There have also been a couple of other MPMF09 developments. The first performer for the fest has been announced — ex-Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit will appear at MidPoint this fall.
Also, the initial lineup for the 2009 Indie Summer Series at Fountain Square (this year sponsored by MidPoint) has been revealed. The free, every- Friday-evening event kicks off May 29 with Peter Adams, The Fairmount Girls and Iolite. Other highlights include a few “late” shows that will have an extra band added in the 10 p.m. slot. Chicago’s Mucca Pazza plays June 26, Wussy has the 10 p.m. slot on July 17 and Bad Veins will have that slot on July 24, when they present the CD release party for their debut album for Dangerbird Records.
Other artists playing the free series this year include Kim Taylor, The Hiders, Cari Clara, Cash Flagg, Pomegranates, Culture Queer, The Damn Thing, Freekbass, Abiyah, Eagle to Squirrel, Enlou, The Tigerlilies, Roundhead, A Decade to Die For, You, You’re Awesome and the debut show by Mysts of Time, a new group featuring members of The Cincinnati Suds.
For the full lineup so far, check the blogs at citybeat.com.
More Local Notes
• Area Rock station 97.3 FM The Sound presents “The Local Sound Live” this Friday at the Madison Theater in Covington. The station has been featuring local bands during its “The Local Sound” feature and also has a local hub online (973thesound.com), with free downloads from several bands. This Friday’s 7 p.m. show includes Calloused, 8Kount, Livid, The Paramedic, Intruder, Solid Six, Oh God The Terror and Seventh Inning Stretch.
• If you are a fan of Surf music, you don’t often have a lot of live music choices in the Cincinnati area. But this Saturday, the Southgate House in Newport will see a wave of solid Surf acts flood the ballroom stage. Local go-to Surf bands Don’t Fear the Reverb and The Maladroits round out a bill that includes Detroit’s The Volcanos and Chicago’s Roger & The Wraybands. Showtime is 8 p.m. (kokopellistages.com)
• Novelist/playwright/performer Nathan Singer joins new Garage Blues band Voodoo Puppet for a show this Saturday at Adis’ Place in Anderson Township. Singer — whose spoken word pieces are sometimes backed by Blues and who has written a fictional novel about Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf — has even more Blues in his future. This fall, Bleak House Books is set to publish Delta Blues, a collection of short stories set in the Mississippi Delta, that will feature a story from Singer as well as big-timer John Grisham and several other writers. (voodoopuppet.net; nathansinger.net)
• The “Tunes & Blooms” free shows at the Cincinnati Zoo close out this Thursday with an evening full of amazing and diverse Bluegrass music. The Comet Bluegrass Allstars and Rumpke Mountain Boys play in the Zoo’s gardens this Thursday starting at 6 p.m. (cincinnatizoo.org)
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