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The Bulletin Board — 97 Comments

  1. Full Moon Ranch is performing Friday, November 27, day after Thanksgiving, at the Front Street Cafe, New Richmond, Ohio.
    Let someone else do the cooking and spend a relaxing evening with us in this cozy
    historic river town. Great food, spirits, coffee, dessert, and MUSIC! Love to see you!

    Dinner reservations strongly recommended @ (513) 553-4800. Dinner service from 5 PM, entertainment from 7 to 10PM.

    ~ Kevin Heider w/ Jim Casto ~
    Saturday, December 5 @ 7:30pm
    (Doors open at 7pm) $10

    Kevin Heider’s music is influenced by roots-rock and folk-pop. He straddles a variety of tempos and styles creating catchy story-song soundscapes. Hints of Springsteen, the Avett Brothers, and Mumford & Sons color his infectious and eclectic musical creations.

    Cincy area singer, songwriter and musician Jim Casto opens with an upbeat mix of folk-rock originals.


    Note: Show is in a comfy and quiet listening room in the historic Shillito Bldg. in downtown Cincy. Plus FREE snacks and FREE soft drinks.

    DownTowne Listening Room @ The Shillito Bldg. in Downtown Cincy
    151 West 7th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202


    …checking in from Venice, Fl….I miss sitting in with you people (I’m the guy who had a slide guitar part for every song, no matter the genre !)….samples from my current project, just launching in the Sarasota – Venice – area….if you’re down this way, check out our soundcloud page for performance listings…this place is apparently where guitar pickers go to keep their fingers warm…a very welcoming music community…
    John Kuhn

  4. Full Moon Ranch will be performing at the Mt. Washington Pumpkin Chuck this Saturday 12:30-2:00. Come watch catapults fling yesterday’s jack-o-lanterns……..and hear a little music too! Food & drink, children’s activities, admission is free.

    Thursday, October 29 @ 7:30pm $15

    Chuck Brodsky is the Mark Twain of folk musicians. He is a singer, a songwriter, and an amazing musical storyteller. His riveting narratives, that range from historic baseball lore to modern Facebook foibles, are genuine, rootsy, and a little bit quirky, yet full of wit and warmth.

    Cincy area artist Steve Saunders opens the show with catchy and creative acoustic rock.

    NOTE: Show is in a quiet and cozy listening room environment in the historic Shillito Bldg. in downtown Cincy.

    ALSO NOTE: All attendees get FREE snacks and FREE soft drinks.

    DownTowne Listening Room @ The Shillito Bldg. in Downtown Cincy
    151 West 7th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    EG Kight w/ Lisa Biales

    Saturday, October 3 @ 7:30pm $15

    The “Georgia Songbird” EG Kight returns with her southern-fried, country-flavored, rockin’ and rollin’ blues. She has performed with George Jones, Merle Haggard and B.B. King. Hear her soul-stirring songs and stories in our intimate listening room environment.

    Plus…Local “Belle of the Blues” Lisa Biales opens the show with clear, captivating vocals and jazz-inflected, country-infused blues.

    NOTE: Show is in a quiet and cozy listening room environment in the historic Shillito Bldg. in downtown Cincy. And all attendees get FREE snacks and FREE soft drinks.

    DownTowne Listening Room @ The Shillito Bldg. in Downtown Cincy
    151 West 7th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

  7. Full Moon Ranch will be playing Thursday, September 24th, down on the river at the
    Front Street Cafe from 7-10. We hope to be out in the courtyard, since it is supposed to be great weather. Jody’s family has lived in this area for four generations and she is excited to play on her side of town. Come on out, we’d love to share the evening with you!

  8. TOTALLY UNIQUE SHOW AUG 22: Steve Goodie & Kryst Kruer

    The next Downtowne Listening Room show is Aug 22.
    It’s our most UNIQUE one ever with comic music parodist headliner Steve Goodie from Nashville and unique ukulele opener from Kentucky, Kryst Kruer.

    Plus free snacks, free soft drinks, and a crazy candy buffet. Check it out.

  9. Wow! The first of this year’s QCB Summer Concerts (ArtSong, EdenSong, whatever) was tonight, and it was great!!! The weather (and traffic) were terrible tonight, and I was so glad that we have moved these concerts indoors. Cousin Chuck Black did a stellar job with the sound production tonight. All four of the acts were super! But, the show put on by the Back Porch Hounds was one of the best QCB Summer Concert performances ever!

    Cousin Chris, who was a lot of fun as tonight’s MC, announced that no final decision has yet been made about where the next season of the Leo Coffee House will be held, but rumors about this were flying around the audience.

    Cousin Joanie tells me that the results of the membership survey about where to have Leo were pretty evenly split between Norwood and Mount Healthy, with Avondale coming in a distant third. But I was hearing some pretty wild stories tonight about how going back to Norwood (which is the smallest of the three proposed venues) would cost us more than twice what we were paying for Mount Healthy and triple what we had paid for Norwood in the past. Kind of sounds like desperate gouging by a failing organization, don’t you think?

