Sunday at the Leo: November 14, 2010

November 14 was, for me, an example of the Leo at its best.

Woodnote, a longtime QCB favorite, entertained us with a nice mix of originals and cover tunes during their first set. Rock me, mama, they even had the crowd singing along by reprising one of the tunes — Wagon Wheel — from the earlier song circle.

The second set performers, Jessi Bair and Noah Wotherspoon, lived up to their billing. Jessi is, indeed, an old soul with a big, expressive voice coming out of her tiny little self. And Noah plays blues guitar. I could say more, but I don’t know how. It’s one of those things you have to hear, really, to appreciate, so if you get the chance, take it.

Shiny Old Soul, the third set band, give (to be British about it) hope to oldsters like me that the spirit of this kind of music lives – the spirit meaning, in my opinion, thoughtful, interesting lyrics backed by a nice, hummable melody. What I recall is a song about Greek Gods at a Skyline Chile on Colerain Avenue and that “later is better than never, but not as good as now.” If you were there, you may have other memories.

I was tempted to go into full reporter mode and interview everyone on the spot, but thought that would set a bad precedent. These little musings are just my impressions done mostly for my amusement.

But here’s a question: if given the opportunity, would you add to them? If I turned on the comments for this page, would you – comment, that is? Send an answer to me, Eric Hansen, using the contact us form or by adding a comment to the Talkin’ Balladeers page. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to make this site interactive, to give voice to the community.

Oh yeah, Pam Temple was the evening’s emcee. The thing is, Pam does a heck of a lot behind the scenes to keep the Balladeers going, so being emcee is Small Potatoes.

Here’s a look at the next two weeks. (As always, the song circle/jam starts at 5:30 p.m. Musicians, singers, and some folks who just watch gather to share songs. If you come about 5, you can become a QCB volunteer and help set up the room.)

November 21, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
2ND SET (7:30PM) The Tillers Progressive traditional music. One of the hottest bands on the Cincy scene! Don’t be late. They are playing an early set so they can get to the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs) where they are nominated in three categories!
3RD SET (8:15PM) The Rabbit Hash String Band Old-time music from this Cincy favorite! Join Russ Childers for a Banjo workshop before the show! Workshop is open to all QCB members; $5 for non-members and begins at 5:30PM.
November 28, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Prudence Hunt Covers and originals with a heartfelt delivery.
2ND SET (7:30PM) Eric Bates This Cincinnati Trio makes it’s Leo debut featuring original songwriting, violin and bass.
3RD SET (8:15PM) Greg Schaber Cincy favorite award-winning blues singer-songwriter and guitarist.

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