Sunday Brunch at the Ludlow Garage

Today I got together with a group of friends for Sunday brunch at the Ludlow Garage, which takes place every Sunday from 11am to 3pm. It was the first time for all of us, so everyone got something different and we did a lot of sharing. Turns out we picked a beautiful day to hang out there: the temperature got up to the high 50s – rare for the first day of March – and the sun was shining as bright as ever. Soon the Ludlow Garage will be opening the garage doors, adding that much more character to the establishment and to Ludlow Avenue. While we were sitting there today, it was easy to imagine the doors lifting and the sun warming the room.

We started our meal out with mimosas, Bloody Maries, and coffee…

…and then explored as many different options as we could on the menu. The menu for Sunday brunch alludes to the Ludlow Garage’s storied musical history, with such delicacies as Iggy Pop Tart Pancake and Humble Egg Pie on tap. The price was reasonable, the portions were generous, and – to cut to the chase – we’ll be back, for brunch, for concerts, for cocktails, and for the opportunity to sit upstairs while the doors are open on a beautiful spring day.




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.


Transit App Is A Great Tool for Bus Riders

One of the chief advantages of living in the Gaslight District is its convenience, with so many services and attractions within walking distance of each other.

For those times when you want to wander a bit, there’s another convenience: public transportation. Because of its location, buses are constantly running in and out of Clifton.

Buses are very convenient, but there’s often been one hassle involved: even if you had a bus schedule, you never knew when was going to arrive. Various apps have tried to dial that in, but with limited success. Too often bus riders found themselves adjusting the image on their screen as they tried to find the red dot hidden between all those squiggly lines – it was almost like a Find Waldo  game. And all the bus rider wanted to know was, “When is the bus going to get here?”

Recently Metro added the Transit App to its bag of tricks, and the app is everything bus riders have imagined on those wet, rainy days when they’d prefer to hide under the canopy but they’re afraid to because they might miss the bus.

Transit App simply tells you how many minutes it will be before your bus arrives. It’s easy to download the app on your phone, and once you’ve done that, tracking buses is very simple.

And Transit App isn’t limited to tracking buses. For example, you can also use the app to pay your bus fare in advance. And fortunately, it’s an easy-to-use App.  Here’s a link to Transit App: 




Clifton Market Celebrates Its Third Anniversary This Week

Clifton Market celebrates its third anniversary this week, and the neighborhood of Clifton celebrates with it.

On Sunday, January 22, 2017 the grocery store in the same location where IGA had been for decades.

Opening Clifton Market helped pave the way for other new businesses on the street, including Gaslight Bar & Grill, Torn Light Records, Sitwell’s Coffeehouse Act II, and the Ludlow Garage.

Last year Gurmukh Singh purchased the building and assets of Clifton Market. He quickly established a rapport with the community, and he’s done a great job so far.

To give a little perspective on what the reaction was after the store opened, peruse this blog entry written right after the store opened.  This is what a neighborhood feels like, the headline announced – and everyone who lives in Clifton knows what that means.





The Gaslight District Is All About Convenience

For students who want to live close to the University of Cincinnati, convenience is a huge concern. The more walkable the neighborhood, the better—and you’d be hard pressed to find a neighborhood with more services packed into a smaller area than the Gaslight District.

For starters, the grocery store, Clifton Market, is located in the heart of Ludlow Avenue. There’s also a hardware store (Ace Hardware), a pharmacy (CVS Pharmacy), and a public library.

For pet lovers there’s Howell Avenue Pet Hospital and Petey’s Pet Stop, which are located next door to each other. And did you know there was a travel agency in the Gaslight District? Located at 3410 Ormond Avenue, Brown’s Tours & Travel Services is located right off of Ludlow Avenue.

On top of that, there’s a post office and, at Ace Hardware, a UPS Access Point.

And there’s another convenience we should mention: The largest rental company in the Gaslight District has an office in the neighborhood. In fact, it’s within close walking distance of all the other locations mentioned in this blog entry. That accessibility is one of the things that sets Gaslight Property apart from other rental agencies. From studio apartments to 6 bedroom houses & everything in between, we’ve got exactly what you want and exactly what you need! To see some of the apartments, come visit us or contact one of our leasing specialists.

Rodriguez Coming to the Ludlow Garage

The Ludlow Garage has a storied history that goes back to its first incarnation, with musicians like the Allman Brothers, Santana, and BB King performing there.
Far from resting on its laurels, however, the new Ludlow Garage has been very ambitious in its booking. We’re lucky to be able to see artists like Rickie Lee Jones, Macy Gray, Jonathan Richman, and Adrian Belew in such an intimate space.
The venue should also be commended for hosting such interesting, forward-thinking bands as New Mastersounds, the Levin Brothers (they’re coming on Saturday, January 18th!), and Nektar. Suddenly music that usually skips over Cincinnati appears right in the center of town.
And this morning’s newsflash tells us that  the Ludlow Garage is going to host Rodriguez. That’s right, the legend whose story you may have seen on 60 Minutes or in the movie, Searching for Sugar Man. The concert will take on Valentine’s Day, which, better yet, is on a Friday this year. I have a strong hunch that many people’s Valentine’s Day plans just got a lot simpler. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10am on Friday, January 14. To order tickets, click this link. See you at the show!



Nektar Coming to the Ludlow Garage

Once upon a time, when you flipped through albums in record stores, you saw LPs by bands you never heard of with strange names and bizarre-looking album covers. Gong, Fireballet, Hawkwind, Kraftwerk, Can, Magma, Audience, PFM, and Caravan I’m played experimental and colorful music that bore resemblance to more well-known bands like Genesis, ELP, and Yes but was even less likely to get radio play. All the bands mentioned here were from Europe, but similar groups started to form in America .  The music was deemed “progressive rock,” and new bands continue to emerge eager to take us to that musical dreamworld.

And some of the old bands are still active after all these years. On top of that, some of them are touring, including the German-then-English band Nektar. I clearly remember reading about Nektar for the first time in Rolling Stone in the mid-70s. A full-page article had a picture of the band performing in front of a light show that looked a lot like the cover of the album Remember the Future, which appears at the top of this blog entry. That album, released in 1973, was their most well-known record, and it has come to be seen as classic Nektar. A few years later the group took an extended break (almost two decades), but they’re not only active again, they have a new album coming out on January 24, 2020. The Other Side is coming out on a label called Esoteric Recordings, and it actually consists of material that was conceived in the 1970s but wasn’t fleshed out until recently.

And it gets more interesting: Nektar is going to perform in Cincinnati, at the Ludlow Garage. The concert will take place on February 28. The newly revived venue has been pulling in interesting bands that normally come to Cleveland to Chicago, but nowhere closer, and because of that the Ludlow Garage has made Cincinnati  a more interesting concert city . If you like experimental music that blends genres and pushes the envelope – and has a very interesting history – take a listen to Nektar. Here’s the first half of Remember the Future: