Cover Story - Weekend
The Nominees

Funk & R&B

BAND

SHAG

This band is in the grand tradition of Bootsy's Rubber Band and P-Funk.

Regular gigs: A fixture at local festivals, the group has been touring a lot lately, but makes occasional local appearances at Bogart's or Sycamore Gardens.

Most recent CD: Silver City.

Soul Pocket

Formerly known as Sneaky Pete. But no matter what the name, this group is the band of choice for classic soul and rock.

Regular gigs: Main Street clubs.

Most recent CD: None.

The Blue Birds

Mix soul and blues in one tight, rocking package.

Regular gigs: Mainstays of Main Street and East End clubs, notably Allyn's on Sunday and Monday nights.

Most recent CD: Argentina.

INSTRUMENTALIST

Chris ''FreeBass'' Sherman

A Bootsy disciple, FreeBass puts the big bottom in SHAG.

Regular gigs: A fixture at local festivals, the group has been touring a lot lately, but makes occasional local appearances at Bogart's or Sycamore Gardens.

Most recent CD: Silver City.

Randy Villars

Known for smooth, soulful sax, whether he's blowing hot blues or silky contemporary jazz.

Regular gigs: Main Street clubs.

Most recent CD: Levels.

C.C. Thomas

The area's first-call R&B/contemporary jazz bassist.

Regular gigs: In clubs, he usually works with Randy Villars.

Most recent CD: None as leader.

VOCALIST

Mandy Gaines

From jazz to funk to rock, Mandy Gaines handles it all with style.

Regular gigs: Works such local clubs as Stowe's on Main, Teller's in Hyde Park and frequently tours Europe.

Most recent CD: In Matters of Love (cassette only)

Duran

The frontman for SHAG knows how to get a party started.

Regular gigs: SHAG tours nationally but can be found at Bogart's and Sycamore Gardens when in town.

Most recent CD: Silver City.

Clyde Brown

From deep soul to Nat King Cole, Clyde Brown covers it all, often appearing with such local bands as Airwave, Sin City and Hangtime.

Regular gigs: He performs with his various groups at lots of private parties, but also makes the Main Street club scene.

Most recent CD: None.

Jazz

LARGE GROUP

Abominable Big Band

The new kid on the big band beat, led by 21-year-old drummer Adam Greenberg.

Regular gigs: The ABB opens for the Blue Wisp Big Band Wednesdays at the Blue Wisp, but can also be found at such alternative rock bars as Sudsy Malone's in Corryville.

Most recent CD: No CDs yet.

Pyscho Acoustic Band

Led by pianist Pat Kelly since 1991, the PAB mixes tradition and innovation with a repertoire that includes Coltrane and Hendrix.

Regular gigs: The band has been absent from the scene for the past few months, plans to get back to performing soon.

Most recent CD: Reactivation.

Blue Wisp Big Band

Cincinnati's longest-running big band.

Regular gigs: Wednesday nights at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club.

Most recent CD: Rollin' with Von Ohlen/Live at Carmelo's

A Smooth One (two LPs on one CD).

SMALL GROUP

Standard Time

Co-led by trumpeter Michael Wade and saxophonist Kevin Engel, Standard Time is the area's Young Lion quintet.

Regular gigs: The group makes rare local appearances, but has been making the festival scene, including Jammin' On Main.

Most recent CD: Be Truthful

Cat City

Cincinnati's longest-running fusion band is led by bassist Don Aren.

Regular gigs: Sunday nights at the Blue Wisp.

Most recent CD: Live at Ligosa.

Ann Chamberlain/Eddie Morgan

Romance, wit, sultry torch songs and a warm, inviting stage presence helps set this musical couple apart.

Regular gigs: Weekends at Pacific Moon Cafe.

Most recent CD: On is in the works.

PIANO TRIO

Phil DeGreg Trio

Phil's deftly probing piano style, bolstered by formidable technique and a that enables his group to serve as the Blue Wisp house band, makes the Degreg Trio stand out even in a city with more than its share of excellent piano trios.

Regular gigs: Tuesday nights at the Blue Wisp.

Most recent CD: Table For Three.

Steve Schmidt Trio

Steve proved himself with a long stint as Blue Wisp house pianist. He has since played with the Goshorn Brothers' and his own organ trio, but for elegantly swinging jazz, his piano trio remains the favorite.

