Arlo McKinley

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Indie Fridays Powered by CincyMusic at Fountain Square - Summer & Fall Lineup 

Your Friday nights just got better with Fountain Square’s Indie Friday Concert Series powered by CincyMusic!

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Arlo McKinley Performing "I've Got Her" 

Check out Arlo performing "I've Got Her", from his album Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound.

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Arlo McKinley Performs "Waiting for Wild Horses" 

Part one of the Arlo in Nashville Video Series is out now, with him performing "Waiting for Wild Horses."

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Year in Review: Moose's Favorites 

As 2020 draws close to its end for what has been for a lot of folks a trying year, to put it mildly, there are some things about it that were great. And, in the music and arts department we were gifted with some great albums.

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Album Review: Die Midwestern – Arlo McKinley 

If you are not already a fan of Arlo McKinley, Die Midwestern will reel you into his cult fanbase just like the rest of us.

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Arlo McKinley Chats About Debut Album, Die Midwestern 

Arlo McKinley’s highly anticipated debut solo album, Die Midwestern is being released this Friday, August 14th on John Prine’s independent Oh Boy Records.

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Die Midwestern: The Singles: Arlo McKinley 

During all this pandemic fog something peeked itself through the clouds and let a ray of light in. Not only did Arlo McKinley drop two singles for his new record but he also was signed to John Prine’s “Oh Boy Records.” The album Die Midwestern will be dropping soon. I’m here to talk about the two singles that were dropped, “Die Midwestern” and “Walking Shoes.”

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Arlo McKinley Live Tonight via Master Musicians’ Social Distance Fest 

Arlo McKinley will be live tonight via Master Musicians' Social Distance Fest at 8p! During a time of little live music & community gathering, Master Musicians Festival has joined forces with The Burl in Lexington and Buck the Taxidermist to present: Master Musician's Social Distance Fest.

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Here are the winners from the 2019 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards 

Cincinnati CityBeat threw one hell of a party last night to celebrate all the great things we have going on. Here are the winners!

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Smoky Run Music Festival This Weekend! 

The unofficial start of summer was Memorial Day, but since we’ve received enough rain to land just short of biblical flooding since then, the warm and dry weather projected for this weekend is the perfect chance to kick off summer for real at the inaugural Smoky Run Music Festival outside of Columbus.

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Review: The Avett Brothers at the Fraze Pavillion 

Scott and Seth Avett have been singing and performing together for so long it’s a little erie how well they harmonize. On Tuesday night, they brought their brand of Blood Harmony to a sold-out show at the Fraze Pavillion up in Kettering, Ohio.

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Rhythm Brew Art & Music Festival at Wooden Cask Brewery 

Rhythm Brew Art & Music Festival is a family-friendly festival at Wooden Cask Brewery in Newport! The Event will feature live music with over 30 bands in just about every genre. This is a festival not to miss! Music, Beer, and Art need I say more?

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New Festival Alert - Cripple Creek Music Festival 

The Cripple Creek Music Festival is coming to Fort Mitchell, KY, on October 20th.

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Arlo McKinley Back at Bunbury Music Festival 

Arlo McKinley is one of the best singer/songwriters in Cincinnati. Don’t believe me? Check out 10 reasons why to listen to Arloby a fellow singer/songwriter, Dan Van Vechten. 

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Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and Joe’s Truck Stop at MOTR 

Face it. You are going to need to pre-game for New Year’s Eve. What better way to than at MOTR Pub with some of the best bands in the city? Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and Joe’s Truck Stop will be lighting up the MOTR stage on Saturday. It’s FREE.

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NPR Announces 2017 Tiny Desk Concert Contest 

NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company have announced the 2017 Tiny Desk Concert Contest! The winner of the Contest will play a Tiny Desk concert behind the desk at NPR. Then, they'll go on a fully-funded tour of the United States with NPR Music and sponsor, Lagunitas Brewing...

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NKY Nonprofit Hosts Free Biking and Music Festival 

Dave Huff, Executive Director of grassroots nonprofit Riding Forward, has a lifelong passion for all things bike. In recent years his focus has turned to instilling that same passion in Northern Kentucky’s young people.  That’s what Huff and his team of cycling enthusiasts...

Whispering Beard is Right Around the Corner 

Whispering Beard Folk Festival is less than three weeks away! The Beardos are gearing up to make the short trek to Friendship, Indiana for a weekend of amazing music. For those who have not been – GO!! Bring the family. It will become one of your yearly traditions. Whispering Beard Folk...

Young Heirlooms Headline The Woodward 

Come celebrate Independence Day with Arlo McKinley, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons, and Young Heirlooms! There is no better way to celebrate than with these three stellar bands.  Arlo McKinley will tear at your heartstrings. A true storyteller of love, loss and tribulations along...

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Festival Report: Bunbury is All Grown Up 

In its fifth year on the Cincinnati waterfront, the Bunbury Music Festival finally feels right at home. Its first three years were plagued by a sprawling layout and an overabundance of acts and stages, leading to major sound bleed issues and sparse crowds during many sets. Last year, the first...

