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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. kicks off MidPoint with free concert

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. kicks off MidPoint with free concert

    Special album release show in new MidPoint Indie Craft Village presented by P&G

    MidPoint Music Festival fans…start your engines! Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. kicks off this year’s festival with a free concert at 6 p.m., Friday, September 25 in the new MidPoint Indie Craft Village in Washington Park.

    Tickets for the fourteenth annual event, September 25–27, are on sale now at MPMF.com. 

    This showcase is free, thanks to P&G, who invites the whole community out to start the festival weekend with a happy-hour party in the heart of MidPoint’s latest addition.

    “Events like MidPoint add so much to the culture of our city,” said Barbara Hauser, P&G community relations manager. “We’re pleased to play a role with this new craft village and encourage everyone to enjoy all the great live music that’s in store.”

    DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. SHIFTS GEARS TO BECOME JR JR
    With the festival now operating Friday through Sunday for the first year ever, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will commence three days of music on 10 stages in the Over-the-Rhine and downtown. This will be an album release show, as the band’s third full-length, JR JR, hits the streets that same day.

    Since forming the project in 2010, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has gained a significant following. So much so, that their name, which was chosen as a witty homage to Dale Earnhardt Jr., has now begun to cause more confusion than desired. The band now wants to be called JR JR

    For the record, the NASCAR driver is a true fan and tweeted this regarding the news: “hate it had to end fellas.” MidPoint launches their fall tour and will be the first show with the new moniker. 

    MIDPOINT INDIE CRAFT VILLAGE: ALL THAT’S REQUIRED IS A THIRST FOR GOOD BEER AND ART
    After having a successful four-year run with the MidPoint Midway on 12th Street, festival organizers were asked to end that stage and street fair due to track construction for the streetcar. It’s actually a good move for everyone. 

    A new, non-ticketed area on Washington Park’s south end, deemed the MidPoint Indie Craft Village, will feature a variety of food, craft beer sellers and the exhibition and sale of handmade art and crafts from regional artists.

    HOURS FOR MIDPOINT INDIE CRAFT VILLAGE
    Craft beer will be available each day.
    Friday 5–10 p.m.
    Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Craft makers 11 a.m.­–6 p.m.)
    Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Craft makers 11 a.m.­–6 p.m.)

    A detailed listing of artists, vendors and craft beers will be announced soon. 

    MidPoint Indie Craft Village will house the ticket will call and information center. People looking to turn in ticket vouchers for V.I.P., weekend, and single-day wristbands will want to come here.

    ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE AT MPMF.COM
    First round Weekend Pass $69; VIP Pass $149 — SOLD OUT
    Second round Weekend Pass $79; VIP Pass $179 — NOW AVAILABLE
    Third round Weekend Pass $89; VIP Pass $179 — after Labor Day
    Single Day Pass $40 — NOW AVAILABLE
    Single Day Washington Park Only $25 advance ($30 door) — NOW AVAILABLE

    ALL venues will offer the option of À la Carte pricing at the door, which covers that night at that venue.

    If you have questions on tickets, please refer to our tickets or FAQ pages.

  • MidPoint Music Festival Releases Full Schedule

    MidPoint Music Festival Releases Full Schedule

    Musicians from five countries, 41 cities, and across the tri-state region will hit the stage in Cincinnati for MidPoint Music Festival. Approximately 120 acts will perform at this year’s event, scheduled for September 25–27, 2015.

    Fans eager to see the full slate of artists, stages and show times can find a full schedule online at MPMF.com, along with tickets for single day and weekend passes.

    “People crave to discover that band that’s about to break out. We’re presenting a great cross section of what’s new today,” said Dan Bockrath, festival producer. “It’s a big bang for your buck with this amount of talent.”

     

    EXPERIENCE LIVE MUSIC FOR THREE DAYS
    The 14th annual festival will present three days of music on 10 stages in the Over-the-Rhine and downtown. For the first time in 14 years, organizers have shifted festival dates from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format to now run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The change is the result of feedback from fans. 

    “For those who want to make the trip from somewhere nearby, like Pittsburgh or Chicago, MidPoint showcases throughout the weekend should make it an easier decision,” said Dan McCabe, creative director.

    “The festival has consistently put out a great live music experience. We are hoping to connect more fans with their new favorite band with this change.”

