by Mike Breen
Deadline for MidPoint Music Festival’s ‘Box Truck Carnival’ proposals extended to July 31
Besides all of the great music, one of the most fun elements of the MidPoint Music Festival (coming Sept. 26-28 to various venues in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown) is the MidPoint Midway, with its carnival-like atmosphere, music offerings, food and other vendors bustling along the fest’s 12th Street vein. The “Box Truck Carnival” is one of the cornerstones of the Midway, showcasing the creative minds of Cincinnatians in the form of “box trucks” that are remade into … anything the re-designers can dream up. The organizers at ArtWorks call them “experimental ‘carnival’ booths.” Last year’s box trucks included a photo booth (from Queen City Project), a “shadow-dance” club (from Golden Brown Enterprises), an improvisational comedy club (from OTR Improv), an interactive magnetic sculpture (from the Loose Parts Project) and a “Free Advice” booth (from Calcagno Cullen). ArtWorks and Springboard Cincinnati recently put the call out for proposals for the third annual Box Truck Carnival. Here are some of the details from ArtWorks:Artists and creatives are invited to create unique interactive installations within the confines of a 16' or 24' long truck. Past submissions have included performance art, a photo booth, putt-putt course, dance party, and more.Participants will be awarded a $500 stipend for materials and supplies, provided the truck is returned to the rental company with no damage or alterations after the festival. ArtWorks will cover the cost of one week truck rental, insurance, and mileage not to exceed 100 miles. Generators will be provided.A panel will got through all submissions and pick 8-10 concepts they’d like to see come to fruition. If you’re proposal is accepted, you will be notified by Aug. 9.The MidPoint Midway is free and open to the public. This year, the hours are 5 p.m.-midnight on Sept. 26 and 27, and noon-midnight on Sept. 28. (On Sept. 28, MPMF is planning some family-friendly fun — dubbed “KidPoint” — from noon-4 p.m. along the Midway. More info on that coming soon.)See what you can come up with over the next few days. Deadline for submissions is this WEDNESDAY (JULY 31), 5 p.m. Click here for the submission form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. (This post was updated to reflect ArtWorks' recently extended deadline)
Plus, Formerly Ghosts debuts new single and MidPoint Music Fest updates
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Cincinnati Noise Pop trio Vacation, which has been been making waves nationally with its recent Candy Waves release, finally make it back home for a local release party this week. Plus, Formerly Ghosts releases a new single/preview of their forthcoming album and MidPoint Music Fest announces single-show tickets and the "Box Truck Carnival" call for entries.
by Mike Breen
Third round of additions to this September's MPMF Spotify playlist now live
With last week's third round of announcements of artists confirmed for this September's MidPoint Music Festival, the official MPMF Spotify playlist has been updated. Check out newly-added tunes from just-announced artists Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Nicholas David, Snowmine, Vandaveer, Pure X, Young Empires, Helado Negr, Bear's Den, Gauntlet Hair and more below.Stay tuned to MPMF's social media outlets and official website (and this here blog) for the latest fest news. Tickets are available now through CincyTicket.com here. MidPoint is also featured in Consequence of Sound's "Festival Outlook" here.As has been the case with MPMF for the past few years, the closer we get to the fest, the more attention MPMF artists seem to get. This week, for example, the great music blog The Wild Honey Pie released its "Top 15 Albums of 2013 (So Far)" list, an entire THIRD of which consists of MidPoint 2013 performers (Kurt Vile, On an On, Foxygen, Daughter and Caveman). Smart peeps, those Wild Honey Pie folks!
by Mike Breen
Have you picked up your new CityBeat today yet? In the music section's column Spill It, you'll find Round 3 of this year's MidPoint Music Festival lineup announcements. Click here to read it in column form or check out some audio/visual samples from the just-confirmed acts below (click the artists' names for their website homes).Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Damien
JuradoNicholas DavidYoung EmpiresJohnathan
The Technicolors - Sweet Time from YELLOW BOX on Vimeo.Bear’s Den SnowminePure X American
Royalty Gauntlet HairThe GrahamsHelado NegroCory Chisel and the Wandering SonsVandaveerHa Ha Tonka Ha Ha Tonka, "Usual Suspects" from Bloodshot Records on Vimeo.The Delta SaintsThese artists will join previously announced MPMF.13 performers like The
Breeders, The Head and The Heart, Warpaint, Shuggie Otis, Youth Lagoon,
Cody ChesnuTT and many others. Visit MPMF.com and follow
MPMF’s social media accounts for the latest artist additions and other
Tickets for 2013’s MidPoint Music
Festival are available now at mpmf.cincyticket.com, where you can
purchase three-day passes for only $69, the music fest bargain of the
Black Rebel Motorcyle and many others join MPMF.13 roster
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Damien Jurado,The Technicolors, Johnathan Rice, Nicholas David, Young Empires and many others added to the MidPoint Music Festival lineup. Plus, the free EdenSong music series becomes ArtSong, kicks off Friday at Cincinnati Art Museum.
