by Mike Breen
The countdown to the 11th annual MidPoint Music Festival reaches 12 days
MPMF news and musings: The official MidPoint Music Festival guide (on the streets of Greater Cincinnati until Wednesday, then resurfacing when it's MPMF-time) included a few feature stories this year about some of the festival's bonus features and additions. Read Leyla Shokoohe's interview with MPMF main-man, CityBeat's own Dan McCabe, about the fest's dedication to Over-the-Rhine and new MPMF venues Washington Park and the Emery Theatre here. And now, with the countdown down to just 12 days, here are our daily MidPoint Music Festival 2012 picks …BIG SHOTGrizzly Bear (Brooklyn, NY)Indie Art PopWhen this year’s initial MPMF performers were announced, eclectic Brooklyn crew Grizzly Bear was by far the name that seemed to most excite fest-goers. The group’s eccentric mix of artsy arrangements, organic psychedelia and boundless experimentalism has been earning the fans an ever-increasing and loyal fanbase since their lysergic debut release in 2004. Though continually adventurous, the band’s sound has grown and matured with the size of its following — 2009’s Veckatimest debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s album chart and seemingly made every single music critic in the world’s “Top 10 Best” list that year. Expect an even bigger response from critics and fans when Grizzly Bear finally unleashes the much-anticipated new release, Shields, released just prior to the band’s MPMF stop. There’s a very good chance one of MPMF.12’s biggest acts will be sporting a Top 10 album by the time they get to Washington Park (an MPMF first). You'll Dig It If You Dig: Brian Wilson at his “off-the-meds” creative peak, listening to an “AM Gold” Soft Rock compilation and a Kraut Rock comp after drinking gallons of psychedelic mushroom tea.Grizzly Bear headlines the Washington Park stage on Friday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. The band performed the lead-off track from its new Shields album, "Sleeping Ute," on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Take a look/listen: SLEEPER PICKRich Aucoin (Halifax, CAN)Electro PopOn his enthralling 2011 full-length, We’re All Dying to Live, Canadian musician Rich Aucoin decided he’d invite Canada to record with him. As a result, the album features over 500 musicians, whose teaming on Aucoin’s dynamic, funky and craftily constructed tracks makes Dying to Live sound like the Electro Disco party of the century. But it’s not just a mindless exercise in dancefloor stereotypes — there’s depth and nuance to Aucoin’s songwriting and layering that might not be noticeable initially. Unlike a lot of Dance acts, Aucoin’s music isn’t disposable fun — it’s essential and commands repeated listens. Dig: ’80s Synth Pop, ’70s Disco, of Montreal, 4AD artists, Chic and Duran Duran in art school together.Rich Aucoin performs at Below Zero Lounge on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 11 p.m. Here is the hour-long film created to sync up with We're All Dying to Live (plus, of course, the full album for a free preview listen). Rich Aucoin - We're All Dying To Live :: Public Publication EP / Over The Top! LP from Sonic Entertainment Group on Vimeo.LOCAL LOCK PICKEclipse (Cincinnati, OH)Hip Hop/Jazz/Funk/FusionWhat happens when a bunch of studied Jazz musicians get funky with a couple of top-notch Hip Hop MCs? Eclipse happens. The Cincinnati septet has one of the best live shows in town, turning unsuspecting crowds into a sweaty mass of humanity thanks to their persistent groove and old-school Hip Hop party-starting. The band’s Around the World album was at the top of CityBeat’s list of the best local albums of 2011. With peerless MCs Jibri and Daddie Rich laying down rich verses and gripping hooks, the band roams around in the tight arrangements, touching on classic Funk, modern Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Latin rhythms and Jazz like some sort of dance-friendly aural collage. Dig: An epic Jurassic 5, The Roots, Miles Davis, James Brown and King Crimson mash-up.Eclipse performs Friday, Sept. 28, at 11 p.m. at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Here's a great video featurette put together by Chuck Land and Landman Productions, with audio recorded by Alex Lusht of Mind Ignition.Click here for full MPMF details via the official MidPoint site.
