by Mike Breen 05.10.2013

Free Summer Music at Fountain Square, Washington Park

Outdoor Downtown/OTR hotspots present themed music nights several days a week

We told you a few weeks back about the lineup for the MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square, featuring numerous (primarily local) Indie and Rock acts every Friday this summer from 7-11 p.m. Click here for the full rundown. But there are many other popular themed nights returning this summer to both Fountain Square and Washington Park, which re-opened after a major makeover in time to introduce live music nights last summer for the first time. (Both spots are managed by the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC). Fountain Square's PNC Summer Music Series will have live music five days a week, while Washington Park will host three themed music nights this summer. All events are free and a great way to enjoy our city's central districts. The concerts begin at the end of May/start of June and run through the end of August/start of September. Be sure to check the official websites of both venues for any updates, additions or cancellations. Fountain Square • Every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m., the Square presents "American Roots" night. This year, the lineup is the strongest its been, showcasing the best of Greater Cincinnati's rich Roots/Americana scene (as well as a few regional faves).  May 27 8 p.m.: Magnolia Mountain 7 p.m. Terminal Union June 4 8 p.m.: Kentucky Struts 7 p.m.: The Turkeys June 11 8 p.m.: The Tillers 7 p.m.: Tom Evanchuck June 18 8 p.m.: Dallas Moore Band 7 p.m.: Jamison Road June 25 8 p.m.: Kentucky Timbre 7 p.m.: Tex Schramm July 2 8 p.m.: Shiny and the Spoon 7 p.m.: Ten String Symphony July 9 8 p.m.: Glossary 7 p.m.: Frontier Folk Nebraska July 16 8 p.m.: Pure Grain 7 p.m.: Straw Boss July 23 8 p.m.: Jeremy Pinnell & the 55s 7 p.m.: Arlo McKinley July 30 8 p.m.: Great Peacock 7 p.m.: The Seedy Seeds August 6 8 p.m.: Bulletville 7 p.m.: Ricky Nye & Chris Douglas August 13 8 p.m.: Mason James 7 p.m.: Honey and Houston August 20 8 p.m.: Bobby Mackey 7 p.m.: Blair Carman August 27 8 p.m.: Robert Ellis 7 p.m.: Fifth on the Floor • Reggae Wednesdays return to the Square this summer, with wider-net bookings that include numerous regional and touring Reggae acts. Music runs every night from 6-10 p.m. and acts are teamed up with a DJ or DJ squad for each event.  May 29 The Ohms Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D June 5 The Zionites Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System June 12 Cliftones Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D June 19 Seefari Summer Splash Happy Hour with I Vibez June 26 The Drastics Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D July 3 Jah Messengers Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System July 10 Dougie Simpson and Faith Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D July 17 Billbuckers Summer Splash Happy Hour with I Vibez July 24 Ark Band Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D July 31 Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System August 7 Ras Dodirie Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D August 14 Ras Gato Summer Splash Happy Hour with I Vibez August 21 Nature Summer Splash Happy Hour with DJ Frankie D August 28 One World Tribe Summer Splash Happy Hour with Queen City Imperial Sound System • Salsa dancers and music lovers will be happy to know that Salsa on the Square is returning this summer on Thursdays, running 7-10 p.m. As always, dance instructors will be on hand to give you pointers (if you need 'em). Music is provided primarily by some of Greater Cincinnati's finest Salsa/Latin music groups.  