Thursday, December 22, 2011

It Was A Good Year

I suppose that many who have followed our saga may find it hard to imagine I'd categorize 2011 as a good year.  Sales were down, to the point that we announced the closing of the store around Labor Day.  And then, we kind of sort of unannounced it, and through the efforts of a dedicated group of friends, began a transition into something different, and maybe better.

We've been hosting in-store shows off and on for years, and now as we move forward it's our primary focus.  And man have we already had some fantastic bands in here, from as far away as Texas, Chicago, and New Jersey.  We kicked it off in January with No No Knots, who put on a great show, and then disbanded in April, much to the dismay of Cincinnati music fans.

In March Brothers Fighting played a ridiculous set here in one of their only live performances.  July absolutely ruled, with The Orphan, The Poet and Hands On The Stereo blowing our faces off on one show, and the incomparable O'Brother playing an amazing unplugged set one afternoon.  Let Me Run made us one of their August tour stops, and Gates left us all in awe later in the month. 

 Brothers Fighting Bringing It!

Trees Above Mandalay rocked our September, and then it got crazy in October.  What I think most people would agree was our show of the year took place for the Night of Sweet Relief event.  Mixtapes, Old Worlds, Army Coach, Merely The Mocs, The Yugos, and 6 Years Later made it a night to remember.  And later in the month The Shanks just killed!

 The Insanity That Was The Shanks

November was another huge month, with six events.  Driftless Pony Club, personal highlight A Social State, who gave us a cd we haven't taken out of our player in 2 months, Laura K. Balke, Kate Haralson & The Martins, and WolfCryer all gave us great shows.  December saw amazing shows by Aquariums, Set The Stage, Vanattica, Yankee Go Home, and an absolutely stunning set from Front Porch Revival.  And these are just a handful of samples, I can't begin to list all of the stellar bands that played throughout the year, nor can I thank them, and you, enough.

With all of that, how can you call it anything other than a good year?  And with your help, 2012 will be even better.  We've already got 8 events planned for January alone, with amazing artists ranging from Ocean is Theory to Belle Histoire, Sinatra, Au Revoir, and the return of The Orphan The Poet, WolfCryer and more.  So save some of that Christmas money for some of our $5.00 shows, check out the full schedule here, and come hang out and listen to some of the best music you'll hear anywhere, right here in Hamilton!

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