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Downtown’s Festive Musical Weekend

By Mike Breen · May 23rd, 2012 · Spill It
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If you spend any of this long Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati, there’s a really good chance you’ll hear some of the best music makers in the area doing their thang. Two festivals will be competing for your ears.

• Friday and Saturday at Sawyer Point, the inaugural MadLove Music Festival is set to bring the riverfront alive with art installations, a little comedy, several DJs and numerous local and regional live acts from the worlds of Hip Hop, Electronic music and Indie Rock. DJ Sinceer, DJ Deepfro, DJ Sab and DJ Fursur will host and DJ both days on the main stage. 

Friday, things kick off at 5 p.m. at the P&G Pavilion stage, where music runs until 11 p.m. Friday’s lineup is focused on local Hip Hop and Electronic/Dance artists, including Knolls, Monty C. Benjamin, Cal Scruby, Those Guys, Olu, YZE, Neon Medusa and Manic Focus.

Saturday’s music kicks off at 3 p.m. (gates open at 1 p.m.). MadLove features a second stage Saturday hosted by DJ Kombat and Jake the Ripper. Performers include great Hip Hop acts The Natives, Joey Mack and Valley High, plus rockers like The Kickaways. 

Saturday’s main stage lineup includes live, improv-happy Electronica band Skeetones, Rock favorites The Lions Rampant, AltRock act The Driving Rain, strong Hip Hop up-and-comer Santino Corleon and a few Ohio-but-not-Cincy acts, like Cleveland’s acclaimed rapper Chip Tha Ripper, Cleveland Hip Hop/Rock crew iPhonic, very young Columbus Electro/Alt/Pop group Liberty Deep Down and Columbus’ popular “Schizoid Pop” duo Twenty One Pilots, which is signed to Fueled By Ramen (home to Fun., Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship and other heavyweights over the years).

Two-day passes for MadLove are available for $20 through cincyticket.com. Tickets for Friday are $15, while Saturday-only tickets are also $20. “Half of all sponsored funds generated” go to the Cincinnati City Pools Fundraiser to help keep more public pools open this summer.

For full details on the MadLove Music Festival, visit www.madlovemusicfestival.com. 

• Taste of Cincinnati has not only been locals’ annual chance to sample some of the best food in their hometown. It’s also a good chance to sample an array of local musical acts.

While the lineups are starting to seem interchangeable year to year, the artists booked are invited back regularly for a reason — they’re damn good. 

Taste runs Saturday-Monday along Fifth Street between Race and Broadway streets. 

Artists scheduled to appear Saturday include The Faux Frenchmen, Cincy Brass, Magnolia Mountain and The Kickaways. Sunday’s lineup includes Pete Dressman & S.U.N., Shiny and the Spoon, The Minor Leagues, Buffalo Killers, The Lions Rampant and 500 Miles to Memphis. (There will be several good local comedians performing Saturday and Sunday night as well.) 

On Monday, the annual “Spirit of Katie Reider Award,” given to a local musician doing positive things for their community and named for the late local singer/songwriter Katie Reider, will be dolled out at 1 p.m., followed by previous recipient Kelly Thomas and her band the Fabulous Pickups. Other Monday performers include The Sonny Moorman Band, Ricky Nye Inc., The Tracy Walker Band and The G. Burton Story. 

For the full lineup visit www.tasteofcincinnati.com.

More Local Notes

• In the past, local music veteran Larry Goshorn (Sacred Mushroom, Pure Prairie League, Goshorn Bros.) has supported the non-profit Play It Forward organization, which helps musicians (who are often uninsured) with health care and other costs. So when Goshorn recently broke a couple of bones and tore a tendon in his ankle, it’s not surprising that PiF had his back. This Saturday at Mount Lookout’s Redmoor club, Play It Forward hosts a benefit concert, with all proceeds going to assist Goshorn with his medical bills. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the lineup features The Bluebirds, The Heaters, Tickled Pink, Balderdash, Willy D, Jeff Walkup, The New Lime and several surprise guests. Tickets are $10. (www.pifcincy.org)

• Creative Director for Hip Hop youth center Elementz, Akhe Abdullah, will celebrate the release of his new instrumental album, Journey: The Sound of Life, this Friday at Elementz’s new spot downtown at 1100 Race St. The free, 6 p.m. event includes a listening party for the new album and a short presentation from the artist himself about his “journey as a musician.” (journeyonakhe.tumblr.com)

• Sedamsville AltRock crew Damn It To Hell unleashes its first recording, a self-titled EP, this Friday at downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar. The band’s catchy sound is influenced by artists like Nirvana, The Pixies, Foo Fighters and Modest Mouse. Automagik and Nobody Jones open the 9 p.m. show (damnittohell.bandcamp.com)

• Tribal Rock band Acarya celebrates the release of its new EP, Hiding Face, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Willis Music Superstore in Florence, Ky. The band will perform and also take questions from the audience. Acarya hits the road right after the release gig, spending two weeks touring throughout the East Coast and beyond. (www.acaryaband.com)


CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com


 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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