AYE Fest Packs OTR with Music All Weekend

Plus, Alone at 3AM, Mohenjo Daro and The Cla-Zels play gigs this weekend to promote new releases.

click to enlarge Liz Wolf and Dream Tiger play this weekend’s AYE festival.
Liz Wolf and Dream Tiger play this weekend’s AYE festival.

The AYE Music & Art Festival — founded in 2006 to raise money for various charities — returns for its biggest fest yet this Friday-Sunday. Held at several venues in Over-the-Rhine, proceeds from the 2015 edition of AYE (which stands for “Adjust Your Eyes”) will go to Boys Hope Girls Hope (bhghcincinnati.org).

This year’s AYE will again showcase elements of visual art, as well as comedy (in MOTR Pub’s basement each evening) and a wildly diverse lineup of music, with a heavy dose of local acts as well as some notable touring artists. The music runs the gamut from Electronic and Hip Hop to AltRock and Punk, plus most points in between.

MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com) presents music starting at 5:40 p.m. Friday and 6:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local acts performing at MOTR include Hateflirt, Tiger Sex, The Harlequins, Skeleton Hands, Mavis Concave, Counterfeit Money Machine, Eugenius, Dream Tiger, Nanny, BIG’UNS, Founding Fathers and Smasherman.

The lineup at Maudie’s (1207 Main St., Over-the-Rhine) gets rolling at 4:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Local acts playing Maudie’s for AYE include The Z.G.s, Lockjaw, Killer Looks and Noise, Ppeell, Dynamite Thunderpunch, Equator Bear, Timber, Vacation, The Yugos, Sunn Tate Killers, Vampire Weekend At Bernie’s, Rat City, Lipstick Fiction, Orchards, Grotesque Brooms and more.

Beneath Maudie’s at Cincy by the Slice (cincybytheslice.com) music begins at 5 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Local acts at Cincy by the Slice during AYE include New Moons, Fists of Love, Dark Colour, Common Center, Lazy Ass Destroyer, One Day Steady, Android 86, Us For Them, Noside, Animal Circles, Sungaze, Sleepy Drums, Rich Wizard, Mint Leopard, Lemon Sky and more.

The AYE lineup at Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com) begins Friday at 5 p.m. and noon on Sunday (there are no AYE shows Saturday). Local artists at the Woodward for AYE include Housewives, The Modern Novas, Us, Today, Coconut Milk, Margaret Darling, Wonky Tonk, Royal Holland, Near Earth Objects, ethosine and a reunion set by The Terrors.

At The Drinkery (1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, drinkeryotr.com), the AYE fest begins at 5 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local acts at the venue include Juan Cosby, Supa, Vusive, Aytiko, Rathero, Meiosis, Juice Lee, Rose Hip, Ronin, Raised x Wolves, Majestic Man, Go Go Buffalo and Injecting Strangers.

The music at Mr. Pitiful’s (1323 Main St., Over-the-Rhine) during AYE starts Friday at 7:45 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. The Mr. Pitiful’s lineup features Citoak, Satyr Circle, Bit Flip, Firecat 451, DJ BlazeWright & The Example, Molly Sullivan, Culture Queer and more.

Three-day passes for AYE can be purchased through cincyticket.com for $20 or day-of-show for $35. One-day passes are $15; single shows cost a cover charge between $5-$10. For more AYE info (including the complete schedule), visit adjustyoureyes.com.

New Local Releases


• Fantastic local Roots Rock crew Alone at 3AM released its new album, Show the Blood, nationally last month through Northern Kentucky-based SofaBurn Records. This Saturday, the band headlines a free 10 p.m. show at The Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cometbar.com) with A City on Fire and Chicago’s Death and Memphis. Following the show, Alone at 3AM frontman Max Fender heads overseas for several dates with labelmate Jeremy Pinnell. Visit the music blog at citybeat.com this week to check out the premiere of Alone at 3AM’s video for new album track “I’m Dying.”

For more on the band, click here .

• It’s been a while since we’ve heard from longtime Cincy-based “World Fusion” favorites Mohenjo Daro, but the band returns this week to celebrate its 20th anniversary and a new album. The trio is hosting a release show for its new album, Sangeet, at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Listing Loon (4124 Hamilton Ave., Northside). Purchase or stream the new album now at mohenjodaro.bandcamp.com.

• Following up their dual 2012 releases (Flower of the Gold Rush and the Country-infused In a Canyon), local rockers The Cla-Zels have returned with a new album, Set Your Ray to Stun. The band hosts a release party for the new effort Sunday at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com). Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Click here for more on the band.


CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected]


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