Every year, a compilation featuring several of the artists performing at the MidPoint Music Festival is lovingly compiled to give an overview of some of the fest’s participants. MPMF10’s comp has been assembled and you can listen to it right here, right now. While the amount of already well-known acts performing at MPMF10 is something that makes the event exceptional this year, the comp reflects the high quality of the lesser-knowns as it’s made up of tracks by the superb up-and-comers performing at this year’s fest.
Locals featured on the collection include new Americana group Hickory Robot, rockers Sparrow Bellows and the gifted Folk/Roots/Country ensemble Magnolia Mountain.
Also included: raucous Georgians Death On Two Wheels (labelmates of Manchester Orchestra and fellow MidPointers O’Brother, DoTW’s current tour partners); Nashville dramatic Rock crew Milktooth (fans of Muse, this may be your new second favorite band); and eclectic Canadadian popsters blueVenus. Another cool Canadian band, The Coppertone (which has a passing resemblance to The Heartless Bastards), has its track “One of a Kind” on the compilation though, unfortunately, the band was forced to cancel its multiple appearances at MPMF due to visa issues. Guatemalan-born, L.A.-based Gaby Moreno — probably MidPoint’s first Emmy-winning songwriter (she scored a trophy for her theme to NBC’s Parks and Recreation) — closes the collection out with the Kim Taylor/Beatles/Coldplay-tinged “It’s Been a Pleasure.”
The CD version of the compilation will be given to all MPMF artists in their infamous “goodie bags,” but keep an eye out for CityBeat’s promo army out and about promoting MidPoint in the next few weeks (like Oktoberfest, perhaps?), where you can score your own free hard-copy of the collection.
But dig in now for a first-listen, then head to mpmf.com to start plotting out your venue-hopping itinerary. And pick up Wednesday’s CityBeat for the official MPMF guide, with info on every band performing this year’s fest. It’s going to be a good ’un this year.