    Angela Predhomme w/ Brittany Gillstrap
    Saturday, July 18 @ 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm) $12

    Singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme sings from the heart with a smooth, expressive voice, and has a knack for writing melodies that stay with you. Her music ranges from catchy light pop to passionate retro-soul. Fans of Ingrid Michaelson or Carol King will enjoy Angela’s inspired piano and guitar balladry.

    Brittany Gillstrap opens with lilting vocal perfection and folky alt-pop confections.

    Note Show is in a quiet and cozy listening room environment in the historic Shillito Bldg. in downtown Cincy. Plus, attendees get FREE snacks and FREE soft drinks.

    DownTowne Listening Room @ The Shillito Bldg. in Downtown Cincy
    151 West 7th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202


    MUSIC SHOW: Jameson Elder w/ Ryan Adcock
    Soaring, Sincere Pop-Rock Sounds
    Saturday, June 27 @ 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm) $10

    Atlanta native and Nashville transplant Jameson Elder plays modern, guitar based, pop-rock with a flair reminiscent of Tom Petty, Counting Crows and the Wallflowers. His soaring sound is full of sincere lyrics and infectious melodies. Cincinnatian Ryan Adcock opens with a literate and passionate musical mix.

    ART SHOW: Music Themed Art Show, June 27 @ 6-8pm

    Jessica Campbell w/ Kevin Stokley
    Saturday, May 30 @ 7:30pm $12
    DownTowne Listening Room in the Historic Shillito Bldg

    >>> Jessica Campbell has a pure, pitch-perfect voice and a knack for bouncing between acoustic coffeehouse tunes and lush, radio-ready anthems. Her bright and breezy melodic folk pop music is hooky and heartfelt.

    >>> Kevin Stokley opens with catchy, comtemporary country rock.

    NOTE: Show takes place in a comfy, cozy, quiet listening room.

    FREE soft drinks and FREE snacks and FREE sweets at every show!

    PLEASE try us out !!!!!!!

  13. Everything happens for a reason. The Queen City Balladeers and The Leo CoffeeHouse are so extremely fortunate to have found their way to Mount Healthy and Hamilton Avenue at this time. The location and the timing could not be better! The communities and neighborhoods along Hamilton Avenue–from Northside, to College Hill and North College Hill, and then Mount Healthy–are in the process of becoming Cincinnati’s Beale Street. The Northside Tavern, The Comet, the College Hill Coffee Company, Buddy Rogers Music, Vernon’s and Miss Kitty’s Music Studio, and the Pit-to-Plate restaurant are all involved with supporting many of the same kinds of music that are performed at The Leo CoffeeHouse. Opportunities for community involvement abound here –which in turn provide the Queen City Balladeers with opportunities for growth and achievement of its mission. How can we not take advantage of this? It’s true, you know; everything does happen for a reason.

  14. Full Moon Ranch has a new Facebook page. Hope you’ll stop by and give us a “like” to help us boost our views, respond to Question of the Week, or check out our schedule. It’s all about having fun and sharing the music!

  15. Cousin Rick told me that one of the highlights of the 2014-2015 season at The Leo was the performance of the Jericho Old-Time Band. He said that he especially enjoyed watching Amy Clay set down her banjo and then clog dance on the bare wooden stage at The Leo Coffeehouse in Mount Healthy.

    • I agree about the stage at the Mount Healthy location for Leo. Besides the visibility of the performers, I like the lighting on the stage at the Mount Healthy location. –it is so very much better for taking pictures of the performers!

  16. Cousin Emmy tells me that she really likes the raised stage at the current location for The Leo Coffeehouse in Mount Healthy. She says the line-of-sight to view the performers from most locations in the audience area is so much better than what we have had at other locations, and it is because the stage is raised about one foot above the level of the audience. What do y’all think about this? Is this an important consideration when deciding whether or not we should stay in Mount Healthy?

  17. What’s all this about moving The Leo Coffeehouse again? Cousin Jim tells me that one of the possible new locations is the Unitarian Church in Avondale. But Jim said he is opposed to going there because he would not be able to eat a cookie and sip his coffee in the room where the performances would be. So, what do y’all think about this??? Is Jim right about this? After all, The Leo is a COFFEEhouse. And, it is all about the COFFEE, right???

  18. Hey, folks! Cousin Phil told me about a good festival that is coming up this Summer. It’s called Rompfest, at Owensboro, KY, on June 24th to June 27th, by the International Bluegrass Music Museum. –many acts, spread over four days, including, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, John Prine, Hot Rize, Punch Brothers, Fairfield Four, and lots more! (

    Saturday, May 2 @ 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm) $15

    Philly based singer-songwriter Christine Havrilla returns to our stage with her folky/funky creations and acoustic rock inspirations to deliver an energetic live show full of upbeat originals and mesmerizing musicianship. She wins crowds over wherever she goes with her musical innovation, heartfelt lyrics, and amazing guitar playing.

    Mama’s Black Sheep is the musical collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals) featuring versatile guitar grooves, innovative percussion, and two voices that blend like honey and whiskey to create exciting acoustic rock & blues.