     

    2015 MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL VENUES
    MidPoint adds three new venues this year with the Woodward Theater, Maudie’s and an outdoor stage at the corner of 14th and Sycamore Streets.

    Fans younger than 21 can enjoy showcases at the all-ages stages at Christian Moerlein, Taft Ballroom, Lightborne Lot, and Washington Park. Parents eager to see some live music with their kids may want to take note that children under 10 years of age can attend showcases on the Washington Park main stage for free with a paying adult.

     

    Arnold’s Bar & Grill
    210 East Eighth Street

    Christian Moerlein Brewery
    1621 Moore Street (all ages)

    Lightborne Lot
    1401 Sycamore Street (all ages)

    Maudie's
    1207 Main Street, 2nd Floor

    MOTR Pub presented by MUSICLi
    1345 Main Street

    Mr. Pitiful’s
    1323 Main Street

    Taft Ballroom
    317 East Fifth Street (all ages)

    The Drinkery
    1150 Main Street

    Washington Park
    1230 Elm Street (all ages)

    Woodward Theater
    1404 Main Street

     

    EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE
    Since 2001, MidPoint's goal has been to help you discover your new favorite band. Our embrace of today's emerging artists is born of the same spirit employed by Cincinnati's celebrated musical pioneers, who always reached for something new. This festival isn’t as much about the flavor-of-the-month, but rather a tastemaker’s event where the bands performing will be what people are talking about next year.

    For three days, fans can walk easily between venues dotted throughout beautiful, resurgent Over-the-Rhine. This collection of young creative talent amongst an architecturally rich urban setting makes MidPoint a one-of-a-kind experience. Unlike some festivals on a farm or a huge fielded area that could be anywhere, MidPoint carries the heart of our city with intimate performances in smaller clubs and theaters.

    Over-the-Rhine and downtown Cincinnati are two of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the entire Midwest. We expect fans to not only enjoy the music, but also savor the many restaurants, cafés, and food trucks; our beautifully rebuilt Washington Park; and our handsome German-heritage buildings that make Cincinnati unique.

    Cincinnati is one of the best music cities in the world. With MidPoint showcasing bands and our city’s center, we are putting our best foot forward towards showing this is a great place to live, work and play. 

    BICYCLES ENCOURAGED
    It is fairly easy to hop from show to show, but with 8 venues in Over-the-Rhine and two located downtown, not every showcase will be a quick walk. But it is a quick bike ride. Festival organizers will continue to partner with the City of Cincinnati to place a number of bike racks in strategic locations. We encourage everyone to save their feet for the dance floor and bring their bike to get to those must-see bands faster. 

     

    MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
    Friday September 25
    Purity Ring; Heartless Bastards; Matthew E. White; All Them Witches; Sarah Jaffe; and Bully

    Saturday September 26
    Ride; Sylvan Esso; Zola Jesus; Cathedrals; Patrick Watson; Strand of Oaks; Caspian; and Ryley Walker

    Sunday September 27
    Iron & Wine; Tune-Yards; Pokey LaFarge; K.Flay; Lydia Loveless; Moon Duo; and Pure Bathing Culture

    All artists are subject to change without notice. Schedule updates and further festival news will be available at MPMF.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    TICKETS ON SALE AT MPMF.COM
    Festival dates: Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Tickets:            First round Weekend Pass $69; VIP Pass $149 — SOLD OUT
                            Second round Weekend Pass $79; VIP Pass $179 — NOW AVAILABLE
                            Third round Weekend Pass $89; VIP Pass $179 — after Labor Day
                            One Day Pass $40 — NOW AVAILABLE

    ALL venues will offer the option of À la Carte pricing at the door, which covers that night at that venue. Entry into any MidPoint venue is subject to legal capacity limits.

    Weekend Pass holders get admission to all MidPoint showcases.

    V.I.P. Pass holders get an enhanced experience with the ability to skip lines with priority admission, plus they receive access to catered V.I.P. reception events each evening, with complimentary food and beverages. An exclusive V.I.P. viewing area is included at the Washington Park stage.

    One Day Pass holders get admission to all MidPoint showcases that day.

     

    MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP
    New additions in BOLD. Note: Any and all performers, dates and times are subject to change without notice.

