OTR’s Ghost Baby Sets the Stage for Expanding Live Performances

GB_logoStarting this month, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, university theatre performers and regional cabaret headliners will span musical genres four nights a week

CINCINNATI, October 8, 2020 – Ghost Baby in Over-the-Rhine was designed specifically to surprise and welcome its guests, or denizens, with open hospitality and a see-it-to-believe-it experience. Live music has been as much a part of Ghost Baby as the carefully detailed décor, art, color palette, cocktails, wine list and arched limestone walls wrapping the rooms. Shortly after opening this past February, the establishment closed due to the pandemic and since July has been pushing forward even with a current 10 p.m. last call curfew limiting attendance.

“We always envisioned Ghost Baby as a spot for people to come and find something new every time they join us,” said founder Josh Heuser. “Music plays an important role in our experience, but we don’t want people to identify us by the type of music we play. We want the overall experience to
be why they come.” Case in point: Ghost Baby has been energizing audiences on Friday and Saturday nights with a mix of artists ranging from R&B to hip hop to jazz stylings to the brass of the Ghost Baby House Band curated by Afrochine.

As one of the first venues to safely usher back live music in Cincinnati, the Ghost Baby team has been carefully establishing protocols to protect performers and audiences through socially distanced banquettes and cocktail seating, table service and separate entrances and backstage rooms for the artists. Starting this month, Ghost Baby will double down by expanding live performances to Wednesday and Thursday evenings and opening up the main room dubbed The Den. “We’re not only expanding the number of nights,” said Heuser. “ We’re expanding the style of performances you’ll be able to discover.”

Through an exclusive partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, CSO musicians will be performing once again within walking distance of their iconic Music Hall home on Thursdays in October and November from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “The CSO is happy to partner with Ghost Baby and continue to find outlets to share music with Cincinnati. We hope guests will enjoy the talent and passion our musicians have for performing live music, especially in such a unique space.” said Jonathan Martin, President, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

GB_Ghostlight CabaretGhost Baby is also adding another layer of performance with the premiere of the new Wednesday night “Ghostlight Cabaret,” an homage to all of the talented professional and community performers who have had the traditional “ghostlight” lit on their stages across the region while live musical theatre has been paused by the pandemic. “We were struck by the realities of all of the theatres and performers who have been impacted by the closures throughout our neighborhood and city,” said Heuser. “The irony of a “ghostlight” representing a safe haven on a dark stage waiting for performances to begin again was not lost on us.” Ghostlight Cabaret presented by Ghost Baby draws on the history of the neighborhood that in the 1870s boasted Heuck’s Opera House, The People’s Theatre and countless vaudeville and variety showplaces and today is home to the city’s ever-growing theatre district. Ghostlight Cabaret will feature regional cabaret
performers and university student headliners and start each performance with a live Open Mic showcase at 6 p.m. where anyone who has been missing their chance to perform can bring sheet  music and sign up for a spot on stage that night with CCM faculty member Steve Goers at the piano.

The premiere performance will feature an evening of burlesque with Queen Bee Cabaret on Wednesday, October 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. Ghostlight continues October 21 with headliner Spring Starr Pillow at 7:30 p.m. preceded by the Open Mic showcase. Beth Ann Wipprecht will headline November 4 at 7:30 p.m. with the Open Mic showcase again beginning at 6 p.m. The plan is to produce an ongoing series of performances that celebrate the numerous talents that have been waiting in the wings for far too long this year.

Ghost Baby is located at 1314 Republic Street and is currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended for live performances and can be made at www.ghost-baby.com.

For a complete list of upcoming events visit www.ghost-baby.com/events

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