    As always, the show is in a comfy and quiet listening room with free snacks and free soft drinks.


  20. QCB to Perform for Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday!!!

    Cincinnati City Council has requested a performance by the Queen City Balladeers. It will occur on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 8th, in council chambers at City Hall, at about 1:30 p.m. Like all City Council meetings, it will be open to the public. If you can come to the performance, plan to arrive plenty early (say, about 12:30 p.m.) to allow time to get through security screening. Performers will include Ed Stapleton and Jody Knoop, Dean Vamvas, Jake Kolesar, and Christine Bieri.

    • Jake Kolesar has had to cancel for today’s show at City Hall, but Warren and Judy Waldron have graciously agreed to fill his spot for us.

  21. I am really looking forward to seeing Jean Dowell with Mike Oberst at the special Leo CoffeeHouse at the First Unitarian Church on Linton Street in Avondale this coming Sunday, April 12th. Jean is a singer/songwriter from Union Grove, North Carolina. In the late 1960s, when I was a student at U.C., I used to go down to Union Grove, North Carolina, on Easter weekends to attend the Old-Time Fiddlers Convention there. I believe I went there three times. I remember that Ringling Brothers (or was it Barnum & Bailey?) used to come and set up a huge circus tent –the kind that could hold a three-ring circus with trapeze acts, etc.– on the farm of J. Pierce VanHoy at Union Grove, North Carolina, for these several-day events. The only performer that I specifically remember is George Pegram, a banjo player; but, of course, there were many amazing fiddlers, young and old. George, who was elderly when I saw him, was very entertaining, and I bought his record album. It is Rounder Records #0001. George’s picture on the front of the album was taken in 1967 at the Old-Time Fiddlers Convention at Union Grove, North Carolina.

  22. The Martin Guitar Raffle tickets have arrived and went on sale last night at the Ham Jam. They are $5 each, or five for $20.

    Check out the smooth, silky, sophisticated soul-pop sounds of our Apr 17 headliner Meghan Shanley on this short vid (1:21). Come to the show in the historic Shillito bldg and enjoy this cool band plus free soft drinks, free snacks and free sweets. Plus, local folk rock singer songwriter Jonathan Cody White opens. Gotta luv it!

  24. Antsy McClain: Un-Hitched Corn-try Rock
    Saturday, March 28 @ 7:30pm ($15)

    Attention Flamingo-Heads:

    He’s hilarious. He’s heart-warming. And he’s coming to the DownTowne Listening Room!

    Singer, songwriter and humorist Antsy McClain bends traditional country, folk, blues, honky tonk, rockabilly and more into an unhitched style but with a friendly, down-home feel that will make you laugh…and make you think. Cincy singer-songwriter Steve Saunders opens.

    REMEMBER THE FREEBIES: Each show features free soft drinks, free bottled water, free snacks, free sweets and a comfy, cozy and quiet vibe that’s perfect for listening to live music!

    Try us out!

  25. I’m sad to report that Louise Anderson died November 21 at her Michigan home where she lived for the past decade or two. She was active in the QCB in the early years maybe into the 80s or more. She played electric and string bass and tuba. Later she played her tuba in a traditional jazz band at Arnold’s and other venues. Then she acquired horses and carriages and offered carriage rides in downtown Cincinnati and elsewhere. When she retired to Michigan, her horses went with her.

    My web page is included only to identify me and my latest musical venture. I’m in San Francisco for 10 years now, before that 25 years in LA area. My brother Mike was one of the founders of QCB, and I was at that first meeting, but too young to join.

  26. Cincy Singer Songwriter Showcase: Brittany Gillstrap, Charlie Millikin, Jonathan Cody White

    Three sensational singer-songwriters share our stage for a true local talent showcase. Brittany Gilstrap will play her bright and shiny alt-pop confections. Charlie Millikin will strum his smooth sounding acoustic rock. And Jonathan Cody White will present his engaging blend of soul-edged folk. It’s an in-the-round show with each performer on stage together taking turns playing tunes. Plus it’s all free (altho’ tips are welcomed). Don’t miss this unique musical event.

    Note: Show is in a unique Listening Room environment which supports a minimal crowd noise environment for everyone’s enjoyment. Plus we offer free snacks and soft drinks. Please give us a try.

    FREE but please RSVP at

    More Info at

  27. DECEMBER 7TH, 2014 7:30PM
    Peggy Welty @ Leo Coffeehouse : United Methodist Church at 7612 Perry St. in Mt. Healthy

    Peggy has opened for international guitarist / artist Adrian Legg, played the Grand Old Opry prior to high school graduation, taught guitar, and annoyed and entertained a variety of neighbors near the places she has lived. “…from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin, I love to play it all!”

  28. The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs play (almost) every first Saturday of the month at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, and has been doing so for many, many years; before that it was the first Wednesday. This coming Saturday, December 6, we will be celebrating the season there with the release of a new CD. Ronda is also putting the plaque on the wall that we received at this year’s National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville when we were inducted into the Jug Band Hall of Fame.