    • Purity Ring
    • Ride
    • Iron & Wine
    • Sylvan Esso
    • Tune Yards
    • Heartless Bastards
    • Zola Jesus
    • Patrick Watson
    • Cathedrals
    • Strand Of Oaks
    • All Them Witches
    • Lydia Loveless
    • Matthew E. White
    • Moon Duo
    • K.Flay
    • Caspian
    • Pokey LaFarge
    • Tristen
    • Bully
    • The Donkeys
    • Pure Bathing Culture
    • Ryley Walker
    • Nick Diamonds
    • The Moth & The Flame
    • Alberta Cross
    • The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
    • Sarah Jaffe
    • Roadkill Ghost Choir
    • American Wrestlers
    • Truly
    • Great Peacock
    • White Reaper
    • Young Empires
    • The Besnard Lakes
    • Mild High Club
    • Heaters
    • Low Cut Connie
    • Vinyl Williams
    • Diet Cig
    • Good Graeff
    • Big Scary
    • HOWARD
    • Mothers
    • Sphynx
    • Public
    • NE-HI
    • Turbo Fruits
    • Dirty Fences
    • Buffalo Killers
    • Aero Flynn
    • EZTV
    • Beach Slang
    • What Moon Things
    • Little Racer
    • The Harlequins
    • Wild Ones
    • Cole DeGenova
    • Salad Boys
    • Heat
    • Rose Quartz
    • Jackson Scott
    • Holiday Mountain
    • Kinky Love
    • Grandchildren
    • Kid Runner
    • Chrome Pony
    • Xoe Wise
    • Forest & The Evergreens
    • Bones Jugs N Harmony
    • Charles Walker Band
    • The Ghost Wolves
    • Noah Smith
    • Alanna Royale
    • Leggy
    • The Almighty Get Down
    • The Yugos
    • Marcus Alan Ward
    • Young Heirlooms
    • Jane Decker
    • Culture Queer 
    • Automagik
    • GGOOLLDD
    • Gran Bel Fisher
    • Ona
    • Tyler Childers & The Foodstamps
    • Miracles Of Modern Science
    • Bailiff
    • Coconut Milk
    • Kate Wakefield
    • Orchards
    • Sweet & The Sweet Sweets
    • Dawg Yawp
    • Little Lights
    • DAAP Girls
    • Varsity
    • Fine Animal
    • JSPH
    • Kaleidico
    • Elk Creek
    • The Glazzies
    • Left & Right
    • NO/NO 
    • Nick D' & the Believers
    • Ancient Warfare
    • Multimagic
    • Eclipse Movement
    • Us, Today
    • Mad Anthony
    • Bulletville

  • Heartless Bastards Lead Third Group of MidPoint Artists

    Heartless Bastards Lead Third Group of MidPoint Artists

    MidPoint organizers announced today a third group of artists, led by hometown favorites Heartless Bastards. Tickets for the fourteenth annual event, September 25–27, are on sale now at MPMF.com.

    Heartless Bastards / Nick Diamonds / Good Graeff / Heat / Nick D' & the Believers / Roadkill Ghost Choir / Ona / The Eagle Rock Gospel Choir / Alanna Royale / Sphynx / Charles Walker Band / EZTV / Miracles of Modern Science / Bailiff / The Ghost Wolves / Wild Ones / Big Scary / Mothers / Xoe Wise / Turbo Fruits / Young Empires / Grandchildren / Forest and The Evergreens / Great Peacock / Kinky Love / Elk Creek / Ancient Warfare / What Moon Things / Bones Jugs N Harmony / Little Racer / GGOOLLDD / No/No / Kid Runner / Chrome Pony / Dirty Fences / Rose Quartz / Jackson Scott / Eclipse Movement / MULTIMAGIC / Sweet & the Sweet Sweets / Dawg Yawp / Gran Bel Fisher / Automagik / Coconut Milk / Jane Decker / Orchards / Kate Wakefield / Little Lights / DAAP Girls / The Yugos / Marcus Alan Ward / The Harlequins / Tyler Childers & the Food Stamps / Young Heirlooms / Us, Today / Public / Salad Boys / Holiday Mountain / The Almighty Get Down / Noah Smith / Leggy

    Heartless Bastards, touring in support of their new album, Restless One, will headline the Christian Moerlein Stage on Friday night. Other artists recently announced include Friday highlights Purity Ring and Matthew E. White; Saturday highlights Ride and Sylvan Esso; and Sunday highlights Iron & Wine and Tune Yards. Single-day passes will go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, July 17.

