8th Annual Aquabear County Fair is September 5-6: 15 Ohio Bands, 2 Days, ALL FREE

8th annual Aquabear County Fair is this weekend: September 5-6 in Athens, Ohio and is FREE

8th annual Aquabear County Fair is this weekend: September 5-6 in Athens, Ohio and is FREE

It’s Aquabear County Fair time! Now in it’s 8th year (whoa), this annual Aquabear celebration of Ohio music will be in Athens, Ohio on Friday, September 5th (at The Union at 9:00pm) and on Saturday, September 6th (at Haffa’s Records at 3:00pm and The Union at 8:00pm) and it is all FREE. Poster above and full schedule (subject to change of course) is below. We can’t wait to see everyone, here’s the event on Facebook to attend and share.

2014 AQUABEAR COUNTY FAIR SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Friday, September 5th at 9:00pm
The Union (18. W. Union Street) – FREE!
9:15pm Summoners
10:15pm The Heartlanders
11:15pm Speaking Suns
12:15am WV White
1:15am The D-Rays

Saturday, September 6th at 3:00pm
Haffa’s Records (15 W. Union Street) – FREE!
3:00pm Chris Biester
3:45pm Adam Remnant
4:30pm Joe Anderl

Saturday, September 6th at 8:00pm
The Union (18. W. Union Street) – FREE!
8:00pm Weedghost
8:15pm Unmonumental
9:00pm Supernobody
10:00pm Dead Hand of Man
11:00pm The 1984 Draft
12:00am Connections
1:15am Hex Net

Helter Swelter at Ace of Cups Saturday with The Clean, TJSA, Scrawl, and more

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The Clean are in Columbus at Ace of Cups Saturday for Helter Swelter.

There’s a great show at Ace of Cups Saturday you need to be at. Helter Swelter is Saturday, August 16th from 3pm-11pm at Ace of Cups and features legendary New Zealand rockers The Clean along with a lineup of some of Columbus, Ohio’s most well respected and influential bands including Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Scrawl, Unholy Two, Moviola, and more. Get tickets at the bar or click here! The Aquabear had a chance to talk with Jerry Dannemiller (Moviola, etc.) about putting the show together and some of his favorite music from ol’ Cowtown.

How did this show come together?
Marcy Mays (of Scrawl) owns Ace of Cups in Columbus. We’ve been friends for many years and she mentioned wanting to do an outdoor day festival in her parking lot for a couple years now. I helped book a few festivals in Columbus (4th and 4th Fest, Independents Day, Parking Lot Blowout) as well as a few shows here and there at Ace of Cups (Blues Control, Eugene Mirman, Magik Markers). We hatched the idea this past January over a few drinks. We had a great lineup of the local bands all set to go and Kellie Morgan (who I work with at the Wexner Center, that’s my day job) mentioned that the Clean were touring and the routing might be possible to add on a Columbus date. She knows Hamish Kilgour from the Clean (she used to work at Drag City) and the band was down with it. I made a few calls to their agent and they were locked in. It was too good a chance to pass up, and the Clean has never played in Columbus, though they have, in my view, had a strong influence and on many many bands from here. Almost a spiritual connection, if you believe in those type of things.

How did the lineup get chosen? When did all of these great Columbus bands get involved and how did that happen? I know that most of those bands don’t play out much…
Really Marcy and myself working through it. Needed to have a mix so it wasn’t all geezers. We’re all friends to one degree or another and I just asked? Really that simple. The Slave Apartments are some of my oldest friends in Columbus, getting Moviola to play just involves working around everybody’s crazy schedule with enough advance notice.

Who are your top 5 Columbus bands of all time?
Oh lord. Knowing that this list would likely change tomorrow:

- The Four Mints
- Bassholes
- Liquid Mystic Axis
- Rahsaan Roland Kirk
- V3

Who is your favorite Columbus bands right now?
Again, subject to daily change:

Connections
Cheater Slicks
Unholy Two
Psychedelic Horseshit
Mike Shiflet
Counter-Intuits (I-71)
Ipps

What’s the lineup? Tickets?
Tickets are $10 online and at the bar until Friday afternoon, at which they go up to $15 and are only available at the bar.

