Queen City Storytellers Home For The Holidays

Queen City Storytellers Home For The Holidays

Elia Burkhart, Amber Nash (of Shiny and the Spoon), Andyman Hopkins, Randy Steffen, Chelisa Clifton, Kelly Thomas, Renee Frye

Thu · December 21, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Southgate House Revival-Sanctuary

Free

This event is all ages

Bring a canned good for the local food pantry!

Queen City Storytellers
Queen City Storytellers
Nashville style songwriter's round.
Elia Burkhart
Elia Burkhart
Growing up in Cincinnati, OH, a city with a strong and continuing musical heritage, Elia Goat has been singing and writing songs for about 10 years. He is a product of several different musical backgrounds, playing in jazz bands as well as more rock-oriented groups, and with experience presenting in the traditional singer-songwriter format as well as in more experimental structures. The members of the Natural Horns bring together a similar variety of musical experience to create a joyful mix of styles that combine into one unique and expressive sound. This ensemble harks back to the days when jazz, country, and the blues were all close kin, but with a modern indie approach and a dance sensibility that are sure to please. They begin with the pure-and-sweet simplicity of a well-written country tune, ground it in the funky swing of a jazz rhythm section, and the three horn players finish it off with a healthy slather of squonk and jive, an upbeat combination that'll put a tap in your toe and a smile on your face.

Born in Moscow in 1987, Elia's family moved to the US the following year, settling in a little ranch house in a rural suburb; he was soon followed by a sister, Elizabeth. After changing districts in middle school, an abundance of spare time led him to begin musical studies in earnest, and he played the tuba in the school band in addition to picking up jazz bass and learning guitar on the side.

Upon graduating high school, an attempt to study jazz in college ended with six months spent hitchhiking and walking in the Iberian Peninsula, and as Elia's interest in a career as a bassist faded, he began to focus on songwriting as a means of expressing some of the new ideas he had found in the time spent living at a walking pace. Stable periods living in one place gave him time to work at his craft, while periodic hitchhiking jaunts continued to provide inspiration and a break from the daily grind. These forays into the flat middle places of America also gave Elia his first glimpses of the stark and sheer beauty that lies in a frozen field, in a flock of birds, in a stack of stones, in a country song. In 2011, Elia returned to Cincinnati from 6 months and 2000 trail miles in California and Oregon to begin recording his first collection of songs; the participation of Liz Burkhart on euphonium and Jason Swann on tenor saxophone in these recording sessions would be the genesis of the Natural Horns.

Elia's songs are grounded in the dichotomy between modern life and the way humans evolved, in the shift between remaining and moving, in the hope for love and life in the face of all that is death and boredom. He sings about the wild life around us and how it sees us, the experiences of living in the modern world versus the heritage of evolution, and the animals we still enjoy to be. Elia sings about birds, trees, getting off work, clouds, hitchhiking and other modes of transportation, rebirth, waiting, sunshine, and maybe even a good old-fashioned love song or two.
Amber Nash (of Shiny and the Spoon)
Amber Nash (of Shiny and the Spoon)
Andyman Hopkins
Andyman Hopkins
Andyman Hopkins is a folk musician from Cincinnati, OH. His music is heavily infused with blues, bluegrass, jazz, and old traditional country influences. Lyrically, his songs center around themes concerning 3 of his favorite things: trains, women, and food. Although he performs primarily as a solo artist, he can also be found leading The Andyman Hopkins Band.

Born in Columbus, OH, Andyman Hopkins came into showbiz honestly. Dad was a professional bluegrass musician, and mom was a full time mime/actress. During his childhood, his family operated a successful singing telegram company. His first professional gig was at age 4. Mom dressed him up as Cupid and booked him for a full day of public appearances. Life has been totally weird ever since.

After taking a shine to woodwinds and stringed instruments, Mama Hopkins packed up all their belongings into a van and moved to Cincinnati, and enrolled him into the prestigious School for Creative and Performing Arts. He played saxophone and electric bass for the jazz band and the symphonic ensemble, while holding down a second major in technical theater. After graduation, he moved up the hill to University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music for a degree in Electronic Media. Throughout his time in school, he played music at night with local rock bands, and held down odd jobs at amusement parks, haunted houses, and renaissance festivals.

Before going solo, some of Andyman’s former music projects include: Soulstice, 60 Cycle Hum, Dos Locos, The Fine Lines, and The Slick City Ramblers. He has shared the stage with Winton Marsalis, The Brian Setzer Ochestra, Ozomatli, The Ass Ponies, Freekbass, Lydia Loveless, Homunculus, The Ohms, Eric Nassau, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Slick Andrews, Jaik Willis, Millish, Steve Foresman, Dave Hawkins, Carole Walker, The Menus, Slim White and The Averys, Alligator Blackbird, and The Andy Shaw Band. (Andyman Hopkins doesn’t enjoy name-dropping, but understands that its an important part of establishing his credibility with folks he hasn’t met before.)

In his spare time he enjoys cooking, hiking, live music, road trips, pickin’ with friends, shooting cans with his trusty Red Ryder BB gun, and conducting audio engineering experiments.

The new CD entitled “Trains, Women, and Food” is being released very soon. You should get yourself a copy when it comes out!
Randy Steffen
Randy Steffen
Randy Steffen is an Americana style singer and songwriter. He is based in Bellevue, Kentucky. From the room in which he writes he can see, through the fog and on, the Cincinnati, Ohio skyline.

He is embarking on a solo career, releasing an album with songs written by him and meant to pay homage to other American singer/songwriters, such as John Prine, James Taylor, and Jim Croche.

Randy was born and raised in the hills of southern Campbell County near Alexandria, Kentucky. It is here where he began writing songs at an early age, attempting to craft music in the likes of his childhood hero, Garth Brooks. After college Randy spent a few years in Nashville, TN learning the craft of writing a good song by taking songwriting courses at Vanderbilt University as well as hanging out and writing with other writers in town. He moved back to Northern Kentucky and started a band with his high school buddies, a rock and roll group called "The Sleepin' Dogs." The group put out two full length albums. Randy now performs and co-writes for a Cincinnati-based band called, "Wilder."

Look for his FIRST solo EP, "The Pinehurst Motel," due out in early June 2017. Click the "contact" link now for pre-sale details.
Kelly Thomas
Kelly Thomas
Kelly Thomas has been the first lady of Cincinnati Country for the better part of a decade; founder of the charitable Rivertown Music Club and member of an impossible number of bands and projects, including Second Sister, the Tammy WhyNots, the Hayseed Tabernacle Choir, her solo work and her duo with 500 Miles to Memphis’ Ryan Malott. But perhaps her purest Country pursuit is her work with the Fabulous Pickups, which has been honky tonking up area joints since 2005, and which only hit the studio for the first time last year to create Fly, the Pickups’ debut recording and, amazingly, the first time Thomas has done a full album of her own songs (okay, “Beast of Burden” wasn’t hers, but she totally owned it). Not surprisingly, Thomas and the Pickups reeled in a CEA nomination for Best Country Artist, but then the first lady of Cincinnati Country should get used to being recognized as the best. Dig: Rosanne Cash and Tammy Wynette lag cue balls for the privilege of kicking Garth Brooks’ ass. (BB)
Renee Frye
Renee Frye
of Magnolia Mountain
Venue Information:
The Southgate House Revival-Sanctuary
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
http://www.southgatehouse.com/