Top 5 Scandalous Events This Week

From the Black Sox to Mapplethorpe, the Queen City is a known venue for cultural clashes and controversy. Stay scandalous this week with these events guaranteed to offend someone’s sensibilities.
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Photograph via Riverbend Music Center

1. Mac Sabbath
Your long wait is over. The gods of “Drive Thru Metal” will be bringing their unique deep-fried brand of Black Sabbath covers to Cincinnati’s Bogart’s this Friday. Hardcore Ozzy and Dio fans alike will appreciate greasy parody versions of classic Sabbath hits such as “Frying Pan” (“Iron Man”), “More Ribs” (“War Pigs”), and “Pair-a-buns” (“Paranoid”). Needless to say, Mac Sabbath’s oozy doom fuzz will be supplemented by plenty of extra cheese. Fri, September 4 at 7 p.m., Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Clifton, $16 tickets, (513)872-8801,

2. The 1919 Tour
Serious baseball fans should not miss this walking tour that frames Cincinnati as the heart of America’s favorite pastime through the lense of the Reds’ infamous 1919 World Series title. In addition to touring several significant locations relating to the Black Sox Scandal, the tour will also cover less seedy historical events that happened in Cincinnati, such as the merging of the American and National Leagues, and the creation of the World Series. Tour leaves promptly at 10:30 a.m., so plan to arrive early. Sat, September 5 at 10:30 a.m., tour meets at Cincinnati USA Visitor Center in Fountain Square, $20 tickets, (513) 769-7923,

3. Cin City Burlesque
Leave the kids at home (obviously). Cincinnati’s hometown burlesque group returns this Saturday with their latest show, Under the Covers. Recently named the Best Ohio Burlesque Troupe for 2015, Cin City features dancers well-versed in dancing styles that include pointe, tap, and classic Broadway styles. Sometimes sexy, often silly, they dance well and they look good doing it. Sat, September 5 at 7 p.m., Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Clifton, tickets start at $21.15, (513)872-8801,

4. Van Halen w/The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Van Halen was hardcore when you were still in diapers. Or at least, they were hardcore when their current bassist, Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen, was in diapers. Just as Eddie has shared his band with his son, hardcore Cincy fathers shouldn’t hesitate to share one of the loudest and biggest bands of their generation with their hardcore sons. Also, any Van Halen fan knows that anytime Diamond Dave and Eddie are on stage together, the resulting spectacle is more explosive than any fireworks. Mon, August 31 at 7:30 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., lawn tickets for $35, (513)232-6220,

5. Five Finger Death Punch
With a name like that, right? U.S. Bank Arena is going to be a dangerously hardcore place when these two titans of radio hard rock take the stage. Not actually dangerous though; for this show you can expect more fists in the air than in the face. 5FDP just released their new album Got Your Six, so DeathPunchheads can expect to hear new material as well as hits from classic albums like The Way of the Fist and War is the Answer. Openers include In This Moment and From Ashes to New. Sat, September 5 at 6:15 p.m., U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Street, Downtown, tickets start at $39.75, (513)421-4111,

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