This Friday brings the return of "Brink: A New Music Showcase" to Newport's Southgate House. The event was started a few years back, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, as a way to showcase the next generation of exciting new local artists. Early on in their careers, local performers (and future CEA nominees) like Kim Taylor, The Light Wires, Staggering Statistics, Da Muttss, The Sundresses, The Vinyltones, Cathedrals, Viva La Foxx, The Turnbull ACs and many others have graced the Brink stages.
This year presents another promising crop of new artists, including five nominated for this year's "New Artist of the Year" category at the CEAs — Wake the Bear, Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers, Get Sweaty, Buffalo Killers and 1000 Arms. Joining them will be fellow newcomers The Seedy Seeds, 40 East, Lonely the Seabird, Juice Lee, The Host, Banderas and Bad Veins. The music — dispersed on all three of the Southgate's performance stages — starts at 9 p.m. and the $5 cover charge goes directly to the Michael Bany Scholarship Fund, which is also the beneficiary of the money raised at the CEA ceremony.
Speaking of which, the CEA winners have been decided, the performances booked and the 10th anniversary CEA show is scheduled to go down Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati. Local Soul singer/songwriter Kenny Smith — whose singles from the '60s and '70s were compiled on the One More Day collection, released to wide critical acclaim this year on locally-based Shake It Records — is being inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame, joining past local music dignitaries like Bootsy Collins, Cal Collins, The Afghan Whigs, The Bears and the late, influential Jazz historian/DJ Oscar Treadwell, who — along with others we lost in the past year — will be honored at this year's ceremony with a performance from Jazz trumpeter Mike Wade. Smith will close out the ceremony with a special, rare live performance, backed by some of Cincy's current finest, including Blues/Rock shit-kickers Pearlene and Wade.
Other can't-miss performances include an opening set by Funk showmen Freekbass (with a super-secret guest) and music from Staggering Statistics, The Hiders, Viva La Foxx and one other da mutts.
And this year "The Trashies," the official CEA fashion awards, will get a more "official" presence at the ceremony, as Trashies founders/Cincy's own Melissa and Joan, The Fairmount Girls, host a "red-carpet" show in front of the theatre, which will be broadcast live on the big screens inside. So don't forget to get gussied up! The Trashies will be handed out at the after-party at The Poison Room, which is open to CEA ticket holders and will feature more surprise performances from this year's crop of CEA nominees.
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· Speaking of remembering Oscar Treadwell, the Jazz department of the University of Cincinnati's Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music will pay tribute to OT Sunday at the Patricia Corbett Theater on UC's campus. The free concert will feature CCM's two 18-piece bands — The Jazz Lab Band and the Jazz Ensemble — under the direction of faculty members Paul Piller and Rick VanMatre. The groups will play newly arranged classic Jazz compositions, as well as two songs written specifically for Treadwell years ago — "An Oscar for Treadwell" by Charlie Parker and "Treadin' With Treadwell" by Wardell Gray. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
· Local Boogie Woogie piano master Ricky Nye hosts his eighth annual "Blues and Boogie Piano Summit" this Saturday at the Southgate House. As usual, Nye is bringing in some of the finest Boogie specialists in the world. Along with Nye, this year's lineup features Mr. Boogie Woogie (Eric-Jan Overbeek) from the Netherlands, Michael Pewny from Vienna, Julian Phillips from Dorset, England, and Chase Garrett, a 17-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa. (Nye, Pewny and Phillips do a free warm-up gig Wednesday at Covington's Chez Nora.) The event, like in past years, will be recorded for a live CD release this spring. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. (rickynye.com)
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