Letters

September 8, 2000

OVER THE RHINE
P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

September 8, 2000

Over the Rhine – Press Release
Coney Island Moonlight Gardens Concert
Cincinnati, Ohio
Friday, September 15, 2000
Doors open @ 7pm, Showtime @ 8pm
With Special guests Ticklepenny Corner and Brownhouse
Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations…

Virgin/Backporch recording artists Over the Rhine will be taking a break from putting the finishing touches on their new album long enough to perform a hometown concert at historic Coney Island’s Moonlight Gardens this Friday, September 15, 2000. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show, and available through Ticketmaster outlets.

Over the Rhine’s new album, Films for Radio, will be released early next year on Virgin’s Backporch label. The band is describing the record as pop music ala Over the Rhine, and promises it will feature the band’s curious signature blend of joyful sadness, mysticism and sensuality, simplicity and unpredictability.

Over the Rhine will dip into the new batch of songs at Friday’s concert, and trip through older recordings as well, putting new twists on songs that have been in the band’s expanding repertoire for years.

In addition to finishing their own collection of new recordings in the year 2000, Over the Rhine launched their new website earlier this year at overtherhine.com. Every month, the site features a free, previously- unreleased MP3 recording, and also contains free permanent MP3 files of selected songs (which fans voted on and picked as definitive), from each of the seven existing full-length recordings. There are weekly quotes, weekly recommendations of books and films, weekly “specials”, complete archives of lyrics, downloadable sheet music files, and additional “selected writings” of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler. There are growing press archives, copies of old newsletters and numerous photos. The band recently hosted a short story contest (contestants finished a story that Linford Detweiler started) and received scores of entries from around the world. The company hosting the band’s site has reported that overtherhine.com is one of their busiest domains, receiving in excess of 18,000 visitors a month. And the band stresses that the site is still evolving.

Starbucks has licensed an Over the Rhine track for an upcoming compilation which is to include contributions from Elvis Costello, Miles Davis and Jeff Buckley. Two films have licensed songs for upcoming soundtracks.

“Our music continues to quietly spread its wings and drift out of town,” says Karin Bergquist. “We’re not talking about airplanes trailing colorful banners, but the songs are persistently finding their way into good places.”

The line-up Friday night will consist of a quintet featuring band leaders Karin Bergquist (vocals and guitar) and Linford Detweiler (keyboards and guitar), Jack Henderson on electric guitars and lapsteel, David LaBruyere on bass and Don Heffington on drums.

Ticklepenny Corner, an up-and-coming act from Wisconsin, and local teen sensations, Brownhouse, will open the concert.

“It’s one of our favorite venues,” says Linford Detweiler. “It’s like a family reunion down by the river. And it’s our last outdoor concert of the year which for us, sort of officially marks the end of summer.”