by Mike Breen
Just nine days until the 11th annual MidPoint Music Festival
MPMF news and musings: ArtWorks/Springboard Cincinnati is once again handling one of the cooler aspects of the "MidPoint Midway" (the fairgrounds-like area connecting Main to Vine streets, with food vendors, a music stage, poster expo and lots more). Last year's MidPoint Music Festival saw the introduction of the "Box Truck Carnival," where numerous local artists and organizations turned nondescript moving trucks into their own little worlds (last year, there was a theater, a skate park and a Putt Putt course). This year, Springboard is profiling the trucks on its website leading up to the big event next week. So far, they've introduced the Art for All People truck, "Art and Music Box," where you'll be able to add your own creative paint job, and the truck by OTRimprov, which will feature improv games and "on-the-spot workshops" for aspiring UCB comedians (or just the curious). Click here to check out these and other "fun in a box" experiments. • The other big news of the day is that one of the bigger headlining acts, Sleigh Bells, has been forced to cancel its appearance at Washington Park during the festival. The band was slated to headline the park stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The full lineup for Saturday is up in the air, but will be retooled with additional acts. Expect an announcement soon. If Sleigh Bells was the only act you wanted to see at the festival and you'd like a refund, here's the official details: "Customers who have purchased the Washington Park Saturday Ticket may choose to either keep their tickets, or may receive a refund by contacting email@example.com by the end of the day Sept. 21st. If you elect the refund, only the cost of the ticket is refunded, not the shipping or service fees. No refunds will be issued for All Music Access Passes."Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Edward Miller tweeted that he fractured his arm while skateboarding in Florida recently, causing the cancellation of MPMF and a few other dates. And now, with the countdown down to just 9 days (single digits!), here are our daily MidPoint Music Festival 2012 picks …BIG SHOTThe Walkmen (New York, NY)Indie RockA dozen years since members of Jonathan Fire*Eater and the Recoys coalsced into the formidable Walkmen? It hardly seems possible. But then, neither does the band's almost supernatural string of confusingly brilliant albums, all crafted by the same line-up that began at the dawn of the new millennium; the sparse, atmospheric jangle of Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, the intense and visceral Bows + Arrows (featuring their signature "The Rat"), the quiet beauty of A Hundred Miles Off, their weirdly wonderful cover of Harry Nilsson's Pussy Cats, the powerful You & Me, the fabulous Lisbon, and their latest, Heaven, widely acknowledged as their best album to date, a phenomenal accomplishment for a band in their 13th year. Long may they walk.You'll Dig It If You Dig: The Strokes if they'd been guided by Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan if he'd been backed by The Strokes. (Brian Baker)The Walkmen perform Saturday, Sept. 29, on the Grammer's/Dewey's Pizza Stage at 9:15 p.m. Here is the band's music video for "The Love You Love." SLEEPER PICKHoly Ghost Tent Revival (Greensboro, NC)Folk RockWhen a band lists the Rolling Stones and Glenn Miller as primary influences, there’s a good chance their musical pegs don’t fit the standard genre holes. So it is with Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a North Carolina sextet that redefines eclectic, veering from Ragtime and Hot Jazz to an electric brand of Swing and the kind of funky, rootsy Country Rock that would have made Levon Helm grin and stomp. You don’t often see the Charleston breaking out in the middle of the mosh pit, but anything is possible at a Holy Ghost Tent Revival gig. Be prepared.Dig: Squirrel Nut Zippers explore their secret love of the Band, Blood Sweat & Tears and Burt Bacharach. (BB)Holy Ghost Tent Revival performs Saturday, Sept. 29, at Japp's at 11:30 p.m. Here's a preview of the band's just-released album Sweat Like the Old Days. Sweat Like The Old Days by Holy Ghost Tent RevivalLOCAL LOCK PICKYou, You're Awesome (Cincinnati, OH)Indie/Electronica/DanceThe duo You, You’re Awesome has been the Cincinnati Indie music scene’s go-to Dance music favorites for the past few years, blending live drums with quirky, playful soundscapes that call back to earlier electronic music pioneers. As EDM and other forms of Electronica have grown in popularity, a lot of artists seem to have a hard time figuring out how to distinguish themselves. But You, You’re Awesome doesn’t have that problem, emerging with a versatile sound that isn’t based on any one trend. The group released several EPs before last year’s debut full-length, but YYA is most fun to experience in a live setting. You can dance if you want to — everyone else will be. Dig: Daft Punk reborn as Saturday morning cartoon characters. (Mike Breen)You, You're Awesome are slated to play at 5 p.m. on the Washington Park stage on Friday, Sept. 28. Here's the track and visuals for YYA's "Yippee Ki Yay Mister Falcon." Click below for a playlist featuring numerous YYA clips. Click here for full MPMF details via the official MidPoint site.
