COVINGTON, Ky. — This is a weekend for purists. For music lovers who swear albums (as in LPs) are the best. For those whose soul is stirred by the sound of a gently strumming guitar. For the jazz lover. For those who choose a local artistic aesthetic rather than mass-produced. And for those who yearn for the opportunity to buy a whole bunch of books at a very good price.
If that’s not you, don’t worry. There is also a “bar crawl”.
Amy London knows jazz. And Big Apple jazz circles know her for her effortless, sonorous, impeccable musicianship and depth of emotion. But she’s a local, across the river, and she studied with Milt Weiner, former musical director of WLW radio and coach to legendary singers Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. Pretty cool, right?
Tonight you can also meet Amy. She will be at the Behringer-Crawford Museum for [email protected]: Amy London, performing an evening of jazz from the great American songbook. She has invited friends to bring a small bass, piano, percussion and trumpet/flugelhorn – a quintet of world-class performers in their own right who will perform songbook classics.
Close your eyes, listen and let the soft sounds of London transport you to a New York jazz lounge.
Friday Queen City Vinyl Only Rooftop Disco Party At Braxton Brewing Company, it’s all about vinyl…and only vinyl.
They are onto something.
Did you know that in 2021, for the first time since 1986, vinyl records have overtaken CDs in annual sales? The chart-topping vinyl albums of 2020 were LPs by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and (ya-da!) Queen. This point alone will likely boost fiery vinyl over CD over digital between friends (and we thought politics and religion were divisive).
Of course, you probably won’t hear much from Harry Styles on Friday, as DJs Rom Mills and Will Ross – along with special guest DJ Diamond – bring the best disco/funk/groove tracks. Warning: Your body will tell you to get up and move.
By the way, it’s totally fine if your dance style is “The Little Kicks”. After all, no one laughed at Elaine Benis when she hit the dance floor. (They just quietly looked the other way).
Har-Mose certainly knew what he was doing around 3,500 years ago when he took a liking to what we know today as the guitar – the first we know of, anyway.
He loved his guitar so much that he buried it with him. We know this because, as it is, someone is always digging up Egyptian tombs and putting the belongings of the dead in museums. (Have you ever wondered if it was the Egyptians who coined the phrase “I will take it to my grave?” » Just a thought).
There’s no denying that the guitar is a serene, soulful and beautifully crafted instrument, so it’s no surprise that in our region there is an organization specifically dedicated to people who appreciate these stringed beauties and know how to play them.
On Saturdays you can join them, listen to them play, break bread with them – and maybe find out that they are indeed your people.
One thing is certain, you will attend great performances at Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society Picnic at the Devou Park bandstand.
You have a few days to farm this mullet and present yourself as Cameron Smith for Saturday 19th Green Covington Pub Crawl.
The 19th green, for those who don’t speak ‘golf’, is usually the clubhouse restaurant where food and libations are served…where golfers quench the thirst they’ve built up hunting down all those slices, hooks , fades and draws.
With that in mind, plan to fight your way to the Hannaford…then fight your way through Rich’s Proper Food & Drink and Braxton Brewing Company answering clues and doing your best not to bogey.
The lowest score wins.
There’s so much creativity here at The Cov (in the whole region, really). Look around. Cool murals. … Innovative restaurants…. Local products sold in local shops. …Talented musicians.
Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, the artisanal vibe here is easy to grasp. Sometimes you feel like a creative by association (It is, until you had to choose a paint color for your kitchen).
On Saturday, there will be plenty of local talent gathering on West Pike Street (between Madison and Washington) for the Renaissance Covington craft event, the Covington Night Market.
Expect over 40 local vendors…delicious food and refreshing libations…the fine sounds of Laurie Traveline Neyer as well as DJ Cuddly D…and spectacular models from East to Vest Productions (who elevate every event to something special ).
The Covington Night Market is free, not to mention kids and dogs friendly. So show up, walk around, browse, shop, entertain and have a good time.
Ah, that feeling of being all wrapped up in the nostalgic joys of a school book fair. At times there was an almost frantic feeling of dizziness which may or may not be described in the DSM-5-TR.
For some, mastering the art of negotiation and developing honed persuasive skills began in the days leading up to the fair. Sometimes (inexplicably!) parents had to be convinced that you needed each of the 17 books you identified and checked off your list.
These book fairs were great incentives to figure out a budget and make sure you had accurately calculated every cash holiday gift you had accumulated for that day.
For people in rural and remote areas where bookstores were a dream, the book fair featured never-before-seen titles, wonderful biographies (which we would later learn were whitewashed stories), and series that we only hoped to own. A magical thing. It was and still is.
If you too have been a disciple of the school book fair, then you probably already know that the Friends of the Kenton County Public Library Book Sale begins Sunday at the Covington branch. There will also be music and movies for purchase. (We know. We can’t stop smiling either).
Saturday: MainStrasse Village Food Tour … Covington Farmers Market at Roebling Point… “LEASE” at Carnegie… Live Art with Steve Nassano at Purple Paisley, a local craft shop… Weaving in the round at Purple Paisley, a local craft shop… NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk … Promenade Lincoln, lattes and cashmere … Community art exhibit at DBL Law… Draglesque in Pandemonium.
Sunday: “In the woods” at Carnegie.