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by Mike Breen 05.07.2015 16 days ago
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Free Summer Music in the Parks

This summer brings another wealth of free musical events to Downtown and Over-the-Rhine

Just a couple of decades or so ago, downtown Cincinnati resembled a ghost town in the evenings. Once 5 p.m. rolled around, most downtown workers hopped in their cars and headed home, rarely staying in or visiting the city’s core for any other reason (maybe a concert or sporting event, but that was largely a “parking garage/game/home” process). It’s hard to explain to some younger locals just how much the city has changed since then, with the life and energy brought back to Downtown and nearby Over-the-Rhine over recent years becoming the norm.  There are, of course, numerous reasons for the resurrection of the city’s center, much of which is covered weekly in CityBeat (new restaurants, bars, events and other additions, plus the influx of people deciding to live in the area). Every summer I’m particularly struck by the huge shift the city has made when I attend some of the many free live, outdoor concert options available to the public most days of the week. Seeing hundreds of people from all backgrounds enjoying free music in a variety of genres is yet another thing that should make our city proud of how far we’ve come. Lineups for this summer’s music series on Fountain Square and Washington Park, as well as the relative newcomer, Smale Riverfront Park, have gradually been unveiled over the past few weeks. Below is a list of scheduled events so far. All of the series do a great job of spotlight the enormous local talent in the city, and there are also several concerts featuring national touring acts that would otherwise cost you several dollars for tickets (or at least a cover charge of some sort). Print this out, grab a highlighter and mark your favorites (or, heck, take a chance on something new) and then get ready for another great summer for music lovers in the Queen City. (These are only the weekly music-related happenings; visit myfountainsquare.com, washingtonpark.org and mysmaleriverfrontpark.org for all kinds of other events happening this summer in the spaces.) FOUNTAIN SQUARE Salsa on the Square The long-running Salsa on the Square series gets a jumpstart on the other music series on Fountain Square, kicking off today (and continuing through mid-September, which is also later than the other series). Running 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the concerts feature numerous area Salsa bands, lots of dancing and even some instructors on hand to help you out if you need some tips.  May 7: Son Del Caribe May 14: Tropicoso May 21: Kandela May 28: Clave Son June 4: Stacie Sandoval & Grupo Tumbao June 11: Kentucky Salsa All-Stars June 18: Son Del Caribe June 25: Zumba July 2: Kandela July 9: Clave Son July 16: Stacie Sandoval & Grupo Tumbao July 23: Kentucky Salsa All-Stars July 30: Tropicoso Aug. 6: Stacie Sandoval & Grupo Tumbao Aug. 13: Monk River Aug. 20: Clave Son Aug. 27: Son Del Caribe Sept. 3: Afro-Cuban Cartel Sept. 10: Tropicoso Sept. 17: Latin Beat Project American Roots The American Roots series features a variety of acts that cover the wide spectrum that is Americana music today. Most of the top local Roots acts are performing, while touring artists like American Aquarium, Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, Dale Watson and more will also make appearances. Each night features two performers. Music runs 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 26: American Aquarium and Ben Knight and the Welldiggers  June 2: Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle and Wild Carrot  June 9: Chicago Farmer and Shiny and the Spoon June 16: Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys and Jeremy Pinnell June 23: The Shook Twins and G. Burton June 30: The Quebe Sisters and Howlin’ Brothers July 7: Dale Watson and Straw Boss July 14: TBA July 21: Quiet Life and Crow Moses July 28: The Brothers Landreth and Josh Eagle and Harvest City Aug. 4: Arlo Mckinley and Wilder Aug. 11: Young Heirlooms and The Hiders Aug. 18: Bulletville and Noah Smith Aug. 25: Elk Creek and Frontier Folk Nebraska Sept. 1: Dallas Moore and Pure Grain Reggae Wednesday  Joining the usual array of some of the finest Reggae bands in the city and region this year for Reggae Wednesday are numerous touring bands, including St. Louis’ Taj Weekes & Adowa, Jamaican natives Yabba Griffiths and Jah Messengers Reggae Bnad and Brooklyn’s New Kingston. Reggae Wednesdays run 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 27: Areesaa Iyah & The Eastwind Band June 3:  Taj Weekes & Adowa June 10: Yabba Griffiths & the Traxx Band June 17: Ras Bonghi Reggae All-Stars June 24: Positive Mental Attitude July 1: The Flex Crew July 8: The Ark Band July 15: The Cliftones July 22: Gizzae July 29: Oriel Barry and the Revoluters Aug. 5: New Kingston Aug. 12: Ukombozi  Aug. 19: All Star Jammerz Aug. 26: Jah Messengers Reggae Band Sept. 2: Anthem Reggae Band MidPoint Indie Summer Sponsored by the popular late September MidPoint Music Festival (which, full disclosure, CityBeat runs), this year’s Indie Summer concerts (held each Friday) feature some of the biggest acts in the series’ history, alongside some of the best Rock/Indie/Alt/Electronic bands in Cincy. The Indie Summer shows showcase four acts and begin at 7 p.m. each