The event returns April 6 and 7 to five venues around the University of Cincinnati in the Clifton Heights neighborhood, which (like Over-the-Rhine and other parts of the city) is on the verge of a huge revitalization. The event has run biannually since debuting in 2009.
Like seemingly every Clifton Heights Music Festival fest, this year brings some changes. The first is the event’s name, which is now simply The Heights Music Festival. Organizer Far-I-Rome is also adding a “Day Fest” this year on Saturday. Day Fest events are open to all ages and run from 3-6 p.m.
The nighttime music runs from 7 p.m. until about 1 a.m.
Rohs Street Café (245 W McMillan St., Clifton Heights; www.rohsstreetcafe.com) is also all-ages, not just Saturday but throughout the fest. On Friday, April 6, Rohs has The DeBauches, Incline District, Shoot Out The Lights, The Minor Leagues and Josh Eagle & The Harvest City. Rohs’ eclectic Saturday Day Fest lineup features Jessi Bair & Noah Wotherspoon, Greg Zoller, Sound Museum and The Stratfords. Dan Orlando kicks off Rohs’ April 7 night festivities at 7 p.m., followed by Us, Today, Gorges, Cabin and Archer’s Paradox.
Roxx Electrocafe (214 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights; www.roxx.biz) is also open to all ages all the time. On April 6, the gaming café features Dick Reynolds, Blue Caboose, The Apricots, Indigo Wild and Sullivan. On April 7, Roxx’s presents Animal Mother, Elia Goat & His Natural Horns, Wonky Tonk and Michael McIntire & The Marmalade Brigade (from 3-6 p.m.), then, Saturday night, they’ll have Emily & The Complexes, Merely The Mocs, Bright Eyed Youth, Bull Dancer and Sassy Molasses.
Christy’s Biergarten (151 West McMillan St., Clifton Heights; www.christysandlenhardts.com) welcomes rockers Chakras, The Black Owls, State Song, the Zachary Burns Band and Mad Anthony on April 6Dead Beat Dolls, The Altered Statesmen, Vivid Youth and The Ohms. On the night of April 7, Christy’s hosts The Comforts, Kissing Daylight, Lemon Sky, The Never Setting Suns, Automagik and Skeetones.
Mac’s Pizza Pub (205 West McMillan St., Clifton Heights; macspizzapub.com) opens the fest April 6 with Lunchbox, Pharaoh Loosey, Majestic Man, Revenge Pinata and Perfect Norm. Saturday afternoon’s Day Fest at Mac’s features The Ghost Trees, The Turkeys and Jimmelegs. For the nighttime lineup April 7, Mac’s has Sassafraz, Jamwave, The MJ’s Blues, Plastic Inevitables, Lackluster and Loudmouth.
Baba Budan’s (239 West McMillan St., Clifton Heights; www.bababudans.com) April 6 lineup kicks off with a comedy set hosted by Mack Harden at 7 p.m., followed by Big Rock Club, Belle Histoire, Playfully Yours, The Instruction and The Kickaways. Day Fest at Baba’s features Deadwood Floats, The Ridges, Evans Collective and The Yugos. And later on April 7, Baba’s hosts Dinosaurs & Thunder, The Desert Gun, Those Guys, The Natives, Trademark Aaron, Da 3rd Element, SHADOWRAPTR and Eclipse.
Tickets are available now through www.cincyticket.com. Individual passes for April 6 and 7 are just $5 in advance. You can also purchase a two-day pass for $10 in advance. For full details on The Heights Music Festival, visit www.theheightsmusicfestival.com.
More Local Notes
• Blazing West Chester rockers Total Dudes are celebrating their fifth anniversary and the birth of their new baby — their latest recording, Top of the Dude Chain — this Saturday at downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar. The swaggering, hard-charging, Punk-fueled trio is joined by Chiva Knievel and Stained Glass Jesus for the 10 p.m. show. Admission is $5. Give the Dudes a listen at www.reverbnation.com/totaldudesrocks.
• The online review site Yelp is teaming up with more than 30 local non-profits for what sounds like an amazing event this Friday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Clifton Ave. The Yelp Helps After School Special party will feature free food and drinks from several local establishments, performances and displays from local arts and music organizations, info on the various non-profits involved and lots of other “extracurriculars.” There will also be live music from great local Indie rockers The Never Setting Suns, and DJ E will spin throughout the party, which runs from 8-10 p.m. Visit Yelp.com’s Cincinnati site and search “Yelp Helps” for more details and to RSVP.
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