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by Mike Breen 05.07.2015 60 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 82 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.
 
 

Public Celebrates New EP, Walk the Moon Tour Launch

Plus, Cincinnati Dronescape captures the sound of the city, Mayes Fest returns to Bellevue and Rocktober brings more local music to Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
AltPop trio Public celebrates the release of a new EP, Let's Make It, and its impending tour with Walk the Moon this weekend at Rohs Street Cafe. Plus, the new Cincinnati Dronescape project uses natural "found sounds" distinct to Cincinnati, Rocktober on the Square offers free live music every Friday and Mayes Fest 2014 comes to Bellevue.  

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.   

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Public, Dream Tiger and Danny & His Fantasy

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
It hardly seems possible that a decade has gone by since the original formation of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, although given the band’s current status, there’s an argument to be made that the quintet didn’t actually make it to the 10-year mark.   
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. 
 
 

Treasure Fingers with Millennium Robots, Disco Joe & Friends, Aviators and more

Saturday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Producer/musician/DJ/remix-specialist Ashley Jones first came to the attention of the Dance music universe under the stage name The Enemy, part of the innovative Drum ’n Bass trio Evol Intent, which released club and critical favorites on its own Evol Intent Records, as well as Dieselboy’s Human Imprint label.   

Local H with Mad Anthony, New Strange and One Day Steady

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Local H by dual-purpose guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas and original drummer Joe Daniels in their hometown of Zion, Ill.   

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