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.
Cut Copy’s move from Australian
Electro-Dance upstarts to internationally recognized,
festival-headlining purveyors of sophisticated Art Pop is complete. The
foursome — led by frontman and founder Dan Whitford — has released three
albums since 2004, including the recent Zonoscope, another
addictive, synth-driven effort that also finds the band moving in new,
less party-starting directions. They perform Saturday night at the MidPoint Music Festival.
At an age when most people are
contemplating the direction of their life, Lydia Loveless has already
blazed an impressive trail. The 21-year-old native of Coshocton, Ohio, and current Columbus resident began
playing bass with her two sisters in their band Carson Drew when she was
just 13 and was playing solo shows at 15. Loveless performs Thursday night on Day 1 of the MidPoint Music Festival.
Hit up MPMF.com for all of the
last-second news about the 10th MidPoint Music Festival (running
Thursday-Saturday in venues throughout Over-the-Rhine and Downtown). If
you missed it when it appeared in CityBeat a couple of weeks
ago, copies of the official MPMF Guide — with write-ups on all 180-plus
acts and full fest details — will be plentiful at the event. Here are some new developments.
One of the bands on my MPMF.11 itinerary is The Ridges, a Chamber/Folk/Indie/Pop ensemble from Athens, Ohio. They have interesting instrumentation (cello, trumpet, accordion, etc.) and their songs are remarkably infectious. Read what I wrote about them in the MidPoint guide here. The group just sent us an MPMF promo video in advance of their performance Thursday at the Cincinnati Club (9 p.m., followed by The Sundresses and Those Darlins) and have graciously allowed us to "world premiere" it right here. The clip features The Ridges — who played the MidPoint Indie Summer Series in August on Fountain Square — performing acoustically outside of its MPMF venue. You can check out some more music by The Ridges here. Enjoy!
Advance ticket sales are underway for the 2011 MidPoint Music Festival Sept. 22-24 in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. A limited number of 3-Day VIP Passes and 3-Day Wristbands are available online, at local retail stores and at the Indie Summer Series on Friday nights at Fountain Square.
The full schedule of performances (from an eclectic assemblage of artists that includes Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones, rising Australian Indie Dance champs Cut Copy and clever Pop duo Mates of State) has been released. Many of the popular features from recent MPMFs are returning Sept. 22-24, but there are plenty of brand new ones being introduced, all designed to make the MidPoint experience even better.
Heavy, progressive Hard Rock trio Valley of the Sun celebrates the birth of its new EP, The Sayings of the Seers, at the Southgate House’s Parlour room this Thursday. Cincy Art/Prog/Metal ensemble Atlantic Becoming and Columbus’ heavies Lo-Pan open the 9 p.m. show.
The MidPoint Music Festival has announced the first performer confirmations for the 10th edition of the downtown festival happening Sept. 22-24, 2011. Artist highlights will include Cut Copy from Australia, Austin-based Okkervil River, UK rockers The Joy Formidable, Rolling Stone guitar god Kaki King, The Felice Brothers, The Album Leaf, Gang Gang Dance, Those Darlins, The Low Anthem and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
The MidPoint Indie Summer Series returns to Fountain Square on Friday evenings through Sept. 2. For the third consecutive year, MidPoint presents national, regional and local acts for free on downtown's main public square. Headliners include Maps & Atlases (June 17), Pomegranates (July 1), Big Freedia (July 8), Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (July 29), Bad Veins (Aug. 19), Margot and the Nuclear So & So's (Aug. 26) and The Greenhornes (Sept. 3).