Move over Rocktober...November is more Notable for Live Music.
Everyone knows that November has 30 days.
What’s surprising about the month this year is that more than 25 top-notch performers will visit Greater Cincinnati.
It begins Thursday when Justin Townes Earle and Tift Merritt take over the Taft Theatre Ballroom and local heroes Walk the Moon headline the Madison Theater. Between then and Tim O’Brien’s Nov. 29 gig at the 20th Century, there is only one stretch of more than three days when a WNKU favorite won’t grace a local stage.
In reality, quantity is only the third best thing about the month, following quality and diversity.
For those who like to rock, the Waco Brothers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, James McMurtry, Delta Spirit, Chris Isaak, the Psychodots and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are happy to oblige.
Are you intrigued by female singer-songwriters? In addition to Merritt, the slate includes Sharon Van Etten, Aimee Mann, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Mary Black and a rare appearance by Iris Dement.
Guitar virtuosos Charlie Hunter and Joe Bonamassa will dazzle with their speed and dexterity, and blues singer Ruthie Foster will tingle spines.
Mainstream country fans will fill the Bank of Kentucky Center for Alan Jackson, while Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen returns to the 20th Century for the second time this year in a solo show. The Carolina Chocolate Drops, who opened for Dave Matthews at Riverbend over the summer, will perform in the intimate setting of Miami University Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium.
And in what might be the most poignant performance of the month, Glen Campbell, who is battling early onset dementia, brings his Goodbye Tour to the Taft.
So pick a date, almost any date, and enjoy the show. A month like this might not come again for a while.
Nov. 1 – Justin Townes Earle and Tift Merritt, Taft Theatre
Nov. 1 – Walk the Moon, Madison Theater
Nov. 2 – Waco Brothers and Paul Burch, MOTR Pub
Nov. 3 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Taft Theatre
Nov. 3 – Riders in the Sky, Miami University Hamilton
Nov. 4 – Passion Pit, Madison Theater
Nov. 5 - Madi Diaz - WNKU's Studio 89
Nov. 7 – Charlie Hunter Duo, 20th Century
Nov. 8 – Sharon Van Etten, Taft Theatre
Nov. 9 – Joe Bonamassa, Taft Theatre
Nov. 9 – Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, 20th Century
Nov. 10 – Lucy Wainwright Roche, Molly Malone’s
Nov. 11 – Citizen Cope, Madison Theater
Nov. 11 – Glen Campbell, Taft Theatre
Nov. 14 – Mary Black, Miami University Middletown
Nov. 14 – James McMurtry, Southgate House Revival
Nov. 15 – Iris Dement, 20th Century
Nov. 16 – Delta Spirit, Bogart’s
Nov. 17 – Alan Jackson, Bank of Kentucky Center
Nov. 17 – Ruthie Foster, Harrison High School
Nov. 18 – Jorma Kaukonen and Steve Kimock, 20th Century
Nov. 19 – Carolina Chocolate Drops, Miami University Hamilton
Nov. 21 – Chris Isaak, Taft Theatre
Nov. 23 – Psychodots, Taft Theatre
Nov. 24 – Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Taft Theatre
Nov. 25 – Mark Eitzel, MOTR Pub
Nov. 29 – Tim O’Brien, 20th Century