Music
3:53 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Real Mary Peale LIVE from the Ohio River Throwdown this Saturday

TUNE IN SATURDAY FROM NOON TO 4PM AS THE REAL MARY PEALE AND JOHN PATRICK BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE OHIO RIVER THROWDOWN

The inaugural Ohio River Throwdown kicks off this Saturday at Noon at Riverbend Music Center with three stages of live music all day long. 

WNKU will be on hand broadcasting live from Noon until 4pm, so stop by our broadcast booth on the east side of the lawn to say hello, grab some swag, and meet WNKU's John Patrick and the Real Mary Peale.  You may even catch a close up glimpse of some of the artists playing the Throwdown.  Cincinnati's own Noah Hunt (lead singer for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd band), will stop by to play guest host and, hopefully, bring along some friends.

The Ohio River Throwdown will feature Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Rides (with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg) JJ Grey & Mofro, Los Lobos, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Alejandro Escovedo, Beth Hart,  J Roddy Walson And The Business, Pokey LaFarge, The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker, and JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound, Joshua Black Wilkins and The Tillers.   An outline of the day-long festivities is outlined below. 

Every ticket purchased for the Ohio River Throwdown will include Craft Beer, Moonshine and Bourbon Tastings as well as a FREE Cookout and some of the best BBQ Cincinnati has to offer. 

Reserved Seat ticket package $73.00* (includes a reserved/guaranteed seat for both Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavilion acts) and $53.00* General Admission tickets are on sale now at www.Ticketmaster.com, www.Riverbend.org, the venue box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

*Reserved Seat tickets packages available while supplies last and only available at the venue box office and online.  All ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable service fees when purchasing at outlets other than the venue box office.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

12:00pm - 2:30PM

Free Cookout presented by Blue Grass Quality Meats and Kroger. Enjoy Brats, mets and hot dogs with all the fixins as well as salads and sides.

Free samples of BBQ provided by Hog Wild Smokers and Smoker EZ BBQ

Craft Beer Tastings provided by Ohio Valley Wine and Beer

Bourbon Tastings provided by Four Roses

Bourbon and Rye tastings provided by Bulleit

Moonshine tastings provided by JJ Moonshine

Monster Energy drink tastings provided by Monster

Gold Stage begins at 12:45p

Carolina Chocolate Drops

J Roddy Walston & The Business

Pokey LaFarge,

JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound

Joshua Black Wilkins

The Tillers

PNC Pavilion Stage begins at 2:30pm

The Rides feat. Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg

Los Lobos

Alejandro Escovedo

Beth Hart

Riverbend Music Center Stage begins at 5:30pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band

JJ Grey & Mofro

The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker

Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks.  They are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far-ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and World music.  Each has produced recordings that share a sensibility best described as a swampy mix of rootsy, rockin’ American music.  The two have guested on each other’s albums, toured together intermittently, and last year they each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their 2009 albums, Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free (which he won). As well, they often perform together with the Allman Brothers Band—with whom Trucks continues to play as co-lead guitarist.

THE RIDES
Separated in age by a musical generation but bonded by a mutual love of classic cars and the blues, two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills and five-time Grammy nominated singer, guitarist and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd draw fire from their extraordinary collective histories--and join forces with famed Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg--to blaze a fresh trail for the historical American art form in the 21st Century.

Launching an exciting new chapter in each of their storied careers, the trio’s new band The Rides—which Stills dubs “the blues band of my dreams,” built to last beyond the concept of a one time all-star gathering—is further powered by the explosive rhythm section of bassist Kevin McCormick and Shepherd’s longtime drummer Chris Layton (also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble). Their 429 Records debut Can’t Get Enough, helmed by longtime Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison, is a fascinating historical sweep, featuring a hard hitting mix of Stills-Goldberg-Shepherd penned blues/rock originals, classic blues tunes by Muddy Waters (“Honey Bee”) and Elmore James (“Talk To Me Baby”) and blistering twists on Stills’ favorite Neil Young anthem “Rockin’ In The Free World” and the Iggy Pop & The Stooges’ early 70s classic “Search and Destroy.”

