You know how we do! The crew of The Brew is back in action for another fun-filled night of poetry and music, this time on the second floor stage of the York Street Cafe in Newport, KY! You can even make it a dinner-and-a-show evening by sampling the deliciousness cooked up in the eclectic (and romantic!) first floor restaurant. Special guest poet Nina Yarbrough will be joining Yvette Nepper, Teisha Murray, and Abiyah on the stage while Ophelia is in Germany for the next few months, while DJ Apryl Reign keeps the party going and host Kathy Y. Wilson makes you laugh, think, (and maybe cry)! Entry is only $5 and the drinks are always flowing at the bar, so make it your business to be there!
The four women poets, host, and DJ convening for The Bitch’s Brew do not shrink from or become enraged by the word bitch; in fact, among them it may be a term of endearment or a secret calling card. With poems spanning subject matter as diverse as their styles, these poetesses fearlessly dish out pieces of their mind flavored generously by the unique life experiences each has interwoven with their artistry. When punctuated by the meticulously crafted musical blends of a world-class DJ and accented with the host’s witty brand of humor, the show flows into poetic, artistically warped snapshot of six women for whom the word “bitch” may well be a compliment. Through words and music, the audience is transported to the very moments that shaped and defined the women before them, allowing them not only a voyeuristic peek into the performers’ psyches but a glimpse into their own as well.
Northside Library, 4219 Hamilton avenue, Cincinnati, OH
'Lyrical Synaesthesia 2' Presented by the Bardic Arts Council March 13
Lovers of literature and language, join us for the second Lyrical Synaesthesia, a series of poetry and short story readings.
Lyrical Synaesthesia 2, presented by Justin Patrick Moore and the Bardic Arts Council, is once again showcasing local authors at the Northside Branch Library on Tuesday, March 13 from 6-8 PM. This event is a quarterly reading designed to show the breadth of talent in Cincinnati and and to help foster a strong living literary tradition in the Queen City.
PLUS the first 20 to arrive will received a FREE Lyrical Synaesthesia 2 chapbook published by Aurore Press!
With the untimely departure of Scribble Jam, as well as the closing of Top Cat’s, a mainstay of Cincinnati underground Hip Hop, Cincinnati has experienced a recent deficit in performances by national Hip Hop acts. That all changes when Brooklyn-based indie rapper Louis Logic, while en route to SXSW 2012, comes to town on March 7, 2012, to perform at MOTR Pub (1345 Main Street | Cincinnati, OH) with Cincinnati-based acts Abiyah and DJ Apryl Reign opening. The event will run from 10pm to 1:00am.
Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
An evening of female-fronted electronic/synth/beat-based deliciousness.
Jenny Jeuvine and Champagne Leelanau began playing and writing together in 2003. Released "Ecrasez L'Infame" in 2006. Won a Cincinnati Entertainment Award. Toured the northeastern & midwestern US. Played more festivals than you can shake a spotted pigeon at. Wrote more music for a very long time. Will release a new CD in spring 2012.
Brock, Maxx and Katie began their three-piece collaboration in late 2010. Experimenting with psychedelic rhythms, Playfully Yours create a hypnotic blend of spine-throbbing beats, shoegaze synths, ambient vocals and otherworldly textures. In May 2011, PY began playing out live and in August 2011, they released their self-entitled debut EP. With many shows in tow (both local and national), Playfully Yours will release a sophomore EP in the coming months.
Mac's Pizza Pub, 205 West McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH
Now packaged in a pixie ‘do and a svelte figure, Abiyah will flow and sing with the fury of a free wild muse, her cross-genre vocals and floetic lyrics blurring boundaries of avanthiphopdubrocktronica beats.
Joining Abiyah onstage for one of the most diverse, creative and high-energy sets of the festival will be longtime A-Team member and style maven Dana Hamblen on backing vox, and special guests and A-Team alumni DJ Apryl Reign on turntables-as-instruments, Marty Spitfly on badass beatbox, and CJ the Cynic on cleverly crafted and concocted forward-flow.
Back to LIFE. Back to REALITY. Can you dig it? I knew that you could.
DAMAGED SOUNDTRACKS Each performer plays a live soundtrack to a short film of their choice - could include short films, excerpts from longer films, home-movies, collages, found footage, or movies made by the performers themselves.
VACATION punk dance party
THAT GIRL GEORGE Abiyah + Dana Hamblen (of Culture Queer, Fairmount Girls)
DIAL 888 Video art/sound fever from Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum folks
Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth Street, Cincinnati, OH
The Fine Arts Fund Friends for the Arts are hosting a celebration of all things creative across the community. Creative food, music, and live performances, PLUS free access to all gallery floors, including the Shepard Fairey exhibit that opens the previous night!
Abiyah will be doing her avantfloetryhiphopdubtronica thing at 9:00 p.m., backed by the always-stellar Dana Hamblen (Fairmount Girls/Culture Queer) on vocals and djdq (Glue) on turntables. 2009 Cincinnati Opera Idol winner Margaret Russo performs at 8:15 p.m., and Pones Inc., an avant performance theatre troupe, will perform at 9:45 p.m.