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Bunbury Adds Deadmau5 As Saturday Headliner 

Just Announced: The Bunbury Music Festival has added Deadmau5 as Saturday's headliner! Deadmau5 joins The Killers, Florence and the Machine, Mudcrutch (Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh, Tom Petty, Benmont Tench), Ice Cube & more! Check out the full lineup on...

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Bunbury Music Festival Lineup Released 

The day we have all been waiting for is here! The 2016 Bunbury Music Festival lineup has been announced. Bunbury will return to downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove for three eclectic-packed days of music across four stages on Friday, June 3, Saturday, June 4, and...

Last Call for Tiny Desk Concert Contest Submissions 

Today is the LAST day to submit your submission to the Tiny Desk Concert contest! You have until tonight at 11:59pm EST to submit HERE. Remember, this is a contest about the creativity in your music, not the polish of your video. Last year’s winning entry was shot on an iPad!  The...

And The Nominees Are… 

The nominees for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards have been announced! The 19th annual CEAS’s will be held on Sunday, January 31st at Madison Theater.  The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards is THE event to attend to support our local music community. One night of the year that everyone...

2016 Tiny Desk Concert Contest 

Want to play a Tiny Desk Concert? NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company are once again holding a contest. The winner gets to perform at Bob Boilen's desk at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.  To enter, make a video performing one original song behind a desk of your choosing. It could be...

Get Stuffed on Local Music 

Rhinegeist and Second Sight Spirits present “Get Stuffed on Local Music” Wednesday, November 25th at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY! If you are looking for some home cooked music, to kick off the holiday season, have we got the show for you!  Local musician, Kelly...

Arlo McKinley & Wilder Play Fountain Square Tonight 

Tonight at Fountain Square for the American Roots Series, do not miss two of Cincinnati’s finest bands. Show starts at 7p and it’s Free!  “Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound may be a Cincinnati secret for the time being, but within the music community his name is... Presents: Bell’s Brewing All-Star Music Fest 

On Friday July 10th Arnold’s is teaming up with Bell’s Brewing and to bring 5 straight days of rare beers and some of the best bands that Cincinnati has to offer. Arnold’s will have a total of 12 bands spread out over the five days with headlining gigs from Jake...

The Ballroom Thieves 

It is rare that an album grabs at your heart from first listening. The Ballroom Thieves have done that for me with their debut album, A Wolf in the Doorway. The trio Devin Mauch, Calin Peters, and Martin Earley blend folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies,...

Jerry Springer Comes Back Home for Podcast 

The Jerry Springer Podcast; Tales, Tunes and Tomfoolery, is a mix of stories, interviews, conversation and comedy bits, concluding each time with a performance by a roots music song writer. Recorded in front of a small studio audience at the Folk School Coffee Parlor, in Ludlow, Kentucky, the...

Wilder Set to Release Album with a Derby Day Party 

Wilder set to release debut EP with a Derby Day Party at The Southgate House Revival with support from Danny Mecher and The Home Demos, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and Mad Anthony! Recently formed, greater Cincinnati Band, Wilder, will be releasing their first EP on Saturday May 2,...

#MusicMonday Must Haves :: 4/13/15 

Each week we do our best to shine some light on a few songs that we feel should be on your radar. All of these songs will be added to our #MusicMonday Must Haves playlist on Spotify, so follow along & click play when you need to find some inspiration!  Every artist below will be in...

Bulletville Release New Album at MOTR Pub 

Bulletville is Mark Utley, Renee Frye, Jeff Vanover, 
John Lang, Ricky Nye, Kenneth Kimbrell and Todd Drake. You may want to glance over that list again if you weren’t impressed. This band is boiling over with incredible talent. The bass player slot is rotated by Kimbrell (who plays on the...

Our Weekend Picks :: March 20, 2015 

Each week we will highlight a few of our picks for the weekend. Some may be local, some may not, but as long as you are seeing live music in Cincinnati you are contributing! Our picks are below, but you can choose for yourself with our calendar here. (Or download our iPhone...

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Dead Man String Band, I: a Review and Interview 

Dead Man String Band or DMSB for short is a one man blues, rock and roll, raucous act. The Dead Man is Rob McAllister who has been around for a while as a solo performer, and who has been hard at work honing in on what it is that he wants to do. His first album I (the roman numeral one) is all set...

Dead Man String Band Releasing Debut Album at tSGHR 

On March 21st, Dead Man String Band will release his anticipated debut album entitled I .An all original concept album with dialogue and a storyline bordering the songs he has created over the past year. This also falls on his 27th birthday, with an open invitation to all to celebrate at The...

Honey & Houston Album Release tSGHR 3/7/15 

Honey & Houston's long-awaited debut album Barcelona is set for release Saturday March 7, 2015 at The Southgate House Revival! They have invited their friends Young Heirlooms and Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound to help them celebrate!  Barcelona takes you on a musical journey. The...

Our Weekend Picks :: February 6, 2015 

Each week we will highlight a few of our picks for the weekend. Some may be local, some may not, but as long as you are seeing live music in Cincinnati you are contributing! Our picks are below, but you can choose for yourself with our calendar here. (Or download our iPhone...