JJ GREY & MOFRO
Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by his classic soul heroes, Grey’s deeply personal songs are steeped in the rhythms of his native home outside of Jacksonville, Florida.  Grey comes from a long tradition of southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal.  Born into a family with generations-old roots in rural Florida, JJ Grey was raised with a combination of backwoods wisdom and old-school blue-collar values.  He heard music at barbeques and in local juke joints, all the while developing a deep love and respect for the land and its culture.  Grey’s original songs are inspired by legendary musicians, including Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, soul greats Otis Redding and Toots Hibbert, country stars George Jones and Jerry Reed, as well as by Grand Ole Opry comedian Jerry Clower.  Whether it is a narrative passed down to him from his grandmother or the tribulations of a childhood friend, Grey’s ear for detail rings through in true storyteller fashion.

LOS LOBOS
More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.  “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them,” wrote Rolling Stone, and indeed, Los Lobos is a band that continually redefines itself and expands its scope with each passing year, while never losing sight of where they came from. Through sheer camaraderie and respect for one another’s musicality, they’ve continued to explore who Los Lobos is and what they have to offer, without succumbing to the burnout that plagues so many other bands that stick it out for any considerable length of time. Their influence is vast, yet they remain humble, centered and dedicated to their craft. Each new recording they make moves Los Lobos into another new dimension while simultaneously sounding like no one else in the world but Los Lobos. As All About Jazz raved, “The genius of Los Lobos resides in their innate ability to find the redemptive power of music, no matter the style they choose to play.”

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS
With their 2010 debut, Genuine Negro Jig—which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy last year—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. The virtuosic trio’s approach was provocative and revelatory. Their concerts, The New York Times declared, were “an end-to-end display of excellence… They dip into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.”  On Leaving Eden, produced by Nashville stalwart Buddy Miller—the go-to guy for artists ranging from Robert Plant to Emmylou Harris—and recorded in his home studio, the Carolina Chocolate Drops illustrate their own adaptability to growth and change as the original lineup expands from three to five players for this recording and their new repertoire incorporates more blues, jazz and folk balladry alongside brilliantly rendered string-band tunes.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.  Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.  His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.

BETH HART
The story of Beth Hart is one of extreme highs and extreme lows, and there are two particular factors that illustrate this.  First, her voice:  when she sings, clocks stop, hearts dance, and neck-hair tingles, it’s that compelling.  The second is her rollercoaster story:  in the late 90s, she was on the cusp of a promising music career, signed to a major U.S. label, national television bookings, hit singles, and great press, but her career careened off the tracks at its peak due to her drug and alcohol addiction.  Beth Hart’s story is one of incredible opportunity, heartbreaking loss, and now, with her recent show-stopping Kennedy Center Honors performance with Jeff Beck that honored blues great Buddy Guy, and the April 2, 2013 North American release of Bang Bang Boom Boom, redemption.

“Like Jeff Buckley at his most transcendent, and sounding like Janis Joplin reincarnated with Stevie Nicks’s high-speed vibrato, Hart turned the act of singing into an out-of-body experience, something both intensely physical and tangibly metaphysical.” Slant Magazine

J RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
J Roddy Walston, diarist of the dispossessed, patron saint of the rough and tumble. His songs celebrate the more colorful parts of this and, that gritty slice ignored by polite society:  Places where the air hangs thick with cigarette smoke and desperation.  Where whiskey is a blood type and beer gets drank straight from the can.  Where everyone is working an angle.  Where a high school education means you’re no longer welcome.  Where trouble finds you.  Where they don’t even try to sell whitening toothpaste.  Some call it Johnny Cash country. This is J Roddy Walston’s America.  Raised in the gospel tradition in one of the lesser known Clevelands– Cleveland, Tennessee; a town renowned for the most churches per capita in the USA — J Roddy learned piano from his God-fearing grandma. But it soon became clear no church could contain his reckless spirit, threadbare vocal chords, and titanium fingers pounding chords with the force of ten jackhammers.  J Roddy Walston and The Business refuse to play it safe. In this age when mobile phone apps have replaced recording studios and the term “badass” rarely describes modern music, J Roddy furthers the proud legacy of unrelenting rockers from Little Richard to Janis Joplin to KISS, shredding eardrums and stirring souls with scrappy, All-American anthems. 

