The newest issue of City Beat has a cover article about the Ludlow Garage concert hall that Jim Tarbell founded back in 1969. It lasted for three years and featured a great number of up & coming rock acts at the time. The venue last for about three years.
I had always heard that Tarbell had recorded everyone who played there. Some years ago, Polydor released a CD of the Allman Brothers Band Live at the Ludlow Garage. The club was dubbed, as the article says, as the Filmore of the Midwest.
Now with the 40th anniversary and in conjunction with the Cincy Blues Festival, a 2 CD set of recordings from the clubs history will be released. This is very exciting and you should catch quite a number of acts, some in their nascent stages.
The garage opened just as I was starting high school and closed before I got to the stage where my parents wouldn't have freaked out about me going down to Clifton ("stay away from Calhoun Street!"). I was able to catch an act or two at Reflections on Vine Street in Clifton and later, a club that was open very briefly downtown on 8th or 9th Street (which is on the north side of City Hall), but I can't remember it's name. At Reflections I saw Seatrain, the first time I'd ever seen an electric violin played.
Of the CD, the article says:
This week’s release of live recordings from the Garage wonderfully captures the era’s diverse musical spirit. There’s a trippy, improv feel on almost all the tracks from such artists as Santana, Taj Mahal, NRBQ, Commander Cody, Herbie Mann and the Staple Singers. And there’s a haunting version of the Allman Brothers’ “Dreams” with Duane Allman flashing his finest otherworldly guitar licks.
I guess I'll be stopping at Shake It Records on Monday.
Larry Goshorn on the left, then of Sacred Mushroom, later of Pure Prairie League and Jim Tarbell on the right.