The names of many of the performers for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival (coming up Sept. 23-25) have been leaking out gradually over the past few months, but the first official schedule is now available at mpmf.com. The interactive grid allows you to choose Thursday, Friday or Saturday's lineups and scroll across the 26 venues, then click on any performer name to get details.
If you haven’t been privy to the acts announced so far, here’s a taste: Tom Tom Club (pictured), Best Coast, Surfer Blood, Justin Townes Earl, A Place to Bury Strangers, Caribou, Van Dyke Parks and Japan’s legendary Shonen Knife.
Some of the more recent bookings announced include Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (which was booked for last year’s MPMF until a serious van accident on the way to Cincinnati forced them to cancel) and the reunited Babe the Blue Ox, an amazing trio (now quartet) that played in Cincinnati so much in the ’90s (and had such a huge local following) they were like an honorary local band.Cowpunk pioneers Jason & the Scorchers, who deserve a lot of credit for helping to create the whole AltCountry thang, were just added to the Southgate House slate (anchoring the Sept.
25 show). That night's lineup isn't updated yet at mpmf.com.
Elf Power, one of the cornerstone members of the Elephant 6 Indie Pop collective (which also launched Indie heavyweights Neutral Milk Hotel, The Apples in Stereo and Of Montreal), will jazz things up at the Blue Wisp Sept. 25.Fountain Square will be hopping MPMF week with all-ages shows, headlined by cool Atlanta Indie crew O’ Brother (sort of a gentler, American cousin of Muse and Radiohead) on Sept. 24 and awesome keys-driven rockers Oh My God on Sept. 25.
Also expect to see lots of familiar locals (both new and veteran) on the bills, including Wussy, Oso Bear, Mad Anthony, Hickory Robot, The Fairmount Girls, Kry Kids, Pete Dressman and the 6 Five Shooters, State Song, No No Knots, The Hiders, The Western, The Rubber Knife Gang, Grooveshire, Seabird, Eric Tepe Band, Eat Sugar, Enlou, The Seedy Seeds, The Lions Rampant, Come on Caboose, Soapland, J. Dorsey Blues Revival, Cash Flagg, da muttss, Eclipse, Goose, Daughters & Sons, Banderas, The Tillers, The Sundresses, Oxford Cotton, Chaselounge, Pomegranates, Mack West, The Prohibitionists, Culture Queer, Josiah Wolf (from Why?), Darlene, Wade Baker, Shiny and the Spoon, The Harlequins and — phew! — a ton more.
New MPMF venues this year include Jack Potts Tavern and MOTR (both on Main Street), ArtWorks (in their new location on Central Parkway), Neon’s Uplugged (the recently-reopened space off Main Street), the Cincinnati Club on Garfield Place and The Main Event downtown.MPMF wristbands are on sale now for $39 (buy them here). They'll get you access to everything at MidPoint, including a "Secret Show" to be announced at the last minute.