A Complete List of Concerts at the Ludlow Garage 1969 – 1971

The first incarnation of the Ludlow Garage music venue hosted concerts from September 1969 to January 1971. Artists who performed there included the Allman Brothers, the Kinks, BB King, Alice Cooper, and the Stooges.

Some of the artists – including Santana, Mountain, the Incredible String Band, and Johnny Winter – played Woodstock just one month before the Ludlow Garage started presenting live music.

Some local acts also performed at the Ludlow Garage, which is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Those groups included Blacklight Braille, whose macabre and colorful stage show bore some resemblance to Alice Cooper.  Sound Museum, who opened for Santana, included band members who worked with James Brown.

The Concerts​​


September 19-20, 1969 Grand Funk Railroad, Lonnie Mack, Balderdash (opening night)

September 26-27, 1969 Spirit, Sound Museum, Sandy Nassen

October 3-4, 1969 Holy Modal Rounders, Stone Fox

October 7-9, 1969 Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Holy Modal Rounders

October 10-11, 1969 Mother Earth, Lighthouse, East Orange Express (10/10), Lemon Pipers (10/11)

October 14-16, 1969 Mountain, Devil’s Kitchen

October 17-18, 1969 Barry Goldberg Reunion, Devil’s Kitchen

October 21-22, 1969 Santana, Sons of Champlin, Sound Museum, Justice

October 24, 1969 Jam Session

October 25, 1969 The Flock

October 31-November 2, 1969 Elvin Bishop, Humble Pie, Devil’s Kitchen, Catfish

November 7-8, 1969 Devil’s Kitchen

November 14-15, 1969 Kinks, Humble Pie, Glass Harp

November 21-22, 1969 Sons of Champlin, Ricky Nelson, Lemon Pipers

November 28-29, 1969 Incredible String Band

December 19-20, 1969 The Frost, Glass Wall, Allman Brothers Band

December 26-27, 1969 BB King, Zephyr

December 28-29, 1969 Raven, All The Lonely People, Uncle Dirty

December 30, 1969 Raven, Balderdash, Uncle Dirty

December 31, 1969 James Gang, Raven, Uncle Dirty, Eli Radish, Balderdash


January 1-3 1970 James Gang, Eli Radish, Atlantis (1/1), Savage Grace (1/2 & 1/3)

January 9-10, 1970 Flamin’ Groovies, Iggy & The Stooges, Golden Earring

January 16-17, 1970 MC5, Sunday Funnies

January 23-24, 1970 The Flock, NRBQ

January 25, 1970 Renaissance, NRBQ, Lemon Pipers, Ed Chicken & the French Fries

January 30-31, 1970 Amboy Dukes, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

February 6-7, 1970 Mother Earth, Eric Mercury, Glass Harp

February 13-14, 1970 Herbie Mann, James Cotton Blues Band

February 20-21, 1970 Grand Funk Railroad, Lemon Pipers

February 22, 1970 Savoy Brown, Balderdash and Raintree

February 25, 1970 (moved to Music Hall) Neil Young, Renaissance

February 27-28, 1970 Taj Mahal, Cold Blood

March 3, 1970 Lemon Pipers, SLSN

March 6-7, 1970 Bo Diddley, Brownsville Station and Glass Harp

March 13-14, 1970 MC5, Stone the Crow, Elizabeth (Friday early show only), Stooges

March 20-21, 1970 Albert King, NRBQ

March 27, 1970 New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, Alice Cooper, Mad Lydia

March 28, 1970 Ten Years After, New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, Alice Cooper, Mad Lydia

April 4-5, 1970 Allman Brothers Band, Devil’s Kitchen (thanks to Brett Champlin for this correction)

April 10-11, 1970 Zephyr, Argent

April 17-18, 1970 (rescheduled to June 5 & 6) Pink Floyd

April 17-18, 1970 Staple Singers, The Silvertones, Biff Rose

April 25, 1970 Brute Force, Lemon Pipers

April 30, 1970 Allman Brothers, Hampton Grease Band

May 1-2, 1970 Tony Williams Lifetime, Hampton Grease Band

May 8-9, 1970 Incredible String Band, Stone Monkey

May 10, 1970 Phil Ochs, Jerry Rubin

May 15-16, 1970 Mother Earth

May 22-23, 1970 James Cotton Blues Band

May 29-30, 1970 Fairport Convention

June 5-6, 1970 (cancelled) Pink Floyd

July 10-11, 1970 Beechwood Farm

August 15-16, 1970 Balderdash, Screaming Gypsy Bandits

August 28-29, 1970 Dr. John the Night Tripper, Bitter Blood Street Theater

September 11, 1970 NRBQ, Rock City, The Farm

September 19, 1970 Bob Seger System

September 26, 1970 Iggy & The Stooges, Whalefeathers

October 2, 1970 The Farm

October 3, 1970 MC5

October 21, 1970 (Music Hall) Frank Zappa & The Mothers, Sandy Nassan, Balderdash

