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City Beat Midpoint Article Clarification

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Some of you may remember this piece that I wrote some time ago concerning the Midpoint Music Festival and what I felt needed to be improved. As I stated not only in that piece but also in my response to some commentors, it is my goal that this festival be as successful as it can be. I want what is best for the city of Cincinnati and admire those that feel the same way and put on an event like Midpoint in order to do so.

My objections, which I stand by, were my opinions on how and why Midpoint should evolve in order to be a more successful event overall and were not stated to criticize from behind my computer without offering some ideas for change. A writer for City Beat approached me to comment for their story on Midpoint recently and I obliged gladly. While the majority of my thoughts were expressed in my article, I was happy to clarify for the City Beat article. Also, I did in no way expect much or any of what I said to actually end up in print. But I also did not expect to see what I perceive needs some clarification. Here is what came out in the article, which can be found here…..

Recently, local blogger Joe Long posted a lengthy criticism of MidPoint on his music blog, eachnotesecure.com. Long, a DJ at woxy.com, wrote that there are certain negative aspects that MidPoint has no control over, like funding and Main Street’s business problems, but that the event organizers could do a better job of booking a more-established lineup and promoting the event.

In response, Rhiney and Donabedian say that the first two problems basically cause the second two.

“I think it’s a different festival that Joe’s talking about,” Rhiney says. “I welcome anyone to do something like that, and I think Desdemona is something like that — a music festival with national headliners.”

In essence, there’s no way to secure the big bands with little money.

“It’s never been a stubborn thing,” Rhiney says. “We’ve had people who are signed to Indie labels and small regional labels since day one. They’re all in there. Everyone thinks all these major label bands or national artists are knocking on our door saying they want to take part, but that’s not the case, unfortunately.”

Unfortunately, the point was missed. I did not and have not ever stated that I think it is better for Midpoint to be like Desdemona or to go out of its way to secure loads of national artists at the expense of the lesser known bands. That was a totally different type of festival than something like Midpoint. My thoughts were that Midpoint would be better served to take cues from something like Midwest Music Summit. Just read the article if you don’t believe me.

My final words on this issue will be positive however, as Midpoint is kicking off and runs through the weekend. I hope that it goes incredibly well for not only the organizers and volunteers but also for the people that attend and the bands that play. My comments were never meant to offend or to burn bridges but rather to light a fire under what I think could be an amazing festival. So enjoy the weekend and I wish all best to everyone involved.

 City Beat Midpoint Article Clarification


Joe started ENS in 2003 after most people he wanted to talk to about music were worn thin by his ramblings. The outlet this site provided helped out, and somehow is still going 9 years later. After a four year stint as a WOXY DJ, Joe returned to Cincinnati and continues to pioneer ENS. In addition to the overall look and feel of the site, Joe provides regular reviews, and kinda makes sure this whole thing stays afloat.

Posted by Joe Long   @   27 September 2007 5 comments


Sep 28, 2007
12:37 pm
#1 car :

Maybe I’m getting too old but I won’t be attending the festival this year. Just don’t feel the magnet. I know people work hard to pull it off but attending just show appreciation for their hard work isn’t a high enough priority for me. I do support downtown as much as possible and I’m glad they are attempting to bring more people down there. I just wish they could make it seem more like an event than a fund raiser. Yes, I know it’s not a fund raiser but it felt like one the last time because I left with little enjoyment other than feeling I’d help some smaller bands feel good by having one more person in the audience.
I don’t think teaming with small or big labels with showcases would be selling out. It would be selling though if more magnets from those groups helped convince people to come down who otherwise wouldn’t.

Sep 29, 2007
4:10 pm
#2 Euro60 :

I’ll have to second most of car’s comments. I’m looking at today’s (Saturday’s) schedule of the event, trying to work up some enthousiasm for the whole thing, and… I just can’t feel it. even with perfect weather conditions like this weekend, it’s just not something for me. Why don’t they cut the number of bands, say, IN HALF and get some bands I’d actually be interested in seeing. Quality always beats quantity. See Desdemona 2006 as a perfect example.

Oct 3, 2007
10:53 am
#3 drewchowen :

Two things here… First, as a musician coming from Minneapolis, I found the info I gleaned from ENS regarding MPMF to be valuable for setting my expectations… Kinda’ like Goldilocks; not too high but not too low… somewhere just under the mid line. And deliver along that lowered expectation MPMF came in as expected. I can only imagine what Cincy natives’ expectations would be, but along the lines of “let’s go see some cool music tonight” I’d be a little under-whelmed too. I agree that having at least one major draw per night worthy of a decent cover or ticket charge would do the festival some major benefits…

Second, as someone who was invited to showcase at MPMF, the whole performance aspect was almost an afterthought. “Behind the scenes” there was a lot of networking going on, and that was beneficial for my band. If MPMF is really about providing that kind of atmosphere for establishing connections, I’d think the schedule could benefit from some tweaking and once again – adding some major draw with some acts that pull more heads into the loop.

Oct 3, 2007
12:49 pm
#4 Jason Haap :

I think WOXY would be better if they played some Britney Spears. You know…tweaked the format a bit. I can’t really get excited about music I’ve never heard before. My thought is WOXY would be better served if they took some cues from Q102. I really want the best for WOXY and hopefully my comments haven’t offended them. I don’t want to burn bridges, just light a fire on what I think could be an amazing internet radio station.

Author Oct 3, 2007
2:14 pm
#5 Administrator :

Thanks Jason, I will be sure and try to find a spot for Brit on the playlist. Seriously though, comparing my criticism of Midpoint with WOXY is poor and I would expect a little more creativity on your part. I know I am not alone in my views, and hope the organizers will begin to evolve as a festival in the years to come.

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