The Tillers

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  • folk
  • bluegrass

The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when Cincinnati friends Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, and Jason Soudrette began thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches,

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Record Store Day in Cincinnati: Shake it Records 

As one of the top record stores of 2010 by Rolling Stone Magazine, Shake It Records, in Northside all started out with two brothers whose passion for collecting records was created in to a business. Jim and Darren Blase have been working in record stores since they were teenagers and started to...

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The Tillers on Opening Day 

Opening Day is one of the most exciting days of the year in Cincinnati. The Moerlein Lager House is joining in on the celebrations with a FREE concert with The Tillers.  On Opening Day, the Moerlein Lager House will open its doors starting at 10 a.m., and have a Party Tent on the Event Lawn...

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Tribute to Merle: Hagfest at Southgate House Revival 

What better way to pay tribute to the late Merle Haggard than to attend Hagfest on the date of his birth and death? On Thursday April 6, the first ever Hagfest intends to do just that and more with multiple performances beginning at 7 p.m. at The Southgate House Revival. In his more than 50 year...

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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...

Jean Dowell Releases Debut Album, A Place Way Back in Time 

Jean Dowell is a musician, songwriter, coach, political activist, and an inspiration.  As a youth Jean, however, was more interested in sports and developed a reputation as a star athlete.  As a senior at Union Grove High School she led the balloting for North Carolina’s all-state...

2016 Music Series Presented by Neltner Small Batch 

It’s that time of year again! Break out your boots and head over to Neltner’s Farm!  At Neltner’s Farm, autumn is the time for harvest and celebration, and they are inviting your family to join theirs for the annual fall festival. There’s something for every member of...

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...

Sayler Park Sustains Tomorrow 

Sayler Park Sustains takes place tomorrow at Nelson Sayler Memorial Park! Sayler Park Sustains was born in 2013 as a way to give back, highlight the green initiatives of many community members, and celebrate the numerous talented musicians who have made Sayler Park their home. Their mission is...

Restore the Store: A Benefit for Rabbit Hash 

On February 13th, the General Store in Rabbit Hash went up in flames. Most us watched the news break on our phones and spent the rest of the evening grief stricken while the news of the destruction unfolded. Kelly Thomas was at The Southgate House Revival that night.  She has performed at the...

Neighborhood Venues of Cincinnati: The Crow’s Nest 

It was either the fall or spring of 2006 when I first walked into The Crow’s Nest. Up until this point I had been to many a bar in Chicago, my hometown, but my younger brother had made the move to Cincinnati and found a place with our cousin on Nebraska and Roth in the West Side. Conveniently...

Braxton Brewing Company Throwing a Huge Birthday Bash 

Braxton Brewing Company is turning one! In celebration they will be having a bottle release, live music in the MadLot, new beers on draft, and their first-ever Trophy Grant! Clear your calendar this Saturday, March 26th for a full day of fun!  Trophy Pale Ale’s hop profile changes...

Benefit to Rebuild Rabbit Hash General Store 

This whole house event, at the beautiful Southgate House Revival, put together by local musician and Rabbit Hash lover, Kelly Thomas (Wilder - and the first lady of Cincinnati Music), to bring the local music community together to help raise funds to rebuild the General Store in Rabbit Hash...

Rumpke Mountain Boys Brought the House Down at Bogart’s 

Feet stoppin’ and yee-hawin’ were heard of a lot of on Friday night until the early hours of the morning at The Winter Folk and Bluegrass Festival held Bogart’s. The festival featured locals such as the Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Tillers, Maria Carrelli, My Brother’s Keeper,...

Catch on to Joe Macheret in February 

Joe Macheret has played with just about everyone in this town. Currently he plays with The Tillers, Maria Carelli, Scott Risner, and his own band Joe’s Truck Stop. Music is what he loves. The pace and rhythm of it is great, and for him being a full time musician is something that he loves. I...

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...

