by Mike Breen
Sleeper pick for the best Fountain Square show of the summer
Tonight's free, all-ages MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square is certainly one of the most eclectic ever … and may turn out to be one of the best ever. Exhibit A: Openers Sidewalk Chalk at 7 p.m.Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk have opened for De La Soul and ?uestlove, and Lupe Fiasco majorly shouted-them-out on his Twitter and Facebook pages. The band is described as "a hip-hop, soul, jazz octet that consists of a singer, emcee, drummer, bass, trombone, trumpet, keys player, and a tap dancer."Here's the music video for Sidewalk Chalk's "Water Song" from the group's album Corner Store. Exhibit B: Middle-slot performers Kansas Bible Company at 8:15 p.m. From nearby Goshen, Ind. (currently working out of Nashville), KBC has wowed Cincy crowds a few times in the past year or so. The dynamic Soul/Jazz/Rock band trumps Sidewalk Chalk's mere eight-person membership, featuring "a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists and one bass."Dig this video for the great KBC tune "How to Build A Planet" from their album Ad Astra Per Aspera (rough translation: A rough road leads to the stars).Exhibit C: Headliners A Place to Bury Strangers at 9:30 p.m. Another frequent visitor to Cincy, the NYC-based APTBS are like a more abrasive, modern update of Jesus & Mary Chain's Psychocandy album. Guitar nuts can also bathe in some cool guitar sounds courtesy of the band's own line of effect pedals. (Read Reyan Ali's interview with the band for CityBeat from this past March here.)Here is a video from A Place to Bury Strangers' recently released Worship album, "You Are The One." (Mildly NSFW clip.)
by Jac Kern
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It’s T-Shirt time,
and I’m not talking about juiced a-holes in Jersey. Cincy Apparel’s T-Shirt
Market is in full effect on Fountain Square until 11 p.m. Friday night. Stock
up on tees made by local designers, and plenty emblazoned with Cincinnati
inside jokes, landmarks and product logos. Park + Vine, Donkey Tees and Cinci
Shirts are just a few vendors hawking tees. And while you’re on the square,
hang around for MidPoint Indie Summer (7-11 p.m.) with Orgone, The Cliftones
and Eclipse Movement.
After all that
shoppin’ and dancin’ and drinkin’, you’re going to need some fourth meal
action. Head over to the inaugural Night Owl Market, at the corner of Main
Street and Central Parkway, for a late-night food fest. The Final Friday event,
appropriately abbreviated ”NOM,” will feature food trucks and booths serving
tasty local eats from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Three a.m.! Get your fill from Café
de Wheels, C’est Cheese, Fireside Pizza, Cincy Bag Ladies and plenty more.
There will also be artists, retail vendors and live music from The Pinstripes.
celebrates 50 years of bringing R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Soul music to the
Tri-State. Tom Joyner, Zay Foggs, Monica, The O’Jays and many others will
perform at Paul Brown Stadium Friday and Saturday. Outside the concert, on
Freedom Way between Elm and Vine streets, Festival513 keeps the good times
comin’ with lots of food, street vendors, art and more, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday
and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Tickets to Macy’s Music Festival are still
available for $48-$88.
UC DAAP professor
Henry Navarro and a group of the college’s students and grads have been working
on a fashion-art project at Bromwell’s Gallery downtown. Influenced by the city
— architecture, culture, landscape and local residents — the team has created a
Cincy-centric line of wearable art. Grey Cincinnati debuts Saturday
night at Prairie Gallery in Northside. Check out fashions designed to inspire
and empower Cincinnatians across demographics. The fashion show kicks off at 9
known best to many as Kurt from Glee,
will be in town Sunday to promote his new children’s book, The Land of
Stories: The Wishing Spell. The 22-year-old
Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner found time between takes on the Fox hit to
write a modern-day fairy tale, aimed at kids ages 8 and older. He will sign the
book at 3:30 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.