by Mike Breen
Great homegrown songwriting on display tonight for free on Fountain Square
Tonight's free MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square has an element of contemporary local music heritage … and lots of ear-grabbing melody. The show is being headlined by psychodots, one of the most popular (and locally influential) original bands to ever call Cincinnati home. Check the Pop/Rock trio's website here and a clip of the ’dots performing at Redsfest in 2006 below:Cari Clara, the long-running project of Eric Diedrichs — who now lives in Lexington, Ky., but fronted Cincy Pop/Rock faves The Simpletons in the ’00s — plays the middle slot. Check out CityBeat's review of Cari Clara's most recent release, Midnight March, here and the album's "Battle Hymn" below.Midnight March by Cari ClaraThe Ready Stance, featuring former members of wildly popular ’90s act Middlemarch (and former Ass Ponys bassist, Randy Cheek) opens the show at 8 p.m. Check out CityBeat's interview with the band from last spring here. And here is a sample from the group's debut album, Damndest:Free embed music player from ReverbNation.comFor more info, go to myfountainsquare.com.
by Mike Breen
The unofficially official Spotify playlist featuring the artists booked so far for Cincinnati's 2013 MidPoint Music Festival has been updated with all of the artists announced for this September's festival so far. Dig around and explore, find your favorite new artists (you may even find an artist or two not mentioned in the first two lineup announcements) and start planning for what is looking to be the best MidPoint Music Fest yet, Sept.. 26-28 in the venues of beautiful Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati. Click here to grab your MPMF.13 tickets now.
by Mike Breen
Trio of great Greater Cincinnati Indie bands perform for series opener on Fountain Square
The first day of summer isn't for three more weeks, but MidPoint Indie Summer begins this evening.The free, every-Friday concert event — sponsored by CityBeat's MidPoint Music Festival (which recently announced another stack of performers for this September's fest) — is part of Fountain Square's PNC Summer Music Series, which kicked off earlier this week. Shows start every Friday at 8 p.m., preceded by the 4EG Happy Hour (5-8 p.m.), which includes a special guest DJ each week (today it's DJ Ice Cold Tony) and lots of drink specials. MidPoint Indie Summer shows feature primarily local acts, but also a few national touring performers. Click here for the full lineup so far.Tonight's MPIS headliners are using the event to launch into a new phase of their career. It's officially the last show by 7-year-old, nationally-acclaimed Indie Pop band Pomegranates … but also the first show for the band under its new name, Healing Power. Pomegranates/Healing Power will be playing song from all five Pomegranates albums, "some we haven't done in years," the band writes on its Facebook page. Healing Power already has some solid bookings this summer, including dates with Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot and former Miracle Legion frontman March Mulcahy. R.I.P. Pomegranates, and welcome to the world, Healing Power. Here's an oldie but goodie, from 2009's Lujo Records release, Everybody Come Outside! (The band has confirmed this one's in tonight's set!) Pomegrantes/Healing Power performs at 10 p.m.At 9 p.m., great Covington quartet The Yugos perform, celebrating the release of their brand-new Life is Awesome and Then You Live Forever LP, a stellar exhibition of the band's twinkly/trippy, melodic Dream Pop. The album was posted today on The Yugos' Bandcamp page. Check out the fantastic first single from the album, "Dream Away" (a free download), below and grab your album download here to get even more pumped for the show tonight. Dream Away [Single] by The YugosKicking off the show in style at 8 p.m. is Cincy Indie Rock threesome The Never Setting Suns. The band has independently released a pair of strong albums so far, including last year's Time & Eternity. Download that album's "Meet Me There" for free here.
by Mike Breen
Shuggie Otis, Youth Lagoon, Kurt Vile and more set for September festival
The second round of announcements for this year's MidPoint Music Festival lineup was featured in this week's issue of CityBeat, on streets now. For those outside of Greater Cincinnati (or you lazy folks who don't want to walk to pick up a newspaper), here's the official press release:For Immediate Release
Artist Announcement “Round 2” for MPMF.13
Original Pioneer Shuggie Otis to headline Washington Park Opening Night
Cincinnati, Ohio, May 29, 2013 —Last month, after almost 40 years, Shuggie Otis, released a new album.
In September, MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF.13) will
present Otis, one of the most mysterious figures in pop music history,
as this year’s original pioneer. He will headline in Washington Park opening night with Cody ChesnuTT.
