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CincyPunk Fest Returns

Plus live shows back at Fountain Square and a music-themed TedxCincinnati

By Mike Breen · October 2nd, 2013 · Spill It
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The now-annual CincyPunk Fest (CPF) got its start in the early ’00s, organized as an offshoot of Adam Rosing’s CincyPunk website. Since then, Rosing and the festival have raised tens of thousands of dollars for area charities and presented an increasingly eclectic lineup for the fest’s increasingly large audience. The festival returns this Friday and Saturday, utilizing the three stages at the Southgate House Revival (southgatehouse.com) in Newport, Ky., to feature 35 performers, many from the Cincinnati area but also some top-notch national acts, like Diarrhea Planet and Pissed Jeans.

After a decade, it probably doesn’t need to be repeated, but just to reiterate — CincyPunk Fest is not a Punk Rock festival. The lineup includes everything from Indie Rock to Americana/Folk to Soul to straight-up Rock & Roll, with a handful of acts you could legitimately label as Punk. Like fest performers Frontier Folk Nebraska (who are neither Folk nor from Nebraska), CincyPunk Festival — which also isn’t in Cincy — has established itself and is not going to change its name. Which is kinda Punk, so it all works out. 

Tickets to CincyPunk Fest XII are $15 per night; advance tickets are available through ticketfly.com. The proceeds this year are being donated to the Save Our Shelter Dogs Rescue (saveourshelterdogsrescue.com) in Northern Kentucky. Music starts at 8 p.m. both nights. The event is open to fans 18 and up.

Friday’s CPF lineup has The Perfect Children, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Mikey Erg, Animal Circles, We Are Snapdragon and Homemade Drugs on the Lounge stage, while Frantic Romantic, Arms Exploding, Honeyspiders, New Strange and New Third Worlds perform in the Revival Room. Friday’s Sanctuary stage features Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Frankl Project, Team Stray, Lockland Brakes, Army Coach and A Starboard Mine. 

On Saturday at CPF, catch State Song, Alone at 3AM, The Garrison, Goddamn Gravity, Halvsies, Margaret Darling and Sam Banta in the Lounge; and DAAP Girls, Knife the Symphony, Heevahava, Gazer and Smoke Signals in the Revival Room.

The Sanctuary stage’s Saturday lineup has Pissed Jeans, The Dopamines, Lemuria, Diarrhea Planet, Nervosas and Dessa Sons. 

Keep tabs on the latest CPF news at cincypunkfest.com, on Twitter at @CincyPunkFest

or on Facebook at facebook.com/cincypunkfest.

More Local Notes

• Following another great summer of free concerts on downtown’s Fountain Square, live music is returning beginning this Friday with “Rocktober on the Square.” The concerts will take place each Friday in October and are free, kicking off at 5 p.m. and running until about 8 p.m. 

Each event showcases a trio of solid local bands. This Friday’s opener features Decker (the project of Jane Smith of Belle Histoire and The Voice fame), Founding Fathers and Archer’s Paradox. On Oct. 11, catch Ohio Knife, The Harlequins and The Mitchells. The Oct. 18 lineup showcases BoyMeetsWorld, Let It Happen and Cinema Sleep. And the Square’s Rocktober-fest closes out Oct. 25 with My Brother the Bear, Mike Oberst of The Tillers and 500 Miles to Memphis. 

For more on the events, visit myfountainsquare.com. 

• Strong Northern Kentucky quartet Young Colt, which plays a soulful brand of garage-y Rock & Roll, will celebrate the release of its new EP, Fun Rebel Kid (the band’s second EP effort), Friday at MOTR Pub (motrpub.com). The 9 p.m. show is being headlined by great local crew State Song. Following the show, Young Colt is planning on hitting the road and staying there for a year. The group has launched an Indiegogo.com campaign with lots of fun “perks” to help fund their life on the road; for details, visit youngcolt.com.

TEDxCincinnati, an independent offshoot of the worldwide TEDx juggernaut (which aims to share fresh insight and ideas via its many talks/conferences across the planet), is presenting a music-centric program this Thursday at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine (next to Music Hall). 

Dubbed “Sound Ideas,” the event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. for some pre-show networking. At 7:15 p.m., a variety of speakers and performers will share with the crowd various insights related to the music world. Along with Patti Collins (wife of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy who will be chatting about, among other things, her charity work, including the recent “I Give A Funk Groovement” tour/homeless benefit campaign), “Sound Ideas” will also feature an exciting on-stage reunion. 

Randy Cheek and Chuck Cleaver, formerly of late, legendary Cincinnati band The Ass Ponys and now members of The Ready Stance and Wussy (respectively), will play some songs and talk about their musical lives. If you have ever spoken to Cleaver and Cheek (or even just experienced either’s stage banter), you know they are two of the funniest men in Cincinnati, making this even more of a must-see event. 

For more info and to purchase tickets ($25 in advance or $20 for students), visit tedxcincinnati.com.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com or @CityBeatMusic



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