May 30: Son Del Caribe June 6: Kandela June 13: Zumba June 20: Tropicoso June 27: Grupo Tumbao July 4: Clave’ Son July 11: Kandela July 18: Tropiscoso  uly 25: Grupo Tumbao August 1: Zumba August 8: Azucar Tumbao August 15: Clave’ Son August 22: Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel  August 29: Son Del Caribe  • Before MidPoint Indie Summer on Fridays, local club/bar conglomerate 4EG (which operates several nightclubs in the area) will present 4EG Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Local DJs will spin every Friday (except for Aug. 2, when local cover band Snidely Whiplash performs).  May 31: DJ Ice Cold Tony June 7: DJ Jake the Ripper June 14: DJ E-trayn June 21: DJ Identity June 28: DJ Jesse the Ripper July 5: DJ D-Lo July 12: Fuseamania July 19: DJ Tina T July 26: DJ Will Kill August 2: Snidely Whiplash  August 9: DJ Scene August 16: DJ Simo August 23: DJ Spryte August 30: TBA • One of the most popular nights on the Square during the summer is Saturdays' "Beats" night, booked by local promoter Self Diploma. The concerts run 7-10 p.m. and again feature an impressive mix of local and touring Hip Hop, Electronic and DJ acts. Among the national act highlights this year are Mod Sun, Hoodie Allen, Watch the Duck and DJ Jazzy Jeff.  June 1 10 p.m.: Chuck Inglish 9 p.m.: Puck 8 p.m.: Olu 7 p.m.: The Natives June 8 10 p.m.: DJ D-LO 9 p.m.: Cal Scruby 8 p.m.: SD Choice 7 p.m.: DJ Vizion June 15 10 p.m.: Hoodie Allen 9 p.m.:D-Why 8 p.m.: Sam Lachow 7 p.m.: Ian J June 22 10 p.m.: Mod Sun 9 p.m.: Trademark Aaron 8 p.m.: Junya Be 7 p.m.: Jean P June 29 10 p.m.: Drummer vs Emulator 9 p.m.: Firecat 451 8 p.m.: Black Signal 7 p.m.: Catch Phrase July 6 10 p.m.: Mutrix 9 p.m.: Milk N Cookies 8 p.m.: DJ X Nightmare 7 p.m.: No Limits July 13 10 p.m.: T Mills 9 p.m.: Huey Mack 8 p.m.: Santino Corleon 7:30 p.m.: Round 2 Crew 7 p.m.: Nick Youngerman July 20 10 p.m.: Collin Mcloughin 9 p.m.: Napalm 8 p.m.: X5ight 7 p.m.: DJ Sab July 27 10 p.m.: Watch the Duck 9 p.m.: Gold Shoes 8 p.m.: Vincent Vega 7:30 p.m.: DJ Rhetorik 7 p.m.: Emari J August 3 10 p.m.: Somo 9 p.m.: Arin Ray 8 p.m.: Eben Frankewitz 7 p.m.: Alabama Capital August 10 9:30 p.m.: Stafford Brothers 8:30 p.m.: Davey C 7:45 p.m.: J Hollow 7 p.m.: 4 Grand August 17 9:30 p.m.: Candyland 8:30 p.m.: DJ Prism 7:45 p.m.: B-Funk of Dave Rave 7 p.m.: Neon Medusa August 24 9-11 p.m.: DJ Jazzy Jeff 8 p.m.: Joseph Nevels 7 p.m.: Erica P Washington Park After a successful inaugural summer of events last year, Washington Park brings back three music nights, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, plus several other entertainment offerings, including "Dancing Under the Stars," an every-Tuesday dance night, with lessons that focus on different types of dancing each week. (Click below for the concert lineups.)

