Southgate House … Revived

The returns of the Southgate and Whispering Beard festival, plus a tribute to Bones

Aug 22, 2012 at 8:48 am
click to enlarge The Southgate House Revival (Photo:
The Southgate House Revival (Photo:

Ten months after longtime owner/operator of the historic Southgate House in Newport, Ross Raleigh, was forced to hand over the mansion keys to new owners after some legal wrangling, it was announced Aug. 15 that a “new” Southgate House is booking shows and nearly ready to open for business. 

The new music venue — called Southgate House Revival

— is located at another historic Newport property, the former Grace Methodist Episcopal Church (111 E. Sixth St., just off Monmouth). The church was built in 1848 and, before renovations, had been on Newport’s “Most Endangered Properties” list.

Like at the original Southgate House (now Thompson House, which continues to host live music and other events), there will again be three stages in the venue — the main stage is in the entry sanctuary (wrapped in stained-glass windowing), while a small lounge will be used on the lower level and a second-floor stage will also host performers. According to the press release announcing the reopening, the Southgate House Revival “will continue the business’ tradition of presenting independent music in a variety of genres up to seven nights a week.” Expect the same sort of mix of national, regional and local acts that made the original Southgate House so popular.

While the schedule is still being prepped, opening night has been announced as Oct. 5. On Oct. 6, Cincy Pop/Rock greats The Newbees

will host the release party for their new album, Modern Vintage , at Southgate House Revival. The following weekend (Oct. 12-13), CincyPunk Fest presents its 11th annual event at the old church.

Keep tabs on the latest SGHR updates on Facebook ( and Twitter (@SGHRevival), as well as the under-construction 

Return of the Beardos

The summer music festival season is winding down, but area fans of Americana/Folk/Roots music of varying stripes have a big one to look forward to this weekend, as the fifth annual Whispering Beard Folk Festival

returns to the Old Mill Campground in nearby Friendship, Ind. Founded in 2008, Whispering Beard has showcased both the old and new guard of Americana, mixing legends, contemporary favorites and lots of Greater Cincinnati area artists. This year is no exception; in fact, it may be the best lineup yet.

Running Friday through Sunday evening, Whispering Beard features headliners like Folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and modern greats like Justin Townes Earle, Langhorne Slim and Pokey LaFarge & the South City 3. 

The local presence at the fest is huge again this year and it’s also split between veteran artists and relative newcomers. Among the acts from Greater Cincinnati scheduled to perform: Ma Crow

, Magnolia Mountain , Mt. Pleasant String Band , Blue Rock Boys , Uncle Mike Carr , The Tillers , Josh Eagle & the Harvest City , Jeremy Pinnell & the 55s , Shiny and the Spoon , Billy Catfish , Terminal Union , Frontier Folk Nebraska , Sassy Molasses , Kentucky Struts , Red Cedars and Arlo McKinley

Tickets are available through, at the Madison Theater box office or Shake It Records. Weekend passes are $70 (it’s $40 for just Friday and Saturday and $20 for just Sunday). All-weekend on-site camping costs $40 or you can camp off-site for free (while spaces last). 

For complete info on this year’s Whispering Beard Folk Festival, visit

A Birthday Bash for Bones

The outpouring of support following the killing of former local musician David Hebert (better known as simply Bones

) by police in April of 2011 was immediately evident in the mourning on social media and around Northside, where he’d been killed. That support continued through the various city council hearings about the case and Bones’ many friends have remained vigilant. The Friends of Bones organization was founded to support those affected by the case, raise awareness about other police violence and push for a change in some of the police policies that might have led to Bones’ shooting death.

This weekend, Friends of Bones is throwing Hebert a birthday bash at The Comet in Northside. Friday and Saturday, along with music, there will also be numerous raffles and silent auctions (including a lot of cool “Bones branded” swag), all raising funds for the FoB cause. Counterfeit Money Machine

performs Friday; Saturday night features Dixie Trash (a band for which Bones once drummed) and the return of rockers Jackass . For a full overview of the case and much more info, be sure to visit


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