Music & Event Management, Inc. will host an Open House at The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center on Sunday, July 25 from 10:30AM to 2:30PM. The Open House is a FREE event that will allow the public to get a first look at the brand-new concert venue! Entertainment will be provided by local bands on The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park located adjacent to concert venue. Lineup is as follows:
11:00AM – 11:35AM KNOTTS
11:55AM – 12:30PM Tracy Walker
12:50PM – 1:25PM MADQUEEN
1:45PM – 2:20PM Carriers
**DJ Mowgli will also be spinning throughout the day, beginning at 10:30AM.
Concessions will be available for purchase including beer, seltzers, water, soda, Skyline Chili Cheese Coneys and walking tacos, and Papa John’s Pizza. While you're there, you can even take a souvenir photo or have your face painted before the Reds game!
EVT Management Services and MEMI will be accepting applications to fill the following positions: Event Staff, Box Office Staff, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Bartenders, Bar-backs and Cashiers.
The venue box office will be open on Sunday, July 25 from 10:30am – 3pm, with no service fees when paying with cash and $2 per ticket fee when paying with a credit card.
DJ MOWGLI: DJ Mowgli started DJing during the first wave of raves in the early 90's. Prior to that path, he was a promoter & MC. Taking in the first wave of Darkcore Breakbeat dance music, he started collecting that stuff in the only format available, VINYL. The collection getting immense, he decided to DJ for the parties & events going on around the region. He put together a team of friends which also DJ'ed & began a crew called 'The Cincinnati Bomb Squad' (CBS).
Throughout the years of DJing & promoting, CBS started hosting their own events at a very successful rate. Headlining artists of legendary status were brought in & the crew name became synonymous to the best in Raves. Networking led to working with some of the best in the DJ & Producer world. He had started sampling live drum breaks for producers and some of it can be heard in the dance music world by the Drum & Bass artists ; A-Sides, Digital, Lemon D, & even WARP recording artist Boom Bip.
The list of Headlining artists he has shared the spotlight & sound system with are ; Jam Master Jay of RUN DMC, Juan Atkins & Derrick May (fathers of Techno), Andy C, A-Sides, Grooverider, Fabio, DYlan & Facs, Total Science, Marcus Intalex, LTJ Bukem, Tony Coleman of London Elektricity, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Jimmy Edgar, Terry Mullan, Derrick Carter, Paul Johnson, Mark Farina, Apocalyptica, Grammy Award winners Bone, Thugs 'N' Harmony, Public Enemy, DJ Q-Bert, and many, many more.....
Aside from underground artistic DJ culture, He has made a name for himself in the public eye for DJ open format events all over. This led to being awarded a local magazine's reader's poll, 'Best of City,' 'Best DJ' for four consecutive years. Still headstrong & going full force to this day, DJ Mowgli always brings the party wherever you are.
MADQUEEN: MADQUEEN is an original rock/ pop band from Cincinnati, OH. A unique combination of catchy melody lines, polyrhythms, harmonic minor themes, and a drummer that plays and sings at the same time. Live interaction, excellent musicianship, and a few theatrical moments.
An idea evolved in 2014 when Jaki Howser & Stephen Yokley started writing music together. After writing & producing their first single, "Amish", it was shelved for a few years and revived in 2017 with additional material. Jaki spent a month in a garage in Cleveland demoing the instrumentation and part writing to the songs performed live today. Three singles that evolved from those garage demos, "Wrong Girl", "Dawg Pound", and "Growing at the Moon" were recorded in 1 session at Ultrasuade Studios with John Hoffman. Dear friend and composer Kyle Baker recorded a live orchestra to add to Growling at the Moon. You can listen to his orchestration soloed, titled "Growl" here, recorded live in Nashville, TN. .. Jaki recorded the material by herself without a band, so she asked Andrew Aragon (West Ghost, Soften), Allen Whitt (Toon Town), and Charles D'Ardenne (Comprador, Disaster Class, Bi) to help her start MADQUEEN. When Charles relocated to Philadelphia, Jaki regrouped and wanted to incorporate her songwriter Stephen Yokley (bass), Logan Powers (guitar), and the late Matt McLaughlin (keys). A few short months later, MADQUEEN won Best New Artist of Cincinnati (November 2019). Before the pandemic, MADQUEEN transitioned into a new line up. Jaki had been playing drums with Young Heirlooms occasionally and found a kinship of sorts with guitarist/ vocalist Chris Robinson and bassists Kyle Elkins.
