MidPoint Music Festival 2008: Under New Management
If you went to the Web site for the MidPoint Music Festival over the past few weeks, all you saw was this cryptic message: “After six years, everything changes.”
So what’s the big change? CityBeat is now the proud operator of the six-year-old festival, which will return Sept. 24-27. A huge overhaul of the event is underway. Over the course of five years, MidPoint founders Sean Rhiney and Bill Donabedian developed their labor of love into one of the preeminent showcases for unsigned bands in the country. Their dedication to the up-and-coming artist should forever be commended as it has helped Cincinnati’s profile as a “music city” in the midst of our current musical renaissance period.
CityBeat will keep true to that initial spirit and also work to broaden the appeal of the fest overall. Unsigned bands will still be a large focus of the event. Any and all artists interested in performing can submit starting today at the MPMF Web site.
No more industry panels, just music. Over the next few weeks we will be making further announcements about the fest (keep an eye on this blog), culminating with an event at Below Zero in Over-the-Rhine (the former Alchemize and Cavern locale) on April 9. The Omaha-based band Cursive, members of Connor Oberst’s Saddle Creek Records family, will perform at the April 9 launch event. Read more
Interview by Scott Preston
For those waiting for a concert experience with the dynamics of a rock band, the dance inducing rhythms of club music, and the sophistication of modern electronica, an unlikely musical alternative has arrived in the form of the band Lotus. Formed at the Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980’s, Lotus brings their club-worthy beats and rocking instrumental anthems to club and theaters throughout the country as well as a solid Japanese following and breaking in to Europe. No glow-stick bracelets, pretentious Can trivia, or expensive distressed fashion required.
The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has made crowds get down across the US, Canada, and Japan. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus proves why they have become a go-to act for late night festival slots. (from lotusvibes.com) Read more
Artists For Barack Obama Sign Event, Thursday, February 28th
With the Ohio primary coming up on Tuesday, March 4th, the campaign is in high gear for each candidate.
A group of inspired local Barack Obama supporters are using their artistic talents to support their candidate. Due to the frenzy of support the Obama campaign has received in previous primary states, there has been a shortage of campaign signs for the upcoming Ohio primary. Printers simply cannot keep up with the demand. Local designer, Angie Wilson, saw a need and has organized a solution. Read more
Next Saturday March 1, 2008
Prince Fest to benefit The Drew Campbell
You can read about their story and mission here:
Where: The Southgate House
Doors open at 8pm
Karaoke from 8pm – close
Live Music in the Ballroom starting at 9:00 sharp. Lisa from 94.9 will
be joining us to emcee all night long! Read more
California Guitar Trio
Interview by Scott Preston
With a whirlwind of instrumental styles fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive, as well as the quintessential California musical genre surf music, the California Guitar Trio’s stunning virtuosity and sly sense of humor have earned them an enthusiastic following and wide notoriety, with significant crossover in the progressive, acoustic and classical music scenes.
Notably, CGT music was featured on the television coverage of the 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 Olympics, and also on CBS, NBC, CNN, and ESPN TV programs. The CGT performed on the 2003 Grammy Awards nominated track Apollo on Tony Levin’s CD Pieces of the Sun; and CGT music was sent into outer space as wake up music for the crew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor. (from cgtrio.com) Read more
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the seventh annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The four-day camping and music festival will be held from June 12-15, 2008 on our beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Prepare yourself for an amazing 4-day weekend with over 100 of your favorite bands, top comedians, art, activities, workshops, vendors and much more — all gathered on a rustic Tennessee farm and devoted to making this the best weekend of your life!
Tickets to the 2008 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. will go on sale next Saturday, February 16, at Noon Eastern time through Bonnaroo.com. For more information about the lineup click here.
Some of the artist performing this year include: Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Allman Bros Band, Metallica, Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, Phil Lesh & Friends, BB King, My Morning Jacket, Robert Randolph, Yonder Mountain String Band among too many others to name here. To see a more complete list go here. Read more
Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy will be joining Dark Star Orchestra to mix the band’s sound beginning Friday, February 16 at DSO’s House of Blues Cleveland performance through the final tour stop in Langerado. Dan Healy mixed the Grateful Dead from 1968 through 1994 and has done sound for DSO on previous occasions, notably in October 2007 when Bob Weir joined DSO for a few sets. Read more