· Locally based indie imprint Tokyo Rose Records is releasing Roesing Ape Asks Is The American Christ Satan, the latest recording by local artist/experimental musician Roesing Ape (aka Chris Roesing) in conjunction with a show at The Comet in Northside Friday. Lesniak, Black Fives, Cuddly D, Abiyah, A Modest Chef and San Diego's The Robot Ate Me are also slated to perform. (roesingape.org)
· This weekend sees the return of the Summerfair Festival at Coney Island. Now in its 38th year, the family-friendly event mixes arts and crafts with a healthy dose of music. Among the participating artists: Raison D'etre, Ricky Nye, Diamond Blue, Greg Mahan, Ceol Mhor, Bromwell-Diehl Band, Terry Diver & Teresa Klug, David Wolfenberger, Janet Pressley, Tracy Walker, Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, Jumbo White Bread and many others. For a full schedule of events, see summerfair.org.
· Local Rock quartet Only Everything have some really big gigs this week, as the band makes it first appearances on the Dave Matthews Band tour. The band was invited to play on a side stage at the DMB stops in St. Louis and Chicago Wednesday and Thursday (OE are also to appear June 15 when the DMB hits the Cleveland-area Blossom Music Center). The band scored the coveted slots through their management company, Dare2 Managements, whose Daryl Pearsall works for DMB. Between those shows, Only Everything makes a couple of Cincinnati appearances.
This Friday at 5 p.m., the group kicks off this summer's "Rockin' on Walnut" music series, performing Downtown on the Aronoff Plaza at the corner of Walnut and Sixth streets (the series continues every Friday through August with different bands; see downtowncincinnati.com for details). On June 9, the band plays Jefferson Hall. (onlyeverything.com)
· The annual Oxford Music Festival's 2005 season kicks off Thursday with Tre Lunas, a folksy trio popular in the Oxford area that features singer/songwriters Bonnie Allyn, Laurie Traveline and Lisa Hill Biales. The Oxford Music Festival presents a different act each Thursday (starting at 7:30 p.m.) through Aug. 25. The concerts take place at the John W. Altman Performance Pavilion in the Uptown Parks. (enjoyoxford.org)
· Local artist Justin Cole's claymation video for Brian Wilson's song "Heroes and Villains" was announced as the winner of the "Become a Video Hero" contest sponsored by Warner Bros. Records and MP3.com. Cole's short, judged best by Wilson himself, is included on Wilson's just-released DVD, Brian Wilson Presents Smile. You can also take a peak at it on brianwilson.com (click on the "News" section and scroll down).
· A new local music compilation from WEBN (102.7 FM) and Budweiser's "True Music Search" gets the CD release party treatment Monday at Jillian's in Covington (it is the second such CD released). The disc collects songs from local acts like Will Fluke (who appear on WEBN's "Dawn Patrol" Thursday), Buckra, 17 Days, Dangerous Jim & The Slims, The Kevin Fox Band, American Hardcore, Langus, The Sonny Moorman Group, The Dallas Moore Band and Lorenzo, the band formerly known as Echo Park, who recently returned from Hollywood after working on their forthcoming CD. Several of the artists featured on the disc will perform at the Jillian's shindig.
· The Cincy Blues Challenge takes over Germania Park in Colerain Sunday, running from 1 until 9 p.m. The Challenge features nearly 20 area Blues acts vying for a chance to go to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Winners also get slots at the Cincy Blues Fest, this year taking place July 29 and 30 along the Ohio River at Sawyer Point. (cincyblues.org)
· A benefit for community radio station WAIF (88.3 FM) goes down Friday at Sudsy Malone's. Presented by WAIF's Metal Attack program, the show features locals Shrapnelface and Estuary plus Dayton's Darkness Undying and BloodShed and Indiana's Dyngyr. Music starts at 9 p.m. Metal Attack airs every Friday at 3 p.m. (waif883.org)
· Newcomers Terravada make their live debut Friday at Top Cat's. The trio, whose music is described as "intelligent, soulful and heartfelt Rock," is fronted by local singer/songwriter Ryan Muddiman and features former Stain drummer Jason Palm and former Element bassist Dave Kruse. Also on the bill are Patchwork, The Hinges and Cleveland's Mr. Gnome.