by Mike Breen
Eighth installment of local music-heavy fest near UC to be followed by brief hiatus
Cincinnati has a wealth of music festivals, from MidPoint Music Festival, Cincy Blues Fest, Macy's Music Festival, Bunbury to new additions like the expanded One More Girl on a Stage event this fall, the recently announced MOXY Music Fest, scheduled for June, and numerous others. But for those who like to get a fresh sampling of some of the newest artists from Greater Cincinnati representing a wide range of genres, The Heights Music Festival has been your best option. This weekend, The Heights Music Festival returns to venues in the Clifton Heights neighborhood for its eighth edition. Usually, The Heights fest is biannual, with an event in both the fall and the spring. But this weekend's HMF will be the only one in 2013. Organizer Rome Ntukogu of Far-I-Rome Productions says The Heights will definitely be back in 2014, bigger and better. He's simply taking a break to work on some new ideas for the event; understandable, considering large chunks of the Clifton Heights neighborhood (near the University of Cincinnati) are under heavy reconstruction now, part of a revitalization effort that should put HMF in a good position when it returns. The area will be almost like a new (and nicer) neighborhood by then.The first Heights Music Fest (originally called the Clifton Heights Music Festival) was held in 2009 and was considerably smaller, with four venues and about 20 performers. Last year, The Heights featured over 75 bands in five venues and included a "Day Fest" on Saturday.So Friday and Saturday's pre-hiatus is something of a return to the HMF roots, with four venues and around 30 acts. But it's the same eclectic mix of newcomers and up-and-comers from the local scene. And $5 gets you admission to all four venues — Rohs Street Café (the only all-ages venue), Baba Budan’s, Mac’s Pizza Pub and Christy’s Biergarten, a historic building that has been at the center of a battle over whether it should be demolished or sold off in the name of progress or preserved in the name of history (as many residents would like). You can purchase an all-venue pass at any of the four venues.This year's Heights lineup once again runs a vast gamut of styles, from Reggae, World music, Roots/Americana and Hip Hop to Punk, Jazz, Synth Pop, Funk and various spins on Rock (from Indie to Hard). Below is the rundown of performers. (Note: There have been some shifts in the lineup since CityBeat's Spill It column about the fest ran on Wednesday; check it out here for a playlist featuring several of the participating artists.)FRIDAY:• Rohs Street Café: The Freebies (8 p.m.); MC Forty (9 p.m.); Young Colt (10 p.m.); The Yugos (11 p.m.).• Baba Budan’s: One Day Steady (9 p.m.); Wonky Tonk (10 p.m.); Brazilian Jazz (11 p.m.).• Mac’s Pizza: Rachel Mousie (9 p.m.); Common Center (10 p.m.); Big Rock Club (11 p.m.); Olu, Crack Sauce (midnight).• Christy’s: Zach Starkie & Guest (9 p.m.); The Newt (9:45 p.m.); AC The Entity, Citoak (10:30 p.m.); Filthy Beast (11:30 p.m.); Gold Shoes (12:15 a.m.).SATURDAY:• Rohs Street Café: Brent Stroud (9 p.m.); Moonbeau (10 p.m.); Little Lights (11 p.m.).• Baba Budan’s: VanillaSake (9 p.m.); Sulla (10 p.m.); LZRPNY (11 p.m.); Horsecop (midnight).• Mac’s: Koala Fires (9 p.m.); Emily and The Complexes (10 p.m.); Tana Matz (11 p.m.) and MJs Blues (midnight).• Saturday at Christy’s: Jordon Schneider & Guests (9 p.m.); Baoku & The Image Afrobeat Band (10 p.m.); The Almighty Getdown (11 p.m.); The Killtones (midnight).
by Jac Kern
Tattoos and body
art have been a part of various cultures for thousands of years. The concept
came to the States in the late 19th century, when ink could be found
on soldiers and people living on the fringe of society. Today, the medium’s
popularity makes it more difficult to find people without any tattoos. While we’ve all witnessed unfortunate ink, the
real pros exhibit amazing talent. Ink is now a celebrated art form (and, oddly,
the basis of several TV shows) and tonight, fans of both visual art and tattoos
have a chance to meet legendary tattoo artist and historian Lyle Tuttle.
Beelistic Tattoo on Short Vine welcomes Tuttle for an art show of his iconic work. Tuttle began tattooing at
age 18 in 1949 and has inked the likes of Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers,
Paul Stanley and countless others. Meet the artist, peruse his work, enjoy free
drinks and plan your next tat from 5-10 p.m.
This past summer’s
World Choir Games brought a whirlwind of music and visitors from across the
globe to our back yard. Cincinnati’s own MUSE women’s choir was awarded a gold
medal at the Games and tonight the group makes its first public appearance
since that award-winning performance. “Keep Yo’ Lamps Burnin” features African-American traditional
songs and spirituals to be performed at various venues Friday-Sunday. Go here for the full schedule and ticket
This weekend, Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra welcomes Louis
Langrée for his first concert as Music Director Designate. The French conductor
is also Chief Conductor of the Camerata Salzburg and the music director of the
Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. The concert (11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m.