Regular gigs: Fridays at the Chart House in Newport, occasional dates at Kaldi's.

Most recent CD: as a sideman with trumpeter Bobby Shew on Tribute to the Masters.

Shirley Jester Trio

Take the wit of Noel Coward and the sophisticated flair and musicianship of Bobby Short and you have a rough idea why Shirley Jester is one of the most beloved figures on the local jazz scene.

Regular gigs: Sunday nights at Dee Felice's, Covington.

Most recent CD: None.

INSTRUMENTALIST

Cal Collins

Few local musicians better personify Cincinnati's unique Southern-Northern-city-town quality than this swinging, laid-back jazz cat from rural Indiana. World renowned for his masterful jazz guitar, Mr. Collins has played with a jazz Who's Who, including Benny Goodman.

Regular gigs: He can be found most often at the Blue Wisp.

Most recent CD: Cal has played on approximately 40 CDs as leader and sideman.

Eddie Morgan

What do Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz Sonny Stitt, Michael Jackson and Wayne Newton have in common? They've all employed this masterful trombonist.

Regular gigs: Weekends at the Pacific Moon Cafe in Montgomery.

Most recent CD: One is in the works

Phil Willis

Cincinnati has always been a guitar town, and Phil Willis is firmly in the jazz tradition of such fine locals as Collins and Wilbert Longmire.

Regular gigs: Fridays at Border's Books & Music on Princton Pike.

Most recent CD: None.

VOCALIST

Eugene Goss

Swinging with wit and soul, Eugene Goss has been a mainstay of clubs and concerts for years.

Regular gigs: Occasional weekends with Billy Larkin at the Promontory in Mount Adams.

Most recent CD: Making Room.

Ann Chamberlain

Combining solid jazz chops and a warm, welcoming stage presence, Ann Chamberlain satisfies jazz lovers and casual listeners alike.

Regular gigs: Weekends at the Pacific Moon.

Most recent CD: One is in the works.

Mary Ellen Tanner

The Rosemary Clooney of a younger generation -- classy interpretations of classic songs.

Regular gigs: She's the house diva at the Celestial in Mount Adams, singing Thursday cocktail hours and weekend evenings.

Folk

BAND

Graveblankets

Clever original songs, fine vocal harmonies and a percussive, mandolin-driven sound give this progressive folk band a style all its own.

Regular gigs: Kaldi's.

Most recent CD: The Graveblankets.

Ma Crow and the Flock

This eclectic traditional folk band plays rootsy sounds from harmonica-driven bluegrass to downhome blues.

Regular gigs: Arnold's, both as the Flock and in their electric incarnation as MC Blue.

Most recent CD: Dinner at Arnold's.

Noah Hunt/Jason Dennie

This duo was popular all over town for the former's powerful vocals and the latter's masterful acoustic guitar.

Regular gigs: No longer performing locally.

Most recent CD: Guitarist Dennie has released two CDs, the latest being Living on Melody Lane.

INSTRUMENTALIST

Jason Dennie

Utilizing altered tunings and other creative touches, this expressive guitarist is deservedly mentioned in the same breath as Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges.

Regular gigs: Thursdays at Stanley's in Mount Lookout.

Most recent CD: Living on Melody Lane.

Scott Dill

Provides lead guitar for the progressive folk group Gwendolyn Speaks.

Regular gigs: York Street International Cafe

Most recent CD: Beyond.

David Gilligan

Plays those fiery harmonica solos for Ma Crow & the Flock.

Regular gigs: Arnold's Bar & Grill.

Most recent CD: Dinner at Arnold's.

VOCALIST

Noah Hunt

From folk to blues to rock, Noah was fast becoming the top local vocalist before he left town to join the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Regular gigs: Local bookers are hoping for a Shepherd date, probably at Bogart's.

Most recent CD: None, but he's now recording with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Karin Bergquist

Delicate vocals spiced with some rock edge and good girl-bad girl sexual tension.

Regular gigs: Tours nationally with Over The Rhine, occasional local dates at Kaldi's.

Most recent CD: Besides.

Clete Francis

After establishing himself as one of the area's better singer-songwriters, Clete opted to keep his day job. His reputation holds on.

Regular gigs: Known as a reclusive artist, he rarely makes local appearances.

Most recent CD: Clete Francis.

Bluegrass

BAND

Katie Laur Band

Fronted by the first lady of Cincinnati bluegrass, the KLB features a style ranging from mellow country ballads to harmonious gospel to breakneck breakdowns.