Indoor Folk and Bluegrass Fest at Bogart’s 

Rumpke Mountain Boys and The Tillers are set to play the Indoor Folk and Bluegrass Fest at Bogart’s on Friday, March 11th! Tickets go on sale TODAY! Go grab yours HERE.  About Rumpke Mountain Boys:Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments...

The Tillers at Northside Tavern 

The Tillers and The Williams Family Band are capping off your Holiday weekend at Northside Tavern! On Sunday, December 27th, come relax with a bar full of your favorite people!  The Tillers are easily the most beloved band of the Cincinnati area. They have toured extensively throughout the...

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...

Hockey, Local Music, Beer, Wine, Bourbon, and Moonshine 

Forget tailgating, take part in the ultimate unique pre-game experience! The Cincinnati Cyclones invite you to the Restaurant overlooking the ice at U.S. Bank Arena to watch warm-ups and enjoy a tasting of your favorite beverages! Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a craft beer enthusiast, or a...

Frazier & Chapman weren’t Cincy's only All-Stars 

While the Nation had their eyes on the Queen City this Tuesday and tens of thousands watched a game of all-stars at Great American Ballpark, A local music advocate and friend of CincyMusic.com was filling your ears with the sounds of the city & you probably didn’t even realize it!...

Our Weekend Picks :: May 1, 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...

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...

FOLK IT: A Brand by Mary Beth Brackmann 

Mary Beth Brackmann is a supporter of the local music scene, a graphic designer, print maker, photographer, and well basically an artist to the core. Ms. Brackmann has been working at her craft since she was little. She has worked on some pretty special things, and on that list is; creating the...

The Tillers Head to the Eastside 

Cincinnati folk favorite The Tillers are bringing the Westside, original, string band, folk music movement east. The Eastside to be exact. After touring the world, they have set their sights on bridging the gap that too often separates Cincinnati's live music fans; which side of town they live on....

#MusicMonday Must Haves :: 3/30/15 

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!  "Tower"...

MadTree Celebrates it's Birthday with Local Brews and Bands 

MadTree is turning two! Come celebrate all day and into the night at Winter Bonanza 2!  Admission is free and all beer tickets are $5.  OFFSITE PARKING WITH SHUTTLEPark in the lot at 5500 Ridge Avenue and hop on the shuttle which will run from Noon until 1am every 10-15 minutes to the...

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...

#MusicMonday Must Haves :: 1/26/15 

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!  In honor of the Cincinnati...

The 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Winners Are... 

Local Cincinnati musicians, stakeholders, and fans gathered at The Madison Theater in Covington last night to celebrate a very solid year of local musicianship. A huge thanks to the folks at CityBeat for continuing to organize this event for our community! The results are below:  View Photos...

Jeff Plankenhorn: From Austin, TX to Folk School Coffee Parlor 

Jeff Plankenhorn is a singer songwriter with nearly two decades worth of musicianship under his belt. I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Jeff through email and he said he, “Started singing in church at the tender age of 7, and began playing piano at the same time, and then...

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...

Video: The Tillers "Willy Dear" NPR Tiny Desk Submission 

The Tillers present “Willy Dear” submission for NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest via 7/79 Video and Cincymusic.com.  

Our Weekend Picks :: January 2, 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...

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...

Studio 89 set to be “Hustled” tonight 

Guests of Studio 89 tonight at Northern Kentucky University should be prepared to get “Hustled”.  Buffalo Wabs and The Price Hill Hustle are performing and they never fail to put on the best show in town.  Buffalo Wabs (aka Matt Wabnitz) spearheads this group, playing guitar and taking most...

THE OL’ TIMEY TILLERS 

If you ever need to take a break from the everyday chaos, tuning everything present out of you mind, the city lights, the honking cars, and the non-stop bustle, then The Tillers are your passport to another portal, back in time.  The trio, Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, and Aaron Geil tell their...

