The lineups for 2013's PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain Square — featuring live music from different genres for free throughout the summer — have been coming out gradually. On April 30, we announced through our music blog the lineup so far for the Friday night MidPoint Indie Summer shows, presented by CityBeat and the MidPoint Music Festival.
The bad news for Indie Summer? The series kicks off on May 31 with the final show by fantastic Cincinnati Indie Pop band Pomegranates. The good news? It will also be the first show by Healing Power, Pomegranates' new name. That opening Friday will also serve as a "release party" for great local Indie crew The Yugos. Christian altrockers Seabird will also use their Indie Summer show to celebrate the release of a new album, the band's first independent release after a couple on Credential Recordings/Universal Music Group. Northern Kentucky rockers Dept. Store Alligators will also put out a new release in conjunction with their Aug. 16 appearance with Belle Histoire.
Local restaurant/club chain 4EG will host "Happy Hour" parties on the Square on Fridays as well, featuring local DJs and drink specials from 5-8 p.m. Indie Summer concerts are open to fans of all ages and run from 8-11 p.m. Visit myfountainsquare.com for the latest updates and further announcements.
May 31: Pomegranates/Healing Power; The Yugos; The Never Setting Suns
June 7: We Were Promised Jetpacks; Tweens; Public
June 14: Seabird; Mike Mains & The Branches; TBA
June 21: Loudmouth; The Dopamines; The Lockland Brakes; BoyMeetsWorld
June 28: Psychodots; Cari Clara; The Ready Stance
July 5: Margot & the Nuclear So & So's and Matt Pond with Matrimony
July 12: Plumb; more TBA
July 19: Wussy; Queen City Radio; TBA
July 26: Brian Olive and Man Halen with The Tongue & Lips
Aug. 2: The Seedy Seeds with The Guitars and the student band from Mason's School of Rock
9: Archers Paradox; (headliner to be announced on June 2)
Aug. 16: Belle Histoire; Dept. Store Alligators; TBA
Aug. 23: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors; Green Light Morning; TBA
Aug. 30: Why? with Vito Emmanuel and TBA
Walker Returns with Good ‘Vibrations’
Tracy Walker has been such a consistently popular presence on the live music scene, it’s hard to believe the Cincinnati singer/songwriter hasn’t put out a new release in a decade. Ten years after her excellent sophomore album, All This Time, Walker finally entered the studio with super-producer Erwin Musper and, now, she is ready to start celebrating her third full-length release, Coetaneous Vibrations.
Walker has the kind of voice and writing talent that just feels natural, so recording her might seem like an easy job. But Musper, as a really good producer should, truly pulls a lot out of Walker, showing her to be an even more dynamic artist and performer. Previously, Walker’s recorded material was always hard to describe, with elements of Folk, Pop, Soul and Rock dancing together for her own singular style. But on Vibrations, Musper fleshes out many of the tracks with a classic Soul/R&B vibe, enlisting some top local players to create the crisp musical backdrop to Walker’s spine-chilling vocals and songs (a handful of which were re-recordings from prior releases). Opening track “All My Life” has the vintage punch of seminal Soul artists from the ’60s and ’70s (and many of today’s revivalists), complete with a punctuating horn section, while the ballad “Blue” drips with emotion over a slow-burning Blues groove and tracks like “Hard Way” and “Brand New Life” are more upbeat and Pop/Rock-like, suitable for radio airplay.
This Thursday at 6 p.m., Walker will host an album release/listening party at The Art of Entertaining (2019 Madison Ave., Oakley). The event will include snacks, wine, beer and live acoustic music from Walker. Tickets are $30. Seating is limited; for reservations, call 513-871-5170. You can also catch Walker live around town in the coming weeks. Visit tracywalker.com for local dates and more info on Coetaneous Vibrations.
MidPoint Music Festival News
• This Friday, the first 10 or so artists booked for 2013's MidPoint Music Festival — returning to the streets and venues of Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Sept. 26-28 — will be announced. And longtime MPMF sponsor Dewey's Pizza will have the scoop. On Friday, those wanting the info first should keep an eye on facebook.com/DeweysPizza.
• For artists wanting to be considered for a performance slot at MPMF.13, the deadline is quickly approaching. Submissions will be accepted until May 11 at 11:59 p.m. Visit mpmf.com or click here for directions.• Several weeks ago, two pricing tiers of "early bird" and "loyalty" MPMF tickets sold out almost immediately. Tickets for MPMF.13 go back on sale for good this Friday via cincyticket.com ($69 for a three-day pass or $169 for "VIP Experience" tickets). Click here on or after Friday to go directly to the page to purchase tickets.
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