From doo-wop to blues, R&B to funk, Leroy Ellington has proven himself a skilled and versatile performer. With his new band, Sacred Hearts, and its new, full-length EP, "Sanctified," Ellington has added another genre to his musical portfolio -- soul.
Ellington brings Sacred Hearts to the Behringer-Crawford Museum stage on Thursday, June 6, as part of the 2019 Music@BCM concert series.
He has been performing for more than three decades and has been nominated for five Cincinnati Music Awards. With his group, The E-Funk Band, Ellington became a staple on the Cincinnati music scene, performing at night clubs and corporate events for over 20 years. He has shared the stage with numerous national acts, including Tower of Power, The Commodores, Glen Campbell, the Platters, The Drifters, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, and Little Anthony, among others.
Ellington's Sacred Hearts includes some of the region's most prominent musicians, including Ellington on lead vocals and saxophone, Mike Grosser on bass guitar, Marcos Sastre on guitar and vocals, Charlie Fletcher on keys and vocals, Max Gise on guitar and Shawn Elsbernd on drums and vocals.
Sacred Hearts' "Sanctified" debuted in February at #8 on The Roots Music Report, with the single "Good Time Blues" at #4. According to broadcaster Gil Anthony of Blues Power, "Sanctified is definitely on holy ground when it comes to the sound of great blue-eyed soul."
Music@BCM's concerts are held in Behringer-Crawford Museum's outdoor amphitheater at 1600 Montague Road - Devou Park, Covington KY 41011. Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments available for sale and the concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Concert-goers are invited to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under, who can participate in a new Kids' Music Club offering free children's activities during the concert. Concert-goers who ride their bikes to Music@BCM are admitted free, courtesy of the Devou Good Project. Parking is free. Adult beverages are available for purchase. Attendees can also purchase food by Colonial Cottage of Erlanger, KY, supporting local community organizations.
The Music@BCM series continues June 13 with the Mount Auburn Brass and then each Thursday through August 15 with the exception of July 4. Guests are encouraged to check the museum's website, www.bcmuseum.org, or call 859-491-4003 to confirm the schedule.
Music@BCM is sponsored by:
Ashley Development, KW Mechanical, Hummel Hatfield Insurance Agency,
Ersatz & Moot Point Railway Company and the Alumni of WNOP Jazz,
Ruth Faragher & Family, George & Margaret McLane Foundation
and the William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
And supported by:
Colonial Cottage, The Devou Good Project, Johnny’s Car Wash and Reality Tuesday Café