My Favorite Bogart’s Concerts

Bogarts-Corryville-CincinnatiHow do you know you’re a music nerd? One hint is that you have a vast collection of memorabilia devoted to concerts you attended over the years. That could include posters, handbills, ads and reviews from the paper, tickets…I’ve got all those things and more. Today I scanned all the Bogart’s tickets that I’ve kept since I attended my first show there back in the ’70s.

This precedes my upcoming blog entries dedicated to my 10 favorite Bogart’s concerts. As I started to make my list I realized that this was going to be a painful process, as I hated to leave out some fabulous shows. For that reason my first round is going to be devoted to honorable mentions, of which there will be many. I have lots of other Bogart’s memorabilia that I’ll dig out for this series.

These tickets, btw, represent a fraction of the Bogart’s shows I attended, as I didn’t keep everything. Also, there was a period during the 1980s when I used to hang w/some folks who worked there;  I killed some time backstage and caught some freebies. That was an exciting period musically, and Short Vine was happening, with Bogart’s bringing in lots of good shows and a fine laundromat across the street. There was also a period when I reviewed concerts for the Cincinnati Enquirer. I’ll get to all that – but for now, here are the tickets stubs that managed to make it home. (btw, if you click the image it will magnify, making a lot easier to read the names)

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Bogarts tickets 4

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New Coen Brothers Film at the Esquire

Inside Llewyn DavisThe new Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis is showing now at The Esquire Theatre. The film takes us into the world of the 1960s folk music revival during the period where the corporations are starting to infiltrate a scene that originally stood out for its idealism. In the film Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis, an authentic folk musician who has opportunities to sell out but chooses not to. He also makes some career and life blunders along the way, and the movies runs the risk of presenting a character who’s just one more ne’er do well in a long line of losers. It sidesteps that trap, however, and it also avoids the hoaky, two-dimensional portrayal of the folk coffeehouse scene that would have been so easy to stumble into.

I was too young to experience that scene, but as a record collector I caught a whiff of it. It seems like it was always in Clifton that I would find remarkable collections from folkies who were there when it happened. The ten- and twelve-inch EPs and LPs on Folkways, Elektra, Arhoolie, and other labels were more than just black plastic discs that happened to contain music. They were mementos of a movement whose musical depth was matched by a deep social and political consciousness. That was new stuff back then, and it helped lay the groundwork for whatever progress has been made. I suspect that Inside Llewyn Davis will help turn some ears toward folksingers who made invaluable contributions during the revival but have been under-recognized since. Phil Ochs was one of them, and when I started dropping the needle on folk records, this was one the songs that stuck out:

http://youtu.be/cs9mKetZFQk

Gaslight Property Wins The “Best of UC” Poll

Gaslight LogoLast week we were excited to learn that Gaslight Property won the 2014 UC News Record’s “Best of UC” poll for Best Rental Property. Thanks to everyone who voted for us! There’s a reason we deserved to win – or several reasons, actually:

  • Classic Spaces: Like most cities, Cincinnati has its share of prefab apartment complexes, but Gaslight Property rents apartments with history and character.
  • Experience: Gaslight Property is a family-owned business that’s been part of Clifton for decades.
  • Accessibility: Gaslight Property’s  office is in the heart of Clifton’s Gaslight District, so it’s within walking distance (or a very short drive) for many of their tenants.
  • Location: Most of Gaslight Property’s rentals are located in or near “The Uptown Area,” known for world-class education and healthcare. Within minutes you’ll find University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Cincinnati State, Hebrew Union College, University Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. You’ll find many of of Gaslight Property’s places are pet-friendly, within walking distance of unique shops, locally-owned cafes, an independent theater, and scenic parks. Most also have close access to public transportation.

This came at a time when Gaslight Property is extremely busy preparing for the upcoming school year. We encourage anyone who is looking for a house or an apartment to rent to call us at 513.861.6000, so the best rental property in the area can find an apartment that suits your needs!

Check Out the Bogart’s Memories Facebook Group

Bogarts-logoBogart’s Memories (Cincinnati, OH) is a Facebook page where hundreds of people write and read about concerts they attended at the iconic music venue since it opened in 1975. There’s lots of memorabilia—ticket stubs, posters, fliers, pictures, videos, etc.—and people discussing memorable shows in every conceivable genre. Everyone who lives in Cincinnati has been to Bogart’s, and it’s also been a significant regional draw. When I contacted the person who formed the Facebook Group, Robert Wendel, he wrote, “I got the idea after one day cleaning out a closet. I found the old fliers that Bogart’s used to mail out back in the 80’s, informing what bands would be playing there in the near future.

