Play it Forward concert at the Madison Theater

Musical performances by Sonny Moorman, Tracy Walker, The Bluebirds, Ricky Nye, Keith Little, Noah Hunt and Gary Burbank with Blue Run will fill the Madison Theater on Thursday, March 12th for a concert benefiting Play it Forward.

Play it Forward is a local non-profit started by Gary Burbank in 2007. The organization works to support local musicians whose hard work and dedication often comes at a high financial cost for them individually. Play it Forward seeks to, “educate the public about those cases and to create and manage an investment fund whose annual profits will be used to assist Greater Cincinnati musicians and their families in times of catastrophic need.”

The Play it Forward All-Star Concert for a Cause will not only bring together a host of musical talents, but it will also have a two-disk, thirty-track compilation CD from local artists. The CD made up of original tracks, will be sold to help raise funds for Play it Forward. Some of these local artists are also on the schedule to perform.

The concert will start at 8pm at the Madison Theater (GoogleMap) in Covington. Doors will open at 7pm, and tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of the show. Tickets can be purchased through the Madison Theater Box Office, Shake It Records, Clifton Natural Foods, Buddy Rogers Music in Anderson, Susan’s Natural World, Burbank’s Real BBQ, and Everybody’s Records.

The concert is sponsored by Hudy Delight Beer – part of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company family of beers.

‘Late Night Eats’ in Cincinnati

Check out this fun video from Chas Pangburn at Soapbox Media…

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2nd Annual Cinciditarod Race (register now)

The first Saturday in March marks the beginning of the annual Iditarod race through Alaska, and for the second year in a row, it marks the beginning of the Cinciditarod race.

There are some slight twists in the Cincinnati version though. Instead of 1,100+ miles through the Alaskan wilderness, it is nearly 5 miles through the urban core of Cincinnati (Downtown, OTR, Newport, Covington). Instead of dogs, it’s people. And instead of sleds, shopping carts are used to navigate the course. Teams will pick up items on a grocery list and have 5 mandatory checkpoints along the way.

The registration deadline, for the March 7th race, is this Friday, February 27th by 5pm. Each team consists of 5 members and all participants must be 18 years of age and sign a waiver form with their registration ($25 team registration fee).

Similar events are found throughout the country in cities like San Francisco, Portland, New York and Chicago. All grocery items collected, during the Cincinnati race, go to benefit the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank.


News Transportation

Could a City-Wide Water Taxi Network Improve Region’s Mobility?

Cincinnati is a river town. We developed as a major city because of the Ohio River. Multiple satellite cities developed as a result of the several Ohio River tributaries (Little Miami, Great Miami, Licking). These cities have become an integral part of our region and have greatly influenced the population distribution we see today.

Steamboats once darted all over the mighty Ohio River taking people to/from nearby cities and within our own to special destinations like Coney Island. Aside from the historic Anderson Ferry operation there is nothing left to speak of in terms of human transportation along our rivers.

Why not once again tap one of the biggest natural resources our community has as a means for transporting people?

Cincinnati could set up a Central Riverfront water taxi loop that would make stops at Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront Park, Newport on the Levee, and Covington Landing. This 1.65 mile loop could operate daily with one 12 passenger boat running the loop (15min). On the weekends, and for sporting events, a second 12 passenger boat could be deployed to handle greater demand for a route geared towards tourists and special event patrons. The water taxi loop’s reach would be extended with Cincinnati’s proposed streetcar system – making a car-free trip both easy and possible from downtown Covington and Newport all the way to the University of Cincinnati.

Linear routes could then be set up to run to the Central Riverfront Park terminal from the current Anderson Ferry terminal (6.88miles, 28min) to the west and new stops in Columbia Tusculum (4.66miles, 21min) and Coney Island to the east. The Anderson Ferry and Columbia Tusculum docking points would operate daily for commuter traffic, with the additional eastern leg to Coney Island operating on weekends and during special events at Riverbend and Riverdowns – similar to the function of the old “Island Queen” that operated between Coney Island and Downtown Cincinnati.

The water taxis used for the linear routes would hold 27 passengers seated and up to 6 additional standing passengers. Peak operating hours would be during daily commute periods for the Anderson Ferry and Columbia Tusculum terminals with 1 boat operating on each respective leg making for new departures every 40min to 1hr.

Too often we seem to forget how our city and region once functioned when it operated out of a manner of necessity. Riverdowns is feeling the pinch and Coney Island isn’t what it once was prior to the opening of Kings Island. Riverbend has opened a new pavilion and continues to draw big names, but additional service to the concert venue probably wouldn’t hurt.

UPDATE: Covington City Manager, Project Executive for The Banks, and several other riverfront business leaders are working together on collaborative efforts including water taxis – Enquirer 2/16/09.

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Happy Hour Cincinnati: Cock & Bull English Pub

Situated perfectly in Covington’s Mainstrasse neighborhood, Cock & Bull is a great spot to grab a few pints of your favorite beer, enjoy live music, people watch from their outdoor seating, or just have a great time with a group of friends. It can be easily found on the SW corner of Main and 6th streets.

Cock & Bull English Pub was rated as having the ‘Best Beer Selection’ by America Online in 2006. You can choose from 25 beers on tap and roughly 70 overall. Beer not your thing? Cock & Bull also has 15 different wines to choose from and 10 different bourbons.

Live music is a staple throughout the week, as is their ‘Tap Time’ from 4pm-7pm M-F where you can get 20oz pints for $3.50. After 7pm, on Fridays, you can you’ll find DJ Special K and Ladies specials that include $2 domestics and $2 well drinks.

If you get hungry you should try their award winning Fish & Chips ($9 – $12), one of their 5 burgers ($8), or even their famous Fish Sandwich ($7.50). They also have plenty of appetizers and small plate options to choose from if you’re just looking for something to munch on.

Cock & Bull English Pub
601 Main Street (GoogleMap)
Covington, KY 41011

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