WNKU welcomes a full week of live music

Apr 24, 2012

This week is a tasty appetizer for a summer that promises to sizzle with great performances.

It starts today when the Cowboy Junkies play the 20th Century in Oakley at 8 p.m. The band is scheduled to visit WNKU today during the 3 p.m. hour with Gary Keegan.

The Canadians, who wrapped up their four-CDs-in-18-months “Nomad Series” project with the release of “The Wilderness” last month, will play two sets tonight.

“The first set is from the four albums (‘Nomad Series’) and the second set, which we promise at the beginning of the night is when we’ll do ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Misguided Angel,’ ” said bass player Alan Anton. “We’ve been doing a lot of the old stuff in the latter half.”

One of the the most anticipated shows of springtime is Thursday when the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, whose “Revelator” was a runaway choice as the No. 1 album on WNKU’s Top 89 voting last year, play the Taft Theatre.

The show is special for Susan Tedeschi, who has fond memories of the area.

“I grew up going to Cincinnati every year starting in ’77 because my grandma, who was from Cincinnati, lived in different places then moved back. It is definitely a place that’s like a summer camp camp or a second home. We used to roller skate downtown,” said Tedeschi, who grew up in Boston.

“And I hope I get to go to a Reds game. My grandmother loved the Reds, she loved Pete  Rose, and was mad he had to go to jail. She was like, ‘They all do it (gamble or cheat on their taxes ...) anyway, he just got caught.”

Two more musicians with Cincinnati connections perform Friday.

Sharon Van Etten, whose latest album “Tramp” has raised her national profile, plays the Mayday in Northside. The album was produced by former Cincinnatian Aaron Dessner of the National.

Back at the Taft, meanwhile, country superstar Vince Gill, who once played with the Tristate country rock band Pure Prairie League, takes the stage of the recently renovated room.

Saturday offers a diverse lineup of styles from downtown Dayton to downtown Cincinnati.

Singer-songwriter Kim Richey, a native of suburban  Kettering, will be surrounded by friends and family when she plays Canal Street Tavern in Dayton.

Another singer-songwriter, Peter Bradley Adams, plays Rohs Street Cafe in Clifton Heights.

And to wrap up a big week at the Taft, Trampled by Turtles bring their unique brand of folk rock to the stage.

-- Bill Thompson