The idea for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs) was essentially born when CityBeat came into being in 1994. It was on the paper’s “Things Altweeklies Are Supposed to Do” list from the start, as was the dedication to making local music coverage a cornerstone of the paper.
On Sunday at Covington’s Madison Theater, the CEAs will be staged for the 14th year, marking the latest chapter of a rich Greater Cincinnati music scene tradition. Presented yearly the week of Thanksgiving, it’s our way of giving thanks to the local artists who enrich our city in ways they likely don’t truly understand.
The CEA program is an attempt to remind them that their contributions are greatly appreciated. It’s also an attempt to bring together musicians (as well the non-musicians who work to support and nurture the music community) from across the local music spectrum, proving year after year that regardless of the type of music they play, creative types are going to have an outrageously good time when you put them all in one room. Having a full bar in that room might be a factor, too.
The 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony is an all-ages event that begins at 7 p.m. Awards will be handed out in 19 categories, and live performances are expected from nominees Foxy Shazam, The Cincy Brass, The Pinstripes, Kim Taylor, Dallas Moore, The Guitars and No No Knots.
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Included is admission to the notorious CEA afterparty at The Mad Hatter, featuring more live music from The Lions Rampant and The Cincy Brass and the Fashion Trashie Awards.