Join CMHF for CEAs – Sun Jan 31 – Madison Theater

(Cincinnati - OH) The CEAs are our region's annual showcase and celebration of our music community of various genres. Hosted by CityBeat, the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (CMHF) is the non-profit beneficiary of this live awards show and has the entire upper balcony for a VIP experience. Tix for VIP support the nonprofits mission of celebrating the region's musical heritage through education and engagement and make you a CMHF member. For $40 in advance or $50 at door, you receive:
- Ticket and early access anywhere Madison theater and balcony
- Eli's BBQ and beverages
- Year long membership to CMHF for special Herzog events and recordings

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1) During a special segment of the CEAs, CMHF will honor the King Records alumnus like Otis Williams, Philip Paul, Denise Crawley, Gevena Woode and Jimmy Railey, whom testified in the successful win of Landmarking and protecting the former King Records buildings where American civil rights and new musical genres were made. (NEWSFLASH: The landmarking and protection of the former King Records buildings in Evanston was ruled in favor once again with Judge Dewine, following the unanimous rulings by the Historic Conservation Board, Planning Commission, and Mayor Cranley and united City Council. The owner's attempt to tear down the former studio and civil rights landmark appears thwarted.) CMHF invites everyone to celebrate with us and please thank these musicians in person at the CEAs VIP.

2) CMHF will also be celebrating the dedication of the Memorial Marker to honor the lives lost and impacted by the tragedy at the 12/3/79 Who concert with a special message.

3) Opportunities to get involved with CMHF and Herzog to be revealed and offered to attendees.

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Join some of the great living local musicians in the upper balcony before the show.  Pay some respects and have some fun.  Eli's BBQ and more...

Help celebrate a stellar CMHF year and kick-in for another great one. 

A few highlights:   -- Who Concert memorial marker announced will happen this year -- All Seeing Eyes - Johnny Walker, Kane Kitchen, Matt Ayers were recorded live in Herzog for the Eli's BBQ Opening Day Parade Party - an A and B side is readied -- Get On Up panel discussion featuring two Sisters of Righteous and a Flame (Denise, Geneva and Jimmy) held at Kenwood Theater -- Old School Block Party held outside King at 1540 Brewster Ave -- Herzog screened Danny Adler's historic recording inside King at 1540 Brewster, Last Session On Brewster -- featured at Bunbury and Buckle Up -- Honored David Rhodes Brown's 50th Year in the Music Business and therefore played a role in The Warsaw Falcons reuniting!

18th Annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

Sunday, January 25, 2015 6:00 pm
Madison Theater
Covington, KY
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1/25/15 at Madison Theater
Performances by Young Heirlooms, Injecting Strangers, Mad Anthony, Buggs tha Rocka, and more to be announced.

Presented by Dewey's Pizza. Portion of the proceeds goes to support the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation.

Doors at 6PM, Show at 7PM. All Ages.
General Admission: $20 advance, $25 day of show

VIP: $40 advance Includes Honorary annual membership to Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation, Complimentary limited edition James Brown or Hank Williams T-Shirt OR limited-edition Poster print made with Eli's BBQ sauce, Small bites compliments of Eli's Barbeque, along with beer and soft beverages, Private Seating for the CEA ceremony, local Celebrity guest appearances.
VIP Party at 6PM, CEA Show at 7PM

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35th anniv Cincinnati Who concert tragedy


35th Anniversary of tragic Who concert in Cincinnati

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
WHERE:  Plaza between Great American Ballpark and US Bank Arena (formerly Riverfront Coliseum)
WHO:    Open to all who support efforts for permanent memorial and to honor the lives lost 35 years ago

Beginning with the 30th anniversary on 12/3/09 of the tragic Who concert in Cincinnati on 12/3/79, The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (CMHF), led by Bootsy Collins, has worked with family members of the eleven who died that day, as well as survivors of the concert and local officials to establish a permanent remembrance on the riverfront, notably with the Who Concert Victims Memorial Committee. CMHF supports various efforts by the various "Who concert chapters" that exist and has interacted at times with all of them.

Together, a task force formed to organize several anniversary vigils and efforts under the umbrella of CMHF. CMHF is a non-profit 501c3 established 12/3/07 that has worked with other groups to establish historic markers to King Records, Herzog Studios and Hank Williams, and have partnered with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, City of Cincinnati, CEAs, Bunbury and Buckle Up, School for Creative and Performing Arts, WCET/ThinkTV, Elementz and more.

CMHF has provided its headquarters at Historic Herzog as a meeting space for memorial activities, where 11 lanterns in the space honor those lost in the tragedy.  A local photographer and survivor of the concert Michael Kearns, is featured in a photo exhibit in Herzog, that was a part of the FOTOFOCUS regional festival and captures some of the vigil work the group has undertaken.   In addition to the vigils, the group has worked to raise awareness with media and has communicated to its members and the public for the cause and at local award shows like the CEAs among other efforts.

In 2012 and 2013 the group organized and drafted language to honor the 11 lives lost to permanently install a memorial on the riverfront next to the former Riverfront Coliseum, now US Bank Arena.  Working within the confines of City of Cincinnati marker guidelines, the group reached-out to Rick Bird, local music journalist, who was at the concert covering the tragedy that day, and offered direction to draft language for a memorial within guidelines.  The limitations of space and characters for the two-sided marker is set by the city and its marker program (no more than 3 caption lines, no more than 14 text lines, no more than 35 characters per line, including spaces, no more than 70 words) .  The task force, made up of survivors, a family member representative, music foundation members and supporters of the cause, approved an initial draft and has continued to refine the language to address feedback from family members and survivors and fit within the limitations.