    Full schedules, stages and more acts in the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Using a collection of clubs, theaters, and city parks—all easy to walk or bike between—fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal in one of the most intimate festival settings around.

    It’s this blend of tastemaker talent showcased in Cincinnati’s beautiful urban atmosphere that makes MidPoint unique amongst today’s music festival landscape. Dollar for dollar, MidPoint is one of the best music festival values in the entire country.

    Festival dates: Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Tickets:            First round Weekend Pass $69; VIP Pass $149 — SOLD OUT
                            Second round Weekend Pass $79; VIP Pass $179 — NOW AVAILABLE
                            Third round Weekend Pass $89; VIP Pass $179 — after Labor Day

                            Single Day Pass $40 — ON SALE 9 A.M. FRIDAY JULY 17

     

    LAST CHANCE: Weekend Passes will be available in person this Friday, July 10, at MidPoint Indie Summer with a $10 discount off the current price. This week’s Indie Summer runs from 7–11 p.m. on Fountain Square and features Saint Motel, The Modern Novas, Grenades!?, and Jane Decker.

  • Iron & Wine Leads Second Round of MidPoint Artists

    Iron & Wine Leads Second Round of MidPoint Artists

    MidPoint organizers announced today a second group of artists. Tickets for the fourteenth annual event, September 25–27, are on sale now at MPMF.com.

    Iron & Wine / Patrick Watson / Lydia Loveless / Pure Bathing Culture / All Them Witches / Caspian / American Wrestlers / Aero Flynn / The Donkeys / NE-HI / White Reaper / HOWARD / Mild High Club / Low Cut Connie / Vinyl Williams / Yumi Zouma / Mikhael Paskalev / Huntertones / The Yawpers / Diet Cig

    Full schedules, stages and more acts in the lineup will be announced in a few weeks.

    Sam Beam is a singer-songwriter who has been creating music as Iron & Wine for more than a decade. Through the course of five albums, numerous EPs and singles, Iron & Wine has captured the emotion and imagination of listeners with distinctly cinematic songs. He will be performing with a full band for MidPoint, featuring songs from the entire back catalog and debuting new ones.

    Festival organizers recently announced a shift in operating days, moving from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format to running Friday, Saturday, Sunday. The change is intended to open more daytime programming opportunities and make it easier for fans to commit to enjoying an entire weekend of music in Cincinnati.

    MidPoint continues to focus on presenting a diverse lineup of pioneering performers and new music explorers in the neighborhoods of Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.

    Using a collection of clubs, theaters, and city parks—all easy to walk or bike between—fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal in one of the most intimate festival settings around.

    It’s this blend of tastemaker talent showcased in Cincinnati’s beautiful urban atmosphere that makes MidPoint unique amongst today’s music festival landscape. Dollar for dollar, MidPoint is one of the best music festival values in the entire country.

    Festival dates: Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Tickets:            First round Weekend Pass $69; VIP Pass $149 — SOLD OUT
                            Second round Weekend Pass $79; VIP Pass $179 — NOW AVAILABLE
                            Third round Weekend Pass $89; VIP Pass $179 — after Labor Day

    NOTE: Weekend Passes will be available in person this Friday, June 12, at MidPoint Indie Summer with a $10 discount off the current price. This week’s Indie Summer runs from 7–11 p.m. on Fountain Square and features Kopecky, Broncho, Coconut Milk, and Near Earth Objects.

  • First Round Artists Announced for 2015

    First Round Artists Announced for 2015

    Organizers are announcing their first round of artists for MidPoint Music Festival. Tickets for the fourteenth annual event, September 25–27, are on sale now

    Ride / Purity Ring / Sylvan Esso / tUnE-yArDs / Zola Jesus / Strand Of Oaks / Cathedrals / Matthew E. White / Pokey LaFarge / Moon Duo / Betty Who / K.Flay / Sarah Jaffe / Bully / Ryley Walker / Beach Slang / Truly

    Full schedules, stages and more acts in the lineup will be announced in the months leading up to the festival.

    Artists interested in performing can still apply for a showcase spot through May 17 here.