week. (More artists are to be added to certain dates.) May 29: Surfer Blood; The Yugos; Automagik; Harbour Jun 5: The Mowgli's; One Day Steady; Nevele; Beloved Youth Jun 12: Kopecky; Broncho; Coconut Milk; Near Earth Objects Jun 19: Buffalo Killers; Ohio Knife; Mad Anthony; Go Go Buffalo Jun 26: Sloan; Mother Mother; Old City Jul 3: Red Wanting Blue; Young Heirlooms; Motherfolk; Chris Salyer Jul 10: Saint Motel Jul 17: The Ting Tings; Brick + Mortar; Black Signal Jul 24: Givers; Prim; Even Titles Jul 31: The Whigs; Multimagic; Pop Goes the Evil; The Never Setting Suns Aug 7: Tweens; Leggy; Smut; Shark Week Aug 14: Judah & The Lion; Seabird; Matt Hires; Along the Shore Aug 21: San Fermin; Lemon Sky Aug 28: Wussy; Pike 27; The Perfect Children; JetLab Sep 4:The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die; Injecting Strangers; Moonbeau: Edison Beats by Self Diploma  Local production/promotion crew Self Diploma has always done a fantastic job of bringing in some of the hottest acts on the EDM and Hip Hop circuits, making its Saturday night showcases some of the biggest of all the series. Last year, the group opened things up to other genres and offered audition opportunities to artists of all sort. Though still heavy on DJs, Electronic/Dance music and Hip Hop, this year’s lineup also includes things like Country Pop and live R&B and Funk. Music starts each Saturday at 7 p.m., with the last act going on at 10 p.m. May 30: Alex Angelo; Ezzy; Aprina; Justin Stone June 6: Ja Rule; Trademark Aaron; Diamond Star Russell; Mayo June 13: King Chip; Cameron Grey; Razook; Sarob June 20: Nappy Roots; Packy; Ajax Stacks & Nate Paulson; Alexa Lusader June 27: OnCue; Cato; Rhett Wellington July 4: Ground Up; DJ Kev the Goon; Swah; David Zup July 18: Milk N Cookies; Panzer; Reaux; Button Mashers July 25: Futuristic; Marc Goone; Puck; The Media August 1: No Sleep; DJ Drowsy; CopyCats; Gold Dash August 8: Huey Mack; Kid Quil; Lauren Vanatsky; Kid Slim August 15: Kap Slap; Saranate; RandiFloss August 22: Academy; TJ Hickey; Sh3llz; Benji August 29: JMSN; Oregonia; Tana Matz September 5: The Jane Doze; Gateway; Halogen WASHINGTON PARK Washington Park has stripped back to two weekly music series this year, but both offer plenty of exciting performers.  Bandstand Bluegrass The Bluegrass shows return this year to the centralized gazebo/bandstand stage every Thursday (except Aug. 6, which sees the return of the popular Lumenocity multi-media extravaganza). The “Bluegrass” part of the name is a bit of a misnomer; Bluegrass bands are on the schedule, but so are plenty of other Americana/Country/Roots/Folk acts. I guess alliteration is more fun than bad puns (or maybe Dick Clark’s production company would sue if they went with “Americana Bandstand”). Music starts at 7 p.m. and there are usually two acts per night. This year’s lineup includes an appearance by Country Blues favorite Charlie Parr, diverse Michigan ensemble The Appleseed Collective and a few other national acts. May 28: The Mamadrones June 4: Mustered Courage and Blair Crimmins June 11: Willow Tree Carolers June 18: Jake Book and New Country Rehab June 25: Woody Pines and Barefoot Movement July 2: Casey Campbell and Charlie Parr July 9: Mipso and Railsplitters July 16: The Appleseed Collective and The Tillers July 23: Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle July 30: Red Cedars and Blue Rock Boys August 13: Hu Town Holler and Town Mountain August 20: Mike Oberst and My Brother’s Keepers August 27: Comet Bluegrass All-Stars September 3: Al Scorch & Friends Friday Fusion Fridays at Washington Park, R&B and Jazz acts from all over the country (there are some real legends in this bunch) will provide the sounds for Friday Fusion. The concerts rotate between the Bandstand stage and the Main Stage (across from Music Hall). Music begins at 7 p.m. May 29: Midnight Star (Main Stage) June 5: Dixie Karas Group (Bandstand) June 12: Michel’le (Main Stage) June 19: Eddie Brookshire Quintet (Bandstand) June 26: Hot Magnolias (Bandstand) July 3: Delfeayo & Jason Marsalis (Main Stage) July 10: Zapp Band (Main Stage) July 17: Straight Ahead All-Female Jazz Band (Main Stage) July 24: Tim Warfield Quartet (Main Stage) July 31: Marc Fields Quintet (Main Stage) August 14: Soul Pocket (Main Stage) August 21: Vernon Hairston Trio (Bandstand) August 28: Kathy Wade with the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (Main Stage) SMALE RIVERFRONT PARK Cocktails and Crown Jewels  Washington Park previously hosted the weekly Crown Jewels of Jazz concerts, but this year the series moves to one of the city’s newer green-space gems, Smale Riverfront Park (near the river and The Banks). Now called Cocktails and Crown Jewels, the concerts are heavy on Jazz acts but also include some R&B, Salsa and the melange of styles crafted by funky party crew The Cincy Brass. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. The concerts take place on the park’s Schmidlapp Event Lawn & Stage most Thursdays throughout the summer. The shows are free but attendees can also pay $25 to enjoy the music from the special VSP Area (with some food and drink included).  May 28: Alex Bugnon June 4: The Cincy Brass June 11: Urban Jazz Coalition  June 25: WOW featuring Tim Warfield and Bobby Floyd July 2: FrenchAxe July 16: Craig Bailey and the Cincy Jazz All-Stars July 23: Orquesta Kandela Aug. 6: Ingrid Woode & the Woode Tribe Orchestra Aug. 13: fo/mo/deep Aug. 27: Sound Body Jazz Orchestra
 
