Music Tonight: Lots of strong shows this evening to help usher in the weekend. Tonight’s free MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square is headlined by one of Cincinnati’s best bands, Electro rockers Eat Sugar. Get a taste of the sweetness below in the band’s most recent music video (directed by ES drummer Greg Poneris) for the song “Clap Your Hands.” Solid local newcomers Starfox and Louisville Electronic Pop crew The Pass get things started. —-The whole shebang kicks off at 7 p.m.
Americana heroine Lucinda Williams — who performed this spring at Covington’s Madison Theater — returns to the area tonight, joining popular singer/songwriter Amos Lee at PNC Pavilion. Check out Steve Rosen’s interview with Lucinda in this week’s CityBeat here. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets will run you about $50-$65. Warm up with the below clip of Williams performing “Drunken Angel” on Austin City Limits.
The 48th annual Edensong concert series — featuring local Roots music every Friday in July for free — continues tonight at the Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park. Things kicks off at 8 p.m. with local Cajun crew Lagniappe and the show also features John Redell & Rick Howell, Silver Arm, Wild Carrot & The Roots Band and young fingerstyle guitar ninja Ben Lapps. Get a sample of Lapps wizardry in the below promo video, created by area A/V warriors Mind Ignition.
For those who attended last Friday’s Edensong opener but had to park 20 miles away (or those who went but left because there were no parking spots), there’s good news — the Cincinnati Art Museum has decided to allow patrons to park in their lot for the rest of the series.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for July 15
One of the macho men of the Village People, Victor Edward Willis (aka “The Cop”), was arrested on July 15, 2008, near San Francisco when police find drugs and a gun in his car. Maybe he was just doing some undercover singing/dancing-police work?
Musical folks born on this day include Adams County native, Country music legend and King Records recording artist Cowboy Copas, who died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline in 1963 (born in 1913), R&B singer Millie Jackson (1944), Rock, Pop and Jazz vocalist Linda Ronstadt (1946), New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders (1952), Dancehall Reggae fave Buju Banton (1973), and troubled Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, who would have turned 55 years old today had he not taken his own life in 1980.
Julia Lennon, John Lennon’s mother and fodder for a few of Lennon’s greatest songs (including the one below, covered by John and Yoko's son, Sean), died on this day in 1958 when she was hit by a car driven by an off-duty police officer.