For years, the MidPoint Music Festival has been the best city festival in the midwest. And when it comes to a full on city festival, it’s only natural to takes cues from the ‘grandaddy’ of them all, SXSW. MidPoint has taken a tip here and there from the Austin, Texas based beast, and so when I was approached with the idea of doing a proper day party this year for MidPoint, I jumped at the chance. For those familiar with the concept, a day party basically extends the life of a festival, taking it from all evening showcases to mid afternoon showcases as well.
John Crowell was one of many that took in the entire MPMF weekend, here are some of his thoughts and photos from Friday and Saturday…
The biggest complaint I’ve heard from people attending MidPoint Music Festival this year is actually one of the most encouraging things about it: the festival was …
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Each and every year I attend MidPoint Music Festival, it gets bigger and better. This year’s festival is continuing the tradition of upping the stakes, with even bigger bands and even better fanfare. There are superheroes on rooftops, a gigantic poster expo, art installations, food trucks, and more. Much of this is jammed in a two block-long Midway of lights, tents, trailers, and people that has basically taken over 12th Street.
We had a blast last night at the kickoff for MidPoint 2011. Below are the tweets, videos and pictures from our team and from you. Enjoy!
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The lineup for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival is pretty awesome. Festival organizers have done a great job generating interest and attendance with widely known and national acts like the Dodos, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Deerhoof, Gang Gang Dance, and many others. But the festival has always been about giving local and regional acts a stage as well. And this year, they’ve done a great job picking some interesting and deserving bands. Here are just a few from in and around the Tri-state area that I’m looking forward to seeing this year.
As we approach day one of Midpoint Music Fest, which starts in just 36 hours or so, there’s not much to be said about MPMF that hasn’t been said already. The festival is one of the city’s finest assets. Not only does the festival nurture local artists but it attracts three crucial types of headliners: up-and-coming buzz bands (Washed Out, Unknown Mortal Orchestra), solid top bill acts (Deerhoof, Gang Gang Dance) and seasoned veterans who have made a significant impact on today’s music (Booker T. Jones, Man or Astro-Man?).
After a decade and a half of music and eleven albums, Deerhoof is a band that doesn’t really need an introduction. They’ve been responsible for some of the catchiest weirdo indie rock since the start of the “indie” itself. And you know you’ve made an impact when your band’s music influences the creation of a school ballet in North Haven, Maine.
As most of you know, it’s a big week for music in Cincinnati at the MidPoint Music Festival celebrates its 10th year. And as we have already mentioned, there is alot going outside of the usual evening showcases as well. One of those things are some live recorded sessions at Cincinnati’s amazing Ultrasuede Studios on Thursday and Friday.
It’s that time of year again. Time for music to take over in Over The Rhine. MidPoint Music Festival is back and is planning to throw a real party this year to celebrate thier 10th anniversary. It’s been a really interesting ‘Decade of Audio Addiction’ (the festivals tagline this year) and even though it wasn’t always pretty, the festival is still standing ten years later and is arguably better than it has ever been.