Artists can now electronically submit their music for consideration to perform at MidPoint — which will take place Sept. 24-26 — at www.mpmf.com. You’ll need three original songs and some promo material. Once you submit, various judges will take a listen and decide if you make the cut. The early deadline for submissions is April 17. In order to be considered, you must have submitted by May 1.
Several new venues will be added to the festival this year and we’re planning on having a record number of performers. Plans are also afoot to bring back the daytime music “conference,” where panels of experts will dole out useful advice to musicians attending the fest.
Stay tuned at www.citybeat.com and www.mpmf.com for updates. And mark your calendars now for a special “MPMF09 Reveal Showcase” at the Southgate House on March 13, where we’ll announce even more details.
More Local Notes
• This weekend at the Radisson on the riverfront, the Midwest Winter Beer Festival returns for its second year, where beer lovers can taste brews from around the world. The event, which sold out last year, has expanded to two nights (Friday and Saturday) and will once again donate some proceeds to the fantastic Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation. Named in honor of the late, great local Boogie Woogie piano man, the Foundation pays professional musicians to go to area schools and give free musical presentations to students (something desperately needed in this age of slashed school budgets and lessened arts programs). Go to www.cincybeerfest.com for event details and www.bigjoeduskin.org for more information about the Foundation.
• On Saturday at the Southgate House, superb local Rockabilly band Rumble Club presents the second annual “Psychofest,” featuring like-minded Rockabilly, Psychobilly and Roots Rock bands from around the region. Dubbed “Hoedown From Hell,” the 9 p.m. show features Rumble Club, Dayton Country/Punk crew Akillis Green, Columbus ravers Hells Fire Sinners and Cleveland’s fantastic Whiskey Daredevils, a Garage-y Cowpunk band that sizzles like a modern day Jason and the Scorchers. For more details on the fest, go to www.myspace.com/ psychofestii.
• Great vocal Folk trio Raison D’etre — who do some of the best three-part harmonies you’ll ever hear — are gearing up for a busy 2009. This Saturday at noon at the craft gallery The Kentucky Haus in Newport (kentuckyhaus.com), the group will host an event celebrating the release of Swing Canaries, the trio’s new compilation of Swing Jazz standards. Then, on Feb. 14 at the College Hill Coffee Company, Raison D’etre will celebrate the release of another new album, Tales from the Tall Side, which features mostly new, original material. Both discs are available now at cdbaby.com. (www.raison3.com)
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