Benefit Concert for Larry Goshorn


Musician's care organization Play It Forward will be holding a benefit concert for Larry Goshorn (Pure Prairie League, Goshorn Brothers), October 26, 2014 at the Madison Theater, Cincinnati, OH. 4-11pm. 

Performances by Pure Prairie League, The Goshorn Brothers, The Menus, The Bluebirds, Balderdash, Rob Fetters, Dave Widow, George Powell, and Craig Fuller. 

Hosted by Gary Burbank and Eddie Fingers.

Come on out and support Larry!

Smokin' Joe Kowis - Hammond Organ Master and More

 Smokin' Joe Kowis on guitar - center

Smokin' Joe Kowis at Miller's Fill In, Bellevue, KY, 2009 - center, on guitar


Over the years Smokin’ Joe played in many bands from the Regencies, to James Brown, to Richie and Students and Otis Williams. I remember first running into him at his longstanding Cory’s gig back in the early 90’s, back when Cory’s was the blues place in town.

Drummer Bob Lese has shared a couple of stories about Joe, which illustrate bravery, cleverness, kindness, and musical brilliance…not to mention the strength and determination required to move a heavy, bulky church organ and speaker around to every performance.

Smokin' Joe Kowis - R.I.P.

 We are sad to report that Smokin' Joe Kowis has passed away, Oct. 2, 2014.

Joe was a longtime blues musician, equally talented on vocals, guitar and Hammond organ.

The visitation will be Monday, October 6 at the Gilligan-Siefke-Grueter Funeral Home, 3671 Warsaw Avenue at 9 AM. Funeral Service at 10 AM.

For the official obituary and guestbook visit


Upcoming National Acts


Thu Oct.16, 2014 - Ruthie Foster - 8:00 pm - The 20th Century Theater, Oakley, Cincinnati, OH

Sat Oct. 19, 2014 - EG Kight - 7:30 pm  DownTowne Listening Room, The Shillito Building, 151 West 7th Street, Cincinnati, OH

If you're looking for something more on the mellower acoustic side, EG Kight fits the bill.


Fri 10/24/14 Lonesome Shack - Motr Pub, Cincinnati, OH

If you like North Mississippi style blues like Junior Kimbrough and R. L. Burnside, you'll like Lonesome Shack. MOTR Pub shows start very late, so it's a good place to go after you've seen another band.


Fri 11/7 AND Sat. 11/8 - Blues & Boogie Piano Summit - Southgate House Revival Sanctuary, Newport, KY


CHRIS CONZ (Switzerland), LUCA SESTAK (Germany), CHASE GARRETT (U.S.) and RICKY NYE (U.S.) with: GEORGE BEDARD (guitar), CHRIS DOUGLAS (upright bass), PAUL ELLIS (drums)

Reserved seating now available for the first time! 200 seats per show, 80 standing room tickets per show.
Ticket info @ or call 859-431-2201
$25 in advance/ $30 day of show (reserved seats)
$20 in advance/ $25 day of show (standing room)

This annual show put on by our own boogie blues master Ricky Nye is always a stellar experience.

Tue 11/18/14 Joe Bonamassa - Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Blues rock.

Sat 11/29, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - 8:30 P.M. doors open 7:30 P.M.  - Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH

Rev. Peyton and his "jugband on steroids" return to rock the house.

December 2014

Thu 12/11/14  Patrick Sweany  - Revival Room - Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY

Patrick Sweany is back, touring in support of his album Close to the Floor. Patrick played on the Cincy Blues Fest acoustic blues stage quite awhile back. He's since expanded in to a band format exploring everything from blues to 50's soul and rock to garage-punk-blues - all with outstanding songwriting, vocals, guitar, name it, he's got it in spades.

Cincy Blues Fest

                     Thanks for everybody's help in making

                               this year's festival successful


Volunteers needed: 

(Gates and Ticket Booths Saturday Night)

August 1st and 2nd, 2014

Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati, OH


Friday Night Headliner: Dana Fuchs

Saturday Night Headliner: Guy Forsyth


Volunteers needed:

(Gates and Ticket Booths Saturday Night)


 Cincy Blues After Fest Sunday August 3



Best Self-Produced CD Competion


Best Self-Produced CD are due by October 1st 2015 



All rules and eligibility are based on The Blues Foundation "Best Self-Produced CD" competition.


Rookwood Cincy Blues Society Stein


The Rookwood Pottery Company and the Cincy Blues Society are pleased to announce the “Cincy Blues Society” custom stein.



The Blues Society stein in process at Rookwood Pottery showing the mold making process



Stein only price $150

Available at the Rookwood Booth at Cincy Blues Fest 2014.

Or contact Dave & Alison Petrik at director @ to make arrangements for delivery. 








An original Roy Robinson design, the stein features the get down feel of everything good about the blues.  



The stein will be glazed in one of Rookwood's signature blue glazes, designed to accentuate details in the carving.






Destined to become an instant classic, the Rookwood Cincy Blues Society Stein will raise a toast to “Keeping the Blues Alive”.

How to Renew Your Membership

When your membership is 14 days from expiration, you should receive an email stating that your membership is expiring soon. There will be a link that will direct you to the page where you can renew.

Once your membership has expired you should receive another email stating that your membership has expired. There will once again be a link that will direct you to the page where you can renew.

If you have not received any expiration emails, log into the website with your username and password. On the orange bar at the top, click My Account. On the next page, click the Membership tab. You will be able to see your membership status and expiration date. Click on the Extend link to renew. 

If you're having further trouble, you can always contact us at membership @

2015 Blues Challenge - June 7


We are pleased to annouce that The Sonny Moorman Group's Lucky 13 will be representing the Cincy Blues Society at the IBC Self-Produced CD competition





Thanks for everybody's help at this year's Cincy Blues Challenge.

 Congratulation to Sonny Moorman

 This year's Band Winner








  Congratulations To Jimmy D Rogers

  This year's Solo/Duo Winner





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