Newly renovated OTR historical landmarks offer function, charm to MPMF.12
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Dan McCabe’s been keeping a close eye on the
transformation of Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park since last October. MidPoint Music Festival’s executive producer talks about the park and the renovated Emery Theatre becoming a part of the increasingly OTR-supportive fest.
by Mike Breen
Your long weekend begins with quality live music options in Downtown/Over-the-Rhine
• Downtown at Arnold's tonight (Friday), catch influential cult hero Paleface, a man who has been on the cutting edge of contemporary music's continual fascination with traditional Folk music and an influence on some of the more adventurous musicians who seek to translate that vintage spirit into their own voice. Over the past 20-plus years, the singer/songwriter has been an Anti Folk torchbearer and an Indie Folk mentor, first learning songwriting and lo-fi recordings from underground legend Daniel Johnston in the late ’80s. From there he went on to teach a few tricks to roommate Beck (pre-fame), help the so-called "Freak Folk" scene grow freakier and folkier and collaborate frequently with pals The Avett Brothers. Whether directly or indirectly, if you dig today's "Indie Folk" — or any brand of slanted or subversive Americana — you've likely heard the results of Paleface's unique influence. Click here to read more.Paleface's show tonight at Arnold's is free and — icing on the cake — great local Folk Pop group Shiny and the Spoon opens the show at 9 p.m. The gig will also be the first one for which Arnold's has commissioned a special concert poster. Crafted by talented local artist Keith Neltner (who has done commissioned poster art for Alice in Chains, Modest Mouse, Hank Williams III, The Avett Brothers, Cake, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and many others), the prints (pictured above) are available for $25 while they last (only 50 were pressed). Here's Paleface's video for his ode to NYC, fittingly titled "New York, New York." UPDATE: Arnold's just announced this afternoon that Paleface has cancelled due to illness. A rescheduled date is in the works. Shiny and the Spoon is still performing. • After the best summer series yet, the final MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square goes down tonight at 7 p.m. And the every-Friday series is going out with a bang, featuring a flawless triple bill of local acts. Things get started with superb modern Soul translators The Guitars, who will be followed by the duo R. Ring, featuring Dayton, Ky.'s Mike Montgomery (longtime local engineer ad musician, currently with Ampline) and Dayton, Ohio's Kelley Deal (The Breeders). R. Ring spoke with CityBeat's Brian Baker about the project in this week's paper. Read it online here. Headlining tonight's Fountain Square concert is Wussy, the now-veteran four-piece that is gearing up for some huge happenings on the horizon, including tour dates with The Afghan Whigs and Heartless Bastards and a trip to the U.K. by co-frontpeople/singer/guitarists Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver (playing as a duo) for several shows in support of the band's first U.K. release, Buckeye, a retrospective that came out to glowing reviews this summer. Read more about Wussy's many goings on here. Here's the skate video by Kristian Svitak that R. Ring helped re-soundtrack. After DEVO's record label removed the video because it used the group's song "Mr. DNA," Svitak got together to record a new version with Deal and Montgomery. The song in the re-edited video was so popular, R. Ring released it as a limited edition single and local label Phratry Records released it digitally. (Click here to get your own copy.) • Popular local Gypsy Jazz favorites and Django Reinhardt devotees The Faux Frenchmen celebrate the group's 10th anniversary tonight with a show at downtown's Blue Wisp Jazz Club. A decade ago this fall, the band (which features esteemed local musicians George Cunningham, Brian Lovely, Paul Patterson and Don Aren) made its debut, starting an every-Monday residency at former Clifton restaurant Tink's. Over the years, the band has only gotten more popular, drawing attention from outside of Cincinnati and performing numerous road dates (this fall they return for their sixth appearance at the annual Jazz at Chautauqua Festival in New York). The band's anniversary show begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $10. Here's a clip from the Frenchmen performing on another anniversary — Reinhardt's birthday (taken from one of their annual appearances on WNKU in honor of Django).