POKEY LAFARGE
Pokey LaFarge
is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose well-rounded arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing, all while writing songs that ring true and fine in both spirit and sound. His music transcends the confines of genre, continually challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Cleverly striding between numerous forms of traditional American music, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own, marked in its accessible ingenuity.  Rather than merely conjuring up half-forgotten imagery of days past, Pokey is a lyrical storyteller, the plotdelivered smoothly through his dynamic vocals. One moment he shouts a line and the next he croons above his archtop guitar, backed by an often ornate, acoustic instrumentation that allows for nothing less than masterful instrumental skill. Both on stage and off, Pokey’s effortless wit and approachable demeanor never fails to charm audiences, giving way to a live music experience that manages to be grandiose and unassuming all at once. Born in the heartland of America and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Pokey’s Midwestern appeal and infallible charisma welcomes his audiences with open arms.

THE DYNAMITES featuring CHARLES WALKER
The Dynamites & Charles Walker, having cast their lot in 2008 with the head-spinning “Kaboom!” and in 2010 with the powerful “Burn It Down,” are now set to embark on Round 3 of their unfolding story with an ambitious new full-length album, “Love Is Only Everything,” due out April 2, 2013.  Since their last release, The Dynamites & Charles Walker have spent two years in a furor of worldwide touring. Five tours of Europe, three of Australia, and virtually every weekend stateside spent “gettin’ up in the morning and making the world a funkier place,” to quote their nightly show-opening monologue mantra, account for their soul-sending whereabouts since their last long-player.  Also during that time, resulting from many seemingly destiny-laden chance meetings with Bettye LaVette on the festival circuit, Charles reconnected with his fellow soul music veteran, whose story had in many ways continued to unfold parallel to his. And now, both come together in this new century, for the first time on a recording, to display their incredible, ageless talents and powerful facilities as true soul music veterans in top form, on the leadoff single,“Yours and Mine.”

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND
You know you're not just another indie band when the mayor-elect of Chicago personally invites you to play his inauguration concert. Rahm Emanuel is one of many esteemed fans that JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have picked up since their humble beginnings, when they were just dreaming about getting the cool kids to shake it at the Empty Bottle. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy befriended the post-punk soul group after they scored a viral hit with their amped-up re-imagining of his song "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart", performing it with them at Chicago's Park West and inviting them to appear at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival alongside heavy hitters such as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and the Band's Levon Helm. The taste-making crate diggers at the Numero Group were impressed enough by the band's take-no-prisoners live show to include them in their Eccentric Soul Revue, where they had the pleasure of collaborating with the spectacular Syl Johnson. Erupting with raw emotion, JC Brooks unleashes his soulful shouts and heart wrenching falsetto over the relentless rhythm of guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, and bassist Ben Taylor. The Uptown Sound is a force to be reckoned with, leading the Chicago Tribune to call them "the real deal" and MOJO Magazine identifying them as "one of the hottest US soul acts", while the New York Times praised their "neo-soul glory" and the Onion AV Club declared their first album "relentlessly catchy". It's live, it's compelling, it's now, it's theatrical. So theatrical, in fact, that they were recently tapped to star in the critically-acclaimed run of the Tony Award-winning musical "Passing Strange" at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.

JC Brooks looks and performs like a cross between Chuck Berry and H.R. of Bad Brains in their primes, but his skintight R&B and post-punk soul upend expectations of a retro act.” – Washington Post