Among the numerous music shows being held Thanksgiving Eve is a record release party for the debut of newcomers Green Light Morning. While the band itself is new, you might recognize a member or two — the trio features Aaron Patrick (guitar/vocals), who spent many years with the very popular (locally and regionally) Cincinnati Pop/Rock band Oval Opus, and Aaron Bright (piano/vocals), who was with Columbus rockers The Big Creak (drummer John “jB4” Behnam of Ten Foot Big rounds out the band). The songwriting duo met when their old bands were on the road a lot at the same time, crossing paths regularly. They reconnected when Bright moved to Cincinnati and the twosome began writing songs together and recording. The band’s debut, self-titled LP is very catchy and accessible, but it’s not the empty, plastic Pop that owns the radio right now — Bright and Patrick’s partnership has resulted in a Pop/Rock album with some real depth. Green Light Morning’s release party is Wednesday at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley with special guests The Dirty McQueens (featuring singer/songwriter Paul Otten) and Behnam’s 10 Foot Big. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. (www.greenlightmorning.com)
• Black Friday is not only about bargains and mall stampedes. This year, singer/songwriter/guitarist Maurice Mattei and his band The Tempers have chosen the day after Thanksgiving to release its latest project, The Tempers Christmas Show, in conjunction with a performance Friday at the York Street Café in Newport. While the album (recorded at a live concert last December by the folks from the CityNights cable access program) does contain a pair of cover tracks — Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph” and Lieber/Stoller’s “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” — but the eight other tracks are Mattei originals. Friday’s show starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and that includes a copy of the new album on CD. (www.mmattei.com)
• Indie Pop trio (and reigning Cincinnati Entertainment Awards champ in the “Alternative/Indie” category) The Seedy Seeds are doing the Thanksgiving eve thang Wednesday in Over-the-Rhine at MOTR Pub. The band recently released a new music video for the song “I Am the Conductor” off of their stellar latest album, Verb Noun (you can find the vid on YouTube). The video and Wednesday’s free show are also Seedy fans first proper introduction to the group’s new drummer. Joe Frankl (founder of the popular local band The Frankl Project) has joined, filling the vacated drum throne of Brian Penick, who left to pursue other interests. Showtime is 10 p.m. (www.theseedyseeds.com)
• Five days after scoring the trophy for “Artist of the Year” at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony at Covington’s Madison Theater, one of the most “destined for the big time” local bands I’ve ever encountered, Walk the Moon, perform at the Madison for a big homecoming show. After a whirlwind year that found them playing at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo and doing tours with Fitz and the Tantrums and Kaiser Chiefs — not to mention signing the dotted line on a record contract with RCA Records — the dancey, creative Indie/Pop band is returning home as conquering heroes. The group is joined by CEA “New Artist of the Year” nominees Young Heirlooms (who performed a short but excellent set at the CEAs) and SHADOWRAPTR (who won the “New Artist” prize this year). Showtime is 8 p.m. The concert is open to all-ages and tickets are $15.
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