    Festival organizers recently announced a shift in operating days, moving from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format to running Friday, Saturday, Sunday. The change is intended to open more daytime programming opportunities and make it easier for fans to commit to enjoying an entire weekend of music in Cincinnati. 

    MidPoint continues to focus on presenting a diverse lineup of pioneering performers and new music explorers in the neighborhoods of Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.

    Using a collection of clubs, theaters, and city parks—all easy to walk or bike between—fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal in one of the most intimate festival settings around.

    It’s this blend of tastemaker talent showcased in Cincinnati’s beautiful urban atmosphere that makes MidPoint unique amongst today’s music festival landscape. Dollar for dollar, MidPoint is one of the best music festival values in the entire country.

    Cincinnati is in the midst of a renaissance. New development is happening throughout the city core.

    • Over-the-Rhine, on the National Register of Historic Places, was voted “Best Cincinnati Neighborhood” in CityBeat’s 2015 Best of Cincinnati.
    • Esquire ranked Cincinnati in its top 10 “Cities that Rock.”
    • Huffington Post highlighted a list including Cincinnati as one of the "Top 10 Cities for Relocation."
    • And travel blog Jetsetter recently included Cincinnati in its top 15 cities to visit in 2015.

    MidPoint contributes to making Cincinnati a great place to live and work by giving artists and fans alike an opportunity to enjoy new live music.

  • Early bird tickets on sale now

    Early bird tickets on sale now

    Music fans can now take advantage of early bird online ticket prices to Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival. 

    Fans who act now can get in on a first round of ticket sales with Weekend Passes only $69, while V.I.P. Passes cost $149. Both options offer access to all MidPoint showcases, including the main stage. Only a limited quantity of these tickets will be available.

    Once that quantity sells, a second round of tickets will price Weekend Passes at $79 and V.I.P. Passes at $179. After Labor Day, Weekend Passes will cost $89.

    Fans following the festival through social media can expect to learn about more artists in this year’s lineup towards the beginning of summer.

  • MidPoint Music Festival announces dates

    MidPoint Music Festival announces dates

    It's a new day for MidPoint Music Festival. Festival dates will be Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015. For the first time in 14 years, organizers are shifting festival dates from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format to now run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    The change is the result of feedback from fans.

    “For those who want to make the trip from somewhere nearby, like Indianapolis or Columbus, MidPoint showcases throughout the weekend should make it an easier decision,” said Dan McCabe, artistic director.

    “The festival has consistently put out a great live music experience. We are hoping to connect more fans with their new favorite band with this change.”

    "Moving to a Friday, Saturday, Sunday format offers us more programming opportunities in the daytime at venues like Washington Park," added Dan Bockrath, executive director.

    "We'll be inviting fans to come out earlier this year to enjoy bands, food, art...the whole festival atmosphere."

    Fans following the festival through social media can expect to learn about more artists in this year’s lineup towards the beginning of summer.

  • ArtWorks invites you to “Ink Your Love” at MidPoint

    ArtWorks invites you to “Ink Your Love” at MidPoint

    Fans heading down to MidPoint Music Festival this month will discover a vibrant street fair along 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine. The MidPoint Midway will offer food, interactive fun and music from 5:00 p.m. to midnight, September 25–27, 2014.

    MidPoint Midway is organized in partnership by MidPoint and ArtWorks. And thanks to sponsorship from P&G, the block between Vine and Walnut Streets will offer free music throughout the duration of the festival. Along with music, food trucks, and vendors, there is a major art and activities component to the Midway. 

    ArtWorks officially launches a citywide celebration of love for Cincinnati called CincyInk. Through a range of interactive art-making experiences attendees can “ink their love” for our city. The 2014 Midway venues include:

    ArtWorks CincyInk will be officially kicking off here. Postcards will prompt attendees to submit written reflections on Cincinnati. The postcards will be amassed and applied in the creation of a crowd-sourced poem. This poem will later be divided and permanently inked on 200+ participants as part of 2015’s Cincinnati Tattoo Project.

    ArtWorks Inked Goods is selling temporary tattoos, posters, and postcards that celebrate Cincinnati love.

    “SkateAble Track” and on-site screen-printing by Able Projects. Live professional and amateur skateboarding will be on demonstration using ink themed sculptural ramps. Attendees can also select a MidPoint-inspired design and watch it get screen printed on a t-shirt of their choice.

