by Mike Breen
Annual eclectic music festival hits the Southgate House Revial for installment No. 12
The CincyPunk Fest got its start in 2003, organized
as an offshoot of Adam Rosing’s CincyPunk website. Since then, Rosing
and the festival have raised tens of thousands of dollars for area
charities and presented an increasingly eclectic lineup for its
increasingly large audience.
The festival returns tonight and tomorrow, utilizing the
three stages at the Southgate House Revival in
Newport, Ky., and featuring 35 performers, many from the Greater
Cincinnati area, but also some top-notch national acts, like Diarrhea
Planet and Pissed Jeans.
After a decade, it probably doesn’t need to be repeated, but just to reiterate – Cincy Punk Fest is not
a Punk Rock festival. The lineup includes everything from Indie Rock to
Americana/Folk to Soul to straight-up Rock & Roll, with a handful
of acts you could legitimately label as Punk. It reminds me of the
CBGB's "Punk" movement of the ’70s, when bands like Television, The
Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie were all lumped together under the
genre tag, though they really couldn't have been more different, sonically. Like
fest performers Frontier Folk Nebraska (who are neither Folk nor from
Nebraska), CincyPunk Festival (which also isn’t in Cincy) has
established itself and doesn't appear to be in any hurry to change its
name to reflect the increasingly diverse lineups. Which is kinda Punk, so it all works out.
Tickets to CincyPunk Fest XII are $15 per night; advanced
tickets are available here and here. The proceeds this year are being donated to
the Save Our Shelter Dogs Rescue in
Northern Kentucky. Music starts at 8 p.m. both nights. The event is open
to fans 18 and up.
Below are Friday and Saturday's lineups:And here are a few clips that give a good sense of the variety that can be found at the festival.
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Midwest Mess by Alone At 3AMKeep tabs on the latest CPF news at cincypunkfest.com, on
Twitter (here) or on Facebook (here).