Musicians unite to help music therapy studio

Plus notes on L.A./Cincinnati trio DYAN, a Maria LeMaster Scholarship Fund benefit, the free Helltown Harvest Festival, CJSS and Northside Yacht Club's 1-year-birthday celebration.

click to enlarge Chuck Cleaver - Photo: Jesse Fox
Photo: Jesse Fox
Chuck Cleaver
Thursday at Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport,, several local musicians are teaming up to raise money for Melodic Connections, a Norwood-based “community music therapy studio” that offers music-based lessons and programs for area residents of all ages and abilities (including those with developmental disabilities). The nonprofit organization, which has been steadily growing since its 2008 inception (visit for more details), suffered major damage during the late August rainstorms that left parts of unexpected communities like Norwood flooded. The flash flooding extensively damaged the group’s studio space and destroyed much of the equipment and instruments used by the hundreds of people who benefit from Melodic Connections’ services.

To help replenish the equipment and find a new location (the org has found a temporary space), a crowd-funding campaign was launched ( The campaign has raised more than $45,000 in just over a month, but that’s only half of the $100,000 goal. Thursday’s Music > Water: A Benefit for Melodic Connections concert will assist with the fundraising, with all proceeds going to help the group secure a permanent new home. 

The benefit event begins at 9 p.m. and features music on both the Southgate’s Sanctuary and Lounge stages. Artists scheduled to appear include The Ready Stance, Wussy’s Chuck Cleaver, Wonky Tonk, Patsy, endless-nameless, Wolfcryer, Carriers, JIMS, Nanny, M. Moncrieff, Dead Man String Band, Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s, Boilersuit (featuring members of Old City, Royal Holland and The Turkeys) and Bucko (see interview here). Tickets for the all-ages show are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 

More Local Notes

• Indie/Synth Pop trio DYAN, featuring Cincinnati-based singer/songwriter Alexis Marsh and pianist/keyboardist Dan Dorff Jr., will make its local debut Thursday at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, The group is rounded out by L.A.’s Samuel Jones, who does film-scoring work with Marsh as “Alexis & Sam.” The free show with Fee Lion is part of the touring behind DYAN’s debut album, Looking for Knives, which has caught the attention of music press outlets like PopMatters, American Songwriter and Billboard. 

• A benefit to help establish a scholarship in the name of Maria LeMaster (to be awarded annually to a woman studying music) is set for Sunday at the Southgate House Revival. The show — which kicks off at 3 p.m. — is scheduled to feature performances by Android 86, The Z.G.s, SS-20, The Fairmount Girls, Darlene, Everyday Objects, Jim Trace and the Makers, Wonky Tonk, David Berry, Carbomb, Dynamite Thunderpunch, France vs. France, Public Figure, Sagermen, The Summit and others. Admission is $8.

• Several local acts largely from the local Folk/Americana and Indie Country scenes will take part in the inaugural Helltown Harvest Festival this Saturday at Northside Tavern (4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, Kicking off at 7 p.m., the free event features nine artists on three stages, including Jeremy Pinnell, Honey & Houston, Tyler Randall of Dawg Yawp, Arlo McKinley, Wonky Tonk, The Hiders and Ally Hurt. 

• Eighties Cincinnati Metal giants CJSS played a show “one last time” at Bogart’s (2621 Vine St., Corryville, last fall that went so well, the band is doing it again this Saturday! The group’s “Last Show on Earth 2” will be opened by former Cincy guitarist Chris Dunnett and Leather Leone, who sang on several albums by guitar wizard David Chastain’s post-CJSS band, Chastain. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

• Local bar, restaurant and music venue Northside Yacht Club (4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday with an all-day party/luau/pig-roast that kicks off at noon. The fun includes DJs, carnival games, specials and live music by staff members’ bands like Tweens and a reunited Lions Rampant.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected] 

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