Cowboy Copas Birthday Tribute This Weekend

Plus, the full 2013 MidPoint Music Festival lineup is announced

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Cowboy Copas

This Friday and Saturday, the Adams County Historical Society presents its fifth annual Cowboy Copas

Memorial Concert.

Copas, an Adams County native and Cincinnati resident, is a Country & Western music legend who recorded for Cincinnati’s famed King Records, helping to bring that company into national prominence. Last month would have marked Copas’ 100th birthday. Unfortunately, Copas passed away in 1963, perishing in the same plane crash that took the lives of Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes and Patsy Cline. 

The tribute concerts take place at the Red Barn Convention Center in Winchester, Ohio, about an hour east of Cincinnati. Friday’s lineup features The Cantrell Family, Earl Wiseman & The Kentucky Express and the John Simon Band, which will be joined by Copas’ daughter, Cathy Copas Hughes. Saturday’s lineup features Hawkshaw Hawkins II (paying tribute to his father), Earl Wiseman’s Cowboy Copas tribute and great Country singer Mandy Barnett, tributing the iconic Cline. Brian Powers, a local music historian and Cincinnati Library employee, has organized a photo tribute to all four of the musicians who died in the plane accident. Look for it in the lobby of the convention center. 

Both memorial concerts start at 7 p.m. Tickets for Friday’s festivities are $10; Saturday’s tickets are $25-$30. Visit for tickets and more info.

Full 2013 MidPoint Music Festival Lineup Available Now

Head to right now to see the full lineup and schedule for the MidPoint Music Festival, coming up Sept. 26-28 to various venues in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. 

Due to the legal wrangling over the management of The Emery Theatre (widely covered in CityBeat and at, the classic Cincinnati venue — a favorite from last year’s fest — will not be a part of MPMF in 2013. But MPMF’s footprint is expanding to include downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar (which has participated in the fest in the past) and first-time MPMF venue The Ballroom at the Taft Theatre. 

Like the activities on the MidPoint Midway, at the Contemporary Arts Center and in Washington Park, Taft’s Ballroom will be open to MPMFers of all ages. Tickets for individual Taft Ballroom MPMF shows will be available to purchase Friday 

through (the ticket fees are lower than usual, but you can also buy them in person at the Taft box office with no fees). On Sept. 26, the Ballroom will be headlined by just-announced performers The Thermals; Murder by Death, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons and Nicholas David perform at the Taft on Sept. 27; and, on Sept. 28, the lineup will feature Daughter, Bear’s Den and Cincinnati’s own Bad Veins .

At, you can buy three-day passes, VIP tickets and other “a la carte” tickets for single shows in Washington Park and at Grammers. Shuggie Otis and Cody ChesnuTT headline the Washington Park stage on Sept. 26; The Head and the Heart and Youth Lagoon head up the Sept. 27 lineup; and Sept. 28 in Washington Park will be “The Breeders Day Party,” which starts at noon, with The Breeders performing their seminal Last Splash album at 7 p.m. Saturday’s Washington Park lineup also includes Twin Peaks, Gauntlet Hair, Foxygen and Cincy’s Tweens

, who’ve been doing numerous tour dates with The Breeders.

On the Dewey’s Pizza stage at Grammers (21-and-up only), Kurt Vile & the Violators, Snowmine and Cincinnati Psych Rock trio The Harlequins

perform on Sept. 26; Warpaint and Secret Colours top the Sept. 27 bill; and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, METZ and Deap Vally are slated for Sept. 28.

The Cincinnati music scene is well represented once again at this year’s MPMF. A partial list of area artists confirmed for the fest: Eclipse; Seabird; The Pinstripes; Young Heirlooms; Us, Today; Saturn Batteries; Sun Country; Darlene; Jody Stapleton and The Generals; Electric Citizen; Magnolia Mountain; Allan Pray; The Tigerlilies; Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups; Public; The Ready Stance; The Mitchells; Mad Anthony; Mama’s Porch Band; Hickory Robot; Ben Lapps; Ohio Knife; Honeyspiders; New Vega; Archer’s Paradox; The Perfect Children; You, You’re Awesome; Goose; Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar; Plastic Inevitables; redkattseven; SHADOWRAPTR; Halvsies; DAAP Girls; The Cincy Brass; We Are Snapdragon; Black Signal; The Happy Maladies; ADM; Molly Sullivan; Come on Caboose; SOHIO

; and The Kickaways . And Cincy Indie Pop greats The Fairmount Girls are slated to make their record 12th appearance at the 12th annual festival.

You can keep tabs on MidPoint at and the fest’s accompanying social media pages (@MidPointMusic on Twitter and’s music blog will also feature various announcements over the next few weeks about some of the fest’s bonus features.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected], @

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