Squeeze the Day for 7/13

Music Tonight: If you’re headed to the Goo Goo Dolls/Michelle Branch concert at Riverbend’s PNC Pavilion tonight, there are some traffic alerts you should be aware of. East I-275 in Kentucky is down to two lanes from the AA Highway to around I-471, so, if you don’t want to end up like those whiny NASCAR fans who got traffic jammed last week (what irony — they wanted to watch cars drive fast, not crawl!) be sure to allow extra time if you take that route.

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Remember when teen Pop stars like Tiffany would do tours of the nation’s shopping malls to reach our country’s youth? Well, this evening you can relive that experience with one of Cincinnati’s most successful Pop groups, Blessid Union of Souls, as the Bridgewater Falls shopping center in Fairfield hosts the band as part of its “Jammin’ in July” concert series. The show starts at 6 p.m. with funky openers The Cincy Brass, the fun all-horn ensemble that’s part supersonic high-school marching band, part N’Awlins brass crew. Check out the Brass below performing its original tune (much of their set includes cool cover arrangements of popular hits) “Nati News,” then head up to Fairfield tonight, maybe grab a back-scratcher and foot massager from Bed Bath & Beyond, then sit back and enjoy the tunes. For free! (The concert series continues July 20 with Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band and July 27 with The Menus.)

(Leave your suggestions/promote yourself or your favorites by telling everyone about your favorite music event recommendations for the day in the comments below.)

Momentous Happenings in Music History for July 13:

On July 13, 1985, at one minute past noon, Status Quo kicked off the huge cross-Atlantic Live Aid event in London. The money raised went to starving people in Africa and is also noted for Phil Collins heroic performances at the concerts in both England and the U.S. Collins, who recently announced his retirement from Pop music, played his crappy tunes at Wembley Stadium, then sat back in comfort and sipped tea as the Concord jetted him to Philly to play the U.S. site. Below is a clip from the festival featuring the fantastic Boomtown Rats, whose frontman, Bob Geldof, created Live Aid.

July 13 b-days include Canadian R&B vocalist Deborah Cox (born in 1974), Napalm Death singer Robert Grant (1968) and late R&B legend Gerald Levert (1966).

New York Dolls bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane died on this day in 2004 from Leukemia.

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