  29. Funky Philly Folk-Rocker Christine Havrilla
    Saturday, November 15 @ 7:30 PM ($12)

    Philly based singer-songwriter Christine Havrilla fuses folky/funky creations with pop/rock inspirations to deliver an adrenalized live show full of upbeat originals and mesmerizing musicianship. Don’t miss her eclectic and exciting set.

    Local area artist Kevin Stokley opens up with kickin’ country rockers.

    Note: Show is in a unique Listening Room environment which supports a minimal crowd noise environment for everyone’s enjoyment. Plus we offer free snacks and soft drinks. Please give us a try.

  30. The Georgia Songbird [b]EG KIGHT[/b] Brings Her Blues to Cincy

    EG Kight plays southern-fried, country-flavored, rockin’ and rollin’ blues with an engaging and entertaining stage presence. She has seven albums to her name and has performed with the likes of George Jones, Merle Haggard and B.B. King. Her songs are accessible. And her personality is irrepressible. In short, she’s a truly soulful and satisyfing listen. Enjoy her in this special, one-night-only, single-artist show at Cincy’s DownTowne Listening Room.

    Showtime: Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 7:30 pm

  31. My song “4 Is For The Road” off the new EP — Be A Girl Again — is in one of the indie films playing on Sunday at The Carnegie.
    From Cincinnati-based Mirepoix Pictures
    World Premiere Screening
    Sunday 6:30
    followed by Filmmaker Q&A and Reception t

  32. Jody and Ed will be playing at the Taft Museum this Saturday, Sept. 20th, from 12-2 for the lunch concert series. Free Parking and no entrance fee if you are just there for lunch/snack and music, but of course the Taft has wonderful galleries to view as well.

    This Tuesday, the 23rd of Sept., Full Moon Ranch (Jody, Ed, and Spencer) will be performing at the Fitton Arts Center at 7:00pm

    Hope you can join us. Always great to see friends!!

  33. Elaine and I are going to see one of our favorite performers – Ellis Paul – at this cool little inn out in Brown County, Ohio this Friday. Also performing is Rebecca Loeb,

    Below is some information on the venue and how to get tickets.


    4843 Brown County Inn Rd
    Lynchburg, Ohio 45142
    Note: Route 50 from Cincinnati is closed East in\Owensville resulting in a 30 minute detour.

    If you don’t know Ellis Paul or Rebecca Loeb, here are links to some YouTube videos.

  34. Award winning Canadian blues great Suzie Vinnick plays Cincinnati on Aug. 17 at the DownTowne Listening Room.

    Suzie is a mutliple Maple Award winner and Juno nominee. She plays acoustic blues, rootsy rock and funky, folky tunes plus has an amazing voice. Local singer-songwriter Jonathan Cody White opens.

    This show is in a unique, quiet, comfy and cozy “listening room” environment in the historic Shillito bldg. where we offer seating in leather couches and chairs, free snacks and free soft drinks.

    Don’t miss this awesome acoustic blues performer from up north as she plays her first ever show down south in Cincy.

    For more info:

  35. Hello! I am an older female lead/duet/harmony vocalist looking for eclectic group. Styles include rock, Americana, folk, alt-country, classic country, jazz. Seeking acoustic/electric group – coffee house with a kick. Please contact Melissa – Thanks!

  36. The “Georgia Songbird” EG KIGHT Brings Her Blues to Cincy
    Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm ($15)

    EG Kight plays southern-fried, country-flavored, rockin’ and rollin’ blues with an engaging and entertaining stage presence. She has seven albums to her name and has performed with the likes of George Jones, Merle Haggard and B.B. King. Her songs are accessible. And her personality is irrepressible. In short, she’s a truly soulful and satisyfing listen. Enjoy her in this special, one-night-only, single-artist show at Cincy’s DownTowne Listening Room.

    Ticket Info:
    Venue Info:

    SEP 27 @ 7:30 PM ($10)

    Jake Speed hitch-hikes down the folk, bluegrass and country blues highway with his award-winning band, The Freddies. Their live show is an Americana extravaganza filled with quirky commentary and quick-witted charisma creating a near-vaudeville experience. Enjoy these Queen City troubadours in a unique listening room show at the DownTowne Listening Room where you will really be able to hear all their great sounds and stories.

    Note: Free snacks and soft drinks at the show.



  38. Our inaugural show at the DownTowne Listening Room was a success.

    We had about 50 folks…almost a sell-out. The artists gave great performances. And the audience were great listeners. People really seemed to get the listening room concept and were very attentive. And the artists really appreciated it. And everyone seemed to get a kick out of seeing it all happen in the historic old Shillito bldg in downtown Cincy.

    We have more great shows coming. Including a cool one with funny Philly folkie Deirdre Flint and local alt-pop performer Brittany Gillstrap on July 19. Feel free to spread the word.

    Thanks for everyone’s support!

