Hit up MPMF.com for all of the last-second news about the 10th MidPoint Music Festival (running Thursday-Saturday in venues throughout Over-the-Rhine and Downtown). If you missed it when it appeared in CityBeat a couple of weeks ago, copies of the official MPMF Guide — with write-ups on all 180-plus acts and full fest details — will be plentiful at the event.
If you need to see the performer previews right now, click on over to the Bands page at MPMF.com — you'll be able to scroll through an alphabetical list of every MidPoint act.
You can also learn more about the new features at MidPoint by skimming my recent MPMF roundup story: the MidPoint Midway, ArtWorks' Box Truck Carnival, Biore Strip, expanded all-ages programming, the city's commitment to creating a bikeable MPMF, introduction of day parties, MidPoint Poster Expo, free donuts and free song downloads.
And to help you get ready for MidPoint, check out CityBeat's interviews with MPMF headliners Cut Copy, Booker T. Jones and Lydia Loveless as well as my musings on MidPoint's decade of audio addiction in Cincinnati.
Here are some of the latest MPMF tidbits. Be sure to visit the music blog at CityBeat.com during MidPoint for updates and show reviews throughout MPMF.
• VIP packages have sold out and advanced online ticket sales are over. One-day wristbands ($30) will be available each day at the MidPoint Midway, the outdoor street fair along 12th Street (between Vine and Walnut); three-day wristbands ($49) will also be available there on Thursday only. If you’re just going to one show during MidPoint, you can pay an individual cover charge. Admission to each venue is subject to capacity rules — if you’re dying to see some of the especially popular acts, you might want to arrive early to insure admittance. If a venue fills up and you’re not inside, then you’re out of luck. Get all the latest ticketing details here.
• Since its inception in 2002, there have always been a few cancellations at MPMF (another good reason to keep checking MPMF.com). This year has already seen a few dropouts since we published the official guide. We Are Hex decided to break up a couple of weeks ago, so don’t expect them to perform on the ArtWorks stage Thursday at 10 p.m. (a replacement is forthcoming). Columbus, Ohio’s Andy Cook & The Wanderloons take over the 9:15 p.m. slot vacated by John L. Sullivan Saturday at Couryard Café. On Friday, the 11 p.m. slot at the Vitamin Water Room in the Hanke Building on Main Street, just prior to Gang Gang Dance and previously occupied by the Dance music teaming of Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom, has been filled by another solid Dance music collab: Venus X and $hayne of NYC’s GHE20G0TH1K.
• Our friends at local, forward-thinking promo organization The All Night Party have made a great mobile site for MPMF.11. Bookmark the site — which features the musical lineup, venue info and even an alert to let you know what shows are about to begin — on your smartphone at theallnightparty.com/mpmf. ANP, which has been busy securing licensing deals for several local acts, will also be presenting three days’ worth of daytime "UltraSessions," live, in-studio performances by local artists “with a tiny audience of super-fans,” during MPMF. On Thursday, catch locals The Chocolate Horse (1 p.m.) and Fists of Love (3 p.m.); Friday’s sessions feature The Kickaways (12:30 p.m.) and Mad Anthony (2:30 p.m.); and Saturday’s lineup has The Dukes Are Dead (formerly The Dukes, at 12:30 p.m.) and Jake Speed and the Freddies (2:30 p.m.). Links to secure your free tickets (while they last) to the sessions at Ultrasuede recording studios in Camp Washington can be found at theallnightparty.com.
• At least two local artists will be sporting new releases for MidPoint this year. Rock trio Sparrow Bellows, performing at The Drinkery Saturday at 10 p.m., has put together a new, three-song CD single for the event. The disc — available from the band while the supply of 50 lasts — includes the songs “Trust Your Papa” and “Thousand Recurring Signs,” as well as a hidden track.
• Meanwhile, singer/songwriter Jason Wells and his band for algernon will release their new EP, starling redux, in conjunction with the group’s MPMF performance Friday, 11:30 p.m. at Media Bridges. The seven-track release features material from Wells’ previous album, oh, my starling, reconfigured and performed with the current edition of for algernon (now an eight-piece unit).
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