“With those and the ticket stubs I had saved from most of the concerts I attended @ Bogarts, I decided to make a FB page to keep the memories going. The general manager of Bogarts Karen Foley loves the page so much, she used my fliers and stubs to make cool collage on the wall @ Bogarts.”

The Facebook group members aren’t just fans, either: “A lot of them are members of bands that played @ Bogarts at one time or another, the latest being David T. Chastain.”

This comes at a good time, as Bogart’s recently underwent significant improvements and will be creating new memories for many years to come. Their Facebook page is a work in progress, and your entry doesn’t have to be decades old—for example, I recently posted on their page a blog entry about a recent Todd Rundgren show that took place at Bogart’s. So check it out, join it, and share your own memories and memorabilia!

Visit Us at the UC-Rutgers Game Saturday!

UC Bearcats BasketballAlong with thousands of UC fans, Gaslight Property will attend the UC-Rutgers division game Saturday. The game starts at 6pm. Come visit our booth, where, along with grabbing free basketball schedule magnets and koozies, you can enter a contest to win two free floor tickets to the UC – UConn game on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7pm, a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. This promotion is a reminder that Gaslight Property stays busy all year. Along with showing a list of apartments (with photos) ready to rent for next school year, we’ll hand out coupons offering discounts on security deposits. It’s our way of showing support for the team and UC fans and students. If you can’t attend the game, just call a representative at 513.861.6000 to learn about rental opportunities.

Vote for Gaslight Property!

Gaslight PropertyThe News Record is running their annual “Best of UC” poll as we speak, and guess what? One of the categories is Best Rental Property, and the best one on the list is Gaslight Property. All you have to do to vote for Gaslight Property is go to www.newsrecord.org/bestofuc/ and then scroll down until you see Best Rental Property – and then cast your vote for Gaslight Property. Why do we think Gaslight Property is the best rental property? Here are some reasons:

  • Classic Spaces: Like most cities, Cincinnati has its share of prefab apartment complexes, but Gaslight Property rents apartments with history and character.
  • Experience: Gaslight Property is a family-owned business that’s been part of Clifton for decades.
  • Accessibility: While some landlords seem in absentia, Gaslight Property’s  office is in the heart of Clifton’s Gaslight District, within walking distance (or a very short drive) for many of their tenants.
  • Location: Most of Gaslight Property’s rentals are located in or near “The Uptown Area,” known for world-class education and healthcare. Within minutes you’ll find University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Cincinnati State, Hebrew Union College, University Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. You’ll find many of of Gaslight Property’s places are pet-friendly, within walking distance of unique shops, locally-owned cafes, an independent theater, and scenic parks. Most also have close access to public transportation.

A Pinball Parlor on Main Street

100_4843Did you know there’s a pinball parlor on Main Street? The other day I was walking down the 1300 block of Main when I saw, from across the street, a sign for Porter’s Pinball Parlor, and. inside. a line  of pinball machines. That was a surprise, and a good one at that, a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm. The parlor is located at 1334 Main Street, next door to Shadeau Breads and across the street from Iris Book Cafe and the world’s best record store, Another Part of the Forest.

This comes at a good time. We now know that the beleaguered streetcar will actually become a reality, which can be interpreted as Cincinnati’s way of showing some love for Over-the-Rhine. In the last five years I’ve seen, in slow motion, the changes taking place in the neighborhood. There are flashier spots than Main Street, and that’s cool. The more down-to-earth and low-key locations also need to be part of the mix, however, and that’s why the Main Street is so important. It’s places like the pinball parlor and the other stores I mentioned that help give Over-the-Rhine so much character.

Interestingly, Main Street is becoming a mecca for pinball lovers, as MOTR Pub has had several pinball machines ever since it opened. That’s been one of my favorite things about going there (I also discovered that they serve beer), although I keep losing to this hustler who always tries to convince me that I stand even a smidgen of a chance of beating her. Watch out for her, as she’s one of those people who gets top score for ten years in a row but tries to pretend that she’s just like the rest of us.