 

MidPoint Indie Summer Lineup Showcases Locals and Much More

Plus, veteran local singer/songwriter Bob Cushing releases 'Troubadour Songs'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The 2015 MidPoint Indie Summer series, featuring free concerts every Friday on Fountain Square all summer long, spotlights the local music scene and brings in more notable national acts than ever before. Plus, veteran Cincinnati musician Bob Cushing celebrates his latest release, Troubadour Songs, this Saturday.   
by Mike Breen 04.15.2015 38 days ago
 
 
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Free 2015 MidPoint Indie Summer Concert Lineup Released

Friday night concerts to include Surfer Blood, The Tings Tings, San Fermin, Sloan and much more

The lineup for this year's MidPoint Indie Summer was announced this morning. Along with a slew of solid local acts, this year's free Friday night concerts on Fountain Square will feature more well known national acts than ever before. Shows run 7-11 p.m. from May 29-Sept. 4.May 29: Surfer Blood; The Yugos; Automagik; HarbourJun 5: The Mowgli's; One Day Steady; Nevele; Beloved YouthJun 12: Kopecky; Broncho; Coconut Milk; Near Earth ObjectsJun 19: Buffalo Killers; Ohio Knife; Mad Anthony; Go Go BuffaloJun 26: Sloan; Mother Mother; Old CityJul 3: Red Wanting Blue; Young Heirlooms; Motherfolk; Chris SalyerJul 10: Saint Motel Jul 17: The Ting Tings; Brick + Mortar; Black SignalJul 24: Givers; Prim; Even TitlesJul 31: The Whigs; Multimagic; Pop Goes the Evil; Never Setting SunsAug 7: Tweens; Leggy; Smut; Shark WeekAug 14: Judah & The Lion; Seabird; Matt Hires; Along the ShoreAug 21: San Fermin; Lemon SkyAug 28: Wussy; Pike 27; The Perfect Children; JetLabSep 4:The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die; Injecting Strangers; Moonbeau: EdisonThe shows are sponsored by CityBeat's MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF does not book artists for the Fountain Square events). MidPoint returns this year Sept. 24-26. The festival is currently accepting applications from artists interested in playing MPMF 2015. Click here for details.
 