Check out our To
for more suggestions on arts, events, concerts and theater shows to check out.
by Mike Breen
Athens, Ohio Indie Folk troupe unveils "commerical" for free Friday Fountain Square show
Tomorrow evening on Fountain Square will be dry! I promise, or I'll personally refund your ticket money. This week's installment of the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on the Square features another solid bill. Joining in on the fun Friday is rootsy Indie Rock crew and Bloodshot recording artists Ha Ha Tonka, the eclectic Izzy and the Catastrophics (read more here) and our pals from great Athens, Ohio-born Indie Chamber Folk group, The Ridges. The Ridges (MPMF vets) usually add a great personal touch to their area gigs by making cool little commercials for the event (which we've featured several times in the past). Tomorrow's show is no different. Check their latest "ad" and then click here to listen to more tunes from The Ridges. Friday's MidPoint Indie Summer show starts at 7 p.m. Here's a taste of Ha Ha Tonka, via the music video for the group's "Lonely Fortunes" from last year's Death of a Decade.And here's a wild video from Izzy and Co. for the song "Mi Bailarina."
by Mike Breen
Individual tickets for new venue's MPMF headliner concerts on sale now
The newly remodeled, freshly reopened Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine is shaping up to be one of the hottest music venues in the city. Last evening, the every-Wednesday "Bandstand Bluegrass" series kicked off with Jake Speed and the Freddies; tonight is the debut of the park's every-Thursday "Jazz in the Park" series (7 p.m., with Chris Comer and Napoleon Maddox of IsWhat?!); and tomorrow marks the debut of the R&B/Soul "Friday Flow" concerts, which will take place each Friday and begin with an appearance by fantastic Neo Soul singer Dwele (Selectas Choice DJs Rare Groove, Apryl Reign and DJ Pillo, as well as Under New Orders and Darris Sneed & The Pulse also perform at the 7 p.m. event).And today it was announced that three of the biggest acts announced for September's MidPoint Music Festival will perform at Washington Park's new MPMF stage. A total of four acts will perform each night at the Park stage. The Washington Park shows will be accessible to those with MPMF All Music Access Passes or VIP Passes, or with "a la carte" individual tickets, which are on sale now. Andrew Bird headlines the Washington Park stage on Thursday, Sept. 27. Tickets for that show only are $25. Grizzly Bear is the main MPMF act on the stage for Friday, Sept. 28 (single tickets: $30) and Sleigh Bells headlines the stage Saturday, Sept. 29 ($30). Click here for your ticketing options. Early Bird All Music Access and Loyalty Presale tickets are sold out. A limited number of All Music Access Passes ($69) and VIP Passes presented by CVG ($169) are still available.
Plus news on MPMF.12, WolfCryer, MidPoint Indie Summer and more
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Grasshopper Juice Records presents the sixth annual Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival this weekend at downtown's Mainstay Rock Bar Friday-Saturday.
by Mike Breen
MPMF.12 to include Andrew Bird, The Walkmen, Ralph Stanley, The Antlers and more
Several local acts have been notified in recent weeks that they have been chosen to perform at this fall’s MidPoint Music Festival. Organizers today revealed its second wave of national acts that will join them at the Sept. 27-29 fest — Andrew Bird, Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys (revealed a couple of weeks ago at a MidPoint Indie Summer concert), The Walkmen, The Antlers, Hospitality, Rich Aucion, Stepdad, Eternal Summers, White Arrows, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Hume, Sidewalk Chalk, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Kitten, F. Strokes, Wooden Wand, Hundred Waters, Golden Boy, Tim Easton and Army Navy. Keep up to date with the latest MPMF news at mpmf.com and this here music blog at citybeat.com. Early Bird All Music Access and Loyalty Presale passes are sold out. A limited number of All Music Access Passes ($69) and VIP Passes presented by CVG ($169) now on sale. Washington Park Day Tripper passes will be available soon. Get your tickets now at CincyTicket.com.Check out news songs from The Antlers and (previously announced MPMF band) Grizzly Bear at NPR here.Here's the latest music video from The Walkmen, for their tune "Heaven."And here's a recent CNN piece on Andrew Bird.
by Jac Kern
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celebrating your dad,
the end of slavery, a local pork product or just a welcome break from
work, there are tons of events in store this weekend. Buckle up!
As always, the Midpoint
Indie Summer Series is a superb way to kick things off. Tonight The Seedy
Seeds, Wymond Miles and Belle Histoire take over Fountain Square starting at 7
p.m. Grab a beer, something to eat
and if you haven’t already secured your MPMF wristbands, be sure to purchase
those tonight as well. Early bird tickets save you $10 — and they’re almost sold out! You
can also buy tickets and check out the full Indie Summer schedule and initial
MPMF band announcements here.
