· Since 1994, Ryan "Buzz" Bussey and his pals have been putting on regular musical camp-out/rock-out events dubbed "Camp Buzz." The 21st Camp Buzz goes down this Friday and Saturday at Camp America in Oxford, again showcasing another impressive, eclectic array of local and touring artists, spread across two stages. The lineup is particularly "Jam band" friendly but, as in years past, the performers cover a lot more ground than that.
On Friday, things kick off at 8 p.m. with Detroit's Bump, followed by Dayton's The Maji, Missouri's Bockman (a highlight for Prog fans at last year's MidPoint fest) and North Carolina's Seepeoples. Local Newgrass faves the Rumpke Mountain Boys cap off Friday night, pickin' campers to sleep with a 2 a.m. set. The music picks up again Saturday at noon with L.A.'s Stampead, followed by acts like Minneapolis' Down Lo, Indy's Wolfy and Rob Dixon & Trilogy + 1, Chicago's Cornmeal, D.C.'s Exit Clov and Columbus' One Under. Locals are scattered throughout the day and night Saturday, including Souse, Grand Oversoul, Freekbass, Noctaluca and The Terrors.
There will also be on-site food and other vendors, jam sessions and a "fire dancing" troupe. Camp Buzz is also participating in "Earthdance" again this year — the global effort synchronizes 250 events in 50 countries around the world in a show of solidarity for world peace. At 7 p.m.
(our time) Saturday, all of the sites will play the song "The Prayer for Peace."
Tickets for Camp Buzz are $25 in advance (available, along with more details, at campbuzz.com); it'll run you $40 if you get them at the gate.
Sunday, downtown club The Poison Room hosts a "Camp Buzz Hangover Show" on its new second-story "Toxic Floor," with performances from Stampead, Down Lo and Exit Clov. The show is open to all ages.
· A benefit for Art Damage Inc., a group of local experimental musicians and supporters striving to keep the fringy artform alive in Cincinnati, takes place Friday and Saturday at The Mockbee. The Art Damage radio program was taken off WAIF this spring, but show organizers — who say the program might return to the station under a different name — have kept busy promoting events and other benefit shows as well as hosting DJ nights around town (including every Tuesday at Kaldi's).
Both nights of this weekend's benefit feature copious performers from the local and national scene. Friday's fun kicks off at 8 p.m. and features acts like Realicide, Tonight Golden Curls, Pantz Party, Gordy Horn, Prantershifter, Black Fives, Destined to Fester, Bling 9, French Crips and Dr. Sombitch. Saturday's lineup is even bigger; sounds start at 6 p.m. and performers include Roesing Ape, Lesniak, Ultra//Vires, Bludstone, Evolve, Divine Pile, Burning Star Core, Uncle Dave's Lookout Boys, Eyes & Arms of Smoke, Sonitus Intortus, Jamie Peterson, Donna Parker, Leslie Keffer, SAPAT and several others.
Tickets are $5 for Friday and $7 for Saturday (two-day passes are available for $10). For full details, see artdamage.org.
· A celebration of Over-the-Rhine mainstay Tucker Restaurant — turning 60 years old this year (see a News section feature on page 20) — takes place Saturday at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. and features music from The Fairmount Girls, (in)camera, MercuroChrome, Lagniappe and others. The $10 admission gets you the music, food, birthday cake, a champagne toast and a special compilation CD featuring songs from some of the performers as well as other local Indie bands like The Wolverton Brothers, Chalk, Tonefarmer and Staggering Statistics. Proceeds from the show go to the SID (Sudden Infant Death syndrome) Network of Ohio, in honor of owners Joe and Carla Tuckers' first grandchild.
· Local "Alternative" Rock radio station WAQZ (97.3 FM) shows some love for the local scene with Saturday's "Homegrown Music Festival" at Covington's Madison Theater. The concert is an extension of the station's Homegrown music show, which plays local music every Sunday night at 9. Listeners voted for their favorite bands to perform at the event; the winners were Frontier Folk Nebraska, Banderas, Junior Revolution, Milkweed, Stash, Flight Station, Kristen Key, Denial and Spindle. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $5; $1 from every ticket sold is being donated to LINKS, the local charity that provides instruments for students without the financial wherewithal to buy them. (newrock973.com)
· According to the official site of the Twilight Singers, Greg Dulli is returning to Cincinnati in the next few weeks to rejoin his old Afghan Whigs pals John Curley, Rick McCollum and Michael Horrigan. The foursome will be rehearsing new songs for a forthcoming Afghan Whigs retrospective, Unbreakable, due on Rhino Records later this year. The statement said the band will then head to Memphis to record the songs at Ardent, the studio where they made 1993's breakthrough Gentlemen.
CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen(at)citybeat.com