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  "The Dirty River band is in town. Let the good times roll!"

Dirty River features the best show, class and all blues!

Our purpose is to have fun, explore the blues and share an engaging hi-energy performance that connects with the audience. A band that is not afraid to try new things but still play the old delta and front porch style blues.

Prior to the Cincinnati Blues Society, Dirty River was instrumental in starting the first blues festival in Cincinnati and getting the Blues Society rolling. Don Schott was an early bass player in the band, and we played on WAIF-FM, home to Kitty Carson's "Kitty's Blues" radio program, starting the alliance that started it all.

 In the same time frame, Dirty River was the house band at Township Fields and Tavern, where it was Sondra and Jenelle's idea to host a blues festival, a first for the area; we did so in conjunction with the Cincy Blues Society that was just getting started. It was sponsored by the March of Dimes.

Jenelle, the next year, working on the Blues Society's festival committee, helped bring James Cotton to town for the first 'official' Blues Society festival. It was held indoors at the Topper Ballroom at Music Hall.

Dirty River that same year played a blues performance for "RiverFest" that was televised.

This is but a small part of our history of which there is much more! There were many great players that have played in the band though the years including our very first singer Kathy Wade, now known primarily for jazz!

The Band:
Jenelle Murray - Drums, vocals
Jeff Bonta - Guitars, Blues Harp and vocals

Matt Heyden- Bass, vocals

Jocelyn aka "Jaz"- Lead vocals

Mark Clifford- Keyboards, vocals

and special guests!

See the Band!

Upcoming 2014 Shows:

    Horseshoe Casino 'Rock Bar', Downtown Cincinnati, OH: "Thursday's Blues Nights" TBA

    Froggy's / Monroe, OH- New owner and management! 

10 American Way, Monroe, OH 45050
(513) 539-7150

Oct 4 , Nov 28 : 9p-1a

Benefit Concert for the Homeless children in Cincinnati Dirty River along with Rickie Nye and Dick Buchholz and Emily Baehr

Oct 6 : 6-9PM



Past events, concerts, festivals and outings:

Geez'l Pete's with special guest, Troy Tipton, 511 Madison Rd, Covington, KY

Thanks to Troy Tipton for sitting in with us and playing the night June 8th

Double Bill! Tery Metcalf Sports Page Cafe- 453 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, OH 45274 (513) 688-1009 See flyer

Studio recording with Malkum, Jenelle, Rick and Jeff!

Headliner: Chicago/Cincinnati Blues Night: A popular blues/funk/rock band out of Chicago and Dirty River from Cincinnati with additional guest band Benny & The Breaks at Legends Cincinnati, (513) 662-1222, 3801 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Brochure for event here (PDF), here (JPG picture, page 1/front page) and here (JPG picture, page 2/back page)

American Spirits- 365 East Pike Street; Morrow, OH 45152
; 6PM to 10PM

Headlining Thursday "Blues Night" at the Lawrenceburg Fall Festival!

Legends Cincinnati, (513) 662-1222, 3801 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211; $5 Cover

"Blues Heroes of Cincinnati" is honoring the best of Cincinnati's past and present filmed and made available world-wide to audiences bringing world-wide recognition to Cincinnati, from the Play by Play Rock Cafe and Sports Bar on Plainfield in Silverton, Cincinnati, OH, formally known as "Never On Sunday".

Blues Heroes of Cincinnati Concert Lineup
4:00-4:15 Sweet Alice Hoskins
4:25-4:40 Them Bones
4:50-5:05 The Blue Birds
5:15-5:30 Cheryl Renee & Keith Little
5:35-5:50 Greg Schaber
6:00-6:15 Dick & The Roadmasters
6:25-6:40 Little Al Thomas & Friends
6:50-7:05 The Blues Merchants
7:15-7:30 The Dirty River Band
7:40-7:55 Mary Ann Kindel
8:05-8:25 Cincinnati Blues Allstars
8:35-8:50 Sonny Hill & The Nightshift
9:00-9:15 Lanky Frank
9:25-9:40 The Conrail Saints
9:50-10:05 Ricky Nye & the Swingin Mudbugs
10:05-10:20 II Juicy
10:30-10:50 John Redell
11:00-11:15 Phil Blank
11:25-11:40 The Sonny Moorman Group





Chillicothe, OH
Southern Ohio Blues Festival

Headliner- Raise awareness of blues in Southern Ohio, and supports the Wounded Warrior project: serving the needs of a new generation of veterans and ensuring that the United States government and the American public live by our motto, "Putting Veterans First in America."

Anthony's Cigar Bar and Grill 7641 Voice of America Center Drive, Westchester, Ohio 513 779-3455 (in a shopping center, on Tylersville Rd.)


Mahogany's Coffeehouse and Bar
3715 Winston Avenue, Latonia, KY 41015 (859) 261-1029


Coco's, now the Side Bar: 322 Greenup St, Covington, Ky


Wild Bill's New American Grill in Lebanon

Break Room Lounge 8809 Beechmont Ave. Anderson Township (10PM to 2AM) 513 528-2601

Coco's 322 Greenup St., Covington, KY 859-491-1369 Restaurant/bar

Dew Drop Inn-Harrison, Ohio (Miamitown-Whitewater) 8956 Harrison Pike Friendly neighborhood bar, located 20 minutes from downtown. Located on Harrison Rd. between Miamitown and Harrison, OH.

Harmony Club 7532 Reading Rd. Roselawn 513 761-5729

Jud-I's 5120 Pleasant Ave. Fairfield, Ohio 45014 513 868-0317

Mahogany's Coffeehouse and Bar 3715 Winston Avenue, Latonia, KY 41015 (859) 261-1029


Wolfie's Tavern-Milford, Ohio

Burbank's BBQ (House band)


Mr. Pitiful's-1323 Main Street - Downtown Cincinnati -  513-661-6215  

Allyns' Cafe

Jazzmania/Bar Monet

The Avenue

Mansion Hill, Newport, KY. 


Shady O'Grady's


Gay 90's (House band)

Daniel's Pub

KC's Pub (map)
921 Highway 28, Milford, Ohio 45150

Township Fields and Tavern (House band)

Sonny's All Star Blues-Paddock Hills-Cincinnati, Oh.

and many more!

booking at dirtyriverband dot com: Jenelle at dirtyriverband dot com  

Call Now! 513 477-7800 (Jenelle)


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