by Mike Breen 10.04.2013

CincyPunk Fest Starts Tonight

Annual eclectic music festival hits the Southgate House Revial for installment No. 12

The CincyPunk Fest got its start in 2003, organized as an offshoot of Adam Rosing’s CincyPunk website. Since then, Rosing and the festival have raised tens of thousands of dollars for area charities and presented an increasingly eclectic lineup for its increasingly large audience.  The festival returns tonight and tomorrow, utilizing the three stages at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky., and featuring 35 performers, many from the Greater Cincinnati area, but also some top-notch national acts, like Diarrhea Planet and Pissed Jeans. After a decade, it probably doesn’t need to be repeated, but just to reiterate – Cincy Punk Fest is not a Punk Rock festival. The lineup includes everything from Indie Rock to Americana/Folk to Soul to straight-up Rock & Roll, with a handful of acts you could legitimately label as Punk. It reminds me of the CBGB's "Punk" movement of the ’70s, when bands like Television, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie were all lumped together under the genre tag, though they really couldn't have been more different, sonically. Like fest performers Frontier Folk Nebraska (who are neither Folk nor from Nebraska), CincyPunk Festival (which also isn’t in Cincy) has established itself and doesn't appear to be in any hurry to change its name to reflect the increasingly diverse lineups. Which is kinda Punk, so it all works out.  Tickets to CincyPunk Fest XII are $15 per night; advanced tickets are available here and here. The proceeds this year are being donated to the Save Our Shelter Dogs Rescue in Northern Kentucky. Music starts at 8 p.m. both nights. The event is open to fans 18 and up. Below are Friday and Saturday's lineups:And here are a few clips that give a good sense of the variety that can be found at the festival. Learn how to get your song on itunes at ReverbNation.comThe Grotto Demo by We Are Snapdragon Midwest Mess by Alone At 3AMKeep tabs on the latest CPF news at cincypunkfest.com, on Twitter (here) or on Facebook (here).

On A Rocky Mountain High

Alone at 3AM hits stride on new album and finds unlikely second home in Colorado

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Cincinnati’s Alone at 3AM recently released its third album and first for respected Colorado-based indie label, Suburban Home Records.  
by Mike Breen 02.10.2012
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Alone at 3AM Preps For National Debut

Full-length 'Midwest Mess' due this spring; band plays final local show tonight before heading west

Northside's Mayday hosts a killer triple bill for fans of songwriters who shape their own boundaries of tradition to forge new, singular Roots music sounds. Headlining is soulful, raw and rootsy Rock quintet Alone at 3am, which is on the cusp of gaining a lot more attention outside of their hometown base here in Cincinnati. Tonight's free show (with solid support from local acts Wonky Tonk and Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound) is the group's last local one for a while as A@3AM hits to road for tour dates on their way to Denver. The band is gearing up for its first full-length nationwide release, Midwest Mess, which is due out in April, the group's first for Denver-based Suburban Home Records.

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A Decade to Die For

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The CincyPunk Fest has emerged as one of the most popular benefit concerts in the region, raising money for various charities since its inception a decade ago. For CincyPunk Fest 10, the event returns to Newport’s Southgate House this Saturday and Sunday under new management and with a lineup full of some of the top music-makers in Cincinnati. And, despite its name, the fest is again a showcase for much more than just Punk Rock.  

Alone at 3am (Profile)

Long history and fresh motivations fuel Northern Kentucky band's sophomore release

0 Comments · Monday, November 8, 2010
Outside of Alone at 3am's core fan base, it's natural to consider the Northern Kentucky quintet as one of the local scene's newest shining lights. The band’s acclaimed 2008 debut album, 'City Out of Luck,' and the about-to-be-released and even better sophomore disc, 'Cut Your Gills,' suggests a band with just over a couple of years of history. "We've been playing for 10 years and for nine years had no idea what the hell we were doing," Max Fender says.