Cincinnati-Based Indie Pop Juggernaut WHY? to Play Free Hometown Show This Weekend on Fountain Square

Yoni Wolf and Co. will rock Fountain Square this Saturday (Sept. 28) as part of the tour for their dazzling latest project, 'AOKOHIO.'

click to enlarge Josiah and Yoni Wolf of WHY? - Ryan Back
Ryan Back
Josiah and Yoni Wolf of WHY?
If you are a fan of Art Pop juggernaut WHY? and for some reason need more initiative to go see Cincinnatian Yoni Wolf and his globally acclaimed bandmates play a free, outdoor, hometown show this weekend, consider what Wolf wrote on Twitter recently.

Ahead of an L.A. concert earlier this month, Wolf tweeted about how many have told him the group was the best it’s ever been — “our final form perhaps,” he added — before urging followers to attend because they wouldn’t be back for a while: “Could be a last hurrah of sorts.”


It seems highly unlikely that Wolf would be retiring WHY? at this moment, considering he just released the most impressive and engaging artistic statement of his career. After releasing chunks of it in installments over the summer, in early August, WHY? dropped AOKOHIO, a remarkable album that brilliantly spins together ear-worm melodies and slanted experimentalism in ways that feel both completely fresh and like a culmination of everything Wolf has done so far.

Adding to the allure of the project was the visual element — a full AOKOHIO “visual album” was released simultaneously. The film — like the music, an artful collage of styles and tones — was directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and James Siewert and features Wolf, his bandmates (brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid) and Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany from the show Orphan Black.

So while WHY?’s appearance in the heart of downtown this weekend might not be your last chance to see them, given the power and magnetism of AOKOHIO, it may well be your best chance. 

7 p.m. Saturday. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.

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