The Cliftones are a group of musicians, who together, create powerful music - a unique style of crucial, powerhouse roots reggae. In the true spirit of roots and culture, The Cliftones blend the sounds of a relentless dance groove with positive upliftment in the lyrical message. The result is an individual sound that is undeniably their trademark.
Influences: Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Toots, Gregory Issacs, yellow man, Pato Banton.

The Cliftones are a group of musicians, who together, create powerful music - a unique style of crucial, powerhouse roots reggae. In the true spirit of roots and culture, The Cliftones blend the sounds of a relentless dance groove with positive upliftment in the lyrical message. The result is an individual sound that is undeniably their trademark.
Influences: Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Toots, Gregory Issacs, yellow man, Pato Banton.

Shoot Out The Lights

Shoot Out the Lights is everything the band's name suggests and much more. Armed with loads of enthusiasm and never forgetting to Roll along with the Rock, the influences and efforts of this Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky based quintet are apparent on their newly released, self titled album. The band's songs range from heartfelt love songs to more up-front sexual notions, and get-after-it rock n' roll party songs.

With the help of producer Mike Tekulve, the band created nine highly polished jewels and released the LP in March 2011. Highlights of the album include “Stay Beautiful”, which is a trippy electric journey, with precision lyrics and haunting background vocals that take us inside what could be love and devotion. “Kiss You So Hard” moves us to the all or nothing ultimatum of a relationship teetering on the brink of success or failure. With the song “You & Me,” Josh Muddiman and Elaina Brown share the vocals in a fitting country rock song that tips a cap to classic country duets. Toward the end of the album the song “Hello My Love” is a boot stomping, beer drinking, howl at the moon type song that will have audiences and fans singing along.

The band is working hard to gain regional recognition and performances include songs from the new album, a mix of other new and old originals, and occasional select cover songs. Live, the vocal blending and wholehearted performances of Josh and Elaina is something music fans need to experience. According to Cincinnati journalist Danielle Custentino of Cincinnati Metromix Magazine, "Move over, Rhett Miller, Cincinnati has its own upbeat, Americana infused rock band that surpasses your Old 97s. Yes, you heard me correctly. I went there." Mike Breen of City Beat had this to say; "While the songs...have a Roots aftertaste, this is more soulful, melodic Rock than AltCountry. Singer Josh Muddiman has a perfect Rock & Roll voice, which is bathed in a smoky rasp, giving the melodies and lyrics an extra "lived-in" depth."

Kelly Thomas has been the first lady of Cincinnati Country for the better part of a decade; founder of the charitable Rivertown Music Club and member of an impossible number of bands and projects, including Second Sister, the Tammy WhyNots, the Hayseed Tabernacle Choir, her solo work and her duo with 500 Miles to Memphis’ Ryan Malott. But perhaps her purest Country pursuit is her work with the Fabulous Pickups, which has been honky tonking up area joints since 2005, and which only hit the studio for the first time last year to create Fly, the Pickups’ debut recording and, amazingly, the first time Thomas has done a full album of her own songs (okay, “Beast of Burden” wasn’t hers, but she totally owned it). Not surprisingly, Thomas and the Pickups reeled in a CEA nomination for Best Country Artist, but then the first lady of Cincinnati Country should get used to being recognized as the best. Dig: Rosanne Cash and Tammy Wynette lag cue balls for the privilege of kicking Garth Brooks’ ass. (BB)

Terminal Union

Terminal Union is a Cincinnati based alt-country band showcasing true roots, folk and Americana songwriting and musicianship. TU formed in early 2011 as a duo with David Faul and Ian Mathieu. The two quickly won over audiences with their intelligent writing and quality musicianship. In 2012, they were joined by Lynette Mathieu (Ian's wife) on upright bass. 2013 saw the addition of Mark Becknell on drums. When enjoying Terminal Union, you'll hear acoustic guitars, piano, beautiful harmonies, banjo, upright bass, drums and harmonicas. With such a vibrant Americana scene in their hometown of Cincinnati, OH, Terminal Union feels truly blessed to have shared the stage with local favorites such as The Tillers, Josh Eagle & The Harvest City, Ben Knight & The Well Diggers and many others. When quality musicianship meets incredibly well crafted songs, it's easy to see why Terminal Union is quickly becoming a favorite among many local and regional music lovers.

Moriah Haven Lawson is an eccentric woman who plays roots-inspired music with hints of pop, country, and sarcasm. As a visual artist, singer, songwriter, producer, Aspergian, and dreamer, she only knows how to be herself in song, and life, as well.

