik goes back on the road after the hometown show, with dates booked across the Midwest and on the East Coast through early December.

Friday’s 10 p.m. show is free and also features performances by Fluffer and Go Go Buffalo. Visit to sample the band’s music.

• Fall Fest Weekend at Washington Park (1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, is a free, family-friendly event running Friday-Sunday. Along with magic and puppet shows, a pie-eating contest, theatrical presentations and kid movie screenings, there will also be some solid local music. On Saturday, catch the Casey Campbell Folk Trio (3:30 p.m.), The Whiskey Shambles (5:30 p.m.) and The Magic Lightnin’ Boys (7:30 p.m.). Sunday’s musical lineup includes Bulletville (4:30 p.m.) and Jake Speed & the Freddies (5 p.m.). Visit Washington Park’s website for the full schedule.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected]

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