  39. The DownTowne Listening Room in the historic Shillito bldg. in downtown Cincy will have it’s inaugural show tomorrow — Friday the 13th. Help us make it a lucky one by coming out to enjoy music in a quiet, cozy and comfy environment. The artists are Julian Velard and Charlie Millikin. Online ticket sales are closed but we have about 20 walk-up seats still available. More info at

  40. Spencer, Ed, and Jody are “Full Moon Ranch” playing at the College Hill Coffee Co. this Saturday night (June 14th) from 7:30-9:30. We would love to see you!

  41. Yesterday I was in Oxford to pick up a guitar. I couldn’t resist playing my new guitar and the weather was nice so I sat at a table on the park square downtown and played. After I had been there for a while a nice lady and a young man walked by and told me I should join them at the open mic being held at La Piñata Mexican Bar & Grille just around the corner. They were so nice I decided to go. It was a lot of fun. I played a couple of songs and met a nice group of people. I thought I would give them a plug here. The open mic is held on Wednesday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM. La Piñata is located at 35 East Church Street in Oxford. You can call ahead at (513) 523-2827 to get more info. Next time I go I’m going to eat there, the food looks good.

  42. I think your Downtown Listening Room postings are confusing. That particular hyperlink does not take you there. With 5 hyperlinks for each concert it is confusing and I don’t think it represents the venue very well. Many of us baby boomers aren’t real swift on the internet. I would suggest making it very simple with one clear hyperlink to lead you there. It’s a great place.
    Along those lines, back in the 70s we put out Folk Notes to promote Local musicians. I would like to see that come back. There are many great venues and many of our members just don’t know.

    • Hi Robin. You know you’re right. I typed my main site website link wrong. Darn it! It is actually:

      Beyond that, perhaps I got a little “link-crazy.” I tried to put in links for the artists, which was maybe too much as anyone could Google them. And I put the ticketing link in for convenience but it is also available on my main site.

      I’m still sorta’ new at this. I’m a Baby Boomer too and just learning the ins and outs of social media to. Sometimes I say:

      Technology…Can’t live with it…Can’t live without it! :-)

      Anyway, thanks for your reply. I’m not sure how to fix the posts. But I’ll try.

      Take care!


      • As site administrator, I have edited the original comments so that they have the correct link. I am going to “unapprove” the follow up comments with the links.


    CHRISTINE HAVRILLA w/Kevin Stokley — $12 — Nov 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    Philly based singer-songwriter Christine Havrilla fuses folky/funky creations with pop/rock inspirations to deliver an adrenalized live show full of upbeat originals and mesmerizing musicianship. Don’t miss her eclectic and exciting set.

    Local area artist Kevin Stokley opens up with kickin’ country rockers and ballads.

    The show is in a true ‘listening room’ environment where the audience is encouraged to be quiet and attentive so all can enjoy the music.



    ALICE WALLACE w/Kevin Stokley — $10 — Sep 18, 2014 @ 7pm

    Southern California songbird Alice Wallace brings her stunning country/folk story-songs to our stage. Fans of Patty Griffin, EmmyLou Harris and Linda Rondstadt will savor her sound which has striking similarities yet stretches out with a style all it’s own.

    Local area artist Kevin Stokley opens up with kickin’ country rockers and ballads.

    The show is in a true ‘listening room’ environment where the audience is encouraged to be quiet and attentive so all can enjoy the music.



    SUZIE VINNICK w/Jonathan Cody White — $10 — Aug 17, 2014 @ 7pm

    Classy, contemporary, Canadian acoustic blues artist Suzie Vinnick and her guitar named Mabel appear to play folk, roots and bluesy rock songs. Don’t miss this multiple Maple Award winning female vocalist of the year from up north in a rare appearance down south in Cincy.

    Local singer songwriter Jonathan Cody White opens with a pure blend of acoustic rock-n-soul.

    The show is in a true ‘listening room’ environment where the audience is encouraged to be quiet and attentive so all can enjoy the music.



    May 17, 2014 Doors open at 7pm
    Legends Nightclub
    3801 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OHIO 45211 513-662-1222

    7pm to 8pm Dick Buccholz

    8pm-midnight The Sonny Moorman Group

    with SPECIAL Guest:
    GRAMMY winning songwriter JIM McCARTY : Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, The Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, and The Rockets
    Advance Tickets: $10.00 includes Reserved Seating @ $10.00 at the door

    Guitars 4 Vets Chapter 7 Cincinnati

    Epiphone Les Paul Standard

    For more information: 513-835-3496 or email to


    DEIRDRE FLINT w/Brittany Gillstrap — $15 — July 19, 2014

    Deirdre Flint, a fabulously funny Philly-area folkie plays warped and wonderful acoustic tunes, populated with hilarious cheerleaders, 1970s flashbacks, a boob fairy and oh so much more.
    Local Cincinnati-area singer-songwriter Brittany Gillstrap opens the show with relaxed and refreshing folk-pop sounds.

    The show is in a true ‘listening room’ environment where the audience is encouraged to be quiet and attentive so all can enjoy the music.



