Cincy Local Bands Stage
Cincinnati Local Bands Stage
Saturday, June 21, 10:00 am – 7 pm
Open Ukulele Jam
Open ukulele jam to kick off Paddlefest Cincy Local Bands stage. Music led by Cool Hand Ukes of NKY and the Cin City Ukes play at 10 am .Afterwards we will set up an informal jam under the trees. Bring your uke and a folding chair for the on-site jam. Come and play with us and enjoy the largest paddling event in the country! This is a ukulele-only jam. Tell your friends! Need more info? Check out Cool Hand Ukes of NKY on Facebook or Meetup. Be there, ALOHA!
Jake Speed & the Freddies
For the past eight years, Jake Speed has hitchhiked down Cincinnati’s American folk, bluegrass, and ragtime music highway with his award-winning band, The Freddies. Jake Speed & the Freddies are a four-piece band made out of guitar, mandolin, tenor guitar, and upright bass (plus harmonica, kazoo, washboard, and watering can). Their traditional and original songs leap right out of Depression-era freight trains and right into Ohio River steamboats. Their near-vaudeville style stage shows and quick-witted charisma rope in loyal fans of new and old generations alike.
The Freddies’ traditionalist approach to the old timey music style has won them the respect of fellow musicians, music lovers, and even hard-nosed critics. CityBeat writer Ezra Waller says, “Jake Speed is a fixture of Cincinnati’s traditional Folk scene.” Cincinnati Post’s Rick Bird says, ” Jake Speed…has quickly become the Queen City’s favorite troubadour.” If you’re still not convinced, just ask the readers of CityBeat Magazine who voted them Best Local Musicians in 2004, or the listeners of WNKU FM 89.7 who voted The Freddies’ third album, Huzzah!, #77 of their Top 89 Albums of 2004. The band is a four-time winner of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award (2001-2004) for Best Folk Musicians. Jake Speed is a two-time winner of the CEA for Best Singer/Songwriter (2002, 2006). Their winning of the 2002 CEA for Artist of the Year, and 2003 winning of Best Folk Vocalist and Best Folk Band at the CAMMYs (Cincinnati Area Music Awards) puts them on the definitive road of folk music in Cincinnati.
The Freddies’ travels aboard the Cincinnati music scene have landed them many high profile shows, including opening sets for national acts such as Ralph Stanley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Over-the-Rhine and Jay Bennett (from the band, Wilco). Their monthly gigs at Arnold’s and Northside Tavern have laid the tracks for a solid following of fans.
Jody Stapleton’s music voyage started at age 15 when his parents bought him his first guitar for Christmas. Songwriting commenced immediately as each strum would become a tune. At his parents wishes Jody traveled to the deep south for a year to attend a strict, private college where he states, “ the only ideals I really grasped during that time were the south’s traditions in folk, country and blues music and about five chords my roommate taught me and that was good enough”.
The next year, Stapleton was back in Cincinnati to continue his studies, but most importantly, to perform the songs he had written while tucked away in the south. Any coffee shop, gallery, open mic that was available Jody began to create his sound and meet like-minded singer-songwriters. After a couple of short lived bands, Jody combined his passions of southern music and the mid-western sounds of The Replacements and Uncle Tupelo to form, with his brothers in rock, The Stapletons.
From 2000-2007, The Stapletons released four albums, toured America, and were nominated for Rock Band Of The Year in 2000 and won Best New Artist that same year at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. In 2001, The Stapletons were nominated Rock Band Of The Year again and in 2003 they took home the trophy. Esquire magazine came onboard in 2003 and gave The Stapletons some fine accolades and in 2005 The Stapletons signed with Tinderbox Music and had their music played on over 200 radio stations across the country.
In 2008, Stapleton formed the post/punk outfit Cash Flagg who released one EP and were nominated for Best New Artist at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and in 2009 were nominated for Rock Band Of The Year. As 2011 approached, Jody felt the calling of his passion and love of southern music traditions and decided to follow the horizon towards a solo career.
Jody enlisted the Generals to round out his new sound that would combine folk, country and indie/pop notions against a backdrop of sun drenched AM gold. The band released “Turn On Your Lights” in late 2012 and has enjoyed success on the club circuit and numerous festival appearances. In late 2013, Jody scored an acoustic residency at the Oakley Pub in Cincinnati where his weekly shows have created quite a buzz with sold-out appearances.
With 2014 underway, Jody will hit the studio to record his first, solo full-length and has plans to take it on the road, “I gotta take this trip to the people, they need me and I need them”.
Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle is a Cincinnati based, 4 piece Americana/Folk band that blends the tradition of heroes like Woody Guthrie and Mississippi John Hurt w/ contemporary flavor. In its short existence the band has become known for the high energy shows, prolific songwriting, and most notably…suspenders.
Buffalo Wabs (aka Matt Wabnitz) spearheads this group, playing guitar and taking most of the vocal duties. Casey Campbell, Ian Mathieu, and Scott Risner comprise The Price Hill Hustle side of the equation. The group is deeply rooted in the tradition of Old Time pioneers; however, the energy they bring to a live performance could burn down the rowdiest honky-tonk in town.
The four members met through the Cincinnati music community at open mics and seeing each other at other shows around town. They’ve all had different musical projects of their own. After joining each other onstage at several venues they realized the chemistry was undeniable. They began playing more and more, and it seemed as though the more they played, the more they played. Crowds were hypnotized immediately.
“The Hustle,” as they are often referred to, brings something uniquely different that is rarely found with bands. The band brings its own vibe everywhere it goes. It’s almost a culture in itself. Followers have even begun to invent their own vernacular; for example, you may hear someone say they got “Hustled” last night. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Getting “Hustled” is just one’s way of saying, “I saw Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and they TORE IT UP!” Hopefully you can get yourself “Hustled” real soon.
Rattle Snakin’ Daddies
The Rattlesnakin’ Daddies take a bluegrass mentality to the many genres of music that they perform. Whether it be an old time fiddle tune, a country song, or a fast rockabilly tune, they feature virtuosic solos and maintain a machine like tightness with their music performance. Their original tunes are explosive and are directly inspired from the sounds that were produced from Cincinnati’s King Records label from apx. 1940-1960. They have been described as “a band that features vocal excellence in their three part harmonies and exhibits incredible solos that weave an energizing dialogue of musical entertainment”. This band takes pride in their professionalism and their mastery of musical performance as they can special tailor their shows to make them palatable for any demographic or situation. They also have many stage antics that they throw into their performances. Ask them about the snake oil! With humor, wit, and honest emotion the Rattlesnakin’ Daddies have been charming audiences and making heads turn.
G. Burton Story
From Cincinnati U.S.A.
Makes a living as a live musician-performer-songwriter.
dealing with love and loss,
honesty and deception. He writes songs and makes records
and tries to be a good man.
Homegrown front porch pop…
Playing at the Pit Stop for Paddlers – Schmidt Field on Sunday, June 22
(the Paddlefest song) for paddlers on the Ohio,
from the Schmidt Field launch ramp, on Sunday, June 22.
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