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    City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    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.

    http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/a...ow-garage.html

    Larry Goshorn on the left, then of Sacred Mushroom, later of Pure Prairie League and Jim Tarbell on the right.

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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Did I miss it or did they not give the actual title of the CD in the article?
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Did I miss it or did they not give the actual title of the CD in the article?

    A two-CD/one-DVD set called Still Truckin’ will be released this weekend featuring 25 cuts of bands recorded live at the Garage. The never-before-released recordings are sure to draw national attention as a must-have for music lovers of the period.
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Did I miss it or did they not give the actual title of the CD in the article?
    I see Chip answered, but I realized later I left the name off. I've long wanted to ask Tarbell what other tapes he still had. It would be great to see a series of these, although I'm sure it's a lot of work cleaning up, but there's a lot of rock history in those tapes.

    I think the summer after Grand Funk Railroad opened the Garage's first show, they and The James Gang played a free concert at Eden Park (I think it was the summer of '70). It was legendary and one I also missed. A year later and I probably would have seen it!
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Thanks Chip! I gotta get that one.
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    So who here actually got to go to the Garage in its day?
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    I was four.
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    I was four.
    Well yeah and what's the excuse?

    When I was 11, the Beatles played their Crosley Field concert (they had a doubleheader that day, played at Crosley in the morning - make-up from the previous day's rainout, and played old Busch Stadium in the afternoon). My dad was in the hospital at Good Sam and wewent down to see him. We begged our mom to drive by Crosley Field before going to see dad. Years later, when they had The Beatles Anthology on TV, they showed footage from the concert. I called my mom up and told her I finally got to see the Beatles at Crosley, no thanks to her.

    Swing forward last spring, my son and I went up to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. There they had a poster up of Elvis Presley playing at UD's field house in Dayton, spring of 1955. Heading back to home, I called my mom and told her it was bad enough that she wouldn't take me to see the Beatles, now I find out that Elvis played in Dayton while we lived there (when I was 6 months old, mind you) and she didn't take me to that either.

    She wanted to know why we hand't taken her to the Rock Hall of Fame.
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    So who here actually got to go to the Garage in its day?


    Saw Grand Funk Railroad. I was 17. Don't remember if I needed a fake ID or not (they were very easy to come by and hardly anyone cared, I started going to bars at 15). About the only thing I remember is a 10 minute bass solo followed by a 15 minute drum solo. Gah.

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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

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    Saw Grand Funk Railroad. I was 17. Don't remember if I needed a fake ID or not (they were very easy to come by and hardly anyone cared, I started going to bars at 15). About the only thing I remember is a 10 minute bass solo followed by a 15 minute drum solo. Gah.
    Actually, the article mentioned that he didn't have a liquor license, so it was a non-issue. In fact, I think it's part of what made it successful during the period where it did well. So was that the first show that opened the club, or a later appearance.

    The article mentioned that its downfall was that as these bands success rose, they moved to larger venues and ultimately into stadiums which made it unaffordable for clubs like this to bring in acts. Tarbell mentioned that he woud have had to charge $20 (he was charging $3 to $5). Checking an inflation calculator I use online, that $20 would be equivalent to almost $120 today. I paid about $8.00 for the first concert I went to at the Cincinnati Gardens, worth just over $40 today. (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/)
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    I stopped in at Shake It Records in Northside this a.m. They said they'll have copies of this CD in by Monday afternoon, retail price of $24.99 - two CD's and a DVD.
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Thanks for the post. Is this going to be sold nationally or local?

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    I suspect it will be available through the usual online outlets. You can check Shake It Records' website as they'll be carrying it and they ship all over the place (I see them come into my post office regularly).

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    I picked the CD up today and had it on in my car. I'm only into the second track, a cut from Santana. The sound on the first two were great. Since I only tool around from Winton Place to Northside or Clifton or St. Bernard, I'm not getting much time to listen in the car. Maybe I'll put it on at work after my secretary leaves. I'll report more later.
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    Re: City Beat: Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage - 40th anniversary

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    So was that the first show that opened the club, or a later appearance.

    Sorry redsmetz, I missed this.

    It must have been a later show. I had talked to friends about going to different shows at Ludlow Garage so it must have been open for a while. At the time, we thought GFR was the pinnacle of hip. It was really really really loud.

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