    Erasure by nipnip is another poetry project, which provides a range of media for visitors to make their own poem from Cincinnati-centric words. Participants can take home their stamped blackout poetry creation as a memento.

    Short-Order Poetry by Chase Public will co-create poems about personal connections to Cincinnati. Each visitor will receive a poem inspired by their own responses to various prompts and questions. They may take it with them or contribute it to CincyInk. It would then become the basis for one of Chase Public’s crowd-sourced poems to the Queen City. This work will be featured as part of an assembly of all of the poems collected throughout CincyInk.

    Ink Our Icons by Amanda M. Crane invites people to help raise solidarity for Union Terminal and Music Hall by “inking” their memories of the landmarks on postcards.

    Write It On Your Heart That Cincinnati Loves You Back will prompt visitors to design Cincinnati-inspired tattoos to be “inked” on mannequins throughout MidPoint Music Festival. 

    Attendees will encounter Matt Grote’s “GargantuHands” along the Midway, “inked” by artists.

    Friday, September 26, at 5 p.m. the band Real Estate performs a happy hour concert on the free Midway Music stage presented by P&G. The community is invited to enjoy this showcase by one of today’s most admired bands.

    About ArtWorks: Founded in 1996, ArtWorks trains and employs local youth and talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks’ vision is to be the creative and economic engine, which unites citizens to transform our region through public art, such as their award-winning mural program, art therapy, and creative enterprise initiatives. To date, ArtWorks has hired over 2,500 area youth and 700 professional artists, and has trained over 200 creative entrepreneurs. ArtWorks is grateful for the support of many individuals and organizations, including the City of Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign, and the Ohio Arts Council. To learn more or to support ArtWorks, visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org.

    About ArtWorks CincyInk: This citywide celebration invites people from all walks of life to “ink their love” for Cincinnati via written words and poems. ArtWorks will collect these poetic contributions and display them online, in print, and even on wall installations for the public to share, explore and contemplate. From these written expressions, a poem will be crafted by Chase Public. This poem will serve as the centerpiece of another component of CincyInk called the Cincinnati Tattoo Project. This artistic endeavor invites individuals to permanently ink words and phrases from the poem on their bodies as an expression of love for Cincinnati. Originally created by Lexington-based artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, the Cincinnati Tattoo Project is a variation on previous participatory tattoo projects that took place in Lexington, Kentucky and Boulder, Colorado. More than 200 people are expected to participate. The project will culminate at an event where participants reveal their tattoos, linking all of the participants together through imagery as well as words.

  • Offical Festival Guide — Your 2014 MidPoint Adventure Awaits

    Offical Festival Guide — Your 2014 MidPoint Adventure Awaits

    You can find the official guide to the 2014 MidPoint Music Festival in this week's copy of CityBeat. And here is a link to the digital version: MidPointGuide

    The end of summer (last day: Sept. 22) is a bittersweet time in Cincinnati. “Bitter” (if you’re an autumn hater) because school’s back in session, you can’t go swimming as much and the days and nights turn a little chillier. “Sweet” because everything pumpkin spice is back, TV gets better, Cincinnati’s notorious humidity disappears and, best of all, the MidPoint Music Festival returns!

    If you’re a music lover, there’s no better way to celebrate the first weekend of fall than with MPMF. The festival returns Sept. 25-27 with the same mix of established and on-the-rise musical acts that have made MidPoint a must-attend event for so many in the region. 

    MPMF 2014—the festival’s 13th year—has plenty of well-known artists performing (from hometown heroes The Afghan Whigs to OK Go, Chromeo and beyond). But MidPoint is about more than the headliners. At its essence, it is a “tastemaker” festival, showcasing amazing artists that may not be as widely known, but will become more widely known in the years to come. 

    Every year when other big music festivals announce lineups, it’s always fascinating to see how many MPMF alumni are featured. Those festivals help MidPoint make a (ahem) point — see these artists here first, in an intimate setting and at an incredibly affordable cost ($79 for a three-day pass is one of the best music festival deals in the country) before you have to cough up well over $100 to watch them play on a stage a half mile away under the burning sun. 

