Sad but seemingly true, the long tradition of the "Cincinnati Entertainment Awards", a staple of the local music community, seems to have died. My daughter pointed it out to me the other day.
It was an event that was put on by CityBeat and featured the best and brightest of local bands in all kinds of music (from rock to punk to bluegrass to hip-hop, you name it). It also featured "best new bands" which would get a showcase at Bogart's in mid-January (and a big write-up in CityBeat). The actual awards events had been held at the Madison in recent years in late January.
I've attended some of these events over the years, more so in recent years due to Leggy. They were nominated for "best new band" 2 years ago and I attended the Bogart's showcase, where there was a massive crowd (at least 1,000 people I'm guessing).
Leggy was nominated for "Artist of the Year" last year (they didn't win) but the awards event at the Madison (with lots of live performances) was also attended massively.
Now, nothing. Wow, just wow.
(I should point out that CityBeat got sold a year or 2 ago to an out of town (I think Nashville) buyer. CityBeat has also since then relinquished the programming/organizing of MidPoint, to less than stellar effect, IMHO.)
Now it's all gone. Why, oh why?