• The performers for the weekly "Friday Flow" concerts at Washington Park are always a bit of a surprise because the lineups have been announced within only a week or two of the performances. It's also a surprise because the featured act is usually something pleasantly unexpected. Dayton Funk greats Lakeside ("Fantastic Voyage") popped up one week and Neo Soul star Dwele launched the series this summer. Tonight's free Friday Flow concert is another cool, unanticipated treat. Just announced earlier this week, the show will feature R&B singer Chrisette Michele, a Hip Hop hook-singer extraordinaire (with Jay-Z, Nas, The Game and others) who has also had a successful career on her own, releasing a handful of acclaimed, charting albums for Def Jam. The other headliner is Rob Base, a Hip Hop artist most know from his 1988 hit with DJ E-Z Rock, "It Takes Two." Because of the volleyball tournament in Washington Park tonight, gates for the concert won't open until 7:30 p.m. Another change from the usual Friday Flow flow (also due to volleyball) — no food, drinks or coolers will be permitted (this weekend only). Extra food vendors will be on hand to feed the masses. Click here for even more live music events going on tonight in Greater Cincy.
by Jac Kern
Raise money for
the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati while chasing a pack of
stone-cold foxes? You can be a part of the fun at tonight’s Fox and Hound 5K at Sawyer Point.
The race combines fundraising, running, walking and flirting for participants
of all athletic abilities. Here’s the deal: The "hounds" (fellas)
will chase the "foxes" (ladies), who get a five-minute head start for
the race. Pairs of men and women can also compete to become top foxes and
hounds. For those who haven’t yet registered, it’s $45 for the race,
after-party admission, a T-shirt and chip timing (if available). Registration opens at 6
p.m.; the race starts at 7. Stick around post-race for an after-party at the
park's Cincinnatus Sculpture.The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (CUMHF) presents a celebration for the limited-edition digital EP/art package of Come Play The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams tonight at the CUMHF's (as well as CityBeat's) HQ, 811 Race St. The EP is $20; admission is a $5 donation to the foundation for non-members (or free to those who buy the EP). Guests will also get to see a video of the "Guitar Army" that performed at the 60th anniversary of the "Train Kept A-Rollin'" recording, last summer on Fountain Square. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Over at Washington
Park, The Chris Comer Trio performs as part of the weekly Jazz in the Park
series. Music runs 7-9 p.m. While you’re there, peep the sand volleyball court
being set up for tomorrow's AVP Cincinnati Open kick-off. Volleyball players
fresh off the boat from London’s Summer Olympics will play 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Find tickets here.
approaches and summer winds down, two additional free, weekly events come to an
It’s Commonly Jazz welcomes the Mike Wade Septet featuring Steve
Wilson to Eden Park Seasongood Pavilion. The free concert runs 6-8 p.m.
Salsa on the
Square goes out with a bang tonight with music from
Tropicoso (the group behind Latin Monday Nights at The Mad Frog). Learn to
dance from Salsa pros or watch the fun while enjoying a cold beer. If you haven’t
shown off your dance skills yet, strut your stuff on Fountain Square from 7-10
Looking for a spot
to grab dinner or drinks? We suggest Lavomatic, the recently made-over café in
The Gateway Quarter. Check out this week’s review here.
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Washington Park is without a doubt the
jewel of this excellent summer in Cincinnati. And it’s drawing crowds —
whether to its well-chosen events or just to enjoy its well-designed
spaces. And crowds, we know, travel on their stomachs.
7 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Washington Park is a social experiment so vastly successful Cincinnatians might be unaware of the nuances in its meaning.We’re still spastically drunk off the park’s new-park smell.
by Jac Kern
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Screech is going to be at Boogie Nights. The ‘90s TV geek-turned-porn star
Dustin Diamond will make an appearance at Hollywood Casino’s night club Friday.
