The names of many of the performers for this year's MidPoint Music Festival (coming up Sept. 23-25) have been leaking out gradually over the past few months. But this Friday, mpmf.com will unveil a new interactive schedule with all of the artists scheduled to play the event.
There's nothing out of the ordinary about a band doing a string of local dates to celebrate the release of an album. It is unusual when the album is nearly two years old and the band has to fly in from France for the shows. For Boogie Woogie Blues piano master Ricky Nye, the CD release hoopla is turning out exactly the way he envisioned it, if slightly after the fact.
The upcoming MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square (three bands for free every Friday) opens with Scottish Indie Pop darlings Camera Obscura June 4, the much-buzzed about Neon Indian June 11, MidPoint vets Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit June 18 and reunited Pop/Punk Chicago band Smoking Popes June 25. And that's just the first month.
The Cincy Blues Society's annual "Winter Blues Fest" is coming up at the end of January, but Monday you can get your Blues fix via a stellar lineup at Play By Play in Silverton. And it's for a good cause: helping area artists spread the good word of Midwestern Blues. The "Road to Memphis 2010" raises money to help local musicians get to Memphis to battle in next month's International Blues Challenge.
The showcase raises money to help local musicians get to Memphis at the end of the month to battle in the International Blues Challenge against entries from around the world. Scheduled to play Monday (and head to Memphis) are Cheryl Renee with Them Bones, Ricky Nye, Twelve-Eight and Jimmy D. Rogers.
Now in its 11th year, the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit features American specialists Lisa Otey (from Tuscon, Ariz.) and Barrelhouse Chuck (Chicago), plus Spain's Lluis Coloma. Organizer Ricky Nye, of course, also performs, while local musicians Brian Aylor (drums), Steve Perkakis (upright bass) and George Bedard (guitar) provide accompaniment throughout the night.
Singer/songwriter Eric Falstrom has been performing locally for several years, including with the rockin' Mystery Wagon in the early '90s. Since then, he's been working the solo route, releasing his own records off and on since the end of the Wagon. But Falstrom's latest CD, 'Love Will Come Through,' feels much like a reintroduction, featuring some of the best writing and performing of his career so far.
Starting with an appearance at the Blues Fest Arches Stage, Ricky Nye met like-minded pianists worldwide and began the hard work of securing sponsors and funding; the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit was officially conceived. The Summit has naturally spun off into other opportunities as well, serving as an exchange program in which the international pianists Nye invites to Cincinnati have returned the favor offering him slots at their home country events.