Cecil Jackson & Dry Ridge Band

Cecil Jackson & Dry Ridge Band have been performing bluegrass music together for 30+ years with some legendary musicians! Plus, Cecil Jackson is the Cincinnati Zoo’s head elephant manager!

Shiny Old Soul

Shiny Old Soul has taken to the description “cosmic Roots” given their fusion of a bluesey, roots, and jazz influenced foundation and an eclectic, unbound catalogue of original lyric driven songs. Comparisons range from Van Morrison to the Grateful Dead, the Meters, Pink Floyd, and The Decemberists, to broader things like gypsy jazz & vintage rock. Yeah, they’re one of those bands, sounding inevitably like themselves but with a bizarre tip of the hat to countless  others. But really it’s all about the songs which conspire to reveal a world of simple feelings in exotic places. A broken heart by any other name. If that wasn’t weird enough, folks really like to dance to it too.

Brother Smith

Brother Smith is a young five piece band, native to the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area. Led by Brothers Wes and Aaron Smith, the group has created a unique blend mixing the heart of Country, the creativity of Funk, and the passion of Soul. 

Brother Smith’s humble beginning as two brothers with a passion for music quickly grew into a family with desire and ability to convey that same emotion through a larger sound. This organic and soulful approach breathes life into sounds of the yesteryear.

Brother Smith’s influences range from The Eagles, Boston and Steve Miller Band, to James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Kirk Franklin. Brother Smith has also had opportunities to share stages with Sundy Best, Moon Taxi and many more.

 

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Hailing from Northern Kentucky, Lauren Houston and Heather Turner are the fuel behind the fire of Honey & Houston.  Joined by multi-instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and drummer Daniel Peterson the band has quickly become a fixture on the Cincinnati scene, playing high-profile festivals like Buckle Up and the Whispering Beard as well as opening for national acts including Tim O’Brien, Eilen Jewell, David Bromberg and Scott Miller / Rayna Gellert.  In 2014 they were nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award. The group blends diverse influences with sweet melodies and goose bump-inducing harmonies.

Honey & Houston recently released their debut album Barcelona to immediate critical acclaim.  Each song on the album has a story, drawing from their travels, hard times, life changes and love.   In the words of one of their songs,  “Giving up is not an option!”

Mama Said String Band

Mama Said String Band is a five piece group based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Their combined musical backgrounds, spanning multiple cultures, styles and genres, with a strong focus on vocal harmony and innovative instrumentation, builds a unique aural medley. Known for having a strong female presence, they gather influences from Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. The Mama Said String Band brings to life sounds once forgotten while creating a youthful yet tactfully delivered message.

In the past two years, this ensemble has performed at various notable festivals and events including FloydFest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and Terrapin Hill Farm. In June 2018 the band was named runner-up at the annual John Hartford Memorial Festival band competition. They also were nominated as finalist in the category of BLUEGRASS ARTIST of the year for the Louisville Music Awards. Mama Said String Band released their debut album in February 2018 and reviewers have boldly praised the up and coming five piece.

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