Dec 122014

Patrick Sweany plays the Southgate House Revival in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ohio native Patrick Sweany is the real deal. He has been recording since the late 90’s and unfortunately I just recently discovered him. Patrick played the Southgate House in July (see pics here) and I was not going to miss his return just six months later. He plays a great mix of blues, rock, and soul. I highly recommend his latest release, Close to the Floor.

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Nov 242014

Ivan Pongracic of the Madeira plays in Decatur, Georgia at Kavarna Coffeehouse for the Southern Surf Stomp (8)

The Southern Surf Stomp this month went down in Decatur, Georgia and a fantastic time was had by all! The Stomp which began in April of this year is held every month at the Kavarna Coffeehouse. Three bands are invited to play and it has proven to be a great draw for the southern surf scene. This month, Ivan Pongracic of the Space Cossacks and Madeira fame headlined along with the AmpFibians (Cincinnati) and Jeffrey Butzer & the Bicycle Eaters. I really enjoyed the range of musical styles offered Saturday night. I began the night feeling as if I was in a Parisian cafe on to blues and psychedelic drenched surf and then on to melt-your-face-hard-charging surf to bring the house down at the end of the night. I want to end my thoughts by saying Ivan is the man, he is the great ambassador of surf – past and present.

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Sep 142014

The queen and her court at the 2014 Ohio Renaissance Festival.

The 2014 Ohio Renaissance Festival is in full swing. It is that time of year fir great action, comedy, costumes, and food & drink. This year was another great time and I plan on going again taking more friends who want to see what I have been telling them about. The Kamikaze FireFlies were great and please do not miss the human chess match. Sit down and witness great action and comedy – I love it.

There are lots of photos to load up so please give yourself plenty of time to look and enjoy the spectacle of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.

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Sep 042014

Man or Astro-Man? play surf music at the Taft Theatre Ballroom in Cincinnati, Ohio. (3)

Man or Astro-Man? came to town Wednesday night and my friend and I made sure to be at the Taft Theatre Ballroom to see them. Loved the show and so did the rest of a great crowd that made it out. Man or Astro-Man played their hits as well as songs off their new album DEFCON 5…4…3…2…1

Enjoy the pics and when they come to your town, be there!

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Aug 092014

The Coffin Daggers play Blind Bob's in Dayton, Ohio. (1)

The current tour for the New York based Coffin Daggers brought them to southwest Ohio. Thursday night they played Dayton and Friday night Yellow Springs. I caught both shows and the hour-long trip both nights were well worth it. These guys flat-out deliver great instrumental songs, very catchy with melodies and hooks that stand up to repeated listening. I highly recommend catching their show and buying their vinyl and/or cd’s.

Enjoy pics from the Thursday night show in Dayton…

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Jul 232014
Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar, plays instrumental surf music at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis. (6)

The King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale, brought his show to Indianapolis Tuesday. He has been doing this for a long time (since the 50’s) and I can’t describe how cool it is to watch a living legend who is responsible for so many great things play right in front of you. Dick and his band played a great show, but not be be overshadowed, the Madeira played a fantastic set to warm up the sold-out crowd. Being a huge fan of both bands, I just sat back and listened to some great surf music going on that night and stopped momentarily to take some pics. Enjoy the photos!

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Jul 042014

Patrick Sweany plays the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky. (7)

I had the pleasure of seeing Patrick Sweany play tonight at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky. I did not know much except the few songs I heard on Pandora. I absolutely did not want to miss this this show and I’m glad I went. Patrick put on a fantastic show. He is a natural on stage and he brings along a great band to back him up. My son and I walked away amazed…Patrick is the real deal.

BTW, as I am working on this blog post, I am listening to his latest record I picked up at the show “Close to the Floor”. Great stuff, I highly recommend you pick it up. :)

Enjoy the pics!

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