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by Mike Breen 04.30.2013

Friday 'Indie Summer' Concert Series Announced

Free Friday concerts return to Fountain Square starting May 31

The lineups for 2013's PNC Summer Music Series on Fountain Square — featuring live music from different genres for free throughout the summer — have been coming out gradually. We're happy to announce the lineup so far for the Friday night "Indie Summer" shows (presented by CityBeat and the MidPoint Music Festival). Look for the rest of the finalized lineups — for American Roots Tuesdays, Reggae Wednesdays, Salsa Thursdays, Saturday's popular Beats night (with Hip Hop, Dance and Electronica) and the acoustic-music-meets-wine-tastings "Sunday in the Grove" — later this week. Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine is also again presenting regular music programming this year, with Jazz on Wednesday, Bluegrass and Roots music on Thursday and R&B/Soul/Hip Hop on Fridays, plus a new Tuesday night feature, Dance Under the Stars, featuring dance lessons in a variety of styles. The bad news? The Indie Summer shows kick-off on May 31 with the final show by fantastic Cincinnati Indie Pop band Pomegranates. The good news? It will also be the first show by Healing Power, Pomegranates' new name. The opener will also serve as a "release party" for great local Indie crew The Yugos. Christian altrockers Seabird will also use their Indie Summer show to celebrate the release of a new album, the band's first independent release after a couple of albums on Credential Recordings/Universal Music Group. Northern Kentucky rockers Dept. Store Alligators will also put out their new release in conjunction with their Aug. 16 appearance with Belle Histoire. Local restaurant/club chain 4EG will host "Happy Hour" parties on Fridays as well, featuring various local DJs and drink specials from 5-8 p.m. Indie Summer concerts are open to fans of all ages and run from 8-11 p.m. all summer on the Square. Click here for details.May 31: Pomegranates/Healing Power; The Yugos; The Never Setting SunsJune 7: We Were Promised Jetpacks; Tweens; PublicJune 14: Seabird; Mike Mains & The Branches; TBAJune 21: Loudmouth; The Dopamines; The Lockland Brakes; BoyMeetsWorldJune 28: Psychodots; Cari Clara; The Ready StanceJuly 5: Margot & the Nuclear So & So's and Matt Pond with Matrimony July 12: Plumb; more TBAJuly 19: Wussy; Queen City Radio; TBAJuly 26: Brian Olive and Man Halen with The Tongue & LipsAug. 2: The Seedy Seeds with The Guitars and the student band from Mason's School of RockAug. 9: Archers Paradox; (headliner to be announced on June 2)Aug. 16: Belle Histoire; Dept. Store Alligators; TBAAug. 23: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors; Green Light Morning; TBAAug. 30: Why? with Vito Emmanuel and TBA

MidPoint Indie Summer Concerts Announced

Plus, Tracy Walker releases decade-in-the-making new LP and the latest on MidPoint Music Festival 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
This year's MidPoint Indie Summer concert series — free, every Friday on Fountain Square — puts focus on great local acts and a few notable touring act, singer/songwriter Tracy Walker returns this week with her first recording in 10 years, the album Coetaneous Vibrations, and get the latest on this fall's MidPoint Music Festival, including news of an initial lineup announcement later this wee.   
by Jac Kern 03.15.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 3/15-3/17

Top o’ the weekend to ya! Whether you’re as Irish as the Blarney Stone or just enjoy a good excuse to day-drink, there are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day weekend activities for all ye lads and lassies. Kick off the holiday Saturday with the 47th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which starts at Eggleston Avenue and Reedy Street, travels north on Eggleston, west onto Central Parkway, south down Sycamore Street and east on Fifth Street. Nick Clooney serves as grand marshal for the parade, which steps off at noon. Fountain Square and Washington Park will be bustling with Irish pride on Saturday as well. Enjoy plenty of drinks, grub, live music and Celtic entertainment between bar hoppin’ from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on the Square and 8 p.m. at the park.Naturally, the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati is also offering plenty of holiday festivities. From Irish dancers to an on-site pub, the center offers a more traditional but fun run of events Saturday and Sunday. Find a full schedule here. ReelAbilities, the film festival featuring movies made by and about people with disabilities, continues this weekend. Catch film screenings Friday and a closing event Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center. Read our feature on the festival here. Local arts organizations have collaborated on a multifaceted performance inspired by Shakespeare’s works. Catacoustic Consort (which performs “early music” from the Renaissance to Baroque periods) and concert:nova (a chamber music ensemble that performs in unconventional spaces, blending traditional with contemporary styles) worked together with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to present a show of music performed in or drawn from Shakespeare’s plays in A Common Thread. The show takes place at Mercantile Library Sunday and Monday. Read our full feature on A Common Thread here. For more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do page or full calendar (with plenty of St. Patty’s Day bar events) and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.

