"Music for the Mountains" is a compilation album and live concert created and organized by Magnolia Mountain's Mark Utley to call attention to (and raise funds to fight against) mountaintop removal.
The album is a compilation of music by artists from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Alabama, will feature a combination of songs specially written for this project and other previously-unreleased tracks not available on any other album.
It will be released in conjunction with a "whole-house" benefit concert at the historic Southgate House in Newport, KY on Saturday, February 12, 2011
All proceeds from both the album and the concert will be split 50/50 between Ohio Citizen Action and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the two most local organizations fighting against Mountain Top Removal.
The Rubber Knife Gang stopped into Mind Ignition Studios to record a brand new song, We Will Forever Remain, as part of the project with Mind Ignition producer Robert Fugate.
For more info including the names of all artists involved in with the CD and benefit concert, complete track listings, concert schedule, MTR information, and much more please visit the Music For The Mountains web page by clicking on the album cover.
Mind Ignition is proud to announce the release of Billy Two Shoes new album Full Breakfast!!
Billy Two Shoes is a musical project dedicated to helpin' feed folks. They currently send donations to food pantries in Gallia County Ohio, Logan West Virginia, Mahoning County Ohio and Manchester Kentucky. All dollars collected through donations or the purchase of a Billy record is sent down to the food pantries in these areas to help feed a few folks. Them Billies have sent over $8000 since we started in 2008.
As with all Billy Two Shoes records to date, Full Breakfast stays rooted in Americana and Folk but has a brand new sound from its previous works. This album enjoys collaboration with folks from North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, the Netherlands and Liverpool in the U.K. All of these people donate their time, talents and efforts to create music in the name of helpin' feed folks.
Mind Ignition's Robert Fugate performed the mastering work on the album as he has for all three of the Billy Two Shoes albums.
Be sure to grab a copy and help feed some folks! You can pick up a copy at the Billy Two Shoes official website
We're stoked to announce that The Newbees Live @ The Southgate House was listed at #16 on WNKU's Top 89 of 2010!!!!!
Mind Ignition was on hand to record the performance and our very own Tiffany Lusht produced the video side of the CD/DVD combo. The Newbees' Jeff Perholtz mixed the music at his Studio Cozy.
Congrats to the Newbees! Thank you for making such fantastic music. And a huge thanks to WNKU for being such a wonderful and supportive station!
Check out the brand new teaser for the film No More Blood which is currently in post at Mind Ignition Studios. The film is written and directed by our friend Anthony Francis Moorman.
Stay Tuned for more info!!
Excitement is continuing to grow about the new album by The Rubber Knife Gang entitled "Drivin' On. The album is currently ranked number 16 on the Euro Americana Chart. This is great news and means that radio stations, music critics, and other media folks based in Europe have taken a liking to the album.
For more detailed information about the release click here.
Also, please stop by the band's official website.
Hi friends, Great news! We've teamed up with Concert:Nova to capture their Season 4 adventures.
concert:nova is an exploratory chamber ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary classical music. Comprised of Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra musicians, the group breaks down barriers between audience and performers for a more intimate and engaging concert experience.
Dedicated to inter-artistic exchange of ideas, c:n strives to give contemporary audiences new ways to appreciate classical music Partnerships with dancers, actors and visual artists bring a unique dimension to performances, illustrating each musical work in a modern and powerful way.
Click here for the Season 4 Schedule.
Or check out our Upcoming Events Page
Check out the new promo by Mr. Woodrow J Hinton III for the upcoming short film No More Blood
Teaser Coming Soon!!!
On Sept 10th, 2010 The Rubber Knife Gang will officially release their second album, entitled "Drivin' On". The album features 12 new tracks including 11 original compositions and a cover of Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer"
The band will be celebrating the release with a CD Release Party on Sept. 10th at the Southgate House in Newport, KY. Special guest will include Shiny and The Spoon and The Downtown County Band
Drivin' On (2010) was conceived in the hills along the Ohio River and recorded in-studio, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. This album presents a collection of songs that openly reflect the musical growth of RKG, as a trio, and references the roadmaps of the region’s music, merging them into a sound for the modern roots music era. This second Rubber Knife Gang release captures the band traveling the byways of American music, driving toward new frontiers while hugging each bend of the Ohio River, like the roads that follow.
