The CincyPunk Fest has emerged as one of the most popular benefit concerts in the region, raising money for various charities since its inception a decade ago. For CincyPunk Fest 10, the event returns to Newport’s Southgate House this Saturday and Sunday under new management and with a lineup full of some of the top music-makers in Cincinnati. And, despite its name, the fest is again a showcase for much more than just Punk Rock.
The “CincyPunk” name is a holdover from founder Adam Rosing’s days operating the locally focused, Punk-centric Web site of the same name. This year, Rosing has handed over management duties to his brother Nate Rosing, who runs the local music blog Broken Mic. Another change this year — attendees can purchase tickets in advance to ensure entry (the fest usually sells out). Tickets, which are $10, can be purchased at the Southgate, Northside’s Shake It Records or online at HYPERLINK "http://www.ticketfly.com/"www.ticketfly.com (find direct links at southgatehouse.com).
CincyPunk Fest has raised over $32,000 for different charities since 2005. This year, proceeds from the festival will go to Save Our Shelter Dogs, a Northern Kentucky-based animal rescue organization, and NECCO, which provides foster care services for needy children and young adults.
This year’s CincyPunk Fest features Rock & Roll, Punk Rock, Indie Pop, Pop Rock, Folk, Roots Rock, comedy and more, spread out in all three of the venue’s performances spaces. A “surprise reunited band” from Cincy music’s past is slated to play the fest in the ballroom at 11:30 p.m.
Saturday. Start your guesses! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. both nights.
Performing Friday: The Lions Rampant, Banderas, The Dopamines, Situation Red, The Dukes, Super Stupid, The Kickaways, The Frankl Project, Loudmouth, SHADOWRAPTR, The Junkards, Horse Cop, The Mormon Rockwells, comedians Matt Stanton and Justin Schaefer, Tupelo Honey, The Western, Wonky Tonk, Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, Kristen Kreft and Hello Hello
Performing Saturday: State Song, The Minor Leagues, The Guitars, Alone at 3am, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Animal Circles, Swear Jar, Army Coach, The Harlequins, Oso Bear, Never Setting Suns, Mala In Se, Martin Luther and the Kings, Josh Eagle and the Harvest City, The Turkeys, Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues, Painwater, Sam Banta and Tuck Me In.
Local Music Blooms at the Zoo
It’s always cool to hear local music in unexpected places, like, for example, movie trailers for major motion pictures (you can hear Buckra in the trailer for Meet Monica Velour and Foxy Shazam in some of the commercials for Your Highness). Hearing local music live in unexpected places can be even cooler. And it’s become less unexpected at the Cincinnati Zoo, which has featured solid local bands annually for its springtime Tunes & Blooms concerts for the past several years.
The program returns to celebrate the Zoo’s blooming gardens every Thursday in April, once again boasting a strong lineup of local acts. This Thursday’s kick-off concert features two of Greater Cincinnati’s best Americana outfits, Magnolia Mountain and Rubber Knife Gang. April 14’s show stars danceable Indie Rock acts No No Knots (gearing up for a hiatus soon) and Walk the Moon, the local foursome recently featured on Last Call with Carson Daly. The April 21 Tunes & Blooms has Folk trio The Tillers and Electro/Indie/Folk crew The Seedy Seeds. The series closes out April 28 with more rootsy goodness in the form of Jake Speed and the Freddies and The Turkeys.
Admission is free (after 5 p.m.) and music runs from 6-8:30 p.m. each week. For more info, visit www.cincinnatizoo.org.
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