    MidPoint is about great music and discovery. If you come to MPMF to just catch your favorite band and then split, you’re missing out. Once again, MidPoint has a remarkable lineup from top to bottom; explore some of the artists with whom you are unfamiliar before heading to the event and you may just find your favorite new musical act. 

    This guide was created to help you in your exploration. We’ve compiled write-ups on every artist performing at MPMF 2014, providing some background on each act as well as descriptions of every performer’s music. Every write-up includes a sonic reference point called “You’ll Dig It If You Dig” which will help you find more artists whose music might match up with your tastes. 

    Be sure to also visit MPMF.com, which features pages for every artist that include links and song samples to help you build your MPMF itinerary. 

    And it’s also highly recommended that you follow all of MidPoint’s social media outlets so you can keep up to date on any schedule adjustments, maybe find out about a show that’s especially hoppin’ if you have a hole in your schedule or discover things going down that you may have otherwise missed. MidPoint’s Twitter (@MidPointMusic), Facebook (facebook.com/midpointmusicfestival) and Instagram (instagram.com/midpointmusicfestival) accounts will have all of that and more. 

    Now dig in — you’ve got a schedule to plot out.

  • Full Schedule Released for MidPoint Music Festival

    Full Schedule Released for MidPoint Music Festival

    The long wait is over. Fans eager to see what artists are playing at MidPoint Music Festival will now find a full schedule online here at MPMF.com. Approximately 150 acts from seven countries, 57 cities, and across the tri-state region will perform in Cincinnati USA, September 25–27, 2014.

    For weeks now, festival organizers have been leaking some bands and details via social media, but venue and showcase times have been kept under wraps until today. All-access passes are on sale at mpmf.com for what is arguably the best music festival value in the nation.

    “We’ve always offered a wide array of music styles, but this year’s lineup has really developed into something special and diverse,” said Dan McCabe, creative director. “I think fans would be hard pressed to find another festival that can give you a bigger bang for your buck.”

    Experience live music for three days
    The 13th annual festival will present three exciting days of live music on 14 stages in the Over-the-Rhine and Downtown neighborhoods. While the event maintains its status as a primary showcase for emerging independent talent, there’s no denying that this year’s edition has raised the bar in booking established artists.

    Cincinnati-music fans should take note that MidPoint welcomes one the most acclaimed local bands to break out in the 90s, The Afghan Whigs, who have stormed back better than ever with their first studio album in the past 16 years. MidPoint will be the only regional appearance for the band during their current world tour.

    MidPoint will also be the tour kickoff for Chromeo, the “funk lordz” from Toronto, who are contending for the song of the summer with their single Jealous (I ain’t with it). Washington Park should expect a dance party with the band’s huge lightshow. Consequence of Sound called them a “must-see live show for any festival.”

    Additionally, the festival will host some well-established names from the indie-music world over the past decade, including OK GoPanda Bear, Sun Kil Moon, The Raveonettes, and Joseph Arthur. Bands like Real Estate, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and Jessica Lea Mayfield are newer, but no less widely known.

    Longtime MidPoint fans might also notice a wider array of music styles. The lineup still features a healthy amount of pop and indie rock, but organizers have listened to fans’ suggestions, adding more:

    Country—Nikki Lane, Margo & the Price Tags, Bulletville;
    Folk—Lost in the Trees, Mutual Benefit, Woody Pines, The Ridges;
    R&B—St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Magnolia Sons;
    Blues—Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, No Sinner, Left Lane Cruiser;
    Heavy Metal—Deafheaven, Liturgy; as well as more dance-oriented sounds like
    Hip-hop/EDM—Tycho, Dessa, WHY?, Body Language, and Parallels. 

    Experience new venues for young and old
    Festival venues continue to evolve with great new, larger stages at Memorial Halland Christian Moerlein Brewery

    Younger fans will able see more showcases than ever with all-ages stages at the Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Ballroom, Memorial Hall, the MidPoint Midway, Christian Moerlein Brewery Outdoor Stage and Washington Park. In fact, children under 10 years of age can attend our Washington Park showcases for free with a paying adult. With afternoon music programmed for Washington Park on Saturday that could be just what the doctor ordered for parents who seldom get out to concerts.

    Experience a unique festival atmosphere
    Since 2001, MidPoint's goal has been to help you discover your new favorite band. Our embrace of today's emerging artists is born of the same spirit employed by Cincinnati's celebrated musical pioneers, who always reached for something new. This festival isn’t as much about the flavor-of-the-month, but rather a tastemaker’s event where the bands performing will be what people are talking about next year.

