Hair Salon in the Gaslight, + Northside Farmers Market Moves Outside

Makin Heads Turn Salon is a full-service salon located in the Gaslight District.

Here’s a figure to throw at your next cocktail party: 12,618 people live in Clifton. That’s a lot of folks, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts that there are people living in Clifton who think they have to go elsewhere to get a haircut.

That’s because the two salons that do exist in Clifton are located in inconspicuous places. Head First at 329-1/2 Ludlow Ave. is behind and under Aquarius Star/Om Cafe, and people walk past the building with no idea there’s a hair salon there.

And there are people who eat at Bruegger’s Bagels who are unaware that the salon Makin Heads Turn, which opened late last year, right is across the street. (Technically the address is 3307 Clifton Avenue, but the entrance is on Terrace Avenue.)

Things have been going extremely well for the salon’s owner, Saira Huckleberry, and when I got my hair cut there last week she filled me in on some of the latest. Since I last talked to her the staff has expanded, and Saira was especially excited about the work that Ebony Collins has been doing there. Ebony has been teaching hair for seven years, and her specialties include extensions, braiding, and dreadlocks. I should add that the services Making Heads Turns offers include eyebrow waxing and nails. Call Makin Heads Turn at 513.407.3911 and see what Saira, Ebony, or one of the other stylists can do for you. Continue reading “Hair Salon in the Gaslight, + Northside Farmers Market Moves Outside”

iswhat?! Album Release Party at MOTRPub NEXT MONTH

PLEASE NOTE: I HAD THE WRONG DATE FOR THE ISHWAT SHOW, IT’S NEXT MONTH, SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION

This Friday 4/19 On Friday, May 17 the hip-hop band iswhat?! will have an album release party at MOTRPub. The new release is called things that go bump in the dark, and it is available on both CD and vinyl. It should be a fun night,  and a chance to show some support for a band that’s been getting attention around the globe. In fact, I’m guessing that it’s because iswhat?! is so busy touring that this album release party didn’t happen a little sooner. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entry about the album, and here’s what I wrote:

things that go bump in the dark is the new full-length release by Cincinnati’s iswhat?!, a hip-hop band that has toured the US and Europe and performed with major jazz artists, among them Archie Shepp, Oliver Lake and Hamid Drake. It’s a fine record, and I’m happy to report that, along with being available as a CD or a download, this full-length release had come out on vinyl. Locally the CD and LP are available at Shake-It and Everybody’s; online you can buy it on cdbaby and iTunes.

If you’ve caught ishwat?!, chances are you’ve seenNapoleon Solo Vox fronting a trio. On things that go bump in the dark band members change and band sizes fluctuate with each song, and others artists share some of the vocal duties. My sense is that Napoleon is still the mastermind behind the music, but, like Kip Hanrahan, he constantly shuffles musicians in order to make the words and music come to life. Continue reading “iswhat?! Album Release Party at MOTRPub NEXT MONTH”

The New iswhat?! Album is Called things that go bump in the dark

things that go bump in the dark is the new full-length release by Cincinnati’s iswhat?!, a hip-hop band that has toured the US and Europe and performed with major jazz artists, among them Archie Shepp, Oliver Lake and Hamid Drake. It’s a fine record, and I’m happy to report that, along with being available as a CD or a download, this full-length release had come out on vinyl. Locally the CD and LP are available at Shake-It and Everybody’s; online you can buy it on cdbaby and iTunes.

If you’ve caught ishwat?!, chances are you’ve seen Napoleon Solo Vox fronting a trio. On things that go bump in the dark band members change and band sizes fluctuate with each song, and others artists share some of the vocal duties. My sense is that Napoleon is still the mastermind behind the music, but, like Kip Hanrahan, he constantly shuffles musicians in order to make the words and music come to life.

More than half the cuts feature Hamid Drake, who happens to be one of the best drummers in the world. He’s also one of the most versatile, and he’s as comfortable laying down a hip-hop groove as he is playing avant-garde jazz with Ken Vandermark or Peter Brotzmann. Continue reading “The New iswhat?! Album is Called things that go bump in the dark”