Barbeque may be the
widely-recognized seasonal meat dish of choice, but locals know better — Cincy
celebrates goetta with multiple festivals each summer. The first of which,
MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest,
begins tonight in Covington. Enjoy live music, vendors, booze and all the
goetta dogs, burgers, reubens, chili and pizza your heart desires (or fears)
though Sunday night.
If sampling pork dishes
isn’t your thing, why not sample the best of local and regional dancers?
Contemporary Dance Theater presents its annual Area Choreographers Festival
Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center. The program features six
performances from established companies and up-and-coming choreographers. Find
ticket information and a full lineup here.
Many associate the
end of slavery in the United States with Emancipation Proclamation, issued by
Abraham Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862 (and went into effect Jan. 1, 1863), but just
a small fraction of slaves actually benefited from this order. On
June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and federal troops arrived at
Galveston, Tex., it is said, to enforce the abolition of slaves there. This
date represents a true end of slavery, called Juneteenth, and is recognized by
41 states. Celebrate this weekend at Eden Park with cultural music and dancing,
performances, traditional storytelling, ethnic food and vendors Saturday and
Sunday. This year marks the 25th annual Juneteenth Festival in Cincinnati, predicted to be one of the
largest local celebrations yet.
From a historical holiday to a fictional one, Bloomsday is
also celebrated this weekend. In James Joyce’s classic epic Ulysses, Leopold Bloom embarked on his
Dublin journey on June 16, 1904. Though purely a literary creation, June 16 has
become a day to honor Irish heritage and culture (you don’t have to wait until
March!). The Irish Heritage Center
presents an evening full of traditional Irish songs, readings,
performances and more Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Cincinnati Opera
opened its 2012 season this week, and celebrates with Pride Night Saturday. Experience the
tragic passion of Pagliacci and the humorous charm of Gianni Schicchi
in a classical doubleheader, followed by a circus-themed bash at Music Hall.
Enjoy a talent-packed performance, support the LGBT community and party it up in one night? Yeah, it’s
Bunbury fest brings top AltRock to the riverfront this summer
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Ten years ago, after the first MidPoint
Music Festival — that’s when you can trace back the origins of
Cincinnati’s upcoming three-day live music extravaganza, the Bunbury
Music Festival. After launching a festival that continues to grow and shine a light on
up-and-coming and on-the-verge acts, MPMF co-founder Bill Donabedian
thought, “What if we could do something like this for established acts?” This summer, he will.
by Mike Breen
Grizzly Bear, The Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells, Dinosaur Jr. among MPMF.12 performers
The MidPoint Music Festival returns to Over-the-Rhine (including inside the newly unveiled Washington Park, which hosts the main "Main Stage") Sept. 27-29. After weeks of speculation, we now we have the first lineup announcement for MPMF.12, which features, once again, top-line Indie artists — from new buzz groups and some current, critically-acclaimed favorites to a few true Alt music pioneers. Longtime supporters Dewey's Pizza had the scoop on the announcement this morning. Visit them here on Facebook. Below are the first 19 acts to be announced. About 150 to go! Stay tuned.Grizzly Bear The Dirty Projectors Sleigh Bells Dinosaur Jr.Best CoastCloud NothingsImperial Teen Willis Earl Beal Frankie Rose Tennis Julia Holter Laetitia Sadier Craft Spells Seapony Lord Huron The Black Belles Zeus The GrowlersJ.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound Be sure to visit mpmf.com for all the latest updates and to score your tickets. VIP and “Early Bird” (read: discounted) all-access passes are available now through cincyticket.com here.If you’d like some face time with the MPMF authorities, just head down to Fountain Square this Friday for the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert at 7 p.m. The event is a world tour of music, kicking off with local Ska/Reggae/Soul masters The Pinstripes, who join Malian artist Khaira Arby and Funk/Soul headliners The Dynamites.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Heaven, the fourth album by
remarkable Cincinnati-based Indie Pop troupe Pomegranates, was released
nationally on June 5, and this weekend the group presents a hometown
album release party to celebrate. And there’s plenty of reason to
celebrate — Heaven is a stunning work of art that manages to top
not only the Poms’ past three albums, but also most “big name” releases
this year so far.