November 20-21, 1970 Captain Beefheart, Hampton Grease Band, Screaming Gypsy Bandits, Avenue of Happiness and Balderdash

November 22, 1970 Johnny Winter

December 10, 1970 Savoy Brown, Beechwood Farms

December 11-12, 1970 Roland Kirk, Vibration Society

December 13, 1970 Incredible String Band

December 23-24, 1970 The Flock


January 19-20, 1971 Captain Beefheart, Ry Cooder, Pure Prairie League (last concert at the Ludlow Garage)


The Marx Brothers Are Coming to the Esquire

Every night the Esquire Theatre host special event movies that stylistically run the gamut.

They’ve been showing their share of art films – classics by Bergman, Eisenstein, and Orson Welles, for example – that are profound masterpieces of cinematic art.

But the Esquire also shows movies that deliver pure zaniness, like some classic films by the Marx Brothers. Groucho, Chico, and Harpo made 12 films together, and all of them are worth seeing.

The three mid-career gems that will be showing on the big screen, however, present the Marx Brothers at the top of their game.

On Wednesday, February 19, Duck Soup (1933) will play at 7pm.

At 7pm on Wednesday, February 26, look for Night at the Opera (1935).

And at 7pm on Wednesday, March 4, the Esquire will present A Day at the Races (1936).

The movies by the Marx Brothers are so bizarre that their fans included such Absurdists and Surrealists as Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, and Salvador Dali. Their movies were like a nonstop adrenaline rush except for that one scene, about two-thirds of the way through each film, where one or more of the Marx Brothers, often in the company of a couple seemingly failed to save from ruin, sit there looking dejected.

But things always turn out okay, in love and – in the case of Duck Soup – war:

See you at the show!

Academy Award Winner Parasite Is at the Esquire

No one had Parasite slated to win an Academy Award. For one thing the movie, which is showing at the Esquire Theatre on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton, is a foreign-language film, and until now not a single non-English film brought home a trophy for best film.

And we all know how the Academy Awards prefer huge,  blockbuster movies with big stars and lots of special effects.

Yet it won Academy Awards for best film, best director, best screenplay, and best international feature.

The movie has been showing at the Esquire for a couple months, so obviously it’s found an audience. But winning the Academy Awards means it will continue to show there – in fact, the crowds will increase.

Parasite is one more reason to visit the Esquire Theatre – which, don’t forget, has classic “special event” films every night – and, while you’re in the neighborhood, roam around a bit; you’ll find plenty more to do.

Here’s a trailer for Parasite:


Eight Years and 412 Blog Entries Later, the Gaslight Property Blog Rolls On

This month – February of 2020 – marks the eight-year anniversary of the blog for Gaslight Property. The blog was conceived as a way to drive traffic to the rental company’s website by highlighting some things going on around the Gaslight District, which in turn might entice people to rent our apartments in that neighborhood.
If you want to convince people to move to a neighborhood, you should convince them that the neighborhood is vibrant and alive and still evolving. That’s easy to do when in an area where new things  are happening.  In the last three years our grocery store reopened, new owners took over and upgraded Ludlow Garage, an art gallery opened, the post office moved, a record store opened,  the Gaslight Bar and Grill opened, a new coffee house (Sitwell’s Act II), a new Chinese restaurant opened, and the Esquire Theatre started showing special event films (classics and obscurities from the past) every night.
So we’ve had a lot to report. In fact, before starting this blog I checked how many blog entries I’ve written, and we’re now up to 412 blog entries – and 413 when this one is done.
We’ve covered everything from new stores to cocktails and food and Clifton history and movie reviews and music…for starters. Some of the blog entries have been short and sweet, and some of them have been long, rambling narratives recounting the misadventures of the person who writes these blogs, which leads to a questions that a few people have asked me:

“Who writes that thing, anyway?”

The answer is, me. But who is me? Unfortunately, I need to wrap this up for now – but that question will be the title of my next blog entry.