According to the New York Times (NYT), Otis’s album,
“Wings of Love” (Epic/Legacy), which includes 14 previously unreleased
tracks, is being packaged a alongside a reissue of his previous and most
celebrated recording, “Inspiration Information,” from 1974.
“MPMF has always been known for the pioneering music we
showcase, but I am especially excited and proud to present Shuggie
Otis,” said Dan McCabe, artistic director of MPMF.13. “Unlike other
original pioneers presented at past MPMFs like Ralph Stanley, Booker T.
and Van Dyke Parks, Shuggie’s impact is only just now coming to light. Shuggie Otis speaks directly to the MPMF artist who often sacrifices success and notoriety for their art.”
On May 3, the first 13 artists were announced for the
twelfth edition of the downtown Cincinnati festival happening September
26-28, 2013. Today, 14 additional artists are being released:
SHUGGIE OTIS/KURT VILE/ YOUTH LAGOON/
ON AN ON/ BATHS/ MURDER BY DEATH/ BLEACHED/ SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME/ SAN FERMIN/ SECRET COLOURS/ NAT BALDWIN/ WILD CUB/
THE SHILOHS/BIRDS OF CHICAGO
SHUGGIE OTIS: “He’s the unsung hero of blues and funk. His
music is so potent that it only blossomed 30 years after it was first
released.” - Questlove
“…a missing link between Sly, Jimi, Stevie, Prince and Frank Ocean." -Rolling Stone
KURT VILE: One of Coachella 2013’s 10 Must See Acts – Rolling Stone
“Wakin on a Pretty Daze” is a SPIN essential and a real testament to putting a great deal of effort into making something feel effortless.” - SPIN
YOUTH LAGOON: “8.7 / BEST NEW MUSIC. Wondrous Bughouse
looks inward and discovers the endless possibilities of imagination and
ON AN ON: Broke new ground on their latest recording with
accomplished producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry
Animals, Los Campesinos!)
BATHS: Just yesterday (May 28, 2013) second album Obsidian named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork. Debut
album Cerulean, blurs the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat
scene and earned “Best Of” recognition from Pitchfork & The Onion’s
MURDER BY DEATH: "They've
cultivated a cult-like fan base via their unique sound, which mingles
elements of country, indie rock and alternative music into collections
of songs that are the sonic equivalent of 'No Country For Old Men.'"— PureVolume
BLEACHED: “…originally found cult status with their punk
band Mika Miko. It's the ole "they've cleaned up, but are still same
degenerates you know and love" trick. . – The Village Voice
SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME: The jubilant fun of Motown and Northern soul with a decidedly indie approach.
SAN FERMIN: A pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition.
SECRET COLOURS: Revel in being the bastard seed of the '60s psychedelia and '90s Britpop bloodlines.
NAT BALDWIN: Double bassist/singer-songwriter Nat
Baldwin's spent years as the Dirty Projectors bassist and former
disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton.
“…[Wild Cub’s] brand of darkly-tinged new wave recalls elements of the
youthful abandon of John Hughes soundtracks, the baleful allure of Greg
Dulli, and the clockwork electronics of New Order’s middle period.” –
THE SHILOHS: The Vancouver foursome released full-length debut, So Wild earlier this year.
BIRDS OF CHICAGO: “They project organic gospel, hillbilly,
folk and soul elements that bridge traditional and modern approaches." –
To view the whole list of artists for MPMF.13 to date, visit MPMF.com.
MidPoint Music Festival continues its 12-year tradition as
the region’s frontline of music exploration, featuring an impressive
and diverse lineup. Music
fans everywhere flock to Cincinnati in September to be a part of this
long running music event that started in Over-the-Rhine (OTR), the
Cincinnati neighborhood that’s as cutting edge as the festival itself.
OTR remains a pivotal location, home to a number of MPMF.13 stages. OTR
is on the National Register of Historic Places and was voted best
Cincinnati Neighborhood in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati publication in
2011 and 2012. Since 2004
more than $255 million has been invested in the revitalization of OTR,
including the $48 million renovation of Washington Park, which includes
an outdoor music stage that serves as one of MPMF’s main stages.
Advance tickets are on sale now at www.mpmf.cincyticket.com. All-access passes are $69 and VIP passes are $169
Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival has developed a
reputation as the place to find your new favorite band. MidPoint's
embrace of emerging artists reflects the same pioneering ethic of
Cincinnati's celebrated music history and its present day music-makers.
The MPMF storyline continues to be diverse, dynamic and adventurous.
Stay up to date at MPMF.com, like its official Facebook page, or by following the festival on Twitter.
MPMF.13 is made possible thanks to the generous support of its sponsors, including Dewey’s Pizza and Biore.