by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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Labor Day weekend
is upon us, and even though the weather may stay hot through October, it
represents our kiss goodbye to summer. Fire up the grill, bust out the
margaritas and find your prime spot to watch Sunday’s WEBN fireworks
because no matter which side of the river you’re cheering from, there are tons
of events to cram in this long weekend.
Washington Park sometime Friday-Sunday to check out the AVP Cincinnati Open. Pro beach volleyball
players straight from the London Olympics compete daily to qualify for the 2012
AVP Championships in Santa Barbara, Calif. Tickets run $15-20.
The MidPoint Indie
Summer Series wraps up Friday night with Wussy, R. Ring and The Guitars playing
Fountain Square, 7-11 p.m. We’re officially four weeks away from the main
event: MPMF Sept. 27-29. Do you have your wristband yet? You should get on
Enjoy Friday’s blue
with a group ride organized by The Urban Basin Bicycle Club. Meet at outside Know Theater by 8:30 p.m. and enjoy a short, flat ride around
Over-the-Rhine and Downtown. Deck yourself and your ride out with battery-powered lights,
sparkles and other shiny materials to keep this ride fun and safe for everyone.
Final Friday means
OTR’s galleries, bars, restaurants and shops will be a-buzz all night. After
you’ve gotten your arts and drinks fix, be sure to check out the Night Owl
Market at the
parking lot at Main Street and Central Parkway. Food vendors
will be serving up tasty goodness from 10 p.m.-3 a.m., in addition to shopping and more
late-night fun. Read more about the new monthly market here.
Has it been a
while since you made the voyage north to Harveysburg for the Ohio Renaissance
Festival? The epic old-timey fair returns this weekend,
and it’s way more than what you probably remembered as a kid. The 30-acre, re-created
16th century English village is chock-full of jousting, mud fights and
fire-breathers, games, rides and shopping, plus more food and booze than you can
shake a giant turkey leg at! The fest is open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday
and weekends through Oct. 21. Huzzah!
many find the Ren Fest to be a romantic outing,
maybe you're looking for a different suggestion for date night. Fountain Square hosts the
Guinness Oyster Fest Saturday. What, oyster speed-eating contests don’t rev your engine? Well, the
slippery mollusks are known to be an aphrodisiac.
So chow down on raw and cooked oyster dishes from area restaurants and enjoy
plenty of Guinness and live music from 5-10 p.m.
The lovely little
town of Rabbit Hash in Burlington celebrates its 33rd
annual Old Timer’s Day Saturday. The “center of the universe”
promises a day of live music, yummy
grub, a “barnival” for kids and endless river views. Leave the coolers at home
— the General Store is stocked with all the snacks, pop and beer you’ll need (plus
countless rustic knick knacks you’ll want to take home). Visit the mayor (Lucy
Lou, a border collie) and walk through the picturesque community 11 a.m.-11
by Mike Breen
Local Pop/Punk band Mixtapes announces new release, tour dates
That big annual rite of passage into autumn, the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks (a.k.a. "The Fireworks"), goes down this Sunday on the Ohio River. To get people warmed up for the big booms, a full slate of live music has once again been booked for the P&G Pavilion stage at Sawyer Point. Impressively, the bands booked for the stage all play original music, mostly in the vein of the Hard Rock/Metal/Modern Rock the FM station plays regularly. The lineup is localcentric, featuring area rockers like Cincinnati Sinners, Eyes On Tomorrow and Cinema Sleep, plus Dayton's Black Cloud Syndrome. (Click here for the schedule.) But the most unusual choice for the lineup has to be the Pop/Rock/Punk foursome Mixtapes. Not that the nationally-acclaimed band (slated to perform at 1:45 p.m.) will get pelted with eggs or anything … their sound's just not as WEBN-friendly as the other groups playing. It's kind of like having Superchunk open for Papa Roach. After showering fireworks fans with their punchy, melodic stylings, Mixtapes gets ready for a busy fall. At the end of this month, they kick off a string of dates with Aficionado that'll take them coast-to-coast over the course of about three weeks. Right after that, they'll hop onto another tour, this time with Such Gold, that will have them traveling throughout the South and hitting even more East Coast and Midwest cities.Near the end of the announced tour dates (on Oct. 30, to be exact), Mixtapes' label — Anaheim, Calif.-based Animal Style Records — has announced it will be releasing a mostly acoustic nine-track EP titled How to Throw a Successful Party. The release was originally put out as a free digital bonus for fans pre-ordering Mixtapes' 2011 LP, Maps & Companions. The official release of Party will be available digitally or on vinyl. Animal Style is releasing just 500 one-sided 12-inch versions, available on yellow, blue and green wax.Here's a great press release quote from singer/guitarist Ryan Rockwell (formerly of local groups like Small Time Crooks and Black Tie Bombers) about How to Throw a Successful Party: "So we originally recorded this to come out for free alongside Maps & Companions and we were really stoked on it. It was 9 acoustic (mostly) songs and we're really happy with them. People have been asking for a while about it being on vinyl and now the time seems right, so the great Matt Medina is putting it out on Animal Style Records! It's gonna come out at Fest and be limited to 500. If you are reading this on a blog or news website I look forward to reading about how much we suck."He ends with, "We are happy this is coming out on vinyl and you should buy it on all 3 colors because that's what ICP does and they are rich." Read more about Mixtapes in CityBeat's July feature story on the band here. Here's the cover art for the forthcoming release.