Recommended Greater Cincinnati concerts May 2-8

This week's top live music picks featuring Lil Wayne, Trout Steak Revival, WeirDose & Juan Cosby, Amy Rigby, Wussy, opening weekend at Riverbend's PNC Pavilion with Halestorm and ODESZA and much more

May 2, 2018 at 11:27 am
click to enlarge Denver Bluegrass/Americana troupe Trout Steak Revival plays Southgate House Revival Wednesday. - Photo:
Denver Bluegrass/Americana troupe Trout Steak Revival plays Southgate House Revival Wednesday.


BOGART'S - Minus the Bear with The Coathangers. 8 p.m. Indie/AltRock. $25. (Click here for more.)

MEMORIAL HALL - CMA Songwriters Series featuring Eric Paslay, Rob Hatch, Sara Evans and Trent Harmon. 7 p.m. Country/Singer/Songwriter. $30-$50.

MOTR PUB - Faux Ferocious with The Harlequins and The Jollys. 10 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - Trout Steak Revival with Brother Smith. 8 p.m. Bluegrass/Americana. $12.

STANLEY’S PUB - Ike Willis Project with Micki Free. 9 p.m. Experimental Rock. Cover.

click to enlarge Lil Wayne performs Friday at OTR Live. - Photo: Michael Williams (CC by 2.0)
Photo: Michael Williams (CC by 2.0)
Lil Wayne performs Friday at OTR Live.


LUDLOW GARAGE - Project/Object: The Music of Frank Zappa featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock. 8 p.m. Zappa tribute. $20-$45.

OCTAVE - Formula 5. 9 p.m. Jam/Rock/Various. Free.

URBAN ARTIFACT - White Stripes Tribute Presented by Radio Artifact featuring Go Go Buffalo, Dead Man String Band and Bi. 9 p.m. White Stripes/Rock. Free.

WOODWARD THEATER - Hot Club of Cowtown with Steve Hammond. 7 p.m. Western Swing. $18, $20 day of show.


HERZOG MUSIC - King of Hillbilly Piano: Moon Mullican Tribute featuring Ricky Nye with Chris Douglas. 7 p.m. Country/Various. $5.

MEMORIAL HALL - Iris DeMent. 8 p.m. Americana. $20-$40. (Click here for more.)

MOTR PUB - Modern Aquatic with Season 10. 10 p.m. Indie Pop/Rock. Free.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN - Moira, Soften and Sungaze. 10 p.m. Indie Rock/Various. Free.

NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB - Halvsies, The Electric Grandmother and Loi Loi. 9 p.m. Indie/Pop/Rock/Various.

OTR LIVE - Lil Wayne. 11 p.m. Hip Hop. $65-$90.

PNC PAVILION AT RIVERBEND - Halestorm and In This Moment with New Years Day and Stitched Up Heart. 6:15 p.m. Hard Rock. $32.50-$57.50.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (LOUNGE) - A.M. Nice (album release party) with New Third Worlds, Red Skylark and Worthmores. 9 p.m. Indie/Rock/Punk/Various. Free. (Click here for more.)

URBAN ARTIFACT - Tonefarmer, MARR and Near Earth Objects. 9:30 p.m. Alt/Indie Rock. Free.

WOODWARD THEATER - Lauren Eylise with Chris Crooks, Siri Imani, Macho Means and more. 8 p.m. R&B/Soul/Funk/Hip Hop. $8, $10 day of show.

click to enlarge ODESZA performs Saturday at PNC Pavilion - Photo: Tonje Thilesen
Photo: Tonje Thilesen
ODESZA performs Saturday at PNC Pavilion


MOTR PUB - Freekbass. 10 p.m. Funk. Free.

NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB - WeirDose & Juan Cosby (album release party) with Carnage The Executioner, Sons Of Silverton and FAX. 9 p.m. Hip Hop

OCTAVE - Rumpke Mountain Boys with Restless Leg String Band. 9 p.m. Progressive Bluegrass. Cover.

PNC PAVILION AT RIVERBEND - Last weekend’s Homecoming music festival on the riverfront aside, the outdoor concert season in Cincinnati officially begins this weekend with the first shows at Riverbend’s younger and smaller sibling amphitheater, PNC Pavilion. After Friday’s opening night with rockers Halestorm and In This Moment, the Pavilion will turn into a dance party as Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight’s ODESZA pulls into town. The duo’s EDM project has earned top-of-the-poster billing at several major music festivals across the country; most recently, ODESZA’s “cinematic” performance and stage-show at Coachella (where they played right before headliner Eminem) was cited by Billboard as one of the festival’s Dance music highlights. Without the boost of a superstar-assisted radio hit or major press coverage, word-of-mouth adulation for ODESZA’s live show (which has included horn sections, drumlines and captivating visual effects) has made the twosome a major force on the concert circuit. They’ve also done pretty well in the recorded arena. Praised for how they’ve brought their genre-blending musicality and songwriting acumen to EDM, In Return (the duo’s first album after its self-released 2013’s debut) topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart when it was released in 2014. Just a few years later, 2017’s A Moment Apart debuted at No. 3 on the overall album charts and earned ODESZA a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album. 7 p.m. $39.50-$68.50.

THE REDMOOR - "The Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition)" with Roger Klug, Greg Tudor, Bob Nyswonger and Chris Arduser. 8 p.m. Who tribute. $10, $12 day of show. (Click here for more.)

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (LOUNGE) - The AmpFibians with The Madeira. 8 p.m. Surf Rock. Free.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - Xzela, Triiibe , Toph and Venicia & The Shadow People. 9 p.m. Alt/Hip Hop/Pop/Various. $8.

WOODWARD THEATER - Wussy with Schwervon!. 9 p.m. Indie Rock. $15, $18 day of show.


NORTHSIDE TAVERN - Amy Rigby and Chuck Cleaver & Mark Messerly. 8 p.m. Rock. Free.

URBAN ARTIFACT - Dan Pugach Nonet. 8 p.m. Jazz.


THE MAD FROG - Perpetual Groove. 8 p.m. Progressive/Jazz/Rock/Electronic/Psych/Various. Cover.


BOGART'S - Jonathan Davis. 7:30 p.m. Rock. $41.15.

NORTHSIDE YACHT CLUB - No Age with Behavior, Vacation and Moth Clock. 9 p.m. Indie Rock/Various. $10, $12 day of show. (Click here for more.)

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - Tav Falco's Panther Burns with All-Seeing Eyes. 8 p.m. Rock/Blues/Alt. $15. (Click here for more.)