OVER THE RHINE Returns to the Lincoln Theatre Tonight

OVER THE RHINE Returns to the Lincoln Theatre Tonight

Described as a "sometimes pensive, often poetic, and continually progressive folk-pop ensemble," the Cincinnati-based, husband-and-wife team of Over the Rhine has been making music for more than 20 years. Fronted by Karin Bergquist's torchy, devil-may-care voice brimming with Midwestern soul, the band is led by brilliant keyboardist and songwriter Linford Detweiler who can seamlessly move from avant garde jazz to whisper-quiet folk subtleties to flat out rock.

CAPA presents Over the Rhine at 8pm tonight, December 14, at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.). Tickets are $28.50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

Students between the ages of 13-19 may purchase $5 PNC Arts Alive All Access tickets while available.

Over the Rhine began in 1990 as a conventional four-piece rock band, albeit one far more in tune with the nuances of songcraft than its three-chord, grunge-era contemporaries. Adopting the name of the gritty Cincinnati neighborhood called Over-The-Rhine, the group quickly became a local sensation and graduated from sold-out weekend club dates to opening tours for Adrian Belew and Bob Dylan. Two lavishly packaged independent records later, the group was signed to IRS, which re-released their second record, Patience.

Seeking artistic autonomy, the band returned to independence for Good Dog Bad Dog, a collection of glorified demos and home recordings that nonetheless eventually out-sold the band's three previous releases combined, and knit the band tightly to its fan base which had come to hang on the group's every move.