Pinning down the Bright Light Social Hour’s sound is like describing the
contents of a blender on puree. The
group evokes the spirit of the ’70s with shards of Southern Garage Rock,
Psychedelic Soul, electric R&B/Funk, Indie Pop and thunderously
elemental Hard Rock, represented by acid-washed church and Farfisa
organ, searing slide guitar and chunky riffage, all in the service of songs that are
compellingly contemporary and utterly appealing.
It seems like only yesterday that we were running all over Downtown trying to see a bazillion bands perform for the 2008 MidPoint Music Festival. Now it's time to start preparing for a bigger, badder, better MidPoint in 2009. Artists can now electronically submit their music for consideration to perform at MidPoint (Sept. 24-26) at www.mpmf.com.
Friday night, after spending the evening riding car shuttles up and down Main Street for four hours, I returned home and searched around online for some MidPoint Music Festival feedback. I'd just been blown away by the turnout and quality of music I'd seen and wanted to make sure I wasn't being biased because I happen to work for CityBeat.
MidPoint offers 175 bands on 17 stages over three nights -- with so much to see and hear, why waste time standing in line to pay cover charges at each club? Festivalgoers in the know pony up for a three-day or one-day wristband and guarantee themselves smooth sailing.
Now entering its seventh year, lots of things about this year's MidPoint Music Festival (running Sept. 25-27 in Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport) will feel familiar. But even more will feel different. CityBeat has taken over the fest, which has brought thousands of musicians and music industry heavies to Cincinnati over the years and provided a great three-day party in the urban center for local and regional music lovers.