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.
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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
1 Comment · Thursday, June 14, 2012
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.
by Mike Breen
According to The Weather Channel, showers are tapering off and it'll be overcast today with a high of 63. Perfect "cool new jacket" weather (even if you did just pack it away after temps reached into the 90s). And a perfect night to enjoy the first MidPoint Indie Summer concert of 2012. The free, every-Friday series on Fountain Square kicks off with two of the Cincinnati area's finest Rock & Roll bands — Buffalo Killers and The Kickaways — as well as headliners (and popular MidPoint Music Festival alumni) The Bright Light Social Hour. According to CityBeat's Brian Baker, the Austin-based band "evokes the spirit of the ’70s with shards of Southern Garage Rock, Psychedelic Soul, electric R&B/Funk, Indie Pop and thunderously elemental Hard Rock, represented by acid-washed church and Farfisa organ, searing slide guitar and chunky riffage, Pop melodicism and a funky, slinky rhythm section, all in the service of songs that are compellingly contemporary and utterly appealing." They're also one of the best live acts in the country today. The Kickaways get things started at 7 p.m. Buffalo Killers are scheduled for 8:15 p.m. and Bright Light hits the stage at 9:30 p.m.This is a song The Who stole from Mose Allison. The Bright Light Social Hour are stealin' it back. • Two Hip Hop superstars are in town tonight for two separate shows. I would call them contemporary Rap legends, but younger folks probably call them "old school." Both are in the midst of comeback attempts. Gruff-voiced, ruff-rydin' DMX performs tonight at Inner Circle (the former Annie's) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55. For an extensive stretch, DMX was a bit like the Pete Doherty of American Hip Hop, making headlines with unusual arrests (animal cruelty, "identity falsification" and several traffic-related offenses among them). More recently, X has shown an interest in becoming a preacher and appeared on the VH1 celebreality series Couple Therapy, showing his thoughtfulness and willingness to become a better man. (He also had his own reality show in 2006, DMX: Soul of a Man.) None of this should overshadow the fact that DMX is one of the bigger selling Rap acts of our time. He had five straight albums debut at No. 1 and had his sixth, Year of the Dog … Again, just miss the top spot. DMX will give it another shot later this month — he's slated to drop his seventh album, Undisputed, on June 26. Here's one of his greatest greatest hits, "Party Up." (Fun fact: Former Cincinnati Red Michael Tucker used this tune as his "coming up to bat" music when he played for Cincy.) This is the "dirty" version, so it's probably NSFW for those without headphones.• Meanwhile, up in Corryville, rapstress Lil' Kim brings her "Return of the Queen" tour to Bogart's. Showtime is 10 p.m. and tickets are $27. Like X, Kim has also done some time in the pokey. She turned her jail stint into jail stint-ade, though, by working a reality show around her impending 2006 incarceration. Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown became the highest rated show premiere in BET history as 1.9 million fans tuned in for her special. Kim spent just over year in a detention center in Philly for allegedly lying about her role in a 2001 shooting outside of the Hot 97 studio in New York.Kim is one of the most successful and influential female Hip Hop artists of all time. She's currently trying to get her fifth album released (it's been delayed due to contractual issues). Earlier this spring, her collaborative track with Young Jeezy was leaked. (Listen to "Keys to the City" here.)I love it when Hip Hop artists sample Phil Collins, so here's Kim's video for "In the Air Tonight."• The legendary Jon Langford is in town tonight to open a local exhibition of his artwork and perform a free concert at Over-the-Rhine club MOTR Pub. The dynamic artist will be on hand for the opening of his Transmissions: Art and Words show at Over-the-Rhine’s Clay Street Press Gallery (1312 Clay St.) from 6-9 p.m. Then he'll perform with his band Skull Orchard at MOTR. Original opening act Matthew Friedberger (of Fiery Furnaces) cancelled. Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver from fantastic local band Wussy will open the show instead, starting around 10 p.m. Read CityBeat's interview with Langford here.• Modern Cincy Punk greats The Dopamines celebrate its new album release, Vices (due nationally on June 19), with a show at Mayday in Northside. Tickets are $9 at the door. Also performing: Pujol, Be My Doppelganger and Vacation. Showtime is 9 p.m. Dopamines fans who can't make it but are up for a road trip can head to Chicago for Night 2 of the record release partying at Wicker Park club Subterranean. Check out this great write-up in the Chicago Reader about the show, written by former local musician (Death in Graceland) Kevin Warwick. Here's a li'l Dopamines gem from the past to get you in the mood. Like DMX and Lil' Kim, the trio likes to curse like sailors. You've been NSFW'ed. Further warning: This song will be stuck in your head for days once you listen.
