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.
by Mike Breen
MPMF.11 faves play a freebie tonight with like-minded Zoo Animal at MOTR
Though they hail from Minneapolis, Indie Pop duo Fort Wilson Riot list its "hometown" as "Our dear van Casandra," a nod to the pair's nomadic life as a D.I.Y. touring entity. Buzzed about after their appearance at last year's MidPoint Music Festival, the twosome (Amy Hager on vocals, keyboard, guitar and trumpet and Jacob Mullis on vocals, guitar and keyboards) returns to Cincinnati tonight for a free show at MOTR Pub. FWR has been noted for its dynamic approach, shifting around from Indie Folk to Garage Rock to Dance Pop and beyond. Here's FWR's latest single, the Electro groovin' "For All the Little Things," taken from its split EP release with Minneapolis' Phantom Tails.<a href="http://fortwilsonriot.bandcamp.com/album/generation-complex-ep">Generation Complex EP by Fort Wilson Riot</a>The show kicks off at 10 p.m. with openers Zoo Animal, stirring vocalist Holly Newsom's self-described "Minimalist Grunge Pop with heart" group, also from the Twin Cities and inspired by the likes of Julee Cruise, Keren Ann and another "Newsom," the harp-rockin' Joanna. Here's the gauzy, woozy Zoo Animal track "Laying and Lying" from the recent seven-song EP Departure.<a href="http://zooanimal.bandcamp.com/track/laying-and-lying">Laying and Lying by Zoo Animal</a>
by Mike Breen
Musical acts can begin applying for a slot at September's MidPoint Music Festival
Though it feels like it was only yesterday that we cleaned up the final beer cup from MidPoint Music Festival's wildly successful 10th anniversary event last September, submissions to perform at MPMF.12 open tomorrow. This year's MidPoint is set to return to various venues in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood Sept. 27-29. The early submission deadline is March 31; submission fees go up after that and will be accepted until the drop-dead deadline date, May 11.To submit, artists will need to prepare their SonicBids press kit, with an updated bio, photos, press clips and at least three songs. Click here to find out more about the submission process.After last year's success — 185 acts across 18 stages performing for 23,000 music lovers — competition for slots is expected to be higher than ever. Be sure to get yourself in the mix early.To keep tabs on all things MidPoint, keep checking CityBeat's music blog, visit the main fest site and follow MPMF.12 on Facebook and Twitter.
MidPoint Music Festival once again raised the bar
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Last week's confluence of milestone events and
anniversaries that all seemed loosely interrelated: R.E.M. announced its breakup, Nirvanamania
re-swept the nation as the press and fans celebrated the 20th
anniversary of a ground-breaking album and Cincinnati’s 10th MidPoint Music Festival experienced its most successful year yet, seriously upgrading the
Alternative music festival’s profile in the music world.
by Brian Baker
I love the first night of MidPoint; the anticipation, the excitement, the friends, the music, the potential for getting wetter than you’ve been since the birth experience. It’s magic, a sensation perhaps intensified on Thursday, being the first night of the festival’s tenth anniversary.
In 2002, the MidPoint Music Festival legacy began
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
My memories of the very first MidPoint Music Festival in
2002 are pretty vague. I remember bits and pieces from that inaugural
fest, when the vast majority of performers were local. I recall being in
the car way too much for such a fest — I caught bands at the
Madison Theater in Covington, the Barrelhouse and Jefferson Hall in
Over-the-Rhine and the Southgate House and Newport on the Levee in
Newport. MPMF sure has changed in 10 years.
Booker T. Jones comes to MPMF.11 armed with new songs and MG’s classics
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
It’s hard to imagine a more fantastical introduction to
the world of music than Memphis teenager Booker T. Jones experienced in
the early 1960s. Jones — a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member as well as
recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy — is one of the headliners
for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival. He and his touring band will be
doing swingin’ ’60s Booker T. & the MG’s classics as well as
selections from Jones’ new album, The Road From Memphis.
MidPoint Midway’s Box Truck Carnival brings guerilla-style interactive art to Cincinnati
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Now in its 10th year, the MidPoint Music
Festival has grown from an annual outlet for local musicians to one of
the best and brightest fests in the region, this year offering
nationally and globally renowned acts such as Cut Copy, Mates of State
and The Album Leaf. This year will also see the inclusion of
Cincinnati’s visual arts talent, as ArtWorks and MPMF bring the foreign
concept of the Box Truck Carnival to town.