 

MidPoint Indie Summer Finale with Islands and More

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
You have one last chance to catch a free MidPoint Indie Summer show on Fountain Square this year and it’s a doozy. Joining Louisville, Ky.’s great Indie/ElectroPop band The Pass, plus excellent locals The Yugos and newer crew Joey Cook and the Keepers of the Secret (one of the Pomegranates member’s new projects), are acclaimed eclectic Indie Pop rockers Islands.  

Man Man with Injecting Strangers, Ohio Knife and Skeleton Hands

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Man Man’s greatest sonic attributes could also be considered its most significant liabilities, particularly by labels looking to hitch their wagons to a commercial cash cow. And although Man Man has somehow managed to infiltrate the mainstream to a small degree with adjustments to their core sound, the band (which fluctuates from duo to trio to beyond) has retreated only slightly from its home on the musical fringe.   
by Mike Breen 07.15.2014
 
 
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August MidPoint Indie Summer Show Adds New Act

Bunbury performers Brick + Mortar join The Nightbeast for free Aug. 15 show

If you were excited to catch New Jersey Indie Pop duo Brick + Mortar at last weekend’s Bunbury Music Festival, you were probably also disappointed that the twosome’s set was cut short due to bad weather. But next month you’ll have another chance to see the band. And it won’t cost you a penny. When the MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square was announced, organizers held back unveiling the full lineup for the Aug. 15 show. Ohio party rockers The Nightbeast were the only performers announced at the time. (Below is The Nightbeast's latest music video, "Paid and Rowdy.") Now that Bunbury is over, organizers have announced that Brick + Mortar will join The Nightbeast as co-headliners for the free Aug. 15 show. B+M is signed to Island Records and its track “Locked in a Cage,” released earlier this year, did well on the Alt music charts. The rest of Aug. 15 lineup will be announced soon. For the full rundown of Indie Summer shows on Fountain Square, click here.UPDATE: The other two acts for the Aug. 15 Indie Summer show have been announced: The Protomen (who will be fresh off their stint on the Warped Tour) will headline and Dayton's Dangerkids will also perform. Another Bunbury band, Ohio Folk Rock crew Saintseneca, will also be returning to Cincinnati soon. The band is slated to perform at the MidPoint Music Festival in late September. Check out Saintseneca's recent appearance on World Cafe here. Get tickets, check out the ever-growing lineup and find more MPMF info here. 
 
 
by Jac Kern 06.20.2014
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/20-6/22

Two annual festivals descend on the Ohio River this weekend: Paddlefest and RoeblingFest. The 13th annual Ohio River Paddlefest takes over Coney Island — and the nearby river — Friday through Sunday, bringing hundreds of canoes, kayaks, boats and lovers of the outdoors. The weekend kicks off with the ninth annual Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo on Friday (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). The Paddlefest Outdoor Expo and Roots on the River Music Festival runs 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and the main event is Sunday, where more than 1400 human-powered boats will take the trip from Coney to the Public Landing downtown. Go here for daily event lineups. RoeblingFest is in its 10th year of celebrating the John A. Roebling Bridge, which connects downtown Cincinnati with Covington, Ky. The festival first and foremost highlights the bridge’s historic relevance, and guests can take guided tours of the bridge and surrounding murals, landmarks and statues as well as browse informational displays with photos and artifacts from area museums and organizations. There will also be art for sale, children’s activities, food from local restaurants and live music, all from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. The fun takes place on Court Street between Third and Fourth streets and Park Place between Scott and Greenup streets. Find more info here.  MidPoint Indie Summer is in full swing. This week’s acts include Those Darlins, The Harlequins, The Frankl Project and Those Crosstown Rivals. Music starts at 7 p.m. Friday on Fountain Square. If you don’t have your MPMF wristbands yet, purchase those on the square and get access to all these killer acts. Summer Solstice is Saturday, and the Cincinnati Observatory is offering a unique way to ring in the season. Visitors can enjoy wine, snacks and a killer view during Celestial Sips 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Shannon Depenbrock of D.E.P.’s Fine Wines will sample four organic, biodynamic wines (which means the grapes are planted and harvested according to the moon’s phases) and, pending clear skies, guests can view Saturn’s rings through America’s first telescope. Tickets are $60 and space is limited; call 513-321-5186 or go here to RSVP. Cincinnati Opera’s season opener Carmen continues through this weekend. Performances are Friday and Sunday. Get tickets and full summer opera season information here. The U.S. takes on Portugal in their second World Cup game this Sunday. Fans can join Cincinnati Saints, the city’s pro soccer team, at Fountain Square to watch the game on the jumbo screen, listen to music and enjoy food and beer from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Read this week’s cover story on the Cup here. For more art openings, parties, festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 
by Mike Breen 06.06.2014
 