Travel Back in Time with The Tillers 

Leave behind the fast-paced, busy today, and travel to a time when people played music on their back porches for the simple love of music, and family and friends entertained each other through sing-alongs.  Since 2007, the Tillers have been doing just that.  Beginning on Ludlow Street in Clifton,...

NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL PREVIEW 

This will be my second year covering Nelsonville Music Festival for Cincymusic.com and I couldn’t be more excited! Every music festival has a certain personality. Some are filled with the immense musical landscapes of jam bands, some with the angry power chords of punk bands. Nelsonville Music...

Our Weekend Picks :: May 23, 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,...

Our Weekend Picks :: March 28, 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,...

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 :: February 21, 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,...

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Winners 

The 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards winners are in!  World Music/Reggae: The Cliftones  Jazz: The Faux Frenchmen Singer/Songwriter: Molly Sullivan Country: Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s Punk/Pop Punk: The Dopamines Blues: Ricky Nye Indie/Alternative: DAAP Girls Folk/Americana: The...

Our Weekend Picks :: January 24, 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,...

And the Nominees for the CEA's Are... 

Nominations for the 17th Annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs) were announced today by CityBeat.  Nominees were determined by a committee of dozens of Greater Cincinnati music experts. This year’s list again reflects the talented community of music makers across various genres...

CALLING ALL BEARD FANS! 

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...

CincyMusic Spotlight Podcast is Live! 

Earlier this week we aired our first CincyMusic Spotlight on The Project 100.7 / 106.3 with hosts Venomous Valdez and Joe Long! The podcast for the show can be downloaded here now! The playlist is below: Walk The Moon "Anna Sun"DAAP Girls "Kate"Public "I Need You"Foxy Shazam "I Like It"The Tillers...

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...

OTR Summer Celebration on Saturday 5/18! 

The Seventh Annual OTR 5K Run and Summer Celebration is Saturday, May 18, and will start and finish in Washington Park for the first time this year. The event kicks off with the OTR 5k at 10 a.m. and continues with a day-long Summer Celebration of live music, food, adult beverages, an expanded fine...

First Annual Irish Folk Hootenanny at Southgate House Revival tonight! 

Come show your Irish pride w/ The Blue Rock Boys, The Tillers, Jeremy Pinnell & The 55s, Kentucky Timbre, Mill Creek Revelry, MC Green, Unlucky Charms, Ceol Mhor, Young Heirlooms, Silver Arm, The Serfs, Magnolia Mountain Trio, and Red Cedars today!  This is a video release show for Young...

Our Weekend Picks :: March 8, 2013 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our complete calendar of all things music in Cincinnati HERE, or take our word for it at one of these events: Friday, March 8:Minus The Bear / Circa Survive @ Madison TheaterThe Tillers w/Spirit Family Reunion @ The Southgate House Revival...

Our Weekend Picks :: February 22, 2013 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our complete calendar of all things music in Cincinnati HERE, or take our word for it at one of these events: Friday, February 22:Shoot Out The Lights @ The Southgate House RevivalKoala Fires & COWGIRL @ MaydayShiny And The...

The 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Winners Are... 

Cincinnati celebrated some of the best our city has to offer at the annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards on Sunday at The Madison Theater. Everyone looked amazing and partied like the rock stars they are. It was an honor for CincyMusic.com to be a part of the event, presenting Best Punk...

Our Weekend Picks :: January 11, 2013 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our complete calendar of all things music in Cincinnati HERE, or take our word for it at one of these events: Friday, January 11:Grace Potter & The Nocturnals @ The Taft TheatreThe Tillers @ The Southgate House...

Our Weekend Picks :: December 28, 2012 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our complete calendar of all things music in Cincinnati HERE, or take our word for it at one of these events: Friday, December 28:Archer's Paradox @ 1207Brian Olive @ MOTR PubJody Stapleton w/The Ready Stance & The Mitchells @ The...

