The biannual Clifton Heights Music
Festival returns this weekend for another incredibly diverse celebration
of local music (and a smattering of regional performers). The fifth
CHMF takes place Friday and Saturday in six venues — Baba Budan’s, Rohs
Street Café, Mac’s Pizza Pub, Christy’s, Murphy’s Pub and Roxx
Electrocafe, a coffee/gaming café on Calhoun. Featuring everything from
Hip Hop and Electronica to Folk and Indie Rock, the fest begins at 8
p.m. both nights.
The biannual Clifton Heights Music Festival returns this weekend for its fourth edition, taking over seven venues around the University of Cincinnati for two days of diverse, quality local music. Launched a year and half ago, the fest has become the best all-local musical showcase in town, growing from 35 acts to this year’s 80-plus.
You might recognize him next to a shot of Jack Daniels, a Newcastle and a few friends in any bar around Clifton Heights, but when not out with friends Rome Ntukogu is busy planning the Clifton Heights Music Festival (this Friday and Saturday) and keeping it focused on his passion: furthering unity in a community through music and art.
Once upon a time, the Clifton area near the University of Cincinnati — much like the bustling music scenes centered around colleges across the country — was ground zero locally for original, creative music. in these parts. These days the neighborhood isn't quite Short Vine-in-the-'90s level, but the return of this weekend's Clifton Heights Music Festival is another hopeful step in making the area more consistently thriving with music.