If you spend any of this long Memorial
Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati, there’s a really good chance you’ll
hear some of the best music makers in the area doing their thang. Two
festivals will be competing for your ears.
The lineup for this summer’s edition of
the wildly successful MidPoint Indie Summer series has been released
and, once again, it’s loaded with some of the best local artists around.
It also features several MPMF alumni and an impressive array of
international talent, with acts from as far away as Australia and
Tickets for the first Afghan Whigs
concert in 13 years go on sale this Friday through ticketmaster.com. The
band is kicking off its (so far) primarily European reunion tour dates
with a May 23 show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.
The local Roots music scene and its
fans have a cool new music venue to check out. This Friday-Sunday is the
grand opening of Plain Folk Café, a converted two-room schoolhouse
(originally built in 1913) featuring coffee, beer, food and regular live
music from area Folk, Bluegrass, Americana and acoustic acts.
Northern Kentucky Indie Rock foursome Philosopher’s Stone is set to unveil its first full-length in a decade, When Life Rafts Begin To Fail, in conjunction with a free show at Covington’s Avenue Lounge this Saturday. The show opens at 9 p.m. with guest Andyman Hopkins.
Some readers are probably giddy with
excitement over Friday’s holiday (“4/20, dude”), while others are more
anticipating 4/21, otherwise known as Record Store Day. (More than a few
are probably psyched for both and have blocked out the entire weekend
for debauchery and music buying.)
The latest edition of the School of Rock
franchise — which has 80 other schools for young, aspiring Rock
musicians in the U.S. and Mexico — opens this weekend in Mason. Like the
other facilities, School of Rock Mason provides lessons for students ages 7-18, including the chance to play real venues in front of real audiences.
Cincinnati Rock quartet The Ready Stance will be giving local audiences a special chance to pick up its debut full-length, Damndest,
this Friday at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The group hosts the
locals-only release party two months before the album is made available
(digitally and on CD and vinyl) nationally.
Since it’s such a huge, kick-ass music
festival that spotlights the newest and best of the local, original
music scene from several genres, we thought we’d give you a little heads
up on next week’s Clifton Heights Music Festival so you can make plans
One of Cincinnati’s top and most
consistent original music clubs is celebrating its 10th anniversary this
weekend with a blowout party featuring lots of live music. And it’s all
free, of course, because the club in question is the beloved Northside
Tavern, located in heart of Northside’s bustling strip along Hamilton
To anyone who knew late veteran musician/promoter Johnny Schott,
it should be no surprise that there will be a huge “Commemorative
Concert” in his honor loaded with tons of local performers this Sunday.
Schott was not only a kind soul, but he assisted and mentored many local
If you were to use Cincinnati’s
representation at this year’s South By Southwest festival as an
indicator of the health of our local music scene at the moment, then
Cincinnati music circa 2012 is in top physical condition. Never has
Cincinnati had such a presence at America’s premier fan/industry
This is one of those random weeks where
there are so many notable events involving local bands, we could have
done an all-music double issue of CityBeat and still not have room for it all. Thankfully, we do
have constantly updated Staff Blogs. So here’s what’s
up, lightning-round-style; check the blog throughout the week for more
remodeling and reopening last year, downtown’s Taft Theatre already was
programming a more adventurous concert lineup than usual. This year, the
venue has already announced shows by more “mid-level” groups like Trampled By Turtles and JJ Grey & Mofro, both cult faves and Southgate alumni.