Concerts and venues that present and promote music that fits within the genres supported by the Queen City Balladeers. Use the contact form below to provide information about a concert or venue that you would like promoted on the Queen City Balladeers website.
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral’s Music Live at Lunch series which historically has focused on Classical Western music, now presents music from a variety of genres. For example, 2011-2012 season included performances by The Rabbit Hash String Band, Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw, and Ben Lapps, all of whom performed at the Leo.
When: Tuesdays, September through May, from about 12:10 p.m. to about 12:50 p.m.
Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E 4th St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Plain Folk Café
Plain Folk Café is a community-oriented gathering place that will offer “good food, good coffee, good beer, and good music in a historical setting.” The café, set to open in May, 2012, will be in a two-room schoolhouse, Pleasant Plain Public School, which was constructed in 1913.
Plain Folk Cafe will be open Thursday through Sunday and will feature fresh-brewed gourmet coffee, a selection of craft beers, a café menu, and live performances of folk/acoustic/bluegrass music. Scheduled artists perform Friday and Saturday night. Thursday is open mic and there is an open jam Sunday afternoon.
John & Vicky Baker, proprietors, have already booked performances through October. (The schedule starts in May, so scroll forward.)
When: Thursday through Sunday:
Where: Plain Folk Café, 10177 State Route 132, Pleasant Plain, OH 45162
The Music Cafe at the Fitton Center
The Music Cafe at the Fitton Center in Hamilton Ohio provides an opportunity for musicians of all levels to perform in a comfortable nurturing environment and an opportunity for the community to enjoy local, sometimes yet-to-be-discovered, talent.
When: Fourth Tuesday of each month.
Where: The Fitton Center, Hamilton, Ohio.
Cincinnati Contra Dance
Contra is a communal-style folk dance, lead by a caller, that is fun and easy to learn. No partner or experience is necessary, but you do need soft-soled shoes.
Cincinnati Contra Dance events are at the Center for the Arts in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming, generally every Monday night at 8 pm, but check the schedule for updates. There’s free training on Mondays at 7:30 and the dance runs from 8-10 pm. Monday dances usually cost $4 for ages 18 and over and $2 for ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are free, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
When: Every Monday, but check the schedule for updates
Where: Center for the Arts, Wyoming, Ohio
Cincinnati Folk Life
Cincinnati Folk Life is a member-supported non-profit arts organization, sponsoring concerts by nationally and internationally known musicians and supporting local folk music groups.
The activities of Cincinnati Folk Life are made possible by a group of dedicated volunteers. Members receive discounts on CFL concerts and co-sponsored events plus a bimonthly calendar of local and regional folk music and dance events.
Here’s the February/March Calendar.
Sacred Harp of Cincinnati
Sacred Harp Singing of Cincinnati meets on the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Community Friends Meeting of North Avondale. (Changes to the schedule will be posted on the web site.
Sacred Harp singing uses the book The Sacred Harp (orig. 1844), which features a style of music popular during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Its most distinctive characteristic is the use of shape notes to indicate the degree of the musical scale. Just as in nineteenth century singing schools, Sacred Harp singers sing the names of the notes “fa,” “sol,” “la,” and “mi” before singing the text. Singers sit in a “hollow square,” with the bass, tenor, treble, and alto facing the leader in the center.
The meetings are informal and proceed by taking turns choosing songs from the book. Often easy songs are chosen if newcomers are present. Veteran singers are eager to answer any questions. There is no admission charge, no membership, no audition, no choir director, no rehearsal, and no performance—just singing. Sacred Harp singing thrives on large numbers, so veterans are usually eager to help newcomers learn the fundamentals.
When: 2nd Sunday of each month, 4:30 to 7:30 PM, with a potluck meal.
Where: Community Friends Meeting, 3960 Winding Way, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Regional (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia)
Acoustic Final Friday in Metamora
For music lovers, the FREE show is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Cat & The Fiddle at the Thorpe House, 19049 Clayborn Street, January through April, and at the outdoor music stage at the Back Porch of Lane’s End Barn, Lovers Lane, May through October.
For musicians, sign-up for open mic starts at 6:00 p.m.
The Folkside Coffeehouse
Something like the Queen City Balladeer’s Leo Coffeehouse, the Columbus Folk Music Society’s Folkside Coffeehouse is a place where folk and traditional Musicians, as well as storytellers, poets, dancers and people interested in the folk arts can meet, socialize, jam and perform.
The Coffeehouse is held on last Saturday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May. There is a jam session at 6:00 P.M, an open stage at 7:00 P.M., and a feature set at 8:00 P.M.
When: The Last Saturday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May.
Where: The Columbus Menonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Six String Concerts
Six String Concerts, Inc. was founded in 1988 by a group of friends who loved acoustic music and wanted to see the best performing songwriters come to Central Ohio. Frustrated by the lack of national acoustic acts playing in the area at the time, they decided to produce concerts themselves.
To buy tickets and for complete information about this season’s concert series, click here.
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