The production work on the album was handled by Mind Ignition's Robert Fugate.
Album Artwork by Keith Neltner of Neltner Creative
Photography by Roman Titus
Mellows Log Cabin
Adam Sheets @ No Depression
Click Here to grab a copy for yourself!
Hey Ya'll, we've just added Bam Powell's fantastic "Eat The Fat, Drink The Sweet" to Mind Ignition Radio.
Listen to Mind Ignition RAdio now!!
More information about the release of "Eat The Fat, Drink The Sweet"
Miami University's Grand Night for Singing has gathered rave reviews. Mind Ignition's Alex Lusht was on hand to assure the sound quality was top notch.
Here's part of the story from Miami's Music Department Website...
Oxford – A capacity crowd in Hall Auditorium witnessed a little history Saturday night, April 17.
A wildly successful evening of songs from on and off Broadway, dance and general entertainment, complete with soloists, small vocal ensembles, full chorus, a bit of dancing, full orchestra, a Broadway pianist, and full lighting and sound, graced the stage to enthusiastic applause and continued standing ovation.
It’s a Grand Night for Singing, the first production of its kind at Miami University, “was an amazing show, the best I have ever seen at Miami,” said longtime concert goer and Oxford resident, Mary Ellen Dudley. ”My friends and I were absolutely enthralled with the whole evening.”
Sponsored by the Miami University Performing Arts Series, Miami Opera, and the Department of Music, the evening featured faculty, alumni, and 33 graduate and undergraduate students from across the MU campus. “You’d have expected that the ensemble would consist of music majors,” commented the evening’s director, Ben Smolder, at the beginning of the show. “But that isn't the case. Our singers tonight, chosen by audition, represent majors from all over our campus, a wonderful testament to the talent that we have here.”
The event brought several illustrious alumni back to campus as special soloists. Included in the lineup were countertenor William Sauerland (MU ’04), Laura Smith (MU ’99) and John Baldwin (MU ’00), all of whom are having active careers within the profession.
The three were featured in solo spots throughout the evening, Smith singing her signature operatic aria, Glitter and be Gay from Bernstein’s Candide and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (she brought the house down with both), Baldwin singing Being Alive from Company, and Sauerland singing Crazy World from Victor, Victoria and Smile from Modern Times.
Students, too, were wonderful in their solo and small ensemble roles. Especially exciting Rachel Adams in Forget about the Boy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Celeste Day in God Bless the Child, And Christina Chenes in a heartwrenching version of Gershwin’s standard, Summertime.
Pianist Tedrin Blair Lindsay was featured on several solo pieces and accompanied the entire evening along with the orchestra. He proved to be a consummate professional with styles and technique well in hand. His solo version of Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera and Climb Every Mountain from Sound of Music were cascades of technique and dash, reminiscent of Liberace.
The vocal ensemble was featured as a solo vehicle (That’s Entertainment, Wheels of a Dream, Consider Yourself, There is Nothing Like a Dame, and Circle of Life) and as backgrounds to soloists and smaller ensembles. Just like Broadway, and terrifically done.
The orchestra was strong and supportive, with excellent arrangements written for the production by Johnie Dean and Tedrin Blair Lindsay.
The entire evening was put together, directed, and conducted by Smolder, an MU voice professor, whose clear understanding of the Broadway genre was evident in the pace of the show, the selection of music, the glitz of the aura, and the professional level of the presentation.
“The audience, which almost filled the place, was wildly enthusiastic,” says Smolder, who is already looking to next year for another production akin to this one. “It would make an amazing annual event.”
Mary Ellen Dudley agrees. “The only problem with Grand Night for Singing was that it played only one night!" With the success of this year’s event, that most likely will not be a problem repeated next time around. JO
We are excited to announce the release of The Newbees' new live DVD/CD Combo. Mind Ignition's Tiffany Lusht was a co-producer along with the band's Jeff Perholz.
Here is an except from a Citybeat article by Mike Breen...
If you are a fan of hypermelodic Pop/Rock and you haven’t heard or seen local group The Newbees, what are you waiting for? The perfect chance to check the band out comes this weekend with the release of a gorgeous CD package, Live @ The Southgate House. The two-disc set includes a “Look” DVD with video footage and a “Listen” audio CD recorded at a show at the Newport concert venue in November of 2008.