Michael J. Hamilton is an avid vinyl & comic collector, an unparalleled drummer, friend, and Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Shiny Old Soul

Shiny Old Soul has taken to the description "cosmic Roots" given their fusion of a bluesey, roots driven foundation and an eclectic, unbound catalogue of original songs. Comparisons range from Van Morrison to the Grateful Dead, the Meters, Pink Floyd and The Decemberists, to broader things like gypsy jazz & vintage rock. Yeah, they're one of those bands, sounding inevitably like themselves but with a bizarre tip of the hat to countless others. But really it's all about the songs. Bank robberies, pregnant pirates, time travelers, voodoo spells, allegory, and plain old sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, that conspire to reveal a world of simple feelings in exotic places. A broken heart by any other name. If that wasn't wierd enough, folks really like to dance to it too. Fans can be seen singing along to many of songwriter, guitarist Gregory Morris' vast collection of songs, elevated by the jazz stylings of drummer Katherine Monnig and low end folk maestro Michael Sadoff. In fact, Gregory, Michael & Katherine have been playing together since 2003, formerly known as the Gregory Morris Group.

The latest SOS album (Cash is King, Jan 2012) features two charming female vocalists, Lee Schmidt, with her sultry deep water timbre, and Laura Hughes with her clear, high Nashville croon. Together they round out the 5 piece ensemble with it's unique blend of harmony, beat and lyric, ranging from the ominous to the ridiculous, thriving on a balance of low gain and high intensity.

JIMS

A veteran in the Cincinnati music scene, JIMS has been playing in various bands since 1996 at the age of 11. Between '96 thru 2003, he would have been seen in basement punk shows as the frontman for punk/ska band, Code Red, or space punk band, Prick B. Mafia. He has since matured his craft while in 2004 starting Sweet Ray Laurel, a post-punk band with math rock tendencies. After putting out a couple of various singles on compilations, SRL released their self-titled debut in 2010 to raving reviews while touring the country. The songs, "Freight Train" and "Cut Me", were included on the soundtrack of indie movie "A box for Rob", and cut through genres and blend styles that usually don't cross paths. You can hear influences of The Afghan Whigs, The Clash, and At the Drive in all mixed into one song. Sweet Ray Laurel has since released "TABULA RASA" in 2013, had the chance to play Warped Tour, and headlined festivals such as Bradfest in Minneapolis, MN, and Chubbstock in Friendship, IN.

JIMS is also known for his fast-paced progressive style of drumming in bands such as Smoke Signals... and Martin Luther and the Kings. Smoke Signals... was started in 2010 with his brother Chad on guitar, and close friend Seth on bass. Their style is Aggressive/Progressive Rock and has been likened to a mixture of the bands Tool and Sunny Day Real Estate. They released their first album "The Collapse" in 2013 and toured all the way out to Canada and back. They have since been signed to local record label Phratry Records and are currently working on a 7 inch record.

Martin Luther and the kings was started in 2007 by Hellcat Matt and Bogie, and JIMS joined 3 years later right before opening for The Business and embarking on a 5 day tour. They blend punk, garage, and rockabilly to form a sound all their own. They have also had the honor to open for The Misfits and Bomb The Music Industry, and released their debut self titled album in 2012.

For his solo work, you will be able to hear the many influences that has been a part of his repertoire.

The Cincy Brass

"N'awlins Soul Meets Cincinnati Funk" - That is the best way to describe The Cincy Brass. This 9-piece brass band has the essence of Bourbon St, funk, hip-hop, and jazz all wrapped into an epic explosion of sound and passion. Whether it be an original off of their upcoming debut album, a mind-blowing twist on a cover of a pop hit (Beyonce, James Brown, Def Leppard, Lady Gaga, George Michaels, etc), or an old time N'awlins street music hit, The Cincy Brass delivers a performance that can't be duplicated. The band has exploded onto the scene in the past two years, performing at some of Cincinnati's hippest music venues and biggest festivals. You also may have seen the brass at Reds games and opening for acts like 311, Sublime, Foreigner, Blessid Union of Souls, and Journey. Make sure you don't miss The Cincy Brass. Oh yea...don't forget to bring some beads!


"Sometimes, simplicity is complicated. This formula is one of the best I've ever sampled. Ten dudes + ten cohesively-played instruments + Cincy-sass + choice covers + rabid fun = an entire set devoted to getting your dance groove ON" - Monty shoutOUT Sixth Ed. 2011

"People were screaming (literally) with joy, and dancing maniacs made the party all the more fun and sweaty" - Metromix Cincinnati

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