Concert preview: Ohio songwriters

Joel Oliphint
Lizard McGee of Earwig

At its best, a stripped-down, acoustic version of a song can reveal something new and profound — something that may have been previously obscured by distortion or drums or a grumpy sound guy. To make the skeletal, so-called unplugged version work, though, the original song has to be a winner, and on Saturday, June 10, the Big Room Bar is hosting a slate of Ohio songwriters known for #winning.

Lizard McGee of Earwig just releasedSpooky Jets at a Distance, a solo acoustic take on last year's excellentPause for the Jets; he'll play this bare-bones set before heading to the UK for a short solo tour. Cincinnati'sChuck Cleaver is best known for his work in the Ass Ponys and Wussy, a band that has yet to release a weak rock record.Sue Harshe of Fort Shame and Scrawl is a seasoned performer and songwriter who hasn't lost her edge. A soloKyle Sowash is a rare thing and a great way to listen close to some of those Kyle Sowashes songs that are probably funnier than you remember.Kyle Melton of Smug Brothers is no stranger to a lo-fi setup; Guided by Voices fans take note.(Don't miss it)

Big Room Bar

8 p.m. Saturday, June 10

1036 S. Front St., Brewery District