November Spotlight: The Tillers 

The Tillers got their start in 2007 playing old timey folk and bluegrass. Mike Oberst, Sean Geil and Jason Soudrette (in 2010, Jason handed his bass duties over to Aaron Geil) would just grab their banjo, guitar and wooden bass and jam out for anyone who would listen. Quickly, The Tillers became a...

Our Weekend Picks :: October 26, 2012 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our complete calendar of all things music in Cincinnati HERE, or take our word for it at one of these events: Friday, October 26:The Bright Light Social Hour @ Bogart'sHot Buttered Rum @ The Southgate House Revivalmoe. @ The Taft...

Our Weekend Picks :: September 7, 2012 

Our picks for the weekend are below. You can take our word for it or make up your own mind by visiting our full calendar listing of here!  Friday, September 7:Halestorm @ Bogart'sHarlequins @ MOTR Pub  Saturday, September 8:Switchblade Syndicate @ Mainstay Rock BarChords for Chiari Benefit...

Our Weekend Picks :: July 27, 2012 

Our picks for the weekend are below. If you want to choose for yourself you can view our complete concert calendar here! Friday, July 27:Cincy Groove Music Festival @ Arnold's Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers @ Kenton County Library (Erlanger)Harlequins @ Madison Theater  Saturday, July 28:Diet...

Cincy Groove Festival This Weekend 

Cincy Groove will be hosting their 2nd annual festival at Arnold's this Friday through Sunday. Music starts at 9pm each night and is FREE! The full list of artist's playing is below: Friday, July 27:The TillersJessie Torrisi & the Please Please MeThe Salty CaramelsHickory Robot  Saturday,...

What to do this weekend :: May 25, 2012 

There are a ton of great shows to pick from this weekend. Our picks are below, but you can choose for yourself HERE. Still can't make up your mind? Listen to our Spotify Playlist of artists playing in Cincinnati this weekend and see what inspires you! Friday, May 25th:Madlove Music Festival @...

Taste of Cincinnati :: This Weekend 

Taste of Cincinnati is this weekend. My favorite part of any street festival is grabbing a beer and watching some local bands. The full list of entertainment is below… Saturday, May 26 Chemed Stage:WIZ/MOJO 12:00 - 6:00Hott Stuff 7:00 - 11:00  Metromix Stage at P&G Gardens:Faux Frenchmen...

What to do this weekend :: May 11, 2012 

The weather is amazing, so it's about time to go see some good music outside. Tonight, you could check out Bad Veins at Fountain Square or go to the Appalachian Festival at Coney Island to hear some folk and bluegrass. Our picks for the weekend are below, but you can choose for yourself...

Appalachian Festival This Weekend! 

After being rained out last year, Cincinnati's Appalachian Festival is back for the 2012 Mothers Day Weekend! The event will be held at Coney Island this Friday (9am - 9pm), Saturday (10am - 9pm), and Sunday (10am - 6pm). Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children. This years...

Bunbury Music Festival adds more bands 

*Check out the full schedule HERE The Bunbury Music Festival added 26 additional live performances for the inaugural event to be held July 13-15, 2012 along Cincinnati’s riverfront. In addition to previously announced headliners including Weezer, Jane's Addiction, and Death Cab For...

Tunes & Blooms: Every Thursday in April 

The Cincinnati Zoo presents Tunes & Blooms, a free concert series every Thursday this month! The series kicks off tonight with The Seedy Seeds and The Newbees! Admission to the Zoo is free after 5pm, and the shows begin at 6pm. Parking is $8. Click Here to check out the full schedule! Thursday,...

Bunbury Music Festival announces lineup 

*Check out the full schedule HERE The Bunbury Music Festival has just announced that in addition to Weezer, Jane's Addiction, and Death Cab For Cutie the event will feature the following artists:    Friday, July 13Janes AddictionAirborne Toxic Event - Minus the Bear - O.A.R Foxy Shazam -...