Cover is $10 cover, but admission is free if you dress like Kelly Kapowski,
Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano or any of your favorite Saved By the Bell characters.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Get ready to dance like you’re so excited…
The Mutual UFO
Network (MUFON, real thing) hosts an international symposium this weekend at
the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. If you have seen an unexplainable
object in the sky, are interested in the idea of intelligent extraterrestrial
life or just love a good conspiracy theory, here’s an opportunity to share your
stories and learn more about UFOs. Speakers include a nuclear physicist, an
abduction researcher, an aerospace engineer and many others in the field.
Additionally, researchers at MUFON will announce a major discovery, presenting
credible evidence for UFOs. Register here
and see what it’s all about,
Friday-Sunday in Covington (Spoiler Alert: ticket prices are kinda steep).
Remember Wiedemann beer? George Widemann founded the company in 1870
with a brewery on Columbia Street in Newport, Ky., making the Bohemian-style beer
synonymous with Northern Kentucky. The brewery closed in 1983, but the brand
has recently been reclaimed and the new owners are debuting Wiedemann’s Special
Lager Friday night. Swing by Pompilio’s, another Newport landmark, at 5 p.m. for
a celebration and the inaugural keg-tapping at 5:30 p.m.
Washington Park hasn’t even been open for a month and already it’s
become a city hub, bringing tons of Cincinnatians and visitors together. On
Friday, four of the city’s prominent performance organizations will also come
together for a concert and show unlike any we’ve seen in the park thus far. The
performance will include Cincinnati Ballet dancers, the Cincinnati Pops,
Cincinnati Opera soloists and the May Festival Chorus, with conductor John
Morris Russell. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and get comfy on the Civic Lawn.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton County Park District has teamed up with edible Ohio Valley Magazine to present the first Ohio Valley
a weekend-long festival celebrating local
eats and agriculture and healthy, sustainable food practices. Special events
include a pig roast Friday at Winton Woods; a workshop and lecture on green
floral design Saturday; and Sunday’s big greenmarket at Glenwood Gardens,
featuring a farmers market, cooking and gardening demos, speakers and
activities for kids.
“Back to School” might have been out of your vocabulary for a few years,
but there are local kids whose summers are coming to an end and they are still
in need of adequate supplies. So, once again, PROJECTMILL presents Back to
School_MF this Saturday. In addition to fun art installations and dance music,
MFers are asked to bring donations for area students. Think standard school
supplies like pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, backpacks, and other
goodies you couldn’t go without when you were in school. Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers optional. The free dance party
is 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. at Northside Tavern.
events this weekend include: the World’s Longest Yard Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday at MainStrasse Village; Glier’s Goettafest
at Newport on the Levee every day through Sunday; more recommended arts, theater and event picks here.
And be sure to stop by the square tonight for the MidPoint Indie Summer
Series with Bear Hands, Lightning Love and Fort Lead, 7-11 p.m.!
by Jac Kern
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If the city smells
especially savory, you must be catching the aroma of Cincy's unofficial favorite
food as Glier’s Goettafest
takes over Newport on the Levee. Tonight through Sunday, folks can grub on goetta nachos, corn dogs,
reubens, sushi, chili and more (plus plenty of swine-free options). Expect
festival staples like rides, games, children’s vendors, live music and — of
course — a goetta coney contest. This is Cincinnati, after all. Tonight’s
festivities run 5-11 p.m. with live music starting at 6. Admission is free and
food runs $1-$6 per item.
All who work in a
digital field or just enjoy talking shop with techies are invited to AIGA
Cincinnati’s Web/Tech Drinkup tonight at Nicholson’s. Every first Thursday, all
who enjoy web design, development, technology, digital marketing and social media are welcome to grab
drinks and network with industry professionals. Enjoy appetizers and first
drinks on the house (thanks to AIGA, Creatives on Call, and ChoreMonster)
beginning at 5 p.m.
