Jammin' jumpin' with fans

Sunday, May 10, 1998

BY LARRY NAGER
The Cincinnati Enquirer

After a record-breaking turnout Friday despite the rain, Pepsi Jammin' on Main was packing them in Saturday evening with no clouds in sight.

Jammin on Main
Kelly Richey of the Kelly Richey Band opened up the Cinergy Stage Saturday.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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Bob Elias, executive director of the Cincinnati Arts Festival, which produces Jammin', estimated Friday's attendance at 15,000 and said Saturday's should top that.

While the biggest crowds Saturday were expected for the Cinergy Stage's unusual back-to-back pairing of Dayton alt-rock heroes Guided By Voices and veteran arena rock band Cheap Trick, the local acts drew some of the most loyal fans.

Several hundred flocked to the Airtouch Stage at Main and Central Parkway early in the evening for Big Joe Duskin's solo set.

The 77-year-old piano man dwarfed his Yamaha keyboard as he played his trademark boogie woogie and sang such down-home blues as "Little Red Rooster."

The psychodots reunion was considerably less laid-back, as Rob Fetters wrangled his Stratocaster through a set that included such 'dots favorites as "Mattress." He and bassist Bob Nyswonger and drummer Chris Arduser no longer play together regularly, but it was impossible to tell from the tight harmonies and telepathic changes in tempo and rhythm.

Saturday's lineup was even more diverse than Friday's, ranging from such veterans as Mr. Duskin and the funky organ combo led by Wilbert Longmire and Hank Marr to young, quirky bands such as Sixteen Horsepower and the jazz noir sound of Morphine.

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