by Mike Breen 06.26.2015
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Summer Music Fests in the Great Indoors

Direct sunlight or potential rain will not be a problem for three local music festivals this weekend

When you think summer music festivals, you probably think about things like high-powered sunscreen, hydration and the chance that you might get drenched if a storm rolls through. But this weekend in Greater Cincinnati, there are three festival that spotlight our great music scene, and you won’t need an umbrella, SPF 500 or $8 bottles of water for any of them. (Two of them feature “patio stages” that are outside, but schedules will be adjusted if harsh weather strikes.) Click on the artists' names for more on each of the acts. • Stanley’s Reggae Fest returns for its fifth year to Stanley’s Pub Saturday, showcasing some perfect summertime music with vendors, Jamaican food (from Ena's Jerkmania) and an outdoor patio stage (weather permitting; see above). Cincinnati faves The Cliftones head up the lineup, which also features fellow locals Know Prisoners, Nashville, Tenn.’s Roots of a Rebellion and Columbus, Ohio Reggae/Rap/Rock crew Shrub. Music starts at 6 p.m. Get a ticket today for $12 here, or pay $15 at the door. • The eclectic Folk/Americana scene in Greater Cincinnati is one of local music’s most thriving, and Saturday at Newport, Ky.’s Southgate House Revival, you’ll be able to catch some of its guiding lights (as well as a few touring acts). The inaugural Cincy Folk Festival is being presented by the local music website cincygroove.com and proceeds benefit local Northern Kentucky radio station WNKU. The fest will utilize all three stages at the Southgate. Tickets $20 (get yours in advance here). There are also VIP tickets available for $30 (VIPs will be treated to catered food and music from The Young Heirlooms and Honey and Houston at 5 p.m.).Here is the full schedule (visit cincyfolkfestival.com for updates and full info). Sanctuary stage 7:30 p.m. Bulletville 8:30 p.m. David Gans 9:30 p.m. Kim Taylor 10:30 p.m. AJ Ghent Band 12 a.m. Chicago FarmerRevival Room 8 p.m.Daniel Wayne and The Silver Lines 9 p.m. Mamadrones 10 p.m. Hickory Robot 11:15 p.m. Souse 12:30 a.m. Gabbard BrothersLounge stage 8 p.m. Carole Walker 9 p.m. Tracy Walker 10 p.m. Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers 11 p.m. My Brother The Bear 12:30 a.m. Wilder • Tonight and tomorrow (Friday/Saturday), the Northside Tavern hosts the return of the Northside Music Festival on three stages, including one on its outdoor patio. The fest, now in its eighth year, features some of the city’s finest Indie and Rock acts of various shades and styles. And it’s all FREE. Visit the NMF’s Facebook event page here for the “in case of rain” schedule. FRIDAY LINEUP Back Room stage  10:45 p.m. Skeleton Hands 11:45 p.m. Artisan 12:45 a.m. Dream Tiger Front Bar stage 10 p.m. Smut 11 p.m. Everyday Objects Patio stage 7:30 p.m. The Slippery Lips 9 p.m. Subsets 10:30 p.m. Tweens SATURDAY LINEUP Back Room stage  10:45 p.m. The Harlequins 11:45 p.m. Temple 12:45 a.m. Soledad Brothers Front Bar stage 10 p.m. New Strange 11 p.m. The Sundresses Patio stage 7:30 p.m. Leggy 9 p.m. The Tigerlilies  10:30 p.m. Fairmount Girls

Northside, New Richmond Music Fests This Weekend

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Northside Music Festival, presented by Cincinnati design/branding/promotional company We Have Become Vikings, returns this week for its seventh annual event. For the first time, the fest will extend to two days, offering free, (mostly) local music on three stages at the Northside Tavern (northside-tavern.com) Friday and Saturday nights.   

Beat Our Fests

Greater Cincinnati is once again a hub for summer music fests

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The festival scene has long been a fabric of summer in Greater Cincinnati, with church and neighborhood festivals going down every weekend across the region. But during the past decade, almost as many music festivals have popped into the area as well.   

Cincy Blues Challenge 2012 Winners

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
On June 3 at Dunlap’s Germania Park, the Cincy Blues Society once again hosted the daylong Cincy Blues Challenge, with dozens of regional Blues acts performing from noon-9-ish, all competing for a chance to represent the Queen City at the International Blues Challenge 2013 in Memphis. The day started out with contestants in the “Solo/Duo” category, followed by a steady stream of area groups competing for top “Band” honors.  

A Sudsy Salute

Soapland comes clean about its name and debut EP, The Inflatable Real

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
You might think you’re getting the joke in Soapland’s name, assuming it refers to the long and profitable presence of Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati. Soapland wouldn’t be the first to take a jab at P&G’s pervasive profile. When Wizard Records owner John James conceived his 1988 local album project, his original title concept was We Built This City on Pork and Soap.