Saturday) is, fittingly, an all-French program featuring César Franck’s Symphony in D minor, Olivier Messiaen’s Les Offrandes
Oubliées and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2. For tickets and more information, go here.
Music Festival brings more than 40 area acts to the UC area
Friday and Saturday. The Frankl Project, The Guitars, Oui Si Yes and lots more
local talent will fill Rohs Street Café (all ages), Baba
Budan’s, Mac’s Pizza Pub and Christy’s Biergarten. Single-night tickets are $5
in advance/$8 at the door; full weekend passes are $10/$12.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to
break out your Goodwill’ed tweed suit, you’re in luck! Sounding like something
straight out of Portlandia, The City
of Cincinnati Bike Program is organizing an old-school Tweed Ride
Saturday. Grab your wool skirts, wax your handlebar mustache and dust off your
newsboy cap for a dapper ride about town. Riders should meet at O’Bryonville’s
Owls Next Park at 2 p.m. for the 8-mile, slow-paced flat ride.
The Moerlein Lager House is
ready to kick off the holiday season Saturday with a Beer and Breweriana Extravaganza
noon-4 p.m. In what they’re calling “one part holiday beer tasting and one part
Antiques Roadshow,” guests can sip seasonal brews while getting free appraisals
on beer memorabilia and steins. Authors Mike Morgan and Don Tolzmann will be on
hand to sign their Cincinnati brewing books and Jim Effler will sell his beer label
artwork and posters. Stick around for lunch and dinner to enjoy a full
Check out our calendar
for a full list of theater shows, art exhibits, events, concerts and more to do
this weekend and beyond.
Plus notes on The Heights Music Festival, a Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation benefit and a Culture Queer release party
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Folk faves The Tillers celebrate the release of a new live album recorded at the former Southgate House with a release party at the new Southgate House Revival.
by Jac Kern
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The Heights Music Festival, TEDxCincinnatiChange, Rumspringa and more pre-Easter fun
we’re sure many of you crammed enough fun into Opening Day to last the rest of
April, there’s still plenty going on this weekend to keep the party going.
Heights Music Festival (formerly Clifton
Heights Music Festival, launched in 2009) kicks off tonight with more than 70
bands (and some comedy sets) at five venues within walking distance around
Clifton Heights. Rohs Street Café, Baba Budan’s, Mac’s, Christy’s and Roxx
Electrocafe all host performances beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and starting at 3
p.m. tomorrow afternoon through the night. Tickets are $8 for just tonight, $5
for tomorrow’s daytime shows or $12 for the whole weekend. Go here for lineup
details and more information.
iconic Cincinnati-based artist Charley Harper passed away almost five years
ago, his artwork is as recognizable now than ever. His modernist depictions of
nature and wildlife still cover the walls of fans young and old. Mary Ran
Gallery is currently holding an exhibit and sale of Harper’s vintage signed and
numbered prints. Stop by the Hyde Park gallery, peep some of his colorful works
and walk away with one of your own. Find details here.
is the first of many TED events to hit the Tri-state this spring. Saturday’s
theme is "Big
Picture, Small Details," set to examine issues with global and local
impact and zeroing in on small details to make big ideas work. This a satellite
event of a national TEDxChange, which marks a partnership between TED
(Technology, Entertainments and Design) and the Melinda Gates Foundation. The
Cincinnati event will kick off with a live streaming of a TEDxChange talk from
Berlin. Speakers and performers include filmmakers Andrea Sisson and Peter Ohs,
True Body Project founder Stacy Sims, taste of Beligum's Jean-Francois Flechet and
many more. The event is currently sold out, but go here
to find other upcoming TED events.
is a rite of passage when Amish adolescents can leave their community and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere prior to
deciding to be baptized or to leave the Amish church. In popular culture, those
participating in Rumspringa are often portrayed as hardcore partiers, swapping
their values and traditional garb for booze and sex (but in actuality, it’s not so
drastic – most choose to continue being Amish). Saturday, Mayday presents
its annual Rumspringa Beer and Sausage Fest. Rock out like it’s your only chance to do so and enjoy Amish-inspired delights
like beerwurst, bangers, homemade mustards and more beer than you can shake a buckled
shoe at. Remember to call a designated carriage driver! The fun starts at 4
A.D.O.P.T. is an organization that helps match prospective home/business owners
renovate deteriorating historic buildings in Over-the-Rhine. Saturday, Neon’s
Unplugged hosts a benefit for the organization, inviting you to Partly Like it’s
1869! Learn about the
organization and how to get involved while celebrating the eclectic
neighborhood. Costumes are encourage, so sport your favorite hoop skirt or
suspenders and capture your look in a photo booth. A $5 donation gets you in;
enjoy old timey drink specials from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.Check our full To Do page for more arts and events, follow our music blog for this weekend's shows and find theater recommendations here. And Happy Zombie Jesus Day!