 
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Wussy Plays First, Last Local Show of the Summer Tonight

Wildly acclaimed rockers join Tigerlilies, Honey & Houston and School of Rock Mason for free MidPoint Indie Summer show on Fountain Square

Since being released nationally in early May, Cincinnati rockers Wussy’s amazing latest album Attica! has been scoring an insane amount of neon-glowing reviews from many high profile outlets. Pitchfork, Pop Matters and Spin, among many others, have all given the album high praise (Spin also recently named it one of the Top 50 album releases of the year so far, alongside long-players by Beck, Pharrell and The Afghan Whigs). The band’s new record was also the inspiration for a remarkable essay by Charles Taylor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.Give a listen to the new album below, then hit “buy” to grab your own copy: <a href="http://wussy.bandcamp.com/album/attica">Attica! by Wussy</a> Wussy is playing its only local show until at least this fall tonight, as the group keeps busy on the road throughout the summer, crisscrossing the country in support of Attica! The band’s upward trajectory that has been kickstarted by the new album shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.Check out CityBeat's recent interview with Wussy here. Wussy joins The Tigerlilies, Honey & Houston and students from the School of Rock Mason (check the clips below for samples of each) for a free show tonight on Fountain Square as part of the MidPoint Indie Summer series (grab your MidPoint Music Festival passes in person at the MPMF booth or sign up for a chance to win some). The show starts at 7 p.m.
 
 
by Jac Kern 06.06.2014
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Your Weekend To Do List: 6/6-6/8

The Cincinnati Rollergirls close their season with the third annual Crosstown Knockdown Saturday. The double-header opens with a mixed game featuring CRG’s Black Sheep team and the Battering Rams, Cincy’s men’s team. During the main event, CRG’s Violent Lambs face-off with the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls’ Blackouts. CRG’s home rink is at the Cincinnati Gardens; with the arena for sale, it might be the crew’s last game there. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the first bout begins at 6 p.m. The game is also Fan Appreciation Night — the first 500 fans through the door will receive CGR cowbells and the girls will be handing out gifts to fans throughout the games. Tailgating is encouraged, parking is free and dollar beers are available from 5-6 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door. Enjoy a taste of the Middle East this weekend with St. James’ Mediterranean Food Fest. Guests can binge on traditional fare including hummus and falafel, stuffed cabbage and grape leaves, varieties of kebabs, gyros, baklava and more. There will also be live entertainment and plenty of traditional carnival fare for the kids. The fest runs daily Friday through Sunday. Go here for directions and more info. Concours d’Elegance returns to Ault Park for another summer day of classic cars displayed in one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful parks. More than 200 collector rides will be showcased, with a spotlight on Mustangs and microcars and the 100th anniversary of Maserati. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day-of. The show runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Here’s a twist on the typical summer yard sale: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park opens its scenery shop to the public for a big sale Saturday morning. Furniture, glassware, china, costumes, and other items seen onstage in popular Playhouse productions will all be priced to sell from 8 a.m.-noon. Bring cash or a check; all proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Playhouse. The MidPoint Indie Summer Series continues Friday with a great lineup of local acts. The Mason School of Rock opens the night at 7 p.m., followed by Honey & Houston, The Tigerlilies and Wussy at 10 p.m. Advance tickets to MidPoint Music Festival ($69 all music access and $179 VIP) will be on sale at Fountain Square. Check out the full Indie Summer Series schedule here.Second Sunday on Main kicks off this weekend, bringing more than 80 local vendors, food trucks, street performers, live music and specials at Main Street business to the street, between 13th and Liberty streets. This “Main Street Block Party” runs noon- 5 p.m., featuring music by The Hot Magnolias, a celebrity chef demo, a dog parade and contest, a clothing swap and community yard sale, entertainment at the Rock Paper Scissors performance tent and much more. For more art openings, parties, festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 

Free MidPoint Indie Summer Shows Announced

Plus, Taylor Alexander releases new EP, Cheech Mob celebrates 420 and Electric Citizen announces big tour, new single

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
This summer's free MidPoint Indie Summer concerts on Fountain Square feature Wussy, Mad Anthony, Danny and His Fantasy and many other local acts alongside some great national headliners. Plus, Taylor Alexander releases a new EP, Hip Hop collective Cheech Mob celebrates 420 and Electric Citizen announces big tour and new single.  

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