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WNKU Presents
9:56 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Wine Me, Dine Me, Over the Rhine Me - A Benefit for WNKU



WNKU proudly presents Over the Rhine's Holiday Homecoming Concert at the Taft Theatre on Saturday, December 20th with special guests, Lily & Madeleine.  As we have for over a decade now, WNKU will be hosting a very special dinner before the show with a visit from members of Over the Rhine. 

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10:48 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Top-flight acts in town this week

Leon Russell will open for Bob Dylan at PNC Pavilion Sunday. Provided photo

It’s another fine week for live music. In addition to Wednesday’s double-header of Anders Osborne at the 20th Century and Mary Chapin Carpenter with Tift Merritt at the Taft Theatre, here are four more shows worth consideration. 

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4:38 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

The WNKU Series at the Taft Ballroom Continues

After a successful summer run, WNKU is excited to announce a continuation of our partnership with the Ballroom at the Taft.  Beginning September 1st, WNKU will welcome a series of shows featuring some of our favorite acts.

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10:54 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Tift Merritt enjoys traveling alone

Tift Merritt will visit the WNKU studio Wednesday afternoon before her show at the Taft Theatre that night. Photo by Parker Fitzgerald

Ten years ago, Tift Merritt released her first album, “Bramble Rose,” to a chorus of “the next Lucinda Williams” or “the next Emmylou Harris” or “the next fill-in-the-name” of your favorite female Americana singer-songwriter.

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Live Music
3:38 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

WNKU Concert Series in the Ballroom at the Taft

Deep within the catacombs of the historic Taft Theatre lies a cavernous ballroom, heretofore unseen by the average theater-goer.  Until this year, most people weren't even aware such a room existed (rumor has it there is even a shooting range just behind one of the doors within the ballroom).

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10:49 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Mindy Smith's new album arrives in stores Tuesday.

Dar Williams invited more than 200 folks over Saturday night for a spirited evening of songs and stories.

In lieu of hosting at her house, which is in New York, Williams  turned the Redmoor in Mount Lookout into a suitable stand-in as she played eight of the 10 tunes from “In the Time of Gods,” and six others with the help of keyboard player Bryn Roberts and guitarist Josh Kaler. 

The music was certainly the centerpiece, but it was some unexpected moments that lent the night its homey feel. 

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Support WNKU
11:34 am
Thu June 14, 2012

See Mary Chapin Carpenter LIVE & get an autographed copy of her new CD!

WNKU Welcomes Mary Chapin Carpenter with special guest, Tift Merritt, to the Taft Theatre on August 22nd in support of her new CD, Ashes & Roses - just out this week.

Anyone making a contribution of $180 to WNKU today will receive, while they last, two orchestra-level tickets to this show PLUS an autographed copy of the new CD!


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2:33 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Dawes awes Taft Ballroom crowd

Dawes – Wylie Gelber (left), Griffin Goldsmith, Taylor Goldsmith and Tay Strathairn – rocked the Taft Ballroom Wednesday night. Provided photo

Five songs into Wednesday night’s Dawes show, Taylor Goldsmith asked how many in the crowd of about 300 had seen the band before. Maybe a third or so whooped and hollered in response.

“This is for the first-timers,” the band’s frontman said before the Los Angeles  foursome tore into an incendiary version of “When My Time Comes” from its first album, “North Hills,” at the Taft Theatre Ballroom.

The time had come to dial up the intensity. 

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11:33 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Monday morning notebook

Doc Watson influenced generations of musicians. Provided photo

Hundreds of people gathered in Deep Gap, N.C., Sunday to say goodbye to Doc Watson, one of the true giants of American music who died May 29 at the age of 89. 

The best way to honor the kindly gentleman, who lost his sight as a baby, is to have a musician explain the impact that he had on generations of players.

WNKU’s Pam Temple, who plays with husband Spencer Funk in Wild Carrot, wrote this gracious tribute.

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Music News
10:00 am
Mon January 16, 2012

WNKU welcomes Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Taft Theatre

James Minchin

Long before the final vote came in for this year's Top 89, it was clear that the Tedeschi-Trucks Band had the top spot in the bag with their CD, Revelator.  It was a landslide victory.  And now, the concert tour supporting WNKU's number one CD of 2011 is coming to the Taft Theatre on Thursday, April 26.  Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10:00 am at the Taft Theater box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.tafttheatre.org, and