Cincinnati’s Overcast Hip Hop Fest Announces 2019 Lineup, Relocates to Top Cats

The two-day event returns in September with Triiibe, Vast Aire, The Palmer Squares, Ill Poetic and much more

click to enlarge Cincinnati Hip Hop/activism trio Triiibe is one of the headliners announced for 2019's Overcast Hip Hop Fest. - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cincinnati Hip Hop/activism trio Triiibe is one of the headliners announced for 2019's Overcast Hip Hop Fest.

The Overcast Hip Hop Fest is returning for a second year this September. Showcasing local and out-of-town underground Hip Hop musicians, DJs and dancers, the Scribble Jam-inspired event debuted in 2018 at Urban Artifact in Northside with headliners Mr. Dibbs and Blueprint.

This year’s Overcast fest will take place at Top Cats in Corryville. The relocation serves as another nod to the Queen City’s Hip Hop history. The club, which was one of the top spots in the city in the late ’90s/’00s for live Hip Hop, re-opened last year under new management, with an opening weekend that featured live sets from various classic and current local artists, like Dibbs and Triiibe.

Overcast’s 2019 event comes almost exactly one year after Top Cats reopened and features another strong lineup that includes Triiibe, the reigning Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners for “Artist of the Year.” Joining Triiibe as top-of-the-poster headliners are Vast Aire (half of the renowned duo Cannibal Ox) and Chicago twosome The Palmer Squares, who’ve amassed a huge online following since releasing their debut, Finna, in 2013.

The lineup also includes several returning champs, including Dope Knife, Eyenine and Spoken Nerd, as well as local favorites like Raised X Wolves, Audley, Sons of Silverton, Jaybee Lamahj, Devin Burgess, Ronin Halloway, Weirdose and Counterfeit Money Machine, whose Juan Cosby (and Grasshopper Juice Records) founded Overcast. The event will also see the return of Ill Poetic, the onetime Cincinnati-based MC and producer (and CityBeat columnist) who now resides in California.

Check the full lineup on the poster below.

Tickets aren’t available yet; stay tuned to overcastfest.com and Facebook for on-sale announcements.