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MidPoint Indie Summer 2012 Lineup Announced

By Mike Breen · May 16th, 2012 · Spill It
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The lineup for this summer’s edition of the wildly successful MidPoint Indie Summer series has been released and, once again, it’s loaded with some of the best local artists around. It also features several MPMF alumni and an impressive array of international talent, with acts from as far away as Australia and Timbuktu (literally!) coming to town to perform at the free, every-Friday-this-summer concerts on Fountain Square. The Indie Summer events are programmed and sponsored by CityBeat’s MidPoint Music Festival (mpmf.com), which returns Sept. 27-29 to various venues in and around Over-the-Rhine. 

On the local tip, the Indie Summer series features many of the top names in Cincinnati music, including The Seedy Seeds, The Cliftones, You, You’re Awesome, The Harlequins, Seabird, The Pinstripes, Belle Histoire and Wussy, which headlines the series’ finale on Aug. 31 with R. Ring (featuring Mike Montgomery of locals Ampline and Kelley Deal from Dayton’s Breeders). Cincinnati Pop/Rock legends psychodots perform as part of the series for the first time on June 29, a rare live performance for the trio (outside of its usual annual appearances around Thanksgiving).

Here is the full lineup so far. Stay tuned to mpmf.com and the music blog at citybeat.com for updates and additions.

June 1: The Bright Light Social Hour (Austin, Tex.); Buffalo Killers; The Kickaways

June 8: The Dynamites (Nashville); Khaira Arby and her Band (Timbuktu, Mali, Africa); The Pinstripes

June 15: The Seedy Seeds; Wymond Miles (of The Fresh & Onlys, San Francisco); Belle Histoire

June 22: Art vs Science (Australia); You, You’re Awesome; Shadowraptr

June 29: psychodots (openers TBA)

July 6: Lydia Loveless (Columbus); Patrick Sweany (Nashville); The Ready Stance 

July 13: Seabird; The Harlequins; Jon Drake and The Shakes (Chicago) 

July 20: Ha Ha Tonka (Springfield, Mo.); Izzy and the Catastrophics (New York); The Ridges (Athens, Ohio)

July 27: Orgone (Los Angeles); The Cliftones; Eclipse 


3: Bear Hands (Brooklyn); Lightning Love (Ann Arbor, Mich.); Fort Lean (Brooklyn)

Aug. 10: Budos Band (New York); Kansas City Bible Company (Nashville); Sidewalk Chalk (Chicago) 

Aug. 17: Class Actress (Brooklyn)

Aug. 31: Wussy; R.Ring 

The MidPoint Indie Summer concerts start at 7 p.m. each Friday this summer. Music lovers of all ages are welcome to attend.

More Local Notes

• You don’t have to be a runner to have a great time at Saturday’s GoOTR 5K race. Over-the-Rhine will be feted this Saturday with a “Summer Celebration” party on Vine Street between 12th and 13th streets. The event runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and, along with food and other vendors, there will be a few great local bands performing. Scheduled to perform (in order of appearance): The Cincy Brass, Josh Eagle & the Harvest City, Wussy, the Blue Wisp’s Young Lions band (featuring local legend Philip Paul), the Young Professionals Choral Collective and Shiny and the Spoon. For complete info, visit gootr.org. 

• Local Jazz keyboardist Dan Karlsberg has assembled a new sextet that has “all-star” written all over it. Joining Karlsberg in The Nati 6 are veteran players Mike Wade (trumpet), Brent Gallaher (saxophone), Marc Fields (trombone), Jim Anderson (bass) and Art Gore (drums). Karlsberg — whose trio with current New Yorkers Steve Whipple and Anthony Lee has a new album due later this year — says The 6 plays a mix of his original compositions as well as new arrangements of familiar songs. You can catch The Nati 6 this Saturday at 2 p.m. when they perform a free show at the downtown Public Library. The show is part of the Library’s “Jazz of the Month” series, which this month features a bonus concert on May 26 (2 p.m.) with pianist Phil DeGreg and vibraphonist Rusty Burge performing as a duo. The Nati 6’s next show after Saturday is June 1 at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club. (www.dankarlsberg.com)

• The Party in the Park music series, a Cincinnati tradition for the past 32 years, returns starting this Wednesday and runs every Wednesday through July 25. The shows feature a different area cover band each week — Naked Karate Girls kick off the PitP season — and are free to attend. The events run 5-10 p.m. Visit www.party-in-the-park.com for the full summer lineup. 

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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