New Zoo Venue
If your are heading to the Cincinnati Zoo tomorrow (Thursday) for the free, brilliant double-bill of World Cafe faves Kim Taylor and The Hiders (which we highly recommend doing), the concert has been moved indoors to the “Safari Gallery,” near the Nocturnal House and Manatee Springs exhibits (presumably because of the chance for rain).
The show is the last of a pretty cool “Tunes and Blooms” local music concert series that has so far featured psychodots, Faux Frenchmen, Jake Speed and the Freddies and the Comet Bluegrass AllStars. The music starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free after 5 p.m. Parking is not free (it’ll run ya $6.50, but if you’re lucky, you can often find parking on the streets surrounding the Zoo).
After the Zoo show (at which she will be joined by Pearlene‘s Andrew Higley on keyboards, french horn and saw — you have to see the saw bit to fully understand), Taylor is off for another road-trek, this time opening for acclaimed singer/songwriter Grant Lee Phillips. If you have XM satellite radio, be sure to tune in for a Kim Taylor live session on XM Cafe soon; selected cuts from the session will air on The Loft channel as well.
Taylor hopes to return to the studio this fall, but she recently posted a great, unreleased version of Tom Waits’ “Chocolate Jesus” (from Waits’ Mule Variations album) on her MySpace page. The site also has a video clip of a live rendition of the song .
Meanwhile, Hiders head honcho Billy Alletzhauser has been posting various demos and home recordings (some of which sound better than many local real CDs I’ve heard) on his personal MySpace page. Alletzhauser says the roughs may be fleshed out for songs by either The Hiders or Ruby Vileos, the other successful local band he has a huge role in.
— Mike Breen