The entire Live package is stunning on many levels. The packaging is top-notch and the video/audio recording is amazingly pro. Put together with help from area production company Mind Ignition, the product itself stands as an equal to anything put out by a rich major label record company.
Then there’s the music, a diverse, dynamic Pop sound (influence from everything from Tin Pan Alley to vintage Americana to the Fab Four can be detected) that is delivered flawlessly. With their impeccable musicianship and vocal abilities, The Newbees sound better in concert than most bands do on their carefully constructed recordings. The strings that augment the songs are so spot on you’ll be convinced they had to have been added in post production. As songwriters, the members of The Newbees long ago proved to be among the elite in the region and on Live the songs breathe and shine effervescently. The band fittingly works in some covers of classics in the Pop/ Rock realm, like their powerful, dazzling version of “I Am the Walrus” and a solid take on Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles hit “Maybe I’m Amazed,” sung brilliantly by vocalist/guitarist Misty Perholtz.
Mind Ignition announces initial dates for 2010 Cincinnati Reds Concert Series at Great American Ballpark
Mind Ignition is excited to announce the initial lineup for this year's Cincinnati Reds Concert Series at Great American Ballpark. The annual live music series features some of the region's top performers onstage before the game. Some come down early and catch some great live music before the game!!
*Must have game ticket to enjoy the concert.
Mon April 5th- Goshorn Brothers -"Opening Day"
We recently dug into the vault and pulled out a performance by the StarDevils: "Behind The Stove" at the historic Rabbit Hash General Store in Rabbit Hash, KY for your rockabilly pleasure!
Click Here to watch the whole show (go full screen!)
Click Here to visit the StarDevils Artist Page for individual songs.
In a world that seems to be changing constantly, the Rabbit Hash General Store is a heaping slice of Americana from another... era. A working general store since 1831, the Rabbit Hash General Store is the heart of historic Rabbit Hash, a quaint little Northern Kentucky river-town whose fortunes literally have risen and fallen with the waters of the Ohio River.
The town of Rabbit Hash is perhaps best known for the fact that they elected a dog for their mayor. Not once, but twice! The town was also the central theme of the recent documentary by Jude Gerard Prest called "Rabbit Hash, the Center of the Universe". For more on the history of Rabbit Hash visit the web site at: www.rabbithash.com, or the Rabbit Hash Historical Society at: www.rabbithashusa.com.
The people of Haiti are in their most important hour of need. If you would like to help by donating then we have provided a few links below to recommended relief organizations.
The Charity Navigator logo is a link to a watch group that has evaluated many relief organizations and provides information about their conduct so that you can be assured your money is going to the right place...
**Please note that Mind Ignition is not a relief organization and does not accept donations related to the relief effort in Haiti.
We are working hard to bring you free entertainment on the Mind Ignition Channel and will do our best to continually bring you live shows without any sort of subscription fee.
If you enjoy what we do and can spare a buck, please send us a donation. If you leave us your shipping address, then we'll send you some stickers!
All the best to all of you!!
Mind Ignition is delighted to announce the launch of Mind Ignition Channel 2.0!
The site combines features from both of Mind Ignition's former websites. You can now watch all of the video content that was previously found at www.mindignitionchannel.com with full screen capabilities along with the return of Mind Ignition Radio that was previously available at www.mindignition.net.
The new launch also marks the beginning of a new URL address located at www.onthemic.net which we hope is easier for everyone to remember and is certainly easier to type into your browser.
Please stop by and check out the new content and celebrate along with us. We are promising a renewed vigor towards bringing some of the best new music on the planet to your computer screen!
All the Best,
The Mind Ignition Gang
As many of you know, the Reds organization has been a staunch supporter of the Cincinnati area music scene by presenting a season filled with some of the best musical talent in the region.
Come celebrate the end of another wonderful season filled with music as the Reds have added two additional dates to the Reds Concert Series on October 2nd and 3rd as the Reds finish off their domination of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Before the games in the Cincinnati Reds Fanzone
We are delighted to once again be providing the sound system services for this year's concert with Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project at the 2009 Delhi Skirt Game. Last year was a ton of fun and we are expecting the same. It's for a great cause.
Chicago style softball played in drag, Rozzi Fireworks, Post Game Concert. Come join us!!