Last week we broke the news that Cincinnati music greats The Afghan Whigs would be one of the headliners of this year’s MidPoint Music Festival, which returns to the clubs and venues of Over-the-Rhine and downtown Sept. 25-27. This week, a new batch of performers has been announced. (CityBeat owns and operates MPMF.)
Real Estate, Panda Bear, Tycho, Deafheaven, Gardens & Villa, The Raveonettes, Sun Kil Moon, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, Ex Hex, Landlady, Speedy Ortiz, EMA, Low Cut Connie, The Tontons, Ex-Cult, Milagres, Rubblebucket, Mutual Benefit, The Cave Singers, July Talk and St. Paul & the Broken Bones will join the Whigs for MPMF 2014.
Three-day tickets (and VIP tickets) are on sale now at mpmf.cincyticket.com. On Wednesday (May 14) at noon, single-show tickets for The Afghan Whigs’ all-ages (kids under 10 can get in free with a paying adult) concert in Washington Park on Sept. 26 go on sale at the same site.
For audio/video previews of the announced MPMF acts so far, visit the music blog at citybeat.com. For the latest MidPoint updates, bookmark mpmf.com and be sure to friend the fest at facebook.com/midpointmusicfestival and follow along on Twitter at @MidPointMusic.
More Local Notes
• Local artists Jesse Fox (also CityBeat’s staff photographer) and Jennifer Denham are looking to make a music video and are searching for an area band with which to team up and make a clip for free. The video is scheduled to be filmed at the end of the summer.
Artists interested in being considered can send two MP3 tracks of songs they’d like to make a video for, along with a paragraph on why your band and song should be picked, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The eighth annual OTR Summer Celebration and 5k race goes down Saturday morning/afternoon at Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park. This year, the Summer Celebration is loaded with lots of notable local, original musical acts. The music begins at 10:45 a.m. on the Event Lawn Stage with the funky, horny ensemble The Cincy Brass, followed by Americana crew Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, Indie Chamber Folk group The Happy Maladies and danceable Indie Pop Rock trio Public. On the Bandstand stage, revelers can catch former Seedy Seed and current solo artist Margaret Darling, psychodots singer/guitarist and solo artist Rob Fetters and young Blues phenom Noah Wotherspoon. The OTR Summer Celebration goes until 4 p.m.
• If you can’t wait until Saturday to catch Margaret Darling, the singer/songwriter will be performing a special show Wednesday at Newport’s Southgate House Revival (southgatehouse.com). Darling is the “Artist in Residence” for the month of May, performing for free each Wednesday in the Southgate’s Lounge space. But Darling has put a fun twist on the residency. She’ll play a set of her own music with a band that features singer Shannon Lewis and multi-instrumentalist Matt Mooney, but she’ll also be performing sets with various special guests during which the musicians will cover some of their favorite albums in full. The first show was May 7 and featured Jason Wells joining Darling and Co. for a spin through Neil Young’s classic, Harvest. This week, Billy Wallace will join in on a cover of Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits collection. For the May 21 event, Darling and Ashley Peacock will tackle The Cranberries’ No Need to Argue, and the final show will feature Royal Holland (Mooney’s singer/songwriter stage name) and a performance of Belly’s album Star. Music starts each week at 9:30 p.m. (margaretdarling.com)
• 4EGsquare returns to downtown’s Fountain Square Friday. The annual event allows attendees a chance to “visit” all 11 venues run by local club conglomerate Four Entertainment Group (4EG). All of the 4EG venues, including Igby’s, The Stand, Mount Adams Pavilion, Tap & Go, The St. Clair and others, will be represented with “mini-me” stations across the square, each mimicking the real location with specialty cocktails and more. Along with DJs, there will also be some great live music from two of Cincinnati’s best original acts — The Brian Olive Band and Alone at 3AM. 4EGsquare runs 6-11 p.m. and is free and open to all-ages (you must be 21 to drink — duh). For more details, visit foureg.com/4egsquare.
• Thursday at Northside club Mayday (maydaynorthside.com) marks the debut performance by new local Rock band Evening Redness. The band is fronted by opera singer Brent Billock, who says Thursday’s show will be his first professional appearance on a local stage “since singing Benvolio in Cincinnati Opera’s 1994 production of Roméo et Juliette.” Billock is joined in the band by other experienced local musicians with varying backgrounds — guitarist Larry Geiger (formerly of rockers Shotgun on Blonde), bassist Greg Greene (late of the Jam band Fairbanks 142) and drummer Aaron Williams, who has studied and played a variety of styles and was formerly the time keeper for area Metal group Kill the Messenger. Evening Redness opens Thursday’s free show at 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Indie Rock band Jumpship Astronaut headlines. (eveningrednessmusic.com)