On Friday and Saturday Fountain Square keeps the good vibes from MidPoint and this summer’s MidPoint Indie Summer concert series going with a new incarnation of the “Popopolis” event.
Popopolis was founded in the late ’90s by yours truly and musician Jay Hopper as a way to bring the best in Power Pop and other versions of melodic Pop/Rock to Greater Cincinnati. The festival had a strong five-year run that put the best Pop/Rock bands from the local scene onstage together at the Southgate House and also attracted big-name headliners like Nada Surf and Superdrag. Fountain Square point-person Bill Donabedian, who worked on the original festival (he and his MidPoint co-founder Sean Rhiney have said that Popopolis was part of the inspiration behind starting MPMF), is running the show this time around.
The event has been changed into a free two-night affair, with Friday being “reunion night,” featuring sets from some of the festival’s original performers (often with members coming in from all across the country to play). “Getting the band back together” Friday will be Saving Ray, Rhiney’s Clabbergirl (with various band alum joining in), Rockets to Mars (full disclosure: I play crappy guitar in this band) and Throneberry, the Alias Records recording artists and peers/pals of The Afghan Whigs. Throneberry’s show will be its first with its original lineup for the first time since 1996. Popopolis vets Mike Landis, Messerly & Ewing and Bri Love (aka Swarthy) provide acoustic sets on a sidestage throughout the night.
Saturday features the melody makers who have come into being post-Popopolis. Bad Veins (pictured) plays its first Fountain Square show (headlining at 10 p.m.) since packing it for the duo’s album release show earlier this year (singer/guitarist Ben Davis played Popopolis with his old band Giant Judys). Also playing Friday: State Song, The Seedy Seeds, Wussy, Jason Snell of The Chocolate Horse, Dan Mecher of the Turnbull ACs and Pomegranates.
Once the bands wrap up, head over to The Righteous Room at 641 Walnut St. for the official after-party. 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free.
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