MidPoint Music Festival brings back its popular online application again this year, giving you the chance to post band reviews and check out others' reactions in real time at live.mpmf.com. You can contribute reviews by texting 4632 from Cincinnati Bell Wireless phones, sending tweets using the #MPMF hash tag or posting directly to the site.
This year's MidPoint Music Festival is the biggest yet, reaching the point where it's able to showcase not only the scrappy new groundbreakers and risk-takers. MPMF10 also features artists who gave those newer acts a chance to do be as creative and experimental as they want to be, like singer/songwriter/arranger Van Dyke Parks, long-running Japanese Indie Pop trio Shonen Knife and Tom Tom Club. And wait, there's more!
MidPoint offers 250 bands on 25 stages in three districts (downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport) over three nights — with so much to see and hear, why waste time standing in line to pay cover charges at each club? Festivalgoers in the know pony up for a three-day wristband ($39) and guarantee themselves smooth sailing.
Metro, Cincinnati’s transit authority, will have three of its newest hybrid buses circulating around Downtown and Over-the-Rhine 9 p.m.-1 a.m. all three nights of MidPoint. The buses will make stops every five minutes at marked locations running north on Main Street, west on Liberty Street, south on Walnut Street and east on Fifth Street. The rides are free for everyone with a three-day MPMF wristband.
Volunteers are the face, muscle and might that propel the MidPoint Music Festival forward each year. Participating as a volunteer is a great way to get behind the scenes at MidPoint, meet new people, discover new music, score a new T-shirt and build diverse experience while nurturing your Cincinnati pride.
A major mission of the MidPoint Music Festival is to draw attention to the region's creative community, and 2010 has a new offering: the MidPoint Poster Expo, focusing on contemporary music and event posters, mostly with limited print runs.
There’s no need to shush anyone at the Main Public Library during the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival. The library, right in the heart of the festival’s downtown action, is hoping to keep MPMF fans busy during the daytime hours with free live music and music-related art shows and documentary films.
Thursday night is packed with great shows. You, You're Awesome and Eat Sugar both play at the new MPMF venue, The Cincinnati Club on Garfield Place. National rising star Best Coast plays the Topic Design Tent at Grammer's, while legendary singer-songwriter Van Dyke Parks plays the Blue Wisp. And international trio Shonen Knife will be cutting ear drums at the CAC.