Regular gigs: Arnold's, Kaldi's and various festivals.

Most recent CD: Main Street

Vernon McIntyre & Appalachian Grass

Led by one of the founders of the Cincinnati bluegrass scene, the Appalachian Grass holds to the traditional style of bluegrass.

Regular gigs: Saturday nights at Famous Old Time Music Company in Elmwood Place and at area festivals.

Most recent CD: Lonely Hearts Cafe.

The Ohio Valley Rounders

Equally adept at the high lonesome sound of classic bluegrass as well as smoother contemporary stylings, the Rounders are a longtime favorite of local 'grass heads.

Regular gigs: Arnold's, the Comet on Hamilton Avenue and area festivals.

Most recent CD: At It Again (out of print cassette).

Country

BAND

Stagger Lee

From solid covers to a growing number of originals, this band has been pleasing crowds long before the current country craze.

Regular gigs: Wednesday-Saturday at the Cadillac Ranch in Sharonville. July 24, they open for John Berry at Coyote's.

Most recent CD: None.

Quartermile

Indiana-based Quartermile has a crowd-pleasing multi-generational sound.

Regular gigs: Lots of outdoor events in the summer. When it gets cold look for Quartermile at Club Dallas in Aurora and Woodwinds Cafe in Batesville.

Most recent CD: None.

Dallas Moore Band

Fronted by Dallas Moore, this versatile band can play for classic rockers or boot scooters, building up a large local following at Coyote's.

Regular gigs: Designated warm-up acts for national country stars at Coyote's. Occasional dates at the Knotty Pine in Groesbeck.

Most recent CD: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.

INSTRUMENTALIST

Tom Feller (Quartermile)

Tom's resume includes a stint with Larry Stephenson's bluegrass band, and as everyone from Vince Gill to Ricky Skaggs has shown, there's no better proving ground for a picker.

Regular gigs: Lots of outdoor events in the summer. When it gets cold look for Tom's band Quartermile at Club Dallas in Aurora and Woodwinds Cafe in Batesville.

Most recent CD: None

Mark Gillespie (with Lee Rolfes)

Equally adept at guitar and mandolin, this Nashville-based picker can usually be heard with local singer-songwriter Lee Rolfes.

Regular gigs: Weekends at Stanley's in Mount Lookout.

Most recent CD: None.

Betsy Lippitt -- Fiddle (Wild Blue Yonder)

A mainstay of the local folk and country scenes, Betsy's fiddle has graced some of the best Cincinnati bands and locally produced album projects.

Regular gigs: Miller's Fill Inn, Bellevue.

Most recent CD: None

VOCALIST

Joe Feller (Quartermile)

Joe cites the progressive bluegrass great Tony Rice as his vocal model, which explains one more reason Quartermile keeps it country.

Regular gigs: Lots of outdoor events in the summer. When it gets cold, look for Quartermile at Club Dallas in Aurora and Woodwinds Cafe in Batesville.

Most recent CD: None.

Danny Frazier

Country-rock has a long tradition in Cincinnati and Danny is taking that sound into the 21st century. He recently broke up his band Frazier River, and has been working on a solo career.

Regular gigs: None right now.

Most recent CD: Frazier River.

Bobby Joe Mueller (Stagger Lee)

Bobby Joe leads Stagger Lee with an energetic stage presence and strong, rock-inflected vocals.

Regular gigs: Wednesday-Saturday at the Cadillac Ranch in Sharonville. July 24, they open for John Berry at Coyote's.

Most recent CD: None.

Club DJ

Mark McFadden

Acclaimed as Cincinnati's mix master, Mark's turntables keep the booty shaking down on the river.

Regular gigs: Wednesdays through Sundays at Fusions at the Waterfront

John Boston

Host of the wildest dance party in town, the Dock's biweekly Boston Tea Party.

Regular gigs: The Dock on Pete Rose Way.

Rap and Hip Hop

OTR Clique

With a varied sound from socially conscious raps to dance floor filling jams, this rap trio records for All Net Records and looks to be the next local act on the national charts.

Regular gigs: Occasional showcases and concerts.

Most recent CD: The Rap Game.

Bombthreat

Straight out of Bond Hill, Bomb Threat calls itself ''the biggest underground group out there'' and gives the Cincinnati rap scene some gangsta flavor.

