Monty says...GET CLEAN!
I don't know about you all, but I am a huge fan of multi-tasking. For instance, I often dictate my memoir to my first mate whilst sailing on a clear day. I also appreciate the fact that I have one eye, because that makes using a telescope that much easier. Sudsy Malone's Rock 'n' Roll Bar, located on Short Vine in Corryville, near the University of Cincinnati, combined two of my favorite things: great live music and clean clothes.
Established in 1986, Sudsy's (as it was familiarly known) quickly earned a reputation for hosting a wide variety of musical acts and encompassing varying genres. Sudsy's was a mainstay of college students and fans throughout the city, a gem on par with the likes of other Cincinnati venues that drew underground, burgeoning, local and big-name bands. Neutral Milk Hotel, Ass Ponys, Yo La Tengo, The Afghan Whigs, The Queers, Beck, New Found Glory, Smashing Pumpkins, Everclear, Stereolab and Over the Rhine are just a sampling of the acts that played Sudsy's in its 22-year history as a venue and laundry mat. Booking guru for Sudsy's, Dan McCabe, has his favorite memorable acts as Jesus Lizard, Morphine, G. Love and Special Sauce, Stereo Lab, Ed Hall, Mercury Rev, Jeff Buckley, Boss Hog, Superchunk, Combustible Edison, Laika and the Cosmonauts, Babe the Blue Ox (who performed at the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival) and Man Or Astro-Man? (who will be performing at this year's MidPoint Music Festival). Variety truly is the spice of life, and by this Sudsy's abided.
I had the pleasure of seeing Mustard Plug (back in my ska-punk days) at Sudsy's, and I vividly recall the scene: I walked in the front door, wearing pale-blue Chucks, thoroughly bemused by the juxtaposition of operational laundry machines (which were being used during the show!) and the kids who populated the crowd, none of which seemed too concerned with personal hygiene. The bar was dimly lit, the stage relatively small, the smell of spilled beer and dryer sheets commingling in the air. I had never been to a big-name punk show and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. My favorite thing about Sudsy's, where I consequently saw more shows, was the fact that there was no pretension present. The focus was on the music and the energy generated by the fans was tangible.
As so many stories of famous places go, Sudsy's had its share of problems. The bar closed and reopened several times throughout it's tenure and finally closed permanently in 2008. I still traverse down Short Vine occasionally and the sight of the old building that housed not only "Sudsy Malone's Laundry and Libation Emporium", but also the community spirit that rallies around a love of music still brings a smile to my face.
MidPoint Indie Summer Series :: July 22
How apropos is this headliner for this round of our Indie Summer Series?! July for Kings is a four-piece melodic rock-and-roll group based right here in the Queen City (I'm loving all the royalty/weather puns). There are no gimmicks present in their music, however. These guys stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to delivering contemplative, inviting lyrics on top of heartfelt musicianship filled with straight-forward guitars and classic drums. You know those clear-blue-sky, early-summer afternoon days when you just have to drive (or in my case, sail) somewhere and sing along to something that resonates within yourself? This is the soundtrack. I'll bring my CD...you pick our destination.
9:30pm :: July for Kings
8:15pm :: The Prohibitionists
When the sun is launching an all-out assault on your back, and sweat is starting to bead on your forehead, and there's no pool readily available to jump into for sweet sweet relief, it's a good thing you can dive into The Prohibitionists cool-bluesy inspired garage rock. This quartet of boys from Cincinnati lures you into the deep end with hazed-out guitars, crisp percussion, playful bass and lead singer Bryan Sespico's nonchalant delivery. I could make a million puns (heaven knows I love 'em) on their name, like how nothing genre-wise is prohibited or how their slightly gritty, sometimes surf-rock-esque vibe makes me feel like I'm drunk on awesome, but I think you get the picture. So join me on the Square, and let's party like it's 1932. Had to throw in one more.
7:00pm :: The Western
Well curl my beard and misplace my monocle. The Western, a four-piece from Northern Kentucky, took me quite by surprise upon first listen. Like a lot of people, I expected a country-twang (see: band name) but this group defies genre conventionality. Vocalist Leigh Ann Shivener's soulful, plaintive intonations soar atop upbeat guitars and energetic drums with the ability to take you on an emotional roller coaster in one song. I wasn't sure whether I should feel nostalgic or excited while listening to "Spent Love", but I'm pretty sure it's okay either way. I think that may be just what The Western wants. And I want you to soak in their awesome with me this Friday, so let's all make some dreams come true. (Find me. I'll be the only riverboat captain dancing in front of the stage.)
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