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Latest MPMF.11 Updates

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Hit up MPMF.com for all of the last-second news about the 10th MidPoint Music Festival (running Thursday-Saturday in venues throughout Over-the-Rhine and Downtown). If you missed it when it appeared in CityBeat a couple of weeks ago, copies of the official MPMF Guide — with write-ups on all 180-plus acts and full fest details — will be plentiful at the event. Here are some new developments.
  

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion plays host to the third annual “Bluegrass for Babies” concert this Saturday at 4p.m. The event was co-founded by Matt and Anne Schneider, who organized the family-friendly concert to raise funds for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center after their son Nicholas underwent emergency surgery there the day after he was born.  

Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain Square may be over, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of music to come in the city’s center. This weekend (Friday-Sunday), the Square hosts the 2011 Cincinnati Beer Fest, which, besides lots of different types of beer for tasting, will also present a sampler of local music each day.   

MidPoint Summer Over, Fall Fest Countdown Begins

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This Friday, the PNC Summer Music Series — the umbrella title for all of the almost-daily free concerts on Fountain Square throughout the summer — concludes with the last MidPoint Indie Summer Series concert at 7 p.m. If you haven’t checked the lineups since the start of the summer, you might not have noticed that this week’s final Indie Summer show is headlined by Wussy, who replaced The Greenhornes a few weeks ago.  

A Feast of Fests

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This Friday-Sunday at Hannon’s Camp America facilities near Oxford, Ohio, the Ohmstead Music Festival returns for its 10th anniversary event. The festival was created by local Reggae/Rock band The Ohms back when the group was called Four Ohms. The fest has grown in stature, attendance and sheer size over the past decade.  

Oh, How The Mighty Has Risen

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Cincy trio The Mighty celebrates the release of its self-titled debut album Saturday at downtown club Mainstay. The 10 p.m. release party also includes performances by newcomers The Future Strikes and solid rockers A Decade to Die For.  

Sweet Sounds of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Local Indie Rock band Sweet Ray Laurel has organized what members hope will become an annual event, the multi-band showcase Sweet Sounds of Cincinnati. The inaugural Sweet Sounds concert this Saturday will present an array of mostly newer area groups (16, to be exact) on two stages in Covington — at The Mad Hatter and also Radiodown, which is in the same complex.  

Deft Valley

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Heavy, progressive Hard Rock trio Valley of the Sun celebrates the birth of its new EP, The Sayings of the Seers, at the Southgate House’s Parlour room this Thursday. Cincy Art/Prog/Metal ensemble Atlantic Becoming and Columbus’ heavies Lo-Pan open the 9 p.m. show.  

Escalating Tempers

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Maurice Mattei has some impressive Renaissance Man credentials. He’s a gifted contemporary designer, a talented photographer and a smart singer/songwriter who sets his scuffed musical short stories to compelling Americana soundtracks.  

Rolling in The Sweep

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Cincinnati Indie Rock quartet The Sweep hosts a release party for its latest effort, the full-length |||, at Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub Saturday. The album will be available at the free show on both CD and colored, 180-gram vinyl. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. The Sweep’s third album is its greatest triumph so far.  

Browngrass Part Deux

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Veteran local musician David Rhodes Brown presents the second annual Browngrass Festival this Saturday in Rabbit Hash, Ky., starting at noon. Brown — a lap-steel specialist (and multi-instrumentalist) known for his work with Warsaw Falcons, 500 Miles to Memphis, Magnolia Mountain and many others — launched the fest last year at the Southgate House.  

A Bunbury in the Oven

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A decade ago, Bill Donabedian and Sean Rhiney made Cincinnati history when they masterminded the MidPoint Music Festival. Four years after stepping away from MPMF to concentrate on his duties programming events on Fountain Square for 3CDC, Donabedian is ready to make history again with the Bunbury Festival, an annual three-day music event that will debut in July 2012.  

Harlequins Romance New EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Last year was not a particularly good period for The Harlequins, losing several friends to the scourge of heroin while dealing with the standard personal and professional travails that have plagued us all. You’d be hard-pressed to find the marks to prove it on the trio’s wild and wonderful new EP, Midwest Coast, which is being launched with a CD release show at this Friday’s latest MidPoint Indie Summer soiree on Fountain Square.  

Don’t Adjust Your Set, Adjust Your Eyes

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
It’s the House, the whole House and nothing but the House when Nick Mitchell’s sixth annual Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival takes over every square inch of the historic Southgate House mansion this Friday night. Every year, Mitchell uses AYE to benefit a different worthy cause, and this year’s might well be among the worthiest yet, as proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, quite possibly the highest-profile breast cancer organization in the country.  

Amy London and Reggae Fest

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Before heading to Italy to lead some Jazz workshops next month, Cincinnati-bred Jazz singer Amy London comes home for a weekend of shows at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Backed by local greats Steve Schmidt, Marc Wolfley and Jim Anderson, London performs at the club Friday and Saturday night.