Tonight, Northside non-profit
hosts a trivia night to raise money for the organization’s performing arts
classes for children and young adults. Swing by Northside Tavern between 6-9
p.m. for trivia throwdowns, drinks, raffles and
more fun stuff. Ten bucks gets you a spot on a four-person trivia team, a door
prize ticket and free food.
day one of the World’s Longest Yard Sale, which stretches 690 miles from just north of Addison, Mich. to Gadsden, Ala. Rummage
and haggle your way along US 127 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday.
is the go-to spot for locals to find vintage goods, antique furniture and
killer deals at this gigantic, 25th annual sale.
forget about free weekly events downtown like Salsa on the Square and Jazz in the
Park. It's also a really good TV night, jussayin'.
by Jac Kern
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Whenever I hear about laser
night at planetariums, I immediately think of Freaks and Geeks. Lindsay and the crew would go to Laser Dome and hang out/make out
under squiggly beams set to Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. You can pretend it’s 1980, too, as Drake Planetarium presents
Laser Beatles, 8-9 p.m. Making out optional.
and New York
Times-bestselling author Alex Kava
will discuss and sign her latest book, Fireproof,
tonight at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Rookwood Commons). Like her past mysteries,
Kava’s latest follows FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell, this time as she
investigates and tracks down a dangerous arsonist. The event begins at 7 p.m.
The Clermont County Fair
continues tonight with a petting zoo, carnival rides, deep-fried comfort food
and live music. Tonight’s lineup features a pie auction and demolition derby.
(“fashionable friends of fine art, fine
reading and the Mercantile Library) present a screening of the 2005 adaptation
of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
tonight at the Merc. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. showing and admission is
$5 (free for members).
Salsa on the Square
takes over downtown from 7-10 p.m. tonight. Come for the live tunes from Son
del Caribe, stay for the free dance lessons — expert Salsa dancers are always
on hand to give tips and show you the basics.
Over in Washington Park, it’s
Jazz night. Enjoy
a free concert by The Chris Comber Quintet, 7-9 p.m.Update: Live After Five at The Banks has been postponed due to heat and possible storms. The event will be rescheduled in August.
by Jac Kern
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Those lucky enough
to snag a ticket to Cincinnati Opera’s sold-out run of Maria de Beunos Aires get to see a rare performance, which opens
tonight. Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova team up for the first time to
present the story of an a woman in Argentina who becomes the embodiment of Tango. If you
didn’t get tickets in time, check out our preview to learn the backstory of this CO production.
continues on Fountain Square from 7-10 p.m. The Ark Band, a Columbus-based St.
Lucian reggae group, performs tonight.
Looking for a fun
spot to grab dinner or drinks tonight? Mosey on down to Django Western Tacos,
Northside’s newest watering hole. Taco options range from chicken to beef
tongue to squash and peppers and can be ordered premade or DIY assembly. Django
also offers larger traditional Southwest dishes and tasty cocktails. Peep our profile
for more tasty morsels. Django Western Tacos is open until midnight tonight.
Bluegrass is just one of the new weekly free music nights at Washington Park.
Each Wednesday, a new band takes the stage — check out The Comet Bluegrass
Allstars tonight, 7-9 p.m.
Over on the Civic
Lawn of Washington Park, Cincinnati Sports Kickball League takes over. Last
week’s game rained out, so this is your first chance to check out the ballers
in action. Games are each Wednesday from 6 p.m. ‘til dusk.
If you want to do
your after-work drinking outdoors with a local cover band and thousands of others at Yeatman’s Cove,
tonight it your last chance to do so! Party in the Park
wraps up tonight with Naked Karate Girls from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy half-priced
drinks until 6:30 p.m.
entertainer, dubbed “the man who owned Broadway,” George M. Cohan is the focus
of Cincinnati Landmark Production’s latest show. George M!, onstage at Showboat Majestic, features good choreography and showtune classics like “Yankee
Doodle Dandy.” Tickets to tonight’s 8 p.m. performance are $17-$18. Read our
full review here.