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, Dirty
River was one of the first blues bands to be featured on Cincinnati radio live in
the modern era, put together, hosted and performed at the earliest outdoor blues
festival to be held in Cincinnati and later that same year closed summer in Cincinnati
with a blues performance t
Cincinnati, Ohio blues band,
Dirty River is available for parties, recreational events, clubs and other venues.
elevised and featured at Cincinnati's farewell to
summer known locally as "RiverFest."
"The Dirty River band is back in town. Let the good times roll!"
The Dirty River Story and History
- The first Dirty River band started in the
early eighties, co-founded by Jenelle Rose
and Ted McConnell. It was considered a blues, blues-rock act from the
beginning and disbanded in 1985.
- Dirty River, in 1989, rose from the waters
again with an all-new line up that included Mike and Jay Tucker (“J. Scar”,
now playing with Kelly Richie) and Jeff Bonta.
The band played locally and was the house band at many locations that included
The Township Fields and Tavern, Burbank's, Gay 90's and others.
WAIF Studio, 12/16/91
Dirty River organized and hosted first Blues Festival, Township
Fields And Tavern, 5/16/92
- Dirty River, in early 1992, put together,
an outdoor music festival celebrating the best blues that the city had to offer
for the March of Dimes. This included blues stars local to our area such as
the Blues All-Stars ("Big Ed" Thompson, Ricky Nye, John "The Hammer" Sampson,
Sonny Moorman, "Scoot" Jacobs, +), "Sweet" Alice Hoskins, and many others.
Jenelle, was an original member and organizer for the first Greater Cincinnati
Blues Society blues festival, and helped bring James Cotton to town to headline
Cincinnati , 9/03/92
- Dirty Rivers' gig in 1992, representing
blues music at "RiverFest." This is Cincinnati's huge farewell to summer. RiverFest
features a major annual fireworks display attracting 500,000 people from the
region and is televised by one of the "big three" network affiliated stations
in town. Dirty River's performance was televised live.
the Millennium edition 2001 and beyond!
Dirty River, now over 30 years old, since 1981 has carried on the Cincinnati
blues tradition with an incarnation that still includes Jeff and Jenelle,
along with Matt, Mark and Jocelyn,
playing blues that covers the whole gamut. We have originals as well.
Dirty River features some of Cincinnati's best
in a show that is class and style and all blues!
For booking and information:
Jenelle at dirtyriverband
or call 513 477-7800 (Jenelle)
Hear The Band!