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Books By The Banks

Books By The BanksThe 8th Annual “Books By The Banks” will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 11, at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati. The book festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. The book festival boasts 130 authors and publishing professionals, seminars, and events for teens and children. Jack Heffron and Joe Heffron, the authors of The Local Boys: Hometown Players for the Cincinnati Reds and Sports Illustrated’s Kostya Kennedy, author of Pete Rose: An American Dilemma are scheduled to appear and participate in a panel discussion on local sports. Teenagers can challenge authors in games of Battleship and Pictionary. Younger children will be entertained by the Hands Up Puppet Troupe and can meet costumed characters from their favorite books.

Several seminars are scheduled throughout the day for aspiring writers, including “Social Media for Writers,” “Writing Cincinnati,” “Pitching Your Book,” and “Pitching for Publication in the Magazine and Online Markets.” Michael D. Pitman is scheduled to host a “Flash Fiction Workshop” near the end of the festival.

More information, including a list of all authors scheduled to appear, can be found at http://www.booksbythebanks.org.

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Photoset: Gogol Bordello (July 29, 2014 @ Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH)

Gogol Bordello live in Cincinnati Ohio Bogarts July 29 2014

The gypsy punks from Manhattan, Gogol Bordello stopped by Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tuesday night to promote their latest album, Pura Vida Conspiracy. Eugene Hütz was in top form, entertaining the crowd with every chord he strummed and every word he sang. Violinst Sergey Ryabtsev as a joy to watch on the stage, and the newest member of the group, Pasha Newmer, relished his time on stage playing accordion.

The group played several cuts from the latest album, including “We Rise Again,” “Dig Deep Enough,” “Lost Innocent World,” and “Amen.” The movement on stage was non-stop, and the audience was in a frenzy throughout the show.

Gogol Bordello live in Cincinnati Ohio Bogarts July 29 2014

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Photoset: Man Man (July 29, 2014 @ Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH)

Man Man live at Bogarts in Cincinnati Ohio July 29 2014

Man Man from Philadelphia invaded Cincinnati Tuesday night, opening for Gogol Bordello at Bogart’s. A high-energy group led by singer/pianist Honus Honus, the band played a lively 45-minute set to get the crowd warmed up for the headliners. Honus Honus, Pow Pow, and the others looked like they were having a ball on the stage, helping to amp up the audience’s enthusiasm.

Man Man live at Bogarts in Cincinnati Ohio July 29 2014

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Photoset: Twenty One Pilots (October 25, 2013 @ Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH)

Twenty One Pilots 2013 concert photography Bogarts Cincinnati Ohio

Two-piece alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots played to a sold-out crowd at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, October 25. Another sold-out show is scheduled for Saturday night, but if you’re willing to pay the scalpers’ prices, you won’t be disappointed. Singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun put on a high-energy performance, thrilling the packed house who screamed the lyrics—all the lyrics—along with the band.

The show was not limited to the stage, however. On more than one occasion Tyler came out into the crowd, and even Josh got in the act by floating out among the masses on an audience-supported drum platform. The duo changed outfits a few times, sometimes wearing masked hoodies (they were masked during all of the songs I photographed). In fact, the masks did not come off until the photographers left the photo pit, so you won’t see their faces at all below.

With only one major label release under their belt, Twenty One Pilots delighted the crowd with all of their popular songs, including “Holding Onto You,” “Car Radio,” and “House of Gold” (which included a verse of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”). They did pull out a few older songs from their independent releases, playing for nearly two hours. One of the most interesting performances was a drum duel between Tyler and Josh, sitting back-to-back, after “Run and Go.”

Special mention should be made of the extensive light show. Twenty One Pilots has employed a creative and precise lighting technician who beautifully and perfectly matched up the effects with the songs. I was already a fan of the band before the show, but seeing the songs performed on stage with the lights going behind them just added to the awesomeness of the record.

My son accompanied me to this show, and he summed up his feelings, “I loved the experience of just having fun, screaming your head off.” He wasn’t the only one.

No one should pass up a chance to see Twenty One Pilots in concert. Check their tour itinerary and make plans to see them.

Twenty One Pilots 2013 concert photography Bogarts Cincinnati Ohio

Twenty One Pilots 2013 concert photography Bogarts Cincinnati Ohio

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Killer Dwarfs are coming to Cincinnati!

While checking out the upcoming shows in the area, I was shocked to see this…

Killer Dwarfs

Killer Dwarfs were an awesome Canadian band that never got a whole lot of airplay back in the day, but they made some great music. Their biggest song was probably “Dirty Weapons.”

I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to make this show at MVP Sports Bar & Grille or not, but it’s good to see they are back out on the road.

Check out the Killer Dwarfs tour dates to see if they’re coming to your area…and be sure to check for updates since the Cincinnati show isn’t even posted there yet!

Photoset: Shinedown (August 17, 2013 @ PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati OH)

Shinedown concert photos Cincinnati 2013

After Papa Roach got the crowd warmed up Saturday night at PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, Shinedown came out and blew them away. If the Carnival of Madness tour is coming your way, don’t miss it! High quality bands, high quality rock and roll!

Shinedown concert photos Cincinnati 2013

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Photoset: Papa Roach (August 17, 2013 @ PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati OH)

Papa Roach Cincinnati concert photos 2013

The Carnival of Madness tour—featuring We As Human, In This Moment, Skillet, Papa Roach, and Shinedown—made a stop in Cincinnati at the PNC Pavilion Saturday night. The sold-out crowd was amped up for Papa Roach as Jacoby Shaddix and company delivered an onslaught of high-energy rock.

Papa Roach Cincinnati concert photos 2013

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Photoset: George Thorogood & The Destroyers (August 16, 2013 @ PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati OH)

George Thorogood and the Destroyers Cincinnati concert photos

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Photoset: Buddy Guy (August 16, 2013 @ PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati OH)

Buddy Guy concert photographs PNC Pavilion Cincinnati Ohio 2013

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Who remembers Saved By The Bell?

Stupid question, right? It’s almost like asking if you remember what your best friend’s name is, because face it, Zack Morris was everyone’s best friend.

There were seven main characters on the show: Zack, Screech, Slater, Kelly, Jessie, Lisa, and Mr. Belding. But there were several other minor characters, such as “Max,” played by Ed Alonzo. If you ever wondered what happened to Max…

Ed Alonzo Max Saved By The Bell Kings Island

He now has a gig as a magician at Kings Island in Cincinnati. This dude is a true entertainer, and puts on a great show four to five times a day (except Wednesday). And after the show, he poses for pictures with fans and gives them free autographed trading cards…

Ed Alonzo Max Saved By The Bell Kings Island

Ed Alonzo Max Saved By The Bell Kings Island

Ed Alonzo Max Saved By The Bell Kings Island

We had a blast watching Mr. Alonzo perform his illusions, and I highly recommend checking out the show when you make your venture to Kings Island this summer.

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