The Good People Festival present: Show Your Love 

February 20th & 21st at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky  Rachel DesRochers, the creator of Grateful Grahams and the Northern Kentucky Kitchen Incubator is joining forces once again with Ian Mathieu of Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle to present the next big event...

Locals Submit for NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest 

The NPR Tiny Desk Concert is where I have personally discovered many of my favorite artists. I never fully “like” an artist until I see them live. But to see them live in a tiny office? Priceless.  I was first hooked back in 2009 when I saw Avett Brothers perform on the program. I... Staff Top 25 Albums of 2014 

The folks at have a quite a diversity in their music tastes. Obviously we have to, in order to fairly cover the variety of music that hits our city on a daily basis. Some of us have favorite genres while others of us are all over the map of musical likes.  Who were our favorites of...

And The 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Nominees Are... 

CityBeat has announced the nominees for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards! This year, the organization did things a little differently allowing the public to weigh in on the nominees before deciding on the artists we will all be able to vote for. Remember, not everyone can be nominated. This...

Our Weekend Picks :: October 17, 2014 

Each week we will highlight a few of our picks for the weekend. Some may be local, some may not, but as long as you are seeing live music in Cincinnati you are contributing! Our picks are below, but you can choose for yourself with our calendar here. (Or download our iPhone app here). Friday,...

Top 10 Reasons to Listen to Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound 

There have been plenty of blogs and articles lately about Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, and I will be the first one to say how well-deserved the attention is [Check out this video we made of them at Buckle Up].  I’ll admit it – I’m a fan.  I have listened to the band’s eponymous...


It is that time of year again!  It is Beard-thirty time!  Dust off those beards, air out those tents, and clean out your coolers.  It is time to get ready for another grand old time at the annual Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Friendship, Indiana.  Bring your beards or borrow a friend’s...

Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound Will Tear at Your Heart 

In April of this year, I went to the Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY to hear a live act I had only seen in a few YouTube videos.  Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound had popped up in invitations friends sent me to let me know what they were about to go see on the weekends and...

Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound Will Strike a Chord Within 

In the fall of 2011 Tim Carr put together a band with some friends. Over the next three years members came and went, but lucky for us he eventually found the members that work. The name of the band, Arlo McKinley, was taken from Tim's two grandfather's Arlo and McKinley. Enlisting the help of Tyler...

Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound Debut Release at tSGHR 

Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati based band, Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound will be releasing their much anticipated debut album on April 19, 2014 at The Southgate House Revival. The celebration will take place in the same room where the recording was tracked live, on a Sunday, in late February....

Full Buckle Up Festival Lineup + Schedule Announced! 

The inaugural three-day Buckle Up Music Festival unveiled their full schedule and lineup including Alabama, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, The Band Perry and many more! The event takes place along the Ohio River at Yeatmans Cove and Sawyer Point July 18-20....

Our Weekend Picks :: January 10, 2014 

Each week we will highlight a few of our picks for the weekend. Some may be local, some may not, but as long as you are seeing live music in Cincinnati you are contributing! Our picks are below, but you can choose for yourself with our calendar here. (Or download our iPhone app here). Friday,...

The Spirit of Hank Comes to Life With Help of Local Musicians! caught up with Arlo McKinley (Tim Carr), Moriah Lawson, Sylvia Mitchell and Kelly Thomas about their upcoming release, Spirits of Hank featuring the 8 songs originally recorded by Hank Williams at Herzog Studios at 811 Race Street.  The space is no longer a studio, but it has been...


Do you have a beard?  Do you like beards?  Join in with other beard fans for the 6th Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Friendship, Indiana for the weekend long party of picking, singing, and dancing beards.  The outdoor show features traditional folk music to preserve and inspire fans young and...

Reality Check with KT: Behind The Beard 

Behind The Beard.The Backstory of Whispering Beard Folk Fest Being in the local music community, you must have at least heard of The Whispering Beard Folk Festival. Beardos are a strong support all year to local music shows and venues. We see them, we know them, we love them. But, do you really...

American Roots Series Lineup Announced 

Fountain Square released the MPMF Indie Summer Series Lineup yesterday & now we can look forward to a free dose of all things Folk / Americana every Tuesday this summer! The American Roots Series takes place on Fountain Square from 7-10pm every Tuesday this summer. May 28: Magnolia...

Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation Benefit 

Cincy Groove is proud to bring you a benefit concert for the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation.  The concert is taking place tonight at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.  The lineup for the evening includes The Cliftones, The Cincy Brass, Shoot Out The Lights, The Stories, Kelly...

IRONFEST 3 Schedule Released! 

Ironfest 3 will take place at The Southgate House Revival on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. Friends of “Iron” Mike Davidson have been throwing this festival each year in his honor. The proceeds will be put into a CD for Mike's daughter. $2 from each ticket will be given to...

IRONFEST 3 Artists Announced 

Ironfest 3 will take place at The Southgate House Revival on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. Friends of “Iron” Mike Davidson have been throwing this festival each year in his honor. The proceeds will be put into a CD for Mike's daughter. Tickets are only $5 and music starts at...

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