Special thanks to the Ladd, Bowes and Burns families for their input, support and leadership.

This two-sided historic maker has been put together in an attempt to simply state what happened and honor those who died by name and acknowledge the many survivors and pay respects to the families who lost their loved ones.  Working with the past city administration, and with support from county representatives, the foundation was given positive feedback about using an area of the plaza outside the arena and has worked within the confines of the city's marker program.

As we approach the 35th anniversary, we are excited to announce that Mayor John Cranley is putting his full support behind this effort.      

(Side 1)

In Memoriam

Walter Adams Jr. 22 Trotwood OH
Peter Bowes 18 Wyoming OH
Connie Sue Burns 21 Miamisburg OH
Jacqueline Eckerle 15 Finneytown OH
David Heck 19 Highland Heights KY
Teva Rae Ladd 27 Newtown OH
Karen Morrison 15 Finneytown OH
Stephan Preston 19 Finneytown OH
Phillip Snyder 20 Franklin OH
Bryan Wagner 17 Fort Thomas KY

James Warmoth 21 Franklin OH

Deepest respects to the families,
friends and many survivors.

(Side 2)

The Who


Eleven concertgoers, trapped
in a crush of people, died
at the southwest plaza
entrance to Riverfront Coliseum
waiting to see The Who.
Many others were injured in
what was the deadliest concert
tragedy in United States history.
The tragedy spurred passage of a
crowd safety ordinance, which
became a model for the world.

For more on what happened, please check out Lee Hay's incredible radio feature from the 30th anniversary:

Check out Pearl Jam's acknowledgement as they recently played now US Bank arena, talking about how Pete and Roger reached out to them after their tragic 2000 concert and how important it was to play in the same building, proceeding to cover The Real Me - the last song from The Who 12/3/79 show:

MPMF at Historic Herzog thanks to Eli’s BBQ

From CityBeat:

"Eli’s BBQ is hosting happy hour parties Thursday and Friday at Herzog Studios (811 Race St., Downtown), the historic spot where legends like Hank Williams once recorded and which now is home to the Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation’s ( headquarters. The free happy hours run 5-10 p.m. and offer MPMFers and others a chance to check out the space and its cool photos and memorabilia from the studio’s heyday. There will be a cash bar and Eli’s BBQ buffet. Asheville, N.C., bands Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots and Screaming J’s will perform Thursday.

On Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at Herzog, the MPMF-sponsored Eli’s BBQ Sessions will feature live performances by MidPoint performers Low Cut Connie (Philadelphia), Mustered Courage (Australia) and Margo & the Price Tags (Nashville, Tenn.). An MPMF ticket/wristband is required to attend Saturday’s festivities."

Buckle Up and CMHF (Now thru Sun) – Washington Times/ Associated Press

"It’s a big month for music of all kinds in Cincinnati.

Last weekend saw the third Bunbury Music Festival, featuring alternative and independent acts, and the annual Macy’s Music Fest returns July 25-26, focusing on R&B; and soul with performers such as Ne-Yo, Chaka Khan and Robin Thicke.

Mayor John Cranley said the festivals highlight Cincinnati’s musical roots, besides attracting huge throngs of visitors for the city’s hotels, restaurants and other entertainment spots.

They “provide a real cultural value for Cincinnatians and give another reason for people from all over the world to come and experience Cincinnati,” Cranley said in a statement.

The Bunbury and Buckle Up festivals benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the region’s music history. It has helped put historic markers at the former Kings Records headquarters and at the former Herzog Studios, where the late country music legend Hank Williams recorded."

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Bunbury, Buckle Up and CMHF…

Bunbury and Buckle Up Partner with Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation

(Cincinnati, OH)  The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (CUMHF) is humbled to be asked and accept the distinction as non-profit beneficiary of Bunbury and Buckle Up Music Festivals.  These festivals make Cincinnati a top place for fresh alternative and americana music, mixing global stars with local legends.CUMHF exists to celebrate and preserve our region’s diverse and rich history by mixing generations and genres in contemporary installations.  Through Bunbury and Buckle Up, CUMHF will serve as ambassadors to touring artists to our historic and contemporary music heritage, by offering private opportunities to visit Historic Herzog (CUMHFs HQs), see the marker at King Records/1540 Brewster and more.
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-Historic Herzog OPEN: 5/18 11:30-1:30-

(Cincinnati, OH)  The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation will open Historic Herzog to the public on Saturday, May 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is proud to be a stop on a new tour from Cincinnati Heritage Program Tours from the Cincinnati Museum Center.   Historic Herzog is home of the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation on the 2nd floor at 811 Race Street, Downtown.  It is where E.T. Herzog Recording Company hosted recorded sessions for Hank Williams, Bullmoose Jackson, Patti Page, and early King Records.  Currently, a photo exhibit, "Annie's Baby Had A Baby" is on display, which was a part of FOTOFOCUS.  Herzog is also used for events and live recording sessions. It features a piano once played by Hank Williams. Continue reading