MidPoint Central

It's all over but the memories and the clean-up. Relive MPMF right here!

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It's come and gone: the 2008 MidPoint Music Festival. Remember the bands, the clubs, the performances, the Scions and the crowds at this headquarters site for CityBeat's coverage of MPMF.  

Nye on 10 Years

Ricky Nye readies his annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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.  

Music: Katie Reider Benefit

0 Comments · Thursday, November 6, 2008
A benefit for the family of the late singer/songwriter Katie Reider takes place Saturday at Dirty Jack's in Elmwood Place. The event also serves as a celebration of Katie's life and music starting at 8 p.m. and is hosted by Debra Randall, the show's organizer and a WAIF radio personality. The musical lineup includes Jen Foster, Jayne Sachs Band, Whitney Barriclow, The Blue Umbrellas, Frozen Feet, Holly Spears and Chakras.  

Local Music Spooktaculars

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, pretty much any bar you pick this weekend will have some sort of scary happening going on. But if you’re a local music fan looking for more than “Monster Mash” karaoke and costume contests, here are my picks for Friday’s fiercest, most fearsome shows.   

The Strongest Proof (Profile)

Band pares down to a trio with new album, 'Robot Eats a Steak'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The past few months have been a season of change for The Strongest Proof, culminating in the release of the band's brief but potent second Post Punk album, "Robot Eats a Steak." Guitarist Tony Roth sheared his mop of curls to a boot camp cut, frontman Matt Tomlinson moved from guitar to bass and bassist Rob Stanley moved to Oklahoma. "I'm the same," quips drummer Tony Bryant over breakfast at Newport's Pepper Pod.  

500 Miles to Memphis

Live at MidPoint

0 Comments · Friday, October 31, 2008

The Solid Pack (Profile)

Music’s in the blood of Indie/Americana group

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Blackout On this eerie night, the Clifton shops and streets are dark. Think oil slicks. Tar. "I've had more vivid dreams in the past few days," Chris Haubner says as we cross the street. No "W-A-L-K" letters. Just a black box perched there. Uncle Smokin' Joe (Jim Pross) nods quietly.  

Kyle English (Profile)

Singer/songwriter sings and speaks straight up

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
My first open mic: The Full Moon Cafe; a sketchy Virginia club where shots came by the glassful. My hands shook. The redhead host, Jane (Radar Rose), cheered me on. That night, I met my future bandmates. Two of us fell in love. Others fought, sure. Like a band would.  

Seedy Seeds (Profile)

Duo expand its already wildly popular sound on new CD

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Seedy Seeds have set some astonishing benchmarks for themselves in just three years. Arising from a chance meeting between Mike Ingram and Margaret Weiner at a friend's birthday party, the Seeds have quickly become a scene favorite.  

Maurice Mattei (Profile)

Singer/songwriter gleans gold from Kenwood Towne Centre

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A trip to the mall usually results in a new pair of shoes or maybe an Orange Julius and a pretzel. For singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei, a stroll through the Kenwood Towne Centre resulted in his new album, appropriately titled "Kenwood Towne Center."