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Music: MusicNOW

By Jason Gargano · March 24th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends
Bryce Dessner’s brainchild, MusicNOW, has evolved into one of the singular musical events in the Midwest, a multi-day festival featuring a like-minded collection of adventurous musicians who relish the opportunity to partake in its laid-back, artist-friendly atmosphere.

Check this list of past performers, many of which appeared at the festival prior to penetrating larger cultural consciousness, a sign of Dessner’s acute curatorial ear: Andrew Bird, The Books, Clogs, The Dirty Projectors, Erik Friedlander, Grizzly Bear, Kronos Quartet, My Brightest Diamond and Sufjan Stevens.

Still, this year might be Dessner’s sweetest lineup yet.

The three-day festival, which takes place at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine March 30-April 1, features performances from Joanna Newsom, a singer/songwriter/ harpist whose sprawling new album, Have One on Me, will only cause her rabid fan base to grow exponentially more fascinated; St.

Vincent, the solo project of singer/ songwriter/guitarist Annie Clark (read Jason's interview with her here); and Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), a gifted singer/songwriter whose most recent full-length, 2008’s gorgeous Emma, Forever Ago, is one of the great breakup albums of the 21st century.

Read Jason Gargano's full interview with Dessner and get event details here.



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