Tom Tom Club: Heads Above, Groove Below

This year, Frantz and Weymouth are taking Tom Tom Club — including two additional singers, Victoria Clamp and Jamaican-born Mystic Bowie, scratcher Kid Ginseng and keyboard/percussionist Bruce Martin — out for a few fall shows in advance of next year’s big 30th anniversary plans. The group is doing just 10 dates on the East and West coasts, including a headlining gig Saturday night at the MidPoint Music Festival.

How’d Cincinnati get so lucky? It turns out Frantz has close roots in the region. He and Weymouth even got married at a Presbyterian church in Washington, Ky., a historic settlement along the Ohio River near Maysville, in 1977.

“I was born in Fort Campbell because my dad was in the Army — he was a West Pointer,” Frantz says by phone from his home. “My mother is from Kentucky and my grandfather and grandmother retired to Washington. My grandfather was born and raised there, and he went back and bought the house he grew up in and restored it. My mom donated it to some people who were starting a museum.”


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