After a year that saw record attendance numbers, the MidPoint Music Festival is set to return to the clubs and venues of downtown Cincinnati Sept. 22-25. This year’s MPMF marks the event’s 10th anniversary.
On Friday, the fest begins accepting submissions from all bands and solo artists interested in performing at 2011’s MPMF. Those acting fast receive discounted entry fees. The “introductory” submission period is open until Tuesday; the “early” submission period runs March 2-31. After that, the regular entry rate kicks in; submissions will be accepted until May 16.
The submissions will be processed through Sonicbids again this year. The artists’ EPKs should include three original songs, as well as a bio, press clips and photos.
Visit mpmf.com for the submission link and more info.
And stay tuned to CityBeat, citybeat.com and mpmf.com (as well as their corresponding Facebook pages and Twitter feeds) for the latest MPMF updates. In addition to announcements about new features for the festival, ticketing info and showcasing artists, the next few months will also bring news on the MidPoint Indie Summer Series. The free Friday night concerts on Fountain Square (featuring local, regional and national acts) return for a third year beginning June 3 and running throughout the summer.
More Local Notes
• Friday at The Redmoor in Mount Lookout Square, two of Cincinnati’s longest running Jam bands — Jerry’s Little Band and Spookfloaters — team up for the second annual Tie Dye Ball.
Some of the $10 ticket charge and all of the proceeds from the event’s raffles (prizes include a Fender electric/acoustic guitar from Willis Music and other goodies from Lookout Joe, Habanero, Susan's Natural World and Keepsake Photography Studio) will be donated to the locally-based Play It Forward group, a non-profit organization that helps musician in need during financial and/or medical crises. Those attending must wear something tie-dye, but items will be available at the door if your wardrobe is lacking.
• New Hard Rock five-piece One Last makes its live debut this Thursday at The Mad Hatter in Covington. It’s a bit of a supergroup, with members hailing from such popular Hard Rock/Metal acts as A Nervous Wreck, Triad and Soul Casket. One Last is currently working on an album, with hopes for a spring release. Thursday’s 8 p.m. show also features Pumpkin Slut, Lovalon and Albedo Zero. For more on One Last, visit www.myspace.com/onelastproject.
•�In CityBeat’s roundup of the best local releases of 2010, in a mention about The Koala Fires’ two releases I inadvertently pronounced the band dead. But I’m happy to report that I was totally wrong — they were only sleeping. The band reconfigured itself upon the departure of member Kendall Bruns (also a noted filmmaker, currently living in Chicago), writing new material and working in a couple of new Koalas. The band — which now includes Matt Retherford (The Turnbull AC’s) on drums and Matthew Zink (Fizzgig) on bass — comes “back from the dead” this Sunday, opening for Indie faves Say Hi at the Southgate House. (www.koalafires.com)
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