Help for Haiti, Remembering Esme and Beating the Winter Blues

Organizers for Sunday's "Help for Haiti" benefit at Oakley's 20th Century Theatre put together a show in just a few days, and the massive and diverse roster of performers shows just how quick to help local artists are when an important cause comes up. Th

More Help for Haiti

Last week’s cross-network TV telethon raised more than $60 million (and counting) to aid a devastated Haiti, and in the coming weeks local musicians and venues will be doing their part for the cause (which isn’t going to cease needing monetary support anytime soon).

Organizers for Sunday’s “Help for Haiti” benefit at Oakley’s 20th Century Theatre put together a show in just a few days, and the massive and diverse roster of performers shows just how quick to help local artists are when an important cause comes up. The 6 p.m. concert will have Them Bones featuring Cheryl Renee (pictured), Freekbass, Kathy Wade, Kevin Fox, Sonny Moorman, Scotty Anderson, Phil DeGreg Trio, Steve Schmidt, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band, Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance, Salsa Grande Latin Allstars, Mike Wade, Lucky and the Magic, Uptown Rhythm and Blues and Baoku Moses and the Image AfroBeat Band.

Suggested donation is $20. Proceeds go to the Red Cross. Get show and club details here.

The benefits continue next month. Baba Budan’s will present a Haitian relief fundraiser on Feb. 5, donating 10 percent of all sales that day to the cause and showcasing a variety of Rock, Hip Hop and poetry starting at 10 p.m. On Feb. 20, Covington’s Leapin’ Lizard gallery will host a 7 p.m. benefit show to raise money for the Red Cross featuring Folk, Blues and Jazz from artists like Ricky Nye, Bruce Menefield, The Medicine Men, Chico Futuracho, Liz Wu and Harper.

Remembering Esme

Those who pay attention to local news will no doubt remember the tragic story of 13-year-old Esme Kenney, a student at the School for Creative and Performing Arts who was murdered while jogging near her house last year. Kenney loved music, studying guitar, cello and vocals, so this Saturday’s memorial show at Northside Tavern is a fitting tribute to a promising life cut way too short. Money raised at the event will go towards a memorial sculpture to be installed at the new SCPA building downtown.

The 6 p.m. benefit will feature music from Kim Taylor, Karen Bergquist and Linford Detweiler of Over The Rhine, Ric Hordinski, The Hiders and The Chocolate Horse. Attendees will also be able to support the memorial in a silent auction featuring artwork by photographer Michael Wilson, woodcut artist Jay Bolotin and Esme’s mother, Lisa Kenney. Go to to read more about this and other benefits, as well as details on the SCPA memorial.

Cure for the Winter Blues? Winter Blues!

The Cincy Blues Society’s Winter Blues Fest is beginning to rival the organization’s long-running, successful summer Blues Fest in terms of talent and lineup size. The fourth annual event takes place at the Southgate House Friday and Saturday, and if you ever wanted to explore the Blues talent in Greater Cincinnati, you won’t find a better event.

Utilizing the venue’s three stages, the fest kicks off Friday with music from II Juicy, Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project, Dick and the Roadmasters, Sonny Hill & the Nightshift, Cheryl Renee and Them Bones (pictured), The Dukes and many others. Saturday’s participants include Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, G. Miles and the Hitmen, John Redell, Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Bad Bob Band, Voodoo Puppet and the Allman Brothers tribute band No Saints-No Saviors.

Music begins at 6 p.m. both nights. Find the full schedule and more details here (Friday) and here (Saturday).

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected]

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