Ace of Cups presents
HELTER SWELTER 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
3pm—11pm outside in the Ace of Cups parking lot
Tickets @ http://aceofcups.ticketleap.com/helterswelter/ and at Ace of Cups

Featuring performances by:
3:15 RAW PONY
4:05 WASHINGTON BEACH BUMS
5:00 MOVIOLA
5:55 PRETTY PRETTY
6:45 UNHOLY TWO
7:35 THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APTS
8:30 SCRAWL (performing “Plus, Also, Too”)
9:25 THE CLEAN (New Zealand legends!)

Plus!
outdoor: Shang-a-lang stage inbetween bands, Ray Ray’s BBQ, and food trucks, beer!
inside: record swap all day and DJ George Brazil.

Presented in collaboration with Pale Rider and Straight to Video.

Anything else?
I hope folks can make it out. The weather is looking beautiful. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Girlz Rhythm n’ Rock Camp and Grrrls Rock Columbus which provide creative expression opportunities for young women regardless of means.

Aquabear Hosts William Hooker Trio at The Union on August 15

William Hooker Trio will play The Union on August 15th, tickets on sale now.

William Hooker Trio will play The Union on August 15th, tickets on sale now.

The Aquabear Legion mainly focuses on Ohio music but every once in a while we get a chance to bring in a non-Buckeye musician or band and cannot pass it up. William Hooker’s body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. Aquabear presents the William Hooker Trio at The Union in Athens on Friday, August 15th at 9:00pm. Tickets will be only $5 in advance because we don’t want any excuses on this one You can buy them at Haffa’s in advance and they will be more at the door. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. His coming to little old Athens, Ohio on a Friday night to play for you dudes. Hooker’s trio includes an Ohian in Edward Ricart (of Aquabear favorites Hyrrokkin among many more) and DC underground jazz lynchpin Luke Stewart. This will be incredible and I suggest you don’t miss it.

His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts.

William Hooker (drummer,composer and poet) has created works that range from jazz and “new” music to experimental genres. He has released over 60 CDs a a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center,MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival,Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina,The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival. William Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Tokio Marine Insurance Company and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia, New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang, David S. Ware, William Parker, Thurston Moore, David Soldier, Roy Campbell, DJ Spooky,Steven Bernstein, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, Jason Hwang, Sabir Mateen, Elliott Sharp, David Murray, Ted Daniel, JD Parren and many more.

Edward Ricart is a guitarist and bassist presently located in Yellow Springs, OH. His creative outlets include avant-rock power trio Hyrrokkin; free jazz/noise rock quartet Haitian Rail; free-rock duo Matta Gawa; and the Edward Ricart Quartet, alongside Herb Robertson, Jason Ajemian, and Andrew Barker. He has also collaborated with William Hooker, Marshall Allen, Merzbow, Peter Brotzmann, Paul Dunmall, Andrea Parkins, and members of the rock groups Tortoise, Black Flag, and Fugazi, among many others.

A veteran of Washington DC’s creative music underground, his weekly New Atlantis series of concerts earned him the designation of ‘Avant Garde Savior’ and Best in DC by the Washington City Paper. The series blossomed into a vanguard record label, with an exemplary roster of rising stars and established legends. His work incorporates the processes of new music- including serialism, through-composition, and free improvisation, braced with the dissonant, polyrhythmic backbone of creative rock music

Luke Stewart is an emerging voice on the bass, whose efforts have a pronounced impact on the Washington DC community. As production manager at the storied WPFW radio station, Stewart has worked with Chuck Brown, Yusef Lateef, Randy Weston, Muhal Richard Abrams, Juma Sultan, and Amiri Baraka. He produced many successful programs including a month-long commemoration of Black Music Month. He also co-produced a month-long tribute to pianist Horace Tapscott Los Angeles based community organization UGMAA (Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension). Also notable, he produced Washington, DC’s first live radio appearance of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on the program Jazz and Justice with Tom Porter.

Stewart has also helped establish CapitalBop.com, a DC-based jazz website, as its Avant Music Editor. Through the site, he helped launch a live jazz performance series dubbed the “DC Jazz Loft”, presenting talented jazz artists in and around the DC area. He has also presented other jazz performances in his “Red Door Loft” series, showcasing artists such as David Ornette Cherry, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek’s Starlicker, Acid Birds, Khan Jamal, Juini Booth, and Elliot Levin. Stewart has played with Trio 000 since 2010 and has performed at many of DC’s historic venues including Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, and HR-57.

