Best Of 2017

Best Party In A Parking Lot: MidPoint Music Festival

Best Party In A Parking Lot

September’s MidPoint Music Festival got some pre-event guff from longtime fans after it was taken over by local production giant MEMI (it was formerly owned and operated by CityBeat) and moved from a dozen or so indoor music venues (and a couple of outdoor spaces, including Washington Park) to a large parking area in Over-the-Rhine. But the move and new ownership had its perks. With the event’s four stages being so close together, fans no longer had to run — or bike or take a cab or drive — a mile after one showcase to see another band at the other end of the festival “grounds.” And the event stepped up its booking to include big headliners like Band of Horses, Reggie Watts and Future Islands, while also still featuring cutting-edge and/or on-the-verge local acts and national artists like Lucy Dacus, Car Seat Headrest and Kamasi Washington. MidPoint Music Festival, mpmf.com.