$25 in advance/$30 at the door (cash=only)Age limit: All ages
Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A @ 6th (East Village), New York City, NY
Late Night Souls: A late-night urban music, urban soul and network gathering featuring performers and musicians that gives you a dance vibe that turns into a smooth, romantic vibe and touches on both politics and metaphysics. Welcome to a late-night session like no other...Late Night Souls.
Abiyah (Cincinnati): Performing from 11:00-11:30 p.m. with backing vocalist Dana Hamblen (Cincinnati’s Fairmount Girls and Culture Queer), with a special guest appearance by NYC’s own Kid Lucky (Beatboxer Entertainment) and other surprise guests. Kid Lucky says, "This woman is someone to really see. This is her second time back in NYC and if you missed her before, here is a chance to see the Floetry Queen."
Kid Lucky takes things over at 11:30 with sets by Goldishack Guerrillas, Megman (Anti-Pop Consortium), Fish Eye (Infinitee and Steph-I), Breez Evahflowin, and his own Nu Voices urban a cappella group!
FREE (with two-drink minimum). We will also be giving away free drink tickets all night long. Two floors of fun: upstairs for the entertainment, downstairs for the networking cipher.
Havana Martini Club, 5 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH
2009 MidPoint Music Festival appearance! I'm on at 9:00 p.m. sharp with my stellar A-Team of Dana Hamblen and DJ Apryl Reign. Special guests in our set include Ilyas (of Tanya Morgan), rockin' the Rebel Metal; CJ the Cynic, with the end-of-the-world reggaeton-inflected party jam , and Ron C, bringin' it dance-soulful on a Michael Bond (of Coltrane Motion)-produced beat.
We're playing early, so school-night, schmool-night! Since you'll be there anyway, stay for the amazing and beautiful Giselle Grayson (on at midnight)!
Start your MidPoint off right on Thursday night with an evening bookended by two female artists who are bringing sexy, smart AND talented back!
Please join me in celebrating my first physical music release in 16 years, since my seminal 2001 'Flow Tectonics' EP on CD! 'Boom' is my first collaborative effort with my fellow Cincinnati alternative hip hop pioneer, and friend of 15 years, Evolve. 'Boom' is offered in cassingle (cassette single) format, as well as digital download, and serves to inspire overcoming obstacles through self-motivation and self-improvement...with a unique and melodic fury. Snag your cassette (w/digital download AND Abiyah and…
Fountain Square in Cincinnati kicks off its performance season on Friday, May 12, with a twerkquake! NOLA's own Big Freedia will be bringin' the bounce to downtown Cincinnati, and I'll be opening for her! DJ Spam will be spinning between sets. For more info, go to the FB Event page here.
The awesome folks over at Ghettoblaster Magazine asked me to put together a list of some of my favorite music of 2016. Lots of ladeez, a few locals, alternative hip hop near and dear to my heart, and a few I just couldn't shake. <3 Check it out over HERE.
October 28, 2016 was the release party for Polly Magazine Issue 02 at the Greenwich House Gallery in O'Bryonville. A beautifully-executed large format publication produced locally by Deogracias Lerma and Kami Gunn Lerma, Polly Magazine features interviews/profiles of local and national arts and culture tastemakers, I am so honored and grateful to be included in this issue, along with the likes of mixologist extraordinaire Molly Wellmann, chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, photographer Michael Wilson, Victoria…
On Thursday, October 27, Abiyah was the daily featured musician on the local Cincinnati Royal Recommends Facebook page. Created recently, Royal Recommends is an effort by longtime Cincinnati musician Matt Mooney (PKA Royal Holland) to introduce and connect music lovers to new local musicians via a daily get-to-know feature on the Royal Recommends page. More than just posting a link to an artist's page, Royal Holland pens a thoughtful and personal reasoning for featuring the musician/band. Click HEREto read…Read more
Abiyah and Eugenius are honored to present the Ghettoblaster Magazine premiere of the video for their collaborative alt-hip hop/noise rap w/a hint of punk song "BLUP", prod. by Eugenius! Expertly directed by Jacob Drabik and edited by Brad Grawe, "BLUP" offers a stark in-your-face way to express dissatisfaction with some of the wackness in the world. Examples: Bullying? #BLUPAllaDat. US presidential politics? #BLUPAllaDat. You get the idea. One listener calls "BLUP" a beautiful marriage of post-punk and…
August 2016 saw the inaugural release of the print edition (Issue 001) of the Cincinnati-based blog "Women in Rock", and Editor-In-Chief Izzi Krombholz did an Artist Profile of Abiyah. Also, check out interviews with LA punk legend Alice Bag, Marcy Mays of Scrawl, Screaming Females and more!
Check out the photos below (l-r) of the cover of the magazine, the article, and Alice Bag, me and Ava Roberts, art director for the magazine.
Check out Abiyah in the April 2016 Style Counsel column of Cincinnati Magazine's print edition. With a killer photograph by Annette Navarro and an interview by Alyssa Brandt, Abiyah showcases her unique fashion sense, explains how her onstage/offstage style is one in the same, shares her love of everything owl-related, and discusses the role Star Trek plays in her telecommuter day job wardrobe.
2014 was full of new adventures, new directions, and reuniting with old music friends. Full circle stylee. Much love and gratitude to all my friends, fans, family and even strangers who helped make this work feel so fulfilling. I'm going to keep on keepin' on because of all of you. <3 Below is a sampling of some of my proudest moments in 2014.