Regular gigs: Occasional showcases and self-produced shows.

Most recent CD: Explosive Material.

Mood

The rap act that's literally taken ''Cincinnati'' (the title of its hit single) to the national rap charts.

Regular gigs: Occasional showcases and concerts.

Most recent CD: Doom, but is best known for ''Cincinnati,'' from the compilation, Blunt Special Blends.

Rock

ALTERNATIVE

SpookFloaters

They play a Dead-inspired mix of music that encompasses influences from the Beatles to Phish.

Regular gigs: Most local rock clubs, including Ripley's in University Heights and Top Cat's in Corryville.

Most recent CD: Flotation.

Over The Rhine

OTR's evocative mix of folk and rock textures sets the group apart. After a brief break-up last year, a reorganized band is back on the scene.

Regular gigs: Occasional concerts.

Most recent CD: Besides is the latest OTR collection, but it features the original lineup.

Roundhead

Creates a unique sound mixing dark lyrics and musical textures featuring Barb Hunter's cello and lead singer Dan McCabe's trumpet.

Regular gigs: Rarely plays locally, but when they do, it's usually Sudsy Malone's. Roundhead opens for Third Eye Blind at Bogart's May 18.

Most recent CD: Breathe, Aim, Slack, Squeeze.

COVER/PARTY-BAND

Modulators

This band has been keeping dance floors filled for more than a decade with a mix of reggae, rock and various other sounds.

Regular gigs: Mostly private parties and outdoor events.

Most recent CD: Let a New Present Speak.

The Menus

From classic rockers to current alt-rock hits, the Menus do it all, including a growing number of originals.

Regular gigs: They can often be found at the Blue Note in Price Hill and various outdoor events. June 14, they play Q102's One Earth Party at Sawyer Point.

Websters

Cincinnati's leading modern-rock cover band.

Regular gigs: Caddy's on Pete Rose Way.

Most recent CD: None.

HARD ROCK

Chastain

Led by guitar master David T. Chastain, this group specializes in progressive metal featuring its namesakes intricate lead guitar.

Regular gigs: Now Georgia-based, Chastain rarely plays locally, usually at Bogart's.

Most recent CD: In Dementia

Leap Skyward

This quartet is known for its original hard-rock that avoids the usual gimmicks.

Regular gigs: Most rock-oriented clubs around town, including the Main Street district.

Most recent CD: Leap Skyward.

Hollywood Teaze

Cincinnati's own glam-rock metal band.

Regular gigs: Usually found at Never on Sundays in Silverton.

Most recent CD: None.

ROOTS-ROCK

Goshorn Brothers Band

From country to blues to straight-ahead rock, Timmy and Larry Goshorn have been rocking Cincinnati for years.

Regular gigs: Allyn's in Columbia Tusculum; East End Cafe in East End; Shady O'Grady's, Tequila Jack's and Signature's in Loveland.

Most recent CD: Live At Tommy's

Uncle Six

This popular local country-tinged rock band recently broke up after lead singer Noah Hunt hooked up with nationally known guitar wiz Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Regular gigs: Main Street clubs, outdoor events.

Most recent CD: None.

Robin Lacy & DeZydeco

They blend rock and a swampy R&B style called zydeco into an irresistible musical gumbo.

Regular gigs: Clubs and festivals all over town (i.e. Maifest in Covington this weekend).

Most recent CD: Alright Already.

INSTRUMENTALIST

Rob Fetters

Rob has been the always-creative guitarist behind a variety of local bands, from the Raisins to the psychodots. He's finishing a solo album and should soon be back out performing.

Regular gigs: None yet.

Most recent CD: The psychodots' Awkwardsville.

Jim Questa

Keyboardist for Bad Habit's classic rock sound, powering the group's versions of songs by Kansas, Yes and other acts from the Golden Age of Progressive Rock.

Regular gigs: Weekends at the Blue Note in Price Hill, Merida's in Mason, Casanova's in Fairfield.

Most recent CD: None.

Marcos Sastre

His taut blues-rock lead guitar puts the ''Blue'' in the Blue Birds.

Regular gigs: His band can most often be found in the Main Street clubs, Allyn's and at local outdoor shows.

Most recent CD: Argentina.

VOCALIST

Karin Bergquist

Regular gigs: Now touring with revamped Over The Rhine, she also does occasional solo and duo gigs (with her husband/OTR band mate Linford Detweiler) at Kaldi's.