    JULIAN VELARD w/Charlie Millikin — $15 — June 13, 2014

    Julian Velard, a New York folk, pop and acoustic rock performer plays his powerful piano story-songs.
    And Charlie Millikin, a local singer-songwriter opens with smooth guitar based tunes.

    The show is in a true ‘listening room’ environment where the audience is encouraged to be quiet and attentive so all can enjoy the music.


  49. Introducing the DOWNTOWNE LISTENING ROOM in Cincinnati

    Imagine going out to listen to music — and actually hearing it.

    There’s a new way to hear music right here in Cincy. The DownTowne Listening Room is bringing in acts to play in a quiet, comfortable ‘listening room’ environment in the historic Shillito Bldg. at 7th & Race downtown.

    Artists: We’ll feature local and national touring acts playing folk, roots, and acoustic rock music.

    Donation: Shows require a donation and all money goes to the artists. But you must RSVP on our site to ensure seating.

    Listening Room: We support a cool ‘listening room’ vibe with minimal crowd noise so you can enjoy the music. We’re not a noisy club or restaurant scene. We’re a place where you’ll hear the artists…not the audience.

    Please check out our website for more info and upcoming shows

  50. UPCOMING Show:
    Guitars 4 Vets Cincinnati Chapter 7 will be holding their 1st Anniversary Concert on Saturday May 17, 2014 at Legends Nightclub in Cheviot.

    Music by The Sonny Moorman Groups featuring special guest, GRAMMY winning songwriter: Jim McCarty. Jim is a former member of the Detroit Wheels (1964-66), The Buddy Miles Express, The Rockets and Cactus.

    More information will be coming soon. For information email us at

  51. “Full Moon Ranch” is the trio featuring Spencer Funk, Ed Stapleton, and Jody Knoop.
    We will be singing and playing an assortment of covers and originals this Friday, the 7th of Feb. at the College Hill Coffee Co. 7:30-9:30.

    We hope you will come join us. It’s a perfect place to be on a chilly winter evening!

  52. Yep, that’s me in the Santa suit singing Santa Claus Is Coming to Town with my ukulele. Take a look at all 10 nominated videos of holiday songs. The voting instructions say “be sure to vote in just one category at a time.” My video is in the Solo Individual category. The voting results will be announced December 6. That’s Saint Nicholas Day.

    The song debuted on radio in 1934 and became an instant hit. I found the intro verse on a Manhattan Transfer album. Thanks to videographer Bob Danielson, audio recordist Dick Wahlberg, and the Schoenberg guitar shop in Tiburon for the background full of ukuleles.
    On the Ukulele Magazine web site, you can read the 3 past issues, sign up for a free newsletter, or pay for a magazine subscription. Ukulele Mag is published by the same folks as Guitar Player magazine. I wish you happy holidays and a fruitful new year.
    Aloha. Erich Sylvester, now in San Francisco
    The band also has a facebook page.

  53. Hey, everyone. Here’s some information about an event and an organization that I think is worth supporting.

    On Sunday November 10, the local chapter of Guitars 4 vets will be auctioning off over 30 guitars and amplifiers and holding a benefit concert featuring Dick and The Roadmasters, Old Skool, and Sonny Moorman at the Legends Nightclub, 3801 Harrison Ave in Cheviot.

    The auction and concert will raise money to support Cincinnati Chapter 7 of Guitars 4 Vets. The event starts at 4 p.m. and music will start around 6 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.

    Guitars 4 Vets is a national non-profit organization that shares the healing power of music by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar, and a guitar accessory kit to veterans. The structured program is run by volunteers at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical facilities. Richard Hutchinson is the founder and coordinator of the Cincinnati Chapter.

    You won’t have to be at the show to participate in the auction.

    “We will be having three types of auctions: live, silent, and online bidding at the show,” Hutchinson said. “We are working with Everything But The House, a local online auction company, to sell some of the stuff that will be available worldwide.”

    Brand names of the equipment being auctioned include Edwards (ESP Japan), Epiphone, Squire, Cort, Yamaha, Ibanez, Dillion, Xaviere , Carvin, Washburn, Agile, Crate Palomino V32 Combo, and Traynor.

    For more information about Guitars 4 Vets or the event, visit the local chapter’s Facebook page or contact Hutchinson at The chapter will be posting pictures of the items to be auctioned on their Facebook page.

    For more information about Guitars 4 Vets, visit the web site of the national organization.

  54. Is there any Southern Gospel music openings in your neck of the woods? We are Hearts In Service and are interested in branching out. We also sing traditional and comtemporary music.

  55. As web master, I got this email from Kenneth Haag.

    Our band, “The Bees’ Knees”, features songs of the 1920’s & 30’s. We are looking for a double bass player who would be interested in learning the repertoire of this era and playing occasional gigs with us, including a recording session in late October. My friend, Brian Rivers, suggested to contact your group for possible references.

