Halloween at the Leo

Cat Carving

The cat you see in close-up at the left greeted the Leo Coffeehouse crowd on Halloween Sunday. Chris Biere (she’s an artist) created the intricate carving.

Our open micers were: “Papa Joe” Kretschmer, David Laskey, and Cheryl McKinney accompanied by Spencer Funk.

The second set performers—Cash Ownly & the Badaires—had a Halloween-themed set that included haints, chains, and ghost riders in the sky … among other songs.

Lisa Biales, accompanied by fiddle player Doug Hamilton and cellist Michael G. Ronstadt, closed out the night with a blues-jazz-folk-pop inspired set.

Just a reminder: The song circle/jam starts at 5:30 p.m. before every show. 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. Here’s a look at the next two weeks.

November 7, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
2ND SET (7:30PM) Raison D’Etre Singing lovely harmonies is this trio’s “reason for being.”
3RD SET (8:15PM) The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs Cincinnati’s premier Jug Band !
November 14, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Woodnote Americana covers and originals.
2ND SET (7:30PM) Shiny Old Soul Old Soul is a guitar/bass/drum trio comprised of former members of The Gregory Morris Group (Cincinnati, Ohio). One part jazz, one part folk, one part punk, one part rock, but it’s really all about the songs.
3RD SET (8:15PM) Neil Jacobs Twelve string guitarist from Columbus diverse guitar stylings from Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Jazz, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle all accompanied by his dry wit.

Eric Hansen, web administrator

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Sunday at the Leo: October 10, 2010

Marc Cogman talked about that thing that makes the Leo special during his debut performance on October 10. The audience pays attention. Performers don’t compete with pick-up lines (at bars) or the grinding of the espresso machine (at coffeehouses.) As our tag line says, with the Leo and the Balladeers, it’s all about the music. Here’s a look at the next two weeks.

October 17, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
2ND SET (7:30PM) Willow Morning These three women have joined together to create a unique and compelling sound that will make you stop, listen and want to join in!
3RD SET (8:15PM) Jamon Zeiler Guitar playing from a master luthier with great songwriting, singing and Native Am. flute.
October 24, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Russell Up Some Grub String Band Come and get it! The Russell Up Some Grub String Band serves up hot old-time mountain tunes cooked with a fiddle, stirred with a banjo, seasoned with a doghouse bass, and spiced with a dash of ukejo. A Leo debut for this outfit.
2ND SET (7:30PM) Alan Darveux Award-winning mountain dulcimer player from North Carolina. Member of the band Slight Departure. NOTE: Alan will not be giving a workshop this evening as earlier announced.
3RD SET (8:15PM) Hickory Robot Hickory Robot is a Cincinnati-based roots/Americana quartet that features song-oriented music coupled with fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and bass. A Leo debut!

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Sundays at the Leo Coffeehouse: October 3, 2010

Another good night at the Leo, although I missed the open mic. Lauren Houston is an impressive talent who has a nice following. Strong voice, good songwriting. The Rubber Knife Gang had some nice interactions with the audience while trading instruments and lead vocals. Very entertaining. Here’s a look at the next two weeks.

October 10, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Dave Marcus A Leo debut!
2ND SET (7:30PM) Marc Cogman An independent singer-songwriter touring out of Los Angeles making his Leo debut!
3RD SET (8:15PM) The Sloes This acoustic folk-rock duo from Cincinnati returns!
October 17, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
2ND SET (7:30PM) Willow Morning These three women have joined together to create a unique and compelling sound that will make you stop, listen and want to join in!
3RD SET (8:15PM) Jamon Zeiler Guitar playing from a master luthier with great songwriting, singing and Native Am. flute.

Eric Hansen, web administrator

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Sundays at the Leo Coffeehouse: September 26, 2010

Good stuff last night. “Cousin” Greg Hansen with his son Greg on bass and his friend Eric Bates on violin; Ryan Adcock; and Rick Lisak of the Sloes joined by Zach Rowe. I find Greg’s guitar work to be exemplary and the addition of son Greg and Eric just added to the evening. Ryan, Rick and Zach are all very good songwriters. Emcee Prudence Hunt’s interactions with Ryan were a lot of fun, but you had to be there.

Eric Hansen, web administrator

Here’s a look at the next two weeks.

October 3, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
2ND SET (7:30PM) Lauren Houston Placing second in the Flatrock Music Festival’s Emerging Songwriter Contest in 2008, her song subjects are personal, deep and thought provoking. Her sound is an expressive, eloquent portrayal of life through music. A Leo Debut!
3RD SET (8:15PM) Rubber Knife Gang Eclectic Alternative Americana Music from Cincinnati. They return with a new CD!
October 10, 2010
1ST SET (7PM) Dave Marcus A Leo debut!
2ND SET (7:30PM) Marc Cogman An independent singer-songwriter touring out of Los Angeles making his Leo debut!
3RD SET (8:15PM) The Sloes This acoustic folk-rock duo from Cincinnati returns!
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QCB Special Concert: David Olney and Sergio Webb

On Friday September 17, David Olney and Sergio Webb entertained a very appreciative crowd at a Queen City Balladeers special concert.

Gayle Grantham’s liner notes on Olney’s CD “Deeper Well” described the experience perfectly (and there is no sense trying to improve on perfection): “Olney’s songs are the heart of the matter. They reflect what he has been reading, a theory that he has been gnawing on, or a feeling he has about the people he has known or events he has witnessed. They have startling imagery, plots…. “In the on-going debate of substance versus form, hairdo versus heart, there is only one conclusion to be made about David Olney: no smarmy claptrap here. He is the genuine article.”

Olney and Webb performed for nearly three hours; including a 15-20 minute break about two-thirds of the way through. During the break, David sold CDs and talked to and joked with members of the audience. Being that “up-close and personal” with a talented artist is certainly one of the things that make the Queen City Balladeer concerts unique and memorable.

The other is the music. Some of the songs that stood out for me were:

  • Titanic : the famous wreck – from the iceberg’s point of view.
  • Jerusalem Tomorrow: spoken word, from the point of view of a slick hustler following a new kind of preacher who talks about love and doesn’t ask for money.
  • If My Eyes Were Blind: a love song.
  • Women Across the River: traditional sounding folk song about female wisdom and power
  • And a song about Vermeer’s “Girl With Pearl Earring” for which I don’t recall the title

And finally, there was Sergio Webb’s lead guitar work (and other accompaniment) that complemented Olney’s songs perfectly.

It is one of the things I love about the QCB special concerts – they never disappoint. I’ve learned to trust that if the QCB thinks enough of an artist to bring them in, it is going to be a great concert.

What about you? Were you there? What stood out for you?

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