In spite of the fact that when I walk in there Motr Pub is often packed, I still run into people who have no idea that it exists, so let’s start at the beginning: Motr Pub is a new bar (it opened in September 2010) located at 1345 Main Street in Over the Rhine, and it’s a great place to hear local, regional and national bands. The cover is zero dollars, but I suspect they make a buck or two with their great (and changing) selection of draft and bottle beers, other liquids as well as a menu that includes their much-loved Motr Burgers. The artists I’ve seen perform there include Akron/Family and Richard Buckner, and I feel fortunate to be able to drive just a couple miles to see artists of that stature.
Beginning this Sunday, something slightly different is going to take place at Motr Pub. From 2 pm to 3:30 pm on three consecutive Sundays (May 20, May 27, and June 3) Jim Tarbell, also known as Mr. Cincinnati, will be talking about a slice of Cincinnati musical history and its impact on Cincinnati. According to the MotrPub website, “Jim will discuss and answer questions about the uptown music scene including The Ludlow Garage, The Black Dome and more during the 1960s and 70s and the impact the scene made on him and the neighborhood. Host David Rhodes Brown will facilitate the event then play a set with his band Brown Grass after. This is a Q&A event and it will be recorded.”
For me, the timing couldn’t be better. Recently I embarked on an article discussing the period when the paths of James Brown and David Matthews crossed. Their connection ultimately involved many other musicians who became names in Cincinnati and around the world. David Matthews performed at the Ludlow Garage, and I’ll bet Jim Tarbell saw him perform with the Sound Museum before that, so I have some questions to ask. If you don’t know who David Matthews is, here’s a cut off his Grodeck Whipperjenny album, which James Brown produced: