Music Tonight: Just like Happy Days, the TV show Greenwich Groove is taped in front of a live studio audience. Unlike Happy Days, you can be a member of that audience. Hosted by singer/songwriter Tracy Walker, the cable access local music show — which features performances by a wide range of local musical acts — is currently filming its second season. Tonight, local Boogie Woogie Blues piano master Ricky Nye tapes his Groove session; others who have taped performances for Season 2 include Sonny Moorman, The Faux Frenchmen, The Chris Comer Trio, Steve Schmidt and Jake Speed and the Freddies. (Erwin Stuckey does his session tomorrow night at The Greenwich.) Season 2 premieres this fall. —-
Tapings begin at 8:15 p.m. and admission is free.
Check out the cool Curtis Mayfield cover from eclectic Soul/Jazz/Pop ensemble iolite’s Season 1 session below.
Elsewhere, local Indie duo The Dandybeards continue its residency at MOTR Pub in OTR tonight, the popular open mic/songwriter showcase at Southgate House’s Juney’s Lounge is hosted by Billy Catfish this week and Tropicoso continues its long-running every-Monday-night Salsa dance party at The Mad Frog in Corryville. Below, enjoy a behind-the-scenes clip from Tropicoso’s energetic performance at the Taft Theatre for the 2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.
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Just Announced: Outside of a flair for the flamboyant, it wouldn’t seem that ’80s Pop star Cyndi Lauper and New Orleans-bred Blues/Rock/R&B legend Dr. John have much in common. But that hasn’t stopped them from announcing an upcoming tour together, which will come to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre on Oct. 29.
The Grammy-winning acts are actually closer musically right now than ever, making the “From Memphis to Mardi Gras” tour less “so unusual.” Lauper’s most recent release, Memphis Blues, is a collection of classic Blues songs. And John does a killer version of “She Bop.” (Or not.)
Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Prices range from $49.50-$27.50.
Momentous Happenings in Music History for July 17
On this day in 2001, the korporation (and occasional Rock band) known as KISS announced its latest piece of merchandise — the Kiss Kasket, designed for the hardest of hardcore fans to be buried in. Those not planning on passing away anytime soon could still purchase the Kasket and, per the band’s suggestion, use it as a giant cooler. And you can leave the ice in upon burial and be unchilled and brought back to life should Dr. Gene Simmons come up with a cure for whatever killed you (note: it’ll probably cost you a pretty penny for the KISS Kure).
The Kasket — which Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in — was taken out of circulation in 2008 but returned to the band’s online store earlier this year (it’ll cost you around $3,300) as part of a new merchandising deal that includes KISS cremation urns (for pets and humans), prayer cards and other funeral-related schwag. No word on when the KISS Kolostomy Bag will finally be made available.
Musical folks born on this day include Jazz and Rock musician Brian Auger (born in 1939), Rolling Stones keyboardist Ian Stewart (1938), guitar hero (and area native) Lonnie Mack (1941), original Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer (and later Pearl Jam skinsman) Jack Irons (1962) and theatrical R&B shouter Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1929), featured in the below clip from the amazing music program, Night Music.
R.I.P.: Troubled Velvet Underground singer (as well as solo artist and actress) Nico died on July 18, 1988, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while riding bikes in the heat on vacation in Ibiza, Spain, with her son. She was 49.