Riff It Up This Weekend at the Cincinnati Guitar Festival

Saturday's event at Covington's Madison Theater benefits Play It Forward and features local aces like Jay Jesse Johnson and Noah Wotherspoon, touring guitarists like Ben Rice and Stacy Mitchhart and much more

Apr 25, 2019 at 1:43 pm

click to enlarge Riff It Up This Weekend at the Cincinnati Guitar Festival
Photo: Markus Spiske
This Saturday’s Cincinnati Guitar Festival will feature a slew of guitar players, not just from Cincinnati but also from around the country.

The event begins at 8 p.m. at Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave., Covington, madisontheateronline.com). Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the door, with proceeds going to Play It Forward (pifcincy.org), the local organization that assists musicians in the area with health and financial resources.

Local players participating in the CGF include Jay Jesse Johnson and Noah Wotherspoon, as well as Danny Frazier, Marcos Sastre and Brian Wallen, plus various non-guitar-playing musicians and singers. Portland, Oregon’s Ben Rice is

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Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Guitars! (at Herzog Music)
another headliner, as is Stacy Mitchhart, who cut his teeth in Cincinnati’s Blues scene and now tends to his successful career from his home base in Tennessee.

Here is the full lineup listing from the CGF event page on Facebook:

The Blues Doctor, Stacy Mitchhart

Jay Jesse Johnson

Ira Stanley, Doug Hart, Chuck Sullivan, Danny Frazier

Marcos Sastre, James Sanders, Bob Herrmann, Catrina Campbell

Tina Sullivan, Tom Kaper, Kelly Walker, Raul Watson, Brian Franks

Roots Guitar Master: Brian Wallen

International Touring Bluesmen: Travis Bowlin and Roger "Hurricane" Wilson

Special appearance by:

2014 IBC Best Guitarist: Ben Rice

2015 IBC Guitarist of the year: Noah Wotherspoon

Ricky Nye and Bob Nave

Seth Forster and Craig Comer

Joe Polen and Greg Hines

Click here for more event details.