Worst Week Ever!: March 6-12

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 12, 2013
THURSDAY MARCH 7: The American thing to do is buy an even bigger and more expensive TV than the one you already have even though it works just fine. Fountain Square, located in America, will soon follow this cultural imperative.  

For Local Vendor, Dining Out Is in the Bag

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Today, gourmet dining is wheeled around in carts or prepared to order in trucks. Local food vendor Jamie Williams jumped on the bandwagon and launched Cincy Bag Ladies in the spring of 2012 with one mission: Let people eat without plates.  
by Jac Kern 08.30.2012
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Your Thursday To Do List

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. As September approaches and summer winds down, two additional free, weekly events come to an end tonight. 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 p.m. 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.
by Mike Breen 08.23.2012
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Free Salsa Galore Tonight on the Square

Latest "Salsa on the Square" compilation CD to be given away free

Fountain Square's popular Thursday evening "Salsa on the Square" concerts/dances — featuring top Salsa/Latin Jazz groups from across the area (and sometimes beyond), numerous dancers and even free Salsa lessons (right at the scheduled 7 p.m. start time) — are coming to an end for the summer, with two more dates left. Like all concerts on the Square, the event is free and tonight and next Thursday you can also score a free Salsa compilation EP. "Volume 4" of the Salsa on the Square CD compilation series features five tracks by performers from this year's concerts on the Square, including locals Cla've Son, Azucar Tumbao,  Son del Caribe and veteran local favorites Tropicoso, plus a cut from tonight's Salsa on the Square headliners, Bay Area ensemble Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. Only 500 Salsa on the Square comps are available; half will be given out tonight and the rest next Thursday, when Tropicoso closes out the series.Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel will be making the most of their Cincinnati visit (though based in San Francisco since 1999, drummer/group leader Andres grew up in Cincinnati, where he first found his drumming groove).  The group also performs downtown at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Read more about Andres and Co. from this preview from when they were in town last year. Here's a clip of Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel performing "Estampa Cubana" in 2009.

MidPoint Indie Summer Series featuring School of Seven Bells

Aug. 24 • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Monday, August 20, 2012
The very niftiest things about School of Seven Bells have nothing to do with its music and everything to do with its name.   
by Mike Breen 08.10.2012
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Free Eclectic MidPoint Indie Summer Show Tonight

Sleeper pick for the best Fountain Square show of the summer

Tonight's free, all-ages MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square is certainly one of the most eclectic ever … and may turn out to be one of the best ever. Exhibit A: Openers Sidewalk Chalk at 7 p.m.Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk have opened for De La Soul and ?uestlove, and Lupe Fiasco majorly shouted-them-out on his Twitter and Facebook pages. The band is described as "a hip-hop, soul, jazz octet that consists of a singer, emcee, drummer, bass, trombone, trumpet, keys player, and a tap dancer."Here's the music video for Sidewalk Chalk's "Water Song" from the group's album Corner Store.  Exhibit B: Middle-slot performers Kansas Bible Company at 8:15 p.m. From nearby Goshen, Ind. (currently working out of Nashville), KBC has wowed Cincy crowds a few times in the past year or so. The dynamic Soul/Jazz/Rock band trumps Sidewalk Chalk's mere eight-person membership, featuring "a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists and one bass."Dig this video for the great KBC tune "How to Build A Planet" from their album Ad Astra Per Aspera (rough translation: A rough road leads to the stars).Exhibit C: Headliners A Place to Bury Strangers at 9:30 p.m. Another frequent visitor to Cincy, the NYC-based APTBS are like a more abrasive, modern update of Jesus & Mary Chain's Psychocandy album. Guitar nuts can also bathe in some cool guitar sounds courtesy of the band's own line of effect pedals. (Read Reyan Ali's interview with the band for CityBeat from this past March here.)Here is a video from A Place to Bury Strangers' recently released Worship album, "You Are The One." (Mildly NSFW clip.)