    You can contact him at this email address (which I have altered to avoid spam):


  56. Eric Hanson posted info about this songwriting course on Facebook earlier this summer. Thanks to him I signed up and took the course. I completed it last week. If you are interested in songwriting, I highly recommend it. It does take a time commitment for six weeks. There is a new course starting 10/14/13. It is one of many free online courses offered at Check it out at:

  57. My name is Susan. I’m a 55 year old music lover (esp. bluegrass). I would like to play the violin (or fiddle!) My daughter has a violin from her school days I could borrow. Do you know anybody that could teach me? I am a former contra dancer, too!

    I live in Morrow and work in Montgomery. Thanks

  58. To all QCB members:

    This is our “official” press release

    The national program, Guitars 4 Vets, has established a chapter at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. This is a501 c (3) program (there are NO paid positions within the organization) that provides free guitar lessons for those veterans that are being treated for PTSD. The vets receive a 45 minute lesson once a week for 8 weeks. Student guitars are provided. After successful completion of the program the graduate is awarded a new acoustic guitar and accessories.

    This is a music therapy program that provides veterans dealing with the effects of PTSD another tool to use to help manage their symptom and their lives. I am a disabled veteran with PTSD. I know the value of music in my life and how guitar playing helps to keep me centered and living in the present.

    This national program is in over 25 VA Medical Centers and has given over 80,000 lessons and graduated over 1,200 veterans since our inception in 2007.

    I would hope that we could talk in the near future to answer any questions you may have. Please visit our national website and our local Facebook page listed below. We are sponsored nationally by Gibson Guitar, Premier Guitar magazine and the Hal Leonard Corporation. Our local supporters are listed on our Facebook page.

    We would greatly appreciate your assistance in letting our community of veterans. We ARE seeking individuals who would like to get involved by becoming a volunteer guitar instructor for the program. The commitment is 1 hour a week for 8 weeks per student.

    Our Facebook page is:

    Our Facebook page:


    Richard Hutchinson, Founder and PIO G4V Cincinnati,
    Scott Higgins, Chapter Coordinator
    Sonny Moorman, Program Coordinator


  59. Does anyone know a bassist and or percussionist that would want to work with a group doing mainly originals? Have excellent vocalist and mandolin and yours truly.

    • i may be interested depending on the time commitment. i’m a working dad of two teen girls who loves to play bass when i can. can we connect to discuss?


      • If it does work out, Neville, you would be playing with one of the good ones. Tony’s an excellent bassist.

  60. Old fashion jam session going, thursday nights (starting 6/6 at the Just Saab showroom as “Quesadillas & Classics*) They are trying to pump some life into M’ville and Robin Hoerstmeyer’s daughter has an Airstream food truck. Classics means Cars, Guitars and Cycles (motor & slow) Spread the word to other folks too! Andy radin 543-8636

  61. Got this email today (May 19)

    Dear Eric and Queen City Balladeers,

    My mother, Lynn Wasnak, passed away last Tuesday. She was a great fan of your organization and I accompanied her a couple of times to your events. SHE LOVED IT!

    There was an obituary in the ‘Friday Enquirer’. I thought some members might like to know.

    I will be having a memorial (potluck party) next weekend sometime at her apartment in Clifton. I will send details in the near future.

    Sing a song or two for her.

    Diane (her daughter) Wasnak

    Here’s the link to Lynn’s obituary:

    And here’s the link to Lynn’s Facebook page.

  62. Established bluegrass/folk/Americana band that focuses on an “old timey” sound, seeks guitarist (male or female) between the ages of about 24-45 who can sing and harmonize.

    Usually booked for 3-5 paying gigs per month, mostly weekends (though the summer festival season can get heavier). We are already booked at several major festivals for this year, and are working on new bookings all the time.

    We play a mix of bluegrass, traditional folk tunes, and old time country. We have a few originals, and are working on writing more — we’d like to record an album before the end of the year. We are seeking someone who is professional, experienced, creative, and works well in a tight-knit group. Current instrumentation is mandolin, banjo, and bass.

    Tech-savvy folks are appreciated (but not a requirement), as we have a strong social media presence that we ask all members to take part in, and rely on a detailed online calendar for our booking/practice schedule. We have a dedicated practice space and rehearse once a week (more for special occasions or when working on/writing new music).

    If interested, please email information about yourself, your influences, your experience, and links to any audio/video clips you have online to

  63. The Carolina Chocolate Drops will be performing at Miami University HAMILTON Campus (Parrish Auditorium) this coming Monday evening, Nov 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Great news for lovers of old-time stringband music! Call 529-3200 for ticket information or go online to

  64. Ellie Fabe
    Next gig– September 15 College HIll Coffee House 7:30-9:30 pm 6128 Hamilton Avenue at North Bend Road

    Phone: 513-542-2739 (BREW)

    College Hill Coffee Company
    Just an FYI of where I will be playing Saturday night. COLLEGE HILL COFFEE CO. (They have some pretty good food I understand– There’s even gluten free pizza…) Come out if you’re looking for someplace to be.

    I’ll be playing 7:30-9:30pm. That’s a longer gig than usual and I’m looking forward to it. SHARE WITH A FRIEND– Thanks!

    Maybe see ya.


