The 2010 MidPoint Music Festival is finally upon us. In fact, it actually kicks off at noon today on the outdoor plaza outside the Main Public Library at Ninth and Vine streets with local Americana/Roots favorites Magnolia Mountain. Should be a hot start to a long, action-packed weekend. Literally.
If you're looking for last-minute updates and answers to your questions, you can stop by the MidPoint World Headquarters across from the library at Garfield Suites Hotel (Vine Street and Garfield Place). They'll be open for business by noon today. The MidPoint web site is a good spot for daily schedules, venue details, maps, Metro shuttle bus info and everything else.
If you're still in the market for three-day wristbands, several local retail outlets are selling them throughout the day today. Your best bets are probably Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway downtown, Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge and Shake It Records in Northside. You won't be able to buy three-day wristbands at any MidPoint venue.
You will be able to buy one-day wristbands each night at each venue, or you can pay the one-time cover charge at each spot. Go here for a good primer on all your ticket options, including for shows at the Southgate House.
If you're still trying to decide who to see on which night, CityBeat's MidPoint microsite has previews of all 250 acts, interviews with four of the main headliners (Tom Tom Club, Caribou, Surfer Blood and Van Dyke Parks) and a day-by-day schedule. And we have details on the library's MidPoint-related photo exhibition and film series and the music poster expo at Know Theatre.
We also have a complete list of all shows and venues each day here.
Our news partners at WCPO (Channel 9) have packaged much of CityBeat's coverage into their own MidPoint microsite, and they'll be out covering the festival all weekend long and adding video to their site.
Still need more info? Check out previews from Joe Long and his team at Each Note Secure (including interviews with Shonen Knife, Ted Leo, A Place to Bury Strangers and Best Coast); Soapbox's interview with MidPoint guru Dan McCabe; Channel 9's interview with McCabe; The Enquirer's interview with McCabe; and Metromix Cincinnati's MidPoint survival guide.
Look in CityBeat's blogs for more MidPoint updates in this afternoon from Mike Breen, and start getting your tweeting fingers ready for the big live.mpmf.com Twitterfest starting later today.
- Photo of Magnolia Mountain playing Thursday at the Cincinnati Public Library. Photo by Cameron Knight