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. If you have spent any amount of time in our beautiful Queen City you have no doubt heard of the great many things that presumably separate the Westside from the Eastside and vice versa. Musical talent certainly isn't one of them. Great bands and musicians hail from both sides of Interstate 75 but more often than not their following can usually be traced to either one side of the city or the other. That's about to change.

The Tillers have toured the East coast, the Midwest and West, the Appalachian south and even the UK and Ireland. They were awarded CityBeat Magazine's Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Folk and Americana act in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Veteran NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw featured The Tillers on a documentary about US Route 50. Brokaw showcased the group's song “There is Road (Route 50)” as a testimony to the highway's role as a connective tissue of the nation.

They have shared the stage with a broad swath of national touring acts, ranging from renowned folk legends such as Doc Watson, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, Country Joe McDonald, Jerry Douglas, Iris Dement, Pokey LaFarge and The Carolina Chocolate Drops to rambunctious rock daredevils like the Legendary Shack Shakers.

The band's continuous musical growth can be heard through the scape of their many releases, 2008's debut record Ludlow Street Rag, 2010's By The Signs, 2011's Wild Hog in the Woods, 2012's Live from the Historic Southgate House, 2013's Hand On The Plow and many more bootleg releases.

The Tillers original folk music showcase is coming to the Redmoor in Mt. Lookout on Saturday May 2nd. They will be joined by two other original acts from Cincinnati: Hu Town Holler and Mamadrones. Hu Town Holler was literally born on the banks of the mighty Ohio River. This newly formed power trio have been focusing on recording and will release their first CD of original material by summer. Mamadrones are currently touring the Midwest extensively and plan to get back to recording after the tour.

Doors Open at 6:00pm with drink, appetizer and dinner menu available. Showtime 9:00pm. Admission $10.00. Free Parking behind the Redmoor. Tickets are available the day of the show or in advance at


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...