by Mike Breen
New York City Indie/Dream Pop crew to play Fountain Square in August
New York City Indie group School of Seven Bells has been added to the lineup for the 2012 MidPoint Indie Summer series (kicking off tonight at 7 p.m.!). The project sprouted in 2007 when guitarist Benjamin Curtis split from The Secret Machines and joined forces with singer Alejandra Deheza. The electronic-infused group's most recent release, Ghostory, came out earlier this year to generally great reviews and is certain to pop up on many end-of-the-year critics' polls. Check 'em out on Jimmy Fallon's show below.School of Seven Bells headlines the Aug. 24 MidPoint Indie Summer concert.
by Mike Breen
Preperations on their way for the 11th MPMF and fifth under CityBeat's management
Tickets for the 11th annual MidPoint Music Festival went on sale this morning. Click here to get yours before everyone else. Here's what MPMF producer Dan McCabe has to say about this year's event: "This is the fifth year CityBeat has operated Cincinnati's 11-year old MidPoint Music Festival. In each year we have pushed to expand the event with the help of our sponsors, the Over The Rhine neighborhood and music fans. MPMF is now a regional cultural event that shows off our city like no other. This September all eyes and ears will be on you Cincinnati! Now is your opportunity to participate. Get your pass while they last."Perhaps the biggest news announced today was the addition of a new venue — a stage in the freshly remodeled Washington Park. The park venue is being called "MPMF.12's main stage," so expect many of the biggest acts to perform there. Fans can purchase advanced single-concert tickets for that main stage for the first time this year. The stage is open to fans of all ages. The fest is also offering "Loyalty Presale All Music Access Passes" at a discount. Supplies are limited.On June 6, the first lineup announcement will be issued. A "minimum of 20" of the 170 or so acts booked for the fest will be announced. (I've heard "rumors" about a couple; my only hint: "animals.")Keep an eye on MPMF.com for the latest developments.
Full lineup of free concerts every Friday this summer
The lineup for this summer's MidPoint Indie Summer series — every-Friday free concerts on Fountain Square — features another strong mix of solid national headliners (many are MidPoint Music Festival alumni) from as far away as Australia and Timbuktu and local favorites. Stay tuned for additions and updates.Friday, June 1: The Bright Light Social Hour (Austin Tex.); Buffalo Killers; The KickawaysFriday, June 8: The Dynamites (Nashville); Khaira Arby and her Band (Timbuktu, Mali, Africa); The PinstripesFriday, June 15: The Seedy Seeds; Wymond Miles (of The Fresh & Onlys, San Francisco); Belle HistoireFriday, June 22: Art vs Science (Australia); You You're Awesome; ShadowraptrFriday, June 29: psychodots (openers TBA)Friday, July 6: Lydia Loveless (Columbus); Patrick Sweany (Nashville); The Ready Stance Friday, July 13: Seabird; The Harlequins; Jon Drake and The Shakes (Chicago) Friday, July 20: Ha Ha Tonka (Springfield, Mo.); Izzy and the Catastrophics (New York); The Ridges (Athens, Ohio)Friday, July 27: Orgone (Los Angeles); The Cliftones; Eclipse Friday, Aug. 3: Bear Hands (Brooklyn); Lightning Love (Ann Arbor, Mich.); Fort Lean (Brooklyn)Friday, Aug. 10: Budos Band (New York); Kansas City Bible Company (Nashville); Sidewalk Chalk (Chicago) Friday, Aug. 17: Class Actress (Brooklyn)Friday Aug. 31: Wussy; R.Ring The MidPoint Indie Summer concerts start at 7 p.m. each Friday this summer. Music lovers of all ages are welcome to attend.
by Mike Breen
Bands/performers interested in showcasing — y'all better hurry!
If you are a musician who has an act they'd like to showcase at this year's MidPoint Music Festival and you haven't submitted for consideration, you better get on it. Tomorrow is the final day submissions will be accepted. Click here for details on how to submit an EPK for consideration. In related news, the MidPoint Indie Summer concert series (which has it's own Wikipedia page!) returns every Friday on Fountain Square starting June 1. Expect lineup announcements soon. A certain amazing local Power Pop/Rock band has "hinted" they will be a part of the series this year. But you didn't hear it from me.MidPoint has also posted some fresh artwork that you are encouraged to use to create your own "posters, clothes, or otherwise interesting and useful things." Get your base materials here and check out the design below.