by Mike Breen
Three-day Bunbury Music Festival takes over Sawyer Point starting today
The three-day Bunbury Music Festival kicks off today at noon at Sawyer Point Park along the riverfront. Stay tuned to our music blog for updates and reports from the festival all weekend. Follow @CityBeatMusic on Twitter for updates as well.If you're headed to the festival and have a smartphone, I highly recommend downloading the official Bunbury app (available for iProducts and Android, in their respective stores), which is simple and straightfoward, primarily enabling festgoers to customize their own schedule and plot out their experience in advance (as much as that's possible). (Be sure to visit the TechBury area if you need a recharge for your device.)Looks like we might get a splash of rain, but temperatures will be nice and humidity fairly low; way better than, say, last weekend. All in all, this weekend's looking near perfect for outdoor music festival merriment. From BunburyFestival.com, here are some more tips for the fest. Visit the site for tickets and further details. And be sure to pick up a copy of this week's CityBeat, with recommendations, a primer on the local acts performing and an interview with music-fest godfather Perry Farrell, whose Jane's Addiction headlines tonight's festivities. Bee free, yes, but also bee safe.What to Bring (Allowed Items)
Sun Gear (e.g., sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)Seating (e.g., folding chair*, blanket, etc.)Bug Repellent (no Deet)Rain Gear (ponchos are best, but small hand-held umbrellas are OK)EarplugsBaby strollersEmpty water bottled (no glass) or CambelbakBinocularsWall
mounted rapid charger (charging stations provide iPhone and mini-USB
chords, but if you have your own chord, you won't have to wait)* Sand chair with seat no more than 9" off the ground.
What NOT to Bring (Prohibited Items)Weapons, fireworks or explosives of any kindIllegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernaliaFramed or large backpacksGlass containers of any kind or coolersFood, beverages or Cambelbaks that are fullCarts, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles (including Segways)There is bike/scooter parking outside the event siteTents, large umbrellas or chairs that are NOT sand chairs (seat more than 9" off the ground)Pets (except service dogs)Any audio recording, professional camera or video equipmentMoshing, crowd surfing, and/or stage divingVending without a Bunbury license or permitBills over $20.00. We won't accept them at the beverage booths. All subject to change. Festival organizers reserve the right to prohibit any item that isn't listed.
Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the
day. Cincinnati in July can be hot. It’s quite a distance from one end
of the park to the other. Considering all the walking, dancing, etc.,
you’ll need to make this a priority. Take advantage of the water
stations. (NOTE: As mentioned above, don't bring water, but you can bring an empty container to fill throughout the weekend.)
We love kids. LOVE THEM! (NOTE: Kids 10 and under admitted free with a paid adult.) There are; however, some tips for those families who plan on coming to Bunbury:
Re-read the the first part of this page. Sunscreen, staying hydrated, etc. is even more important for kids.A stroller or small wagon is permitted. The park is large, kids will get tired and you don’t want to carry them.Head phones or ear plugs for ear protection.A first aid kit; Band-Aids and Neosporin always come in handy.Baby wipes are awesome. Even if you don’t have a kid they can be great to have!Feeding your baby formula? Please use plastic bottles with disposable liner bags.
by Mike Breen
The inaugural Bunbury Music Festival — three days of top-shelf Alternative music at Cincinnati's riverfront Sawyer Point Park — is just three days away. All this week, CityBeat's music blog will be featuring samples from some of our "sleeper picks" for the fest, artists who some may not be as familiar with as they are Weezer or Death Cab for Cutie or Jane's Addiction. Our next "sleeper" is Ume, performing Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on the AliveOne StageThe appearance of Austin AltRock trio Ume (pronounced “oo-may”) at Bunbury makes for a mini-label showcase for the Modern Outsider label. The band’s set is sandwiched between labelmates (and two of Cincinnati’s finest) Pomegranates and Bad Veins, both also on the Texas label. Anchored by a relentless, muscular rhythm section, Lauren Larson guides Ume’s charismatic sound with her uniquely compelling guitar work, knack for good but not pandering hooks and animated, sensual vocals. Ume’s most recent release, last year’s Phantoms, sounds like a 21st century update of ’90s Brit band Lush. Here's a clip for Ume's song "Captive." Tickets and full info on the Bunbury Music Festival can be found here.
by Izzi Krombholz
The inaugural Bunbury Music Festival — three days of top-shelf Alternative music at Cincinnati's riverfront Sawyer Point Park — is just three days away. All this week, CityBeat's music blog will be featuring samples from some of our "sleeper picks" for the fest, artists who some may not be as familiar with as they are Weezer or Death Cab for Cutie or Jane's Addiction. Our next "sleeper" is Nikki Lane, performing Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on the Landor Stage.Nikki Lane has been compared to Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, but what’s most important is that she’s a self-made woman. A high school dropout, Lane left her hometown of Greenville, SC, and headed to Los Angeles. After a stint in New York City, Nikki Lane moved to Nashville and self-released No Room For Cowboys. Now, Lane’s signed to L.A. label IAMSOUND Records and has released a four-song EP called Gone, Gone, Gone. Her second album, Walk of Shame, is due out in September. Like any good Country singer, Nikki Lane's songs embody the feelings of heartbreak, loss and wanderlust. Here's the official music video for Lane's Walk of Shame track "Sleep for You."Tickets and full info on the Bunbury Music Festival can be found here.
by Mike Breen
Posted In: Live Music
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Seminal Alternative Rock bands Jane's Addiction, Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie to headline the three-day, outdoor music fest this summer
Cincinnati's summer concert schedule got a lot cooler this morning, as organizers announced some of the performers at this year's inaugural Bunbury Music Festival, which will go down July 13-15 across six stages along the riverfront at Yeatman's Cove and Sawyer Point. Bunbury founder Bill Donabedian (who co-founded CItyBeat's MidPoint Music Festival and helped turn Fountain Square into a legitimate live music outlet) had been saying he was on the hunt for several big time headliners for the event; today, we found out he was successful, with iconic AltMusic bands Weezer, Jane's Addiction and Death Cab for Cutie confirmed as main stage anchors. Jane's is schedule for opening night, July 13, Weezer headlines July 14 and Death Cab will cap the fest off July 15. According to the press release, there will be plenty more performer announcements to come, with plans to feature around 100 acts total at the fest. Stay tuned — a full lineup is expected to be unveiled next month.Securing the heavyweight headliners and announcing them enables Bunbury (being billed as "affordable, fun, tech savvy, and eco-friendly") to put tickets for the fest on sale. You can get them starting today through the Bunbury site here. One-day tickets are $46 and three-day passes are available for $93.As Donabedian's work with MidPoint and Fountain Square would suggest, local music will also be a big part of Bunbury.“The Bunbury Music Festival will feature the best of our local Indie bands with national and regional bands that fans may have seen at other great festivals and concert venues,” Donabedian said in a statement. “Fans should think of this as an authentic music experience.”Bunbury's announcement is just the latest in a string of positive news concerning the live local music landscape of Greater Cincinnati, which seemed in potentially dire condition by the end of last year following the closing of Newport concert venue the Southgate House and other clubs.Turns out the sky isn't falling. In fact, the future's so bright, I hope Bunbury has vendors on-site to sell shades.