Powerhouse Poster Arcade offers concert ephemera while Midway 4EG Stage presents second-play performances
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Run and organized by the folks at local Powerhouse
Factories graphic design studio, MPMF’s Poster Expo 2012 was a necessary outlet for all of the rock poster
artists involved in the music festival’s promotion machine.
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In September 2011,
ArtWorks was awarded funds from ArtPlace, an
organization of foundations, federal agencies and banks that invests in art and
culture programs across the country. ArtWorks put these funds toward SpringBoard, their business planning and development program for artists,
artisans and creative entrepreneurs. ArtWorks celebrates SpringBoard artist-entrepreneurs,
a new space and local creativity tonight with an open house 6-8 p.m. Check out
the new digs at 20 East Central Pkwy.
Across the river,
the Friends of Baker Hunt celebrate the Covington Art and
Cultural Center’s 90th anniversary at their annual gathering
tonight. Members of this auxiliary organization and anyone who has special
memories about the center or wants to get involved is welcome to attend a 6
p.m. meeting followed by a potluck dinner with music by the Cincinnati Chamber
String Quartet. Bring a dish to share and be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call
859-431-0020. The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center offers classes in
language, yoga, dance, photography and more for kids and adults.
Ready to get in Pride mode?
After you check out our Pride Issue (complete with a LGBTQ year in review
timeline, stories and official Pride 2012 guide), mosey downtown to Shooters’s
Young Buck night beginning at 10 p.m. Thursdays mean nothing but dance music at
this no-frills watering hole, so saddle up for a fun night. David DeWitt will
have a special Technicolor projection Pride photo booth — strike a pose!
It may be hot outside, but
Live After Five at The Banks has icy beverages and
cool music to keep you lifted after work tonight. Freedom Way downtown turns
into a free street festival every-other Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Tonight, the
Pinstripes perform. Nearby, Son del Caribe takes over Fountain Square for
Thursday’s free Salsa night from 7-10 p.m. Professional dancers are on-hand
each week to help you with your moves. Afterwards, grab dinner or keep drinking
at one of many surrounding bars and restaurants to keep the party going.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Cincinnati Duke Energy customers could face increased
utility costs to help Duke relocate utility lines for the new streetcar,
if state regulators decide to permit Duke to recover expenses
associated with the mass transit project. CINCINNATI -1
ArtWorks’ second Big Pig Gig public art project takes flight
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
When I was growing up, the fact that
Cincinnati was known as “Porkopolis” was not exactly a selling point for
me. I vividly remember Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point opening in
1988 to much hullabaloo thanks to the flying pig sculptures near the
entrance and being absolutely mortified with embarrassment that my
hometown would choose to embrace its reputation as a haven for swine.
ArtWorks summer program adds flair to public bike racks all over town
2 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
As the summer of 2011 steadily approaches, ArtWorks continues to pump out new projects to spread smiles and encourage cranium usage all over Porkopolis. The group’s newest project, Queen City Art Racks, is an effort to decorate bike racks in public spaces as part of an artist-designed, green initiative.
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
When a group of Westwood residents decided to form Westwood Works (WW) last winter, they envisioned it as a more positive, productive counterpart to the Westwood Civic Association, which is known for its strident rhetoric. One of WW's first actions was to invite the nonprofit ArtWorks to paint a public mural in the neighborhood.
How ArtWorks trains the next generation of local artists
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I’ve always been able to find art in Cincinnati. From seeing the paintings created by an art class at SCPA, where I’m currently a senior, to being inspired by exhibits at the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Contemporary Arts Center, it’s been fairly easy to nourish my passion for art in my hometown.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Northside is known as Cincinnati's hippest, artiest neighborhood, so it's fitting that a new "post-outsider art" gallery (Thunder-Sky Inc.) will open there Oct. 30. It couldn't have a better location: 4573 Hamilton Ave. in the string of storefronts that also includes The Comet and N-Vision.
ArtWorks continues to nurture young artists with The Outdoor Museum
1 Comment · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
What happens when talented teenagers are teamed with design professionals and asked to interpret “green” concepts in billboard-like format? Plenty happens, as can be seen in The Outdoor Museum, or TOM, in Eden Park now through May 31.