    For three days, fans can walk easily between venues dotted throughout beautiful, resurgent Over-the-Rhine. This collection of young creative talent amongst an architecturally rich urban setting makes MidPoint a one-of-a-kind experience. Unlike some festivals on a farm or a huge fielded area that could be anywhere, MidPoint carries the heart of our city with intimate performances in smaller clubs and theaters. We think Cincinnati is one of the best music cities in the world. With MidPoint showcasing bands and our city’s center, we are putting our best foot forward towards showing this is a great place to live, work and play.

    Everything is on an upswing in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati and we expect the fans to not just enjoy the music, but the wonderfully reimagined Washington Park, our handsome German-heritage buildings, and all of the newer hip restaurants, cafés, and hi-tech companies that are making this one of the hottest regions of the Midwest.

    Experience food and fun on the Midway
    We realize that not everyone can afford to attend a music festival, so we’ve tried to make a small part of it accessible to everyone with our outdoor MidPoint Midway. All of the music programmed here is free, thanks in part to the help of festival sponsor P&G.

    The Midway takes up about two blocks on 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine. Fans at the Midway can find festival essentials such as food and beer trucks, various vendors and the return of the artistic installations coordinated with the help ofArtWorks. (More on that in the coming weeks.)

    MidPoint’s box office is also at the Midway, where fans will purchase All-Access, VIP, or single-day passes.

    Bicycles encouraged
    It is fairly easy to hop from show to show, but with 10 venues in Over-the-Rhine and four located downtown, not every showcase will be a quick walk. But it is a quick bike ride. Festival organizers will continue to partner with the City of Cincinnati to place a number of bike racks in strategic locations. We encourage everyone to save their feet for the dance floor and bring their bike to get to those must-see bands faster.

    MidPoint Music Festival highlights to look for:
    Thursday September 25
    Chromeo; Panda Bear; St. Paul & the Broken Bones; Sun Kil Moon; Lost in the Trees; and Nikki Lane

    Friday September 26
    The Afghan Whigs; Tycho; Real Estate; Wussy; WHY?; Dessa; Rubblebucket; and Jessica Lea Mayfield

    Saturday September 27
    OK Go; The Raveonettes; Deafheaven; Empires; EMA; Earth; Saintseneca; and Speedy Ortiz

    Cincinnati USA represent:
    Automagik; Black Owls; Bulletville; Culture Queer; Darlene; Fathers; Fists of Love; Heavy Hinges; Honey & Houston; Honeyspiders; Injecting Strangers; Leggy; Molly Sullivan; Old City; Prim; Public; Smasherman; State Song; The Afghan Whigs; The Almighty Get Down; The Ready Stance; Us, Today; WHY?; and Wussy

    A full performance schedule is now online at MPMF.com/festival. All artists are subject to change without notice. Schedule updates and further festival news will be available at MPMF.com, on Facebook and Twitter

    2014 MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL VENUES

    Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 East Eighth Street
    Christian Moerlein Brewery, 1621 Moore Street (2 stages)
    Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth Street (all ages)
    Bioré Stage at Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street (2 stages)
    Mainstay Rock Bar, 301 West Fifth Street
    Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street (all ages)
    Midpoint Midway Presented by P&G, 12th Street, between Vine & Walnut (all ages)
    MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street
    Mr. Pitiful’s, 1323 Main Street
    Taft Ballroom, 317 East Fifth Street (all ages)
    The Drinkery, 1150 Main Street
    Washington Park Presented by Dewey’s Pizza, 1230 Elm Street (all ages)

    TICKETS ON SALE AT MPMF.COM
    All-Access Pass $69 ($79 after September 1)
    VIP Pass $179
    Single-Day Pass $40 (Limited quantities)
    All venues will offer the option of À la carte pricing at the door, which covers that night at that venue.

    Entry into any MidPoint venue is subject to legal capacity limits. All-Access Pass holders get admission to all MidPoint showcases, all three days. VIP pass holders get an enhanced experience with the ability to skip lines with priority admission, plus they receive access to catered VIP reception events each evening, with complimentary food and beverages. An exclusive VIP viewing area is included at the Washington Park stage.