The UrbanCincy Podcast

Episode #10: Cincinnati Music Scene

Rome Ntukogu joins us to discuss Cincinnati’s music scene. We discuss the role of different venues and neighborhoods; bands having “Cincinnati pride” after making it big; national acts stopping in Cincinnati; and music festivals like Midpoint, Bunburry, and The Heights.

On the tenth episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Rome Ntukogu of Far-I-Rome Productions joins the UrbanCincy team to discuss Cincinnati’s music scene.

We discuss the role of different venues in the local music scene, and why some local bands stick to playing in a particular neighborhood. Rome explains why many bands are taking a different approach to touring and selling merchandise, and we debate the positive and negative effects of social media on the live concert experience. We also question whether it’s important for local bands to have “Cincinnati pride” after they make it big, and discuss how mid-size cities can grow a music scene from the inside, without needing validation from larger cities. Finally, we discuss how more national acts are stopping in Cincinnati, the effects of music festivals like Midpoint, Bunbury, and The Heights, and the effects of opening more venues like The Emery.

Photo: A local band performs at The Mad Frog in Corryville.

By Travis Estell

Travis joined UrbanCincy in 2009 as a contributor, and quickly took over technical responsibilities for the site. After growing up in Cincinnati’s east side in Goshen, Travis earned an Electronic Media degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. Since then, Travis has been working throughout the United States as a web development consultant. After living in Clifton Heights, Northside, and Over-the-Rhine, Travis now resides in Cincinnati’s Central Business District.