    Saturday, September 22, 2012
    7:30-10:00pm (beginner instructions at 7:00)
    Music by Rabbit Hash String Band, caller Russ Childers
    North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati OH
    $7 at the door
    Questions? (513) 732-2015

  66. The 50th Anniversary Committee has started off this new season with a wonderful display of memorabilia. The posters, the scrapbooks and the slideshow were a great idea and we all look forward to the events they have planned through the upcoming year!


    There will be a summer jam again this year. The plan is Sundays at Sharon Woods at 6:00 starting the week after the last Leo of the season. Last year we had a good group for the weekly session. Papa Joe will be the coordinator this year, so email or contact him with questions. We will try to make announcements at Leo and at the jam circle, but pass the word.

  68. Right foot? Left foot? Two left feet? Start out the new year on yer lucky RABBIT foot!

    The RABBIT HASH STRING BAND invites y’all to swing yer partner and do si do at the NORTHSIDE SQUARE DANCE. Russ Childers calls and teaches traditional hoedown dances to high energy old-time music. Beginners welcome!

    Saturday, January 14, 2012
    Music by Rabbit Hash String Band, caller Russ Childers
    Presented by Urban Appalachian Council with funding by the Ohio Arts Council
    North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Avenue (across from the Northside Library), Cincinnati OH
    $7 at the door
    Questions? (513) 732-2015 or (513) 523-1198

    Tell a friend and help us spread the word. Keep community dance traditions alive in Cincinnati!

    Psst – It’s a weekend celebration! Come back on Sunday, 1:00-5:00, for UAC’s annual event, Ringing in the Appalachian New Year. Bring a dish for the community potluck, enter the Pie Contest, hear stories and write your own on the Word Quilt, listen to Rabbit Hash String Band and others, and dance with the Crossroads Dance Team.

    Thanks for your support of our traditional arts.

    Russ and Barb Childers, Warren and Judy Waldron (Rabbit Hash String Band)

  69. I would like to join people who love to play music. I specialize in Scottish fiddle but love to play and compose backup for singers. Have performed with The Dave Hawkins Band as well as The Sweeney’s plus a few other singer songwriters. Some of you have heard me at Leo Coffee House. Dave’s gone on to his other band so I don’t get to play much anymore.

  70. On the home page this week, I posted the following::

    All this has happened before, and all this will happen again. (A fabulous QCB no-prize to the first one to email me at with the correct Pop Culture reference for this sentence. A second fabulous no-prize to the person who emails me with the Pop Culture reference for the term no-prize.)

    The winner of two fabulous no-prizes is: Julie Hotchkiss.

    Said Julie: “I knew the first line of Peter Pan right away, but I didn’t know where “no-prize” came from–but now I do, so I learned something new today–never been a big comics fan, but I have certainly read a Marvel Comic or two. So, the no-prize is a faux prize . . . that could be the beginning of a song.”

    There is a second pop culture reference to the line, “All this has happened before, all this will happen again.” The Cylons in Battlestar Galactica.

  71. The Summer Jams, 2011, are done. Everyone who came pretty much agreed it was a lot of fun, so we expect to do it again next year. Thanks go to Dave and Brad for coming up with the idea.

    Hope to see the summer jammers at the winter jam as well at the Leo starting next Sunday,

  72. Announcing…that Bryan Bowers (autoharp master, singer, songwriter and storyteller) will be performing on Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 at the Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community at 8pm. Hopedale is on Rt 27 just south of Oxford, OH–on the right side of the road if you’re coming from the Cincy direction.

    The event is a benefit for the Hopedale UUC, “Gathering to Give” charity group projects.

    Tickets are $15.00 ($10.00 for seniors–age 60+). To reserve your tickets and get more information call (513) 280-1044 or email. Liz Woedl: Send payment to: Hopedale UU Community, PO box 625, Oxford, OH 45056.

    Seating is limited to 60 people, so best not to wait to get your tickets. He puts on a terrific show–as anyone who has been to one of his concerts will tell you.

  73. Looking for a band: Hey fellow Leo-ites…I’m looking to join or start a band. Does your ensamble need a finger style guitar player with a bunch of original material? Can do blues, jazz and folky stuff. Some of you may know me from open mic or a set I did 3 weeks ago at Leo’s. Looking to do mainly original stuff but open to traditional etc. Looking for a bass player, some other instruments and/or vocalists. Ultimate goal is to get some sets down and be out gigging on weekends. Got lots of original material. Can arrange for you to hear it….have CD’s and/or MySpace etc. e-mail: Neville

  74. I attended a Methodist Church in Pittsburgh that did a weekly service with a bluegrass gospel format. Are there any churches in the Cincinnati area with a quality acoustic folk, Appalachian (mountain string) or blue grass music format? (Preferably east side)


  75. Hi Chuck –
    I ran across these lovely leather guitar cases and thought the group might be interested – but have no way to post on the site – check out these links and tell me what you think

    and these are outrageous and very elegant –

    and then there were these – some are leather, but not all –;cat,780;Pro-Series-Gig-Bags

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