Jazz + Blues + R&B

Shiny and the Spoon

When: Sat., March 3, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Amber Nash and Jordan Neff first met at Cincinnati's Oktoberfest in 2008. The next weekend, the two met up at Midpoint Music Festival, where Jordan was performing with Cincinnati-based Americana band, Magnolia Mountain. The next night the roles were reversed, when Jordan attended a concert where Amber was playing solo at the local venue, Rohs Street Cafe. Since then, the two have been inseparable on and off stage, performing as Shiny and the Spoon, an eclectic, ukulele-centered, folk-pop duo. Jordan insists that he is the "Spoon", although Amber will tell you otherwise. Shiny and the Spoon gives off the warmth and intimacy of the likes of Johnny Cash and June Carter, with a little bit of humor, honesty, and authenticity. Their originals are soulful, clever, and laced with hints of Patsy Cline, Gram Parsons, Elvis Costello, and Tom Waits. Their live shows are intimate, energetic, and genuine. The duo is able to quiet a large crowd with haunting, minim al instrumentation and close harmonies and yet rile the room up again with foot-stomping, a pounding lagerphone, and belly-rumbling bluesy vocals.The two have distinct backgrounds; Jordan has fronted bands of his own creation as well as playing as a multi-instrumentalist in groups like the twice-Cincinnati Entertainment Award-nominated Magnolia Mountain. Amber has made a name for herself at intimate venues around Cincinnati and across the internet on sites like UkuleleCosmos.com and UkeleleHunt.com with her solo work and a project called ukebucket.Within a few months of making music together, Shiny and the Spoon made a name for themselves in the local Cincinnati music scene. Their music has been subject to interviews with Cincinnati's CityBeat Magazine, ICN6TV, Ukulele Player Magazine, Ukulelehunt.com, CincyGroove.com, and The Smith's Occasional Blog. Their debut EP received rave reviews from multiple sources including AmericanaUK, Call It Folk, and FensePost. Their mu sic is played on WNKU and WAIF (Cincinnati), Red Barn Radio (Indianapolis), and UkeFarm Radio, via the internet. The duo's cover of a-ha's "Take On Me," seen on YouTube, went viral on the internet on blogs such as Reddit.com and Buzzfeed.com, spiking at 40,000 views in a matter of days. The video currently holds over 230,000 views.The two have performed with artists such as Bella Ruse, Jacob Jones, Victoria Vox, The Tillers, The Young Republic, Wild Carrot, and The Seedy Seeds.In 2009 Shiny and the Spoon made their Midpoint Music Fest debut where they were deemed a "Cincinnati Bell Ringer" (reserved for "cutting edge bands"). They were also invited to showcase at CityBeat's BRINK New Music Showcase for up-and-coming local bands, and were nominated for a 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best New Artist of the Year. The duo have since been seen at WNKU's Studio 89, Edensong, Metamora Old-Time Music Festival, Rivertown Breakdown, One More Girl on a Stage, and ven ues such as the College Hill Coffee Company, The Southgate House, and The Crow's Nest.Nash and Neff continue to draw larger and larger crowds at their local shows and are frequently described in print as a "local favorite," and a "band to watch." It's not uncommon to see the crowd singing along to their favorite songs and calling out for more kazoo solos.Shiny and the Spoon released their debut EP to a packed house in January of 2010, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Jim Beloff's FleaMarketMusic.com. SATS is releasing their first full-length album, Ferris Wheel, on August 13, 2011.

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