The Northside Music Festival, presented by Cincinnati design/branding/promotional company We Have Become Vikings, returns this week for its seventh annual event. For the first time, the fest will extend to two days, offering free, (mostly) local music on three stages at the Northside Tavern (northside-tavern.com) Friday and Saturday nights.
On Friday, the festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with Molly Sullivan on the outdoor patio stage, followed by Dream Tiger and State Song. Friday’s front-bar stage features Sometimes, Halvsies and The Perfect Children. On the Tavern’s back-room stage Friday, Pure Predication, Ohio Knife and Brian Olive perform.
The patio-stage action starts again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Young Heirlooms, followed by Abiyah and Black Signal. On the front-room stage Saturday, catch Jeremy Pinnell, Honeyspiders and The Tongue and Lips. The back room has a pair of great Dayton, Ohio bands — Lab Partners and The Nightbeast — with local greats The Sundresses closing out the Saturday night festivities.
Visit northsidemusicfest.net for complete info.
• On Friday and Saturday in New Richmond, Ohio, The Green Kayak Music Festival: Charity Takeover offers an interesting twist on the local music fest concept. Organizers Jim Comodeca (owner of the Green Kayak Market & Eatery), Ryan Paul Wilson (singer for the band Evolv3) and Matthew Fritsch (singer for Life After This) decided to turn the city’s annual Green Kayak Music Festival into something that would bring together area charities and the local music community. Charities wishing to participate and collect donations are invited to attend free of charge, while local artists wishing to perform at the fest had to send the bookers video of the members doing some form of charity work.
The festival is free (performers are paid through sponsorship money) and features music on a stage inside of the Green Kayak (204 Front St.; greenkayakmarket.com) and just outside of it.
On Friday, music begins at 6 p.m.
on the indoor Old Lodge Stage and includes Cody Ridenour, Van Buckley, Jimmy Mundane and POPE. Friday on the outdoor Hausermann Stage, Mad After Dark kicks things off at 6:30 p.m., followed by Life After This, Evolv3 and String Theory.
On Saturday, music begins at 1 p.m. On the Hausermann stage, Drew Lanius, the Jimmy Comodeca Band, Generations, The New Machine, Revelator, Bootleg Rider, Sinful Crow, See You in the Funnies, Stone Mountain Mafia, Clockwork Soul and Hybrideum are scheduled to appear. Inside, the Old Lodge Stage has Broken Harp, Cheek and Me, Randy Steffen, Jamonn Zeiler and others.
For full details, visit facebook.com/charitytakeover.
More Local Notes
• When Rock legend Peter Frampton moved from Cincinnati, he left behind a house that featured a high-quality recording studio. Acclaimed Blues Rock guitarist Dudley Taft ended up moving to town, purchasing the property and recording part of his recently released album, Screaming in the Wind, in what he has dubbed Muchmore Studio. Taft also recorded the album — his third solo effort — in Nashville, working with Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge, who has collaborated with the likes of Johnny Winter, Susan Tedeschi and Buddy Guy. Taft hosts an album release party/concert this Saturday at Stanley’s Pub (facebook.com/stanleys.pub), before heading overseas later this summer for dates in Germany and Poland. Admission to Saturday’s release show is $10 and includes a copy of Screaming in the Wind. Visit dudleytaft.com to check out video, music and more from Taft.
• Veteran local Blues crew the Sonny Moorman Group were the big winners at June 8’s Cincy Blues Challenge, a day-long competition featuring dozen of local Blues groups vying for a chance to represent the Cincy Blues Society at the big International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis early next year. Moorman is no stranger to the IBC; he competed as a solo act twice (coming in second place in 2007) and he and his band also participated in the 2010 IBC. (Jimmy D Rogers will represent the Cincy Blues Society as this year’s solo/duo Blue Challenge winner.) You can offer your congratulation to Moorman and Co. in person this weekend; the band plays Shady O’Grady’s (9443 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland) on Friday and McCauly’s Pub (6750 Fields Ertel Road, Sharonville) on Saturday. For more on Moorman, visit sonnymoorman.com.
• The Bunbury Music Festival, returning to Cincinnati’s riverfront July 11-13, hosts a “Bee Free Weekend” at Newport’s Southgate House (southgatehouse.com) this weekend. The fest is stepping in to make four shows at the venue free — Friday’s Freekbass (see page 33) and Adrian Krygowski shows, Saturday’s Kyle English performance and Sunday’s White Denim concert (see page 35). For tickets and to check out the lineup for this year’s Bunbury fest, go to bunburyfestival.com.
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