by Mike Breen
Seventh annual local music fest takes over Mainstay Friday and Saturday
Locally based independent label Grasshopper Juice Records has been presenting the Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival, an annual showcase of local visual art and some of the label’s artists (plus other Grasshopper-friendly acts from Cincy and around the region), since 2006. Along with showcasing some of the city’s most creative original music makers, the event has raised thousands of dollars for organizations like American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen For The Cure and Friends for Chris Walker (in support of the beloved late local bassist). After a 2011 festival at Newport’s Southgate House (now Thompson House), the AYE fest (presented in conjunction with Far-I-Rome Productions and sponsor Soap Floats Recording) moves to downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar for this weekend’s two-day blowout, once again spotlighting a diverse cross-section of musical styles and approaches.The event runs tonight and tomorrow from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. and will feature more than 30 acts on both of the venue’s stages throughout both nights, as well as art installations prepared by BUNK News. Admission each night is $7. Here's the full schedule for tonight and tomorrow's AYE merriment. Click on each act's name for a link to more info and music samples.FRIDAY First Floor Stage:8:30 p.m. Red Beard’s Revenge9:30 p.m. Majestic Man10:30 p.m. Dinosaurs and Thunder11:30 p.m. The Harlequins12:30 a.m. SHADOWRAPTR1:30 a.m. Lemon SkySecond Floor Stage:8 p.m. Greg Zoller9 p.m. Bull Dancer10 p.m. Gorges11 p.m. The MJ’s Blues12 a.m. Andy Cook & The Wanderloons1 a.m. Meth Girlfriend Andy Cook and the Wanderloons - My Life as a Rabbit from Kevin Monnier on Vimeo.SATURDAYFirst Floor Stage:8:30 p.m. The Stratfords9:30 p.m. Damn It To Hell10:30 p.m. Department Store Alligators11:30 p.m. Pharaoh Loosey12:30 a.m. Shotski1:30 a.m. Crazy Legs<a href="http://shotski.bandcamp.com/album/your-world">Your World by Shotski</a>Second Floor Stage:8 p.m. Rachel Mousie9 p.m. Cowgirl10 p.m. Sassy Molasses11 p.m. West Ghost12 a.m. Founding Fathers1 a.m. "Mystery Band"
by Mike Breen
Bi-annual fest kicks off in Clifton Heights and introduces new "Day Fest" tomorrow
The first ever edition of The Heights Music Festival kicks off this evening in five Clifton Heights venues at 7 p.m. (While it's the first fest under that name, the bi-annual event has been going for the past seven years.) Once again, the lineup is a great mix of genres and a strong representation of some of the city's best new and established acts. Click here or here for a full schedule. (It was recently revealed that The Pinstripes have been added as special guests Saturday night at 11 p.m. at Rohs Street Cafe.)Tomorrow afternoon, the event launches its first "Day Fest," with several acts performing at the venues in the afternoon, allowing those unable to get into the bars due to age a chance to enjoy all the fun (events at Rohs Street Cafe and Roxx Electrocafe are open to all ages, all the time). Music starts at 3 p.m.Online sales for Friday and Saturday (as well as two-day passes) have ended, but you can still grab Day Fest-only tickets online here. Head to the fest tonight if you didn't get advanced tickets and you can purchase one-day, all-venue passes for $8 (or $12 for both days). Day Fest passes are just $5 in advance or at the fest.Here's a sweet, massive video playlist compiled by the Heights Fest organizers featuring most of the participating artists.And here's some more audio goodness from several of the bands, via The Heights Radio on Soundcloud.