Most recent CD: Besides

Noah Hunt

The charismatic frontman for Uncle Six has gone on to the Kenny Wayne Shepherd band.

Regular gigs: None locally.

Most recent CD: None.

Rob Nadler

Lead singer for Bad Habit, specializing in such classic rock covers as Kansas, Styx and on up to some Metallica, as well as some originals.

Regular gigs: Weekends at the Blue Note in Price Hill, Merida's in Mason, Casanova's in Fairfield.

Most recent CD: None

Blues

BAND

Blue Lou & the Accusations

From rock to hard-core blues, one of the hardest- working bands on the local scene.

Regular gigs: Friday nights at Mansion Hill Tavern and just about all the local blues spots.

Most recent CD: Blocks of Stone.

Kelly Richey Band

This Lexington transplant proves that Y chromosomes are not required for guitar heroes.

Regular gigs: Main Street clubs.

Most recent CD: Live at Tommy's On Main.

Sonny Moorman & the Dogs

From acoustic blues to full-tilt ZZ Top-of-the-line boogie-rock, Moorman and his Dogs deliver.

Regular gigs: Main Street clubs, the Knotty Pine

Most recent CD: Telegraph Road.

INSTRUMENTALIST

Sonny Moorman

The masterful guitar-slinger leads his Dogs on both acoustic and electric guitar.

Regular gigs: Main Street clubs, the Knotty Pine

Most recent CD: Telegraph Road.

Chris Carero

Provides the guitar power that gave his band Blue Lou its name (it was his blue Stratocaster).

Regular gigs: Friday nights at Mansion Hill Tavern and just about all the local blues spots.

Most recent CD: Blocks of Stone.

H-Bomb Ferguson

One of Cincinnati's elder statesmen of the blues.

Regular gigs: He can often be found at the Mad Frog and other blues clubs.

Most recent CD: Wiggin' Out.

VOCALIST

Sonny Moorman

The blues-rocking frontman of the Dogs.

Regular gigs: Main Street clubs, the Knotty Pine.

Most recent CD: Telegraph Road.

Sonny Hill

Provides the big-voiced blues for the Blues All-Stars.

Regular gigs: Various local blues spots, mostly on Main Street.

Most recent CD: Blues Man's Nature.

Alice Hoskins

Sweet Alice is the big-voiced, blues shouting leader of Unfinished Business.

Regular gigs: They can be found at festivals and at most of the area's blues-oriented spots, including the Mad Frog in Corryville.

Most recent CD: Comin' Home to the Blues.

Special Awards

BEST NEW ARTIST/GROUP

LaKiesha Berri

Cincinnati's up-and-coming R&B diva. Recently signed to Hollywood Records, her debut national single was ''Like This and Like That.''

Regular gigs: Makes only special promotional appearances.

Most recent CD: The Sixth Man Official Soundtrack.

Uncle Six

Is no longer together, but before their breakup, they seemed to be the next local band to hit the majors.

Regular gigs: None.

Most recent CD: None.

The Greenhornes

Put a modern, original spin on the freewheeling sounds of the early British invasion and psychedelia.

Regular gigs: Sudsy Malone's, but band has talked about cutting back on club dates.

Most recent CD: None, but one is planned.

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Rob Fetters

From the Raisins to the Bears to the psychodots, Rob Fetters has been one of Cincinnati's cleverest, most consistent local songwriters for more than a decade.

Regular gigs: Has been off the club scene as he works on new solo album.

Most recent CD: He has a new solo album in the can; his latest album with with the psychodots is Awkwardsville.

Dimitrious James

Lead singer-songwriter of eclectic folk-rock band Acumen.

Regular gigs: Rarely plays locally.

Most recent CD: Out of Balance

Sonny Moorman

The lead singer-guitarist and songwriter for his blues-rocking Dogs.

Regular gigs: With his band, the Dogs, at Main Street clubs and the Knotty Pine.

Most recent CD: Telegraph Road.

MICHAEL W. BANY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

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If you go

What: The first Enquirer Cincinnati Area Pop Music Awards (the Cammys).

When: 4-8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Sycamore Gardens, 1133 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine.

Tickets: $10 at Ticketmaster (562-4949) or Sycamore Gardens box office (621-1100).

Proceeds: Go to the Michael W. Bany Memorial Scholarship Fund.