Kelly Thomas is well known in local music circles for her many benefit concerts and events, as well as releases with Second Sister, The Tammy WhyNots and a duo album with 500 Miles to Memphis’ Ryan Malott. Now, what Thomas calls her “primary band” — Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pick-Ups — is finally gearing up for its debut album release, Fly. Specially priced pre-orders are available through Friday at
www.kellythomasonline.com, but you can get an early listen Wednesday when Thomas and the band host a listening party/special acoustic performance at the site of the former Herzog recording studios (811 Race St., second floor, Downtown), where Hank Williams recorded some of his earliest hits. The album preview party starts at 7 p.m. and the Pick-Ups play at 8:30 p.m. Fly is officially released Nov. 18 with a release party at York Street Café in Newport.
• The summer music festival season has apparently gotten so big, it’s reaching into autumn. If you’ve still got an itch for multi-band music festivities after last weekend’s MidPoint Music Festival, gas up the car and head south to Ripley, Ohio, for the Big Pig Music & Arts Festival. Camping is encouraged for the Friday/Saturday fest, which is being held on the grounds of Pisgah Hill Farms. With everything from Reggae and Jam Rock to Electronica, Roots and Funk, the festival features many Cincinnati-area acts, including Skeetones, Oui Si Yes, Pharaoh Loosey, Josh Eagle and the Harvest City, The Cliftones and Freekbass, plus nationally touring artists like Soulive and Macpodz. Tickets are $40 at the gate or $30 in advance. Buy tickets and check out full details at www.bigpigmusicfestival.com.
• This Saturday, the sounds of roaring lions and screeching monkeys at the Cincinnati Zoo will be mixed with sublime Bluegrass and Americana music. The 2011 Zoograss Festival runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and kicks off with Wild Carrot and the Roots Band, followed by the Rubber Knife Gang (just back from some European touring), the Comet Bluegrass Allstars, Rumpke Mountain Boys and Magnolia Mountain. The event is free with park admission. (cincinnatizoo.org)
• After touring behind its well received, Malcolm Burn-produced albumThis Isn't Over Yet
last year, Cincinnati Folk Pop duo Ellery took a rare break to pursue other interests. (Tasha Golden is working on her Master’s in poetry, while her husband Justin Golden has been doing studio work with Over the Rhine, Josiah Wolf and others.) Friday, the Goldens return to Ellery for their first show in over a year at musician/producer Ric Hordinski ’s Walnut Hills studio/performance space, The Monastery. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a set by Hordinski (who is reportedly working on an acoustic album). Tickets ($8 or $10 day of show) can be purchased through
• Rock & Roll cover band Big Rock Club is releasing a five-song EP of original material Friday night at Downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar. The songs are well crafted and played, reflecting BRC’s eclectic playlist, which includes everything from Cream and The James Gang to The Black Keys and Stephen Malkmus. (
• After a decade of powerful Rock/Post Punk, local crew The Strongest Proof is splitting up. But not before a proper send-off at Newport’s Southgate House this Saturday and one final release, Paths Will Collide. Download cards of the digital-only, six-track Phratry Records release will be distributed (for free!) to all in attendance.Helping say “Sayonara” at the “whole house” show will be Mad Anthony , Ampline , Mala In Se , State Song , The Sweep , The Bitter Airplane (featuring former members of Caterpillar Tracks), New Third Worlds (with former members of Arms Exploding) and Swear Jar . Get a taste of the Proof’s swan song recording at thestrongestproof.bandcamp.com.
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