CARRIERS: Having played in several bands and touring throughout the US since, skipping college in the process, Cincinnati-based artist Curt Kiser adopted the moniker Carriers back in 2014. The project also works as a collective of friends, including Bryan Devendorf (The National) and John Curley (The Afghan Whigs), coming together to bring his sweeping rock visions to life.
Kiser found break out success with Carriers’ debut LP, Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else, released in the summer of 2019 drawing praise from Paste Magazine, Consequence of Sound and more. A testament to the power of self-reflection, the 9-track album evokes the same guitar-led grandeur of The War on Drugs as Kiser takes stock of life, death, relationships and gratitude for another day.
That same inward sense would become an all too real necessity in 2020 when Carriers returned with the aptly titled single, “Without You.” The homespun track marked Kiser’s first foray into home recording emboldened by support from American Songwriter and Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Rock.
As Kiser details, “Overall it's about appreciating what we have and remaining present, while still being able to have an honest perspective of the past and our future. I’ve personally found a lot of peace in just working hard and staying focused on what I've got going on, trusting, rather than being consumed with striving. This record process has taught me a lot about patience. Life will continue to teach me to have more. I’m just trying to accept what happens and handle it the best I can. Patience is forever.”
KNOTTS: KNOTTS has shared the stage with national acts like Lucius, Tank and the Bangas, Diane Coffee, Post Animal, The Hood Internet, Illiterate Light, Corey Glover (of Living Color), and FoxyShazam. NPR said, (KNOTTS song) “Awake is a groovy pop song.” CityBeat said, “The sound of KNOTTS is dreamy and honest, with precise and personal lyricism.” The Enquirer said, “The new KNOTTS album isn't being released until New Year's Day, but we're still going to count it on the list of the best music of this year.”
At first listen KNOTTS exemplifies all things indie pop. You’ll hear electric guitars, synths and catchy hooks. Listen a little closer and you hear Folk songwriting, and R&B influences and Soul music. The common thread throughout the band’s music is the unmistakable vulnerability in the lyrics and impassioned tone of the vocals. KNOTTS lead singer/songwriter, Adalia Powell-Boehne possesses a truly one-of-a-kind plaintive voice that grounds all her songs with a strong sense of someone searching for her place in the world. The band formed in 2017 after Adalia Powell-Boehne (guitar/vocals) had a daughter and quit her job. She spent a summer in a sweltering attic room writing and re-writing songs to record. After the record was released, she enlisted local Cincinnati musicians, Antoine Franklin(keys/bass), Jordan Wilson(guitar) and CJ Eliasen(drums) to perform the songs with her. Later in 2018, after the release of KNOTTS debut album Is It Art Yet, the band won City Beat Magazine’s award for Best New Artist, released a 45 on Soul Step Records and showcased at NYC’s APAP conference. KNOTTS newest release, Good Glasses is a lo-fi, ariose, acoustic-led, collection of songs that echoes the ringing stillness that the 2020 pandemic has demanded.
TRACY WALKER: Tracy has an amazing facility for finding four leaf clovers. Does that make her a lucky person? Tracy’s not entirely certain that she even believes in luck, but she clearly possesses a knack for perceiving patterns in nature that others seem to overlook. That knack extends to her musical pursuits as well and may well be the secret to her longstanding success as a contemporary singer.
Just as palpable as her ringing alto and her estimable guitar skills, there is a blazing honesty that runs through Tracy’s work, from her 1998 debut album Naked to 2003’s All This Time, and 2013’s Coetaneous Vibrations. She recently recorded an intimate set of songs, entitled ‘Bare Bones’, with guitarist Brian Rivers for listeners who prefer a less is more approach to her songs. Tracy has been the recipient of two CAMMY Awards (Cincinnati Enquirer), 2 CEA Awards (Cincinnati CityBeat Newspaper) and the prestigious Taft Museum of Art Duncanson Artist in Residency Honor among others celebrating her achievements in music. She has also opened for many favorites and legends including Joe Cocker and Patti LaBelle. Tracy doesn’t merely write and play a song, she crafts and inhabits it, as though the songs she sings are shelters from the emotional storms of the world, and sometimes Tracy’s songs are storms themselves, raging right back at the universal tempests we all face. Tracy has developed a reputation as a fierce performer both solo as well as with her band.