Aquabear Pancake Breakfast is THIS SUNDAY!

 

Here's the menu for this Sunday's all local Aquabear Pancake Breakfast! Get tickets below or at the door and remember to bring a few extra bucks for upgrades!

Here’s the menu for this Sunday’s all local Aquabear Pancake Breakfast! Get tickets below or at the door and remember to bring a few extra bucks for upgrades!

The Aquabear Legion will present our 8th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 10th from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at UCM in Uptown Athens, Ohio (18 N. College Street). All money raised at the breakfast will go to pay bands at the 8th annual Aquabear County Fair which is September 5-6, 2014 at The Union Bar & GrillIt’s the best day of the year. A whole bunch of great local food and pancakes to support a whole bunch of great local music. We want to thank the following folks for making this event so delicious! Snowville Creamery, Sticky Pete’s Maple Syrup, Casa Nueva, Donkey Coffee, Shagbark Seed & Mill, Fullbrooks Cafe, Fluff Bakery & Catering, Pierogi Mountain, Jackie O’s Bake Shop, King Family Farm and many more!

$5 in advance here or at Haffa’s Records:

Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, August 10th

$6 at the door

*includes all you can eat pancakes made from Shagbark Seed & Mill spelt flour and coffee

PLUS: We will offer $1 UPGRADES for a slice of bacon, Casa Nueva soysage (vegetarian!), special Aquabear exclusive pierogi from Pierogi Mountain

Come out and support Ohio music and eat amazing food. And it’s the morning after the annual Athens Community Music Festival so it’s the perfect thing to do when you roll out of bed the next morning/afternoon.

Athens Community Music Festival: 32 acts on 6 stages THIS WEEKEND!

The 16th annual Athens Community Music Festival is this Saturday, August 9th. 32 Athens bands will perform at 6 stages around town.

The 16th annual Athens Community Music Festival is this Saturday, August 9th. 32 Athens bands will perform at 6 stages around town.

I am a bit biased, but Athens Ohio has an incredible community of musicians. Folks who have spent decades and years writing and playing music in our little town, but also putting on shows, putting up posters, and making things happen. One of the countless examples of that is the annual Athens Community Music Festival, each August tons of Athens bands play all around town for one night. This year ACMF turns sweet 16 on Saturday, August 9th in uptown Athens! 32 local acts play at 6 stages including The Union, Casa Cantina, Donkey Coffee, Smiling Skull, and two stages at Jackie O’s in the Public House and the Brewery side. Pay only $5 per venue, or $8 for an all venue pass and see some of the best music around right up the street. Plus you can join us all for the Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 10th from 1pm-3pm at UCM at 18 N. College Street in Athens. Here’s the schedule!

(“all venue passes” available at each of the participating venues, night of show.)

Proceeds benefit The Gathering Place, Arts/WEST, Athens Rock Camp for Girls and The Bryan Winland Memorial Arts & Music Scholarship.

2014 ACMF SCHEDULE
(schedule subject to change)

DONKEY COFFEE

7pm- Alayna Locke

7:45- Valerie Mash

8:30- Ragamuffin

9:15- Intermittent Animals
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THE UNION

7pm- JJ Reed

8pm- JD Hutchison

9pm- Super Nobody

10pm- Speaking Suns

11pm- Blam Blams

12am- Sportfishing USA

1am- Blond
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JACKIE O’s (Public House)

8pm: Corbin Marsh

9pm- Paranormals

10pm- Night Sweats

11pm- Whole Hearted Half-Wits

12am- Zapple Pie

1am- Bright at Night
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JACKIE O’s (Brewery side)

8pm- The Curd Jergihns Vocal Group

9pm- Steve Zarate

10pm- Fever Dream

11pm- Watch Them Rot

12am- Unmonnumental

1am- County Pharaohs
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CASA CANTINA

9pm- Laura Nadeau

10pm- Summoners

11pm- Coal Cave Hallow Boys

12am- Fathers of The Revolution

1am- Dox City
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SMILING SKULL SALOON

9pm- Dead Hand of Man

10pm- Pegasister

11pm- Red Feathers

12am- Weird Science

1am- Slut Castle