On Sunday, Nov. 25, the trophies (OK, they’re actually plaques) will be doled out to the winners of the 2018 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. The CEA ceremony/party takes place at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine and the show begins at 7 p.m. The event will mark the 21st year for the CEAs, which celebrate the original music makers of Cincinnati’s amazing music scene.
Awards are being given out in 19 categories, which include dozens of nominees that were determined by public input and a committee of local music professionals and enthusiasts. But the CEAs aren’t just a roll call of nominees and winners. As is tradition, there will also be several live performances throughout the night, by both newcomers and beloved veteran local artists.
Among the performers for this year’s CEA show are Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler’s Over the Rhine, which was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame 15 years ago and also provided a CEA live show highlight in 2007. Over the Rhinereturns to Memorial Hall next month for three “Acoustic Christmas” shows — Dec. 21, 22 and 23 — a Cincinnati holiday tradition.
Another longtime CEA fave — Freekbass — will also perform at the Nov. 25 event. The veteran Funk artist’s live band, The Bump Assembly, lost its longtime keyboardist recently with the passing of Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson (who also worked extensively with Bootsy Collins). Keyboardist Sky White of the local groups Foxy Shazam (winner for the 2010 Artist of the Year CEA) and J Dorsey Band is joining Freekbass and The Bump Assembly for shows through the end of the year, including for the band’s 2018 CEA slot.
Longtime Post Punk band Ampline, newcomers PHYSCO and 2018 CEA nominees Triiibe, Knotts and Lung (which includes White’s Foxy Shazam bandmate Daisy Caplan on drums) round out the announced performers for this year’s CEA show, but there will be some special guests and surprise performances to look forward to as well.
Tickets for the 2018 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards are $20 in advance or $25 day of show. Visit cincinnatientertainmentawards.com for more info on tickets, nominees and performers.