The Zines, Screens & Screams Fest, a celebration of DIY music and culture, comes to Main Street in Over-the-Rhine this weekend for the first edition of what organizers hope to make an annual event.
The festival starts Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at noon and will be centered around two main locations: Maudie’s (maudieslive.com) and Cincy By the Slice (cincybytheslice.com), which are both located at 1207 Main St. in OTR; and The Drinkery (1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, drinkeryotr.com). The Drinkery (which will only be participating in the music portion of the fest Friday night) is open to those 21-and-up only; all other events are open to all ages. Drinkery shows are free, but there is a $5 charge for those under 21 on Friday at the other venues, while on Saturday there will be a $5 cover for everyone.
The festival features a slew of local bands as well as some national touring acts that play Rock, Punk, Post Punk, Experimental, Metal and other Indie-oriented genres. It’s a great chance to catch some local musicians that don’t often get a ton of attention outside the DIY scene. Friday, the Maudie’s stage has area groups Vacation, Sleeves, Black Planet, Swim Team, Hardon Collider, Fuzzmuck, Phoul Phill Andt Guill, Nanny and Sleepy Drums, plus Brooklyn, N.Y., Punk duo Shellshag. Scheduled to perform on the Cincy By the Slice stage Friday are locals Pussy Ripper, Killer Looks and Noise, Lockjaw, Horsecop, The Z.G.s, The Beautiful States and ForestFox, plus Dayton, Ohio’s Yirf and Jasper the Colossal. Friday at The Drinkery, you can catch Cincy-area acts Edison, The Slippery Lips, Go Go Buffalo, Mardou, Lo, The Loyal Conscripts, The Invisible Strings and Total Fucking Garbage.
Saturday, the Maudie’s stage features HCJC, ppeell, The Harlequins, Sour Ground, Rat City, Boltcutter and Sheet Ghost, plus Chicago’s Wax TV, Nashville, Tenn.’s Pageant, Columbus, Ohio’s The Washington Beach Bums, Berea, Ohio’s All Over the Place, Milwaukee’s Watcher’s Woods, California’s Divtech and Oklahoma’s Lizard Police and Community Pools. Performing on the Cincy By the Slice stage Saturday are local artists Lazy Ass Destroyer, Tiger Sex, The Zvills, Rich Wizard, The Cronenbergs, Loudmouth, The Debtors, Daisies, Cha Cha Chachi, umin, Zijnzijn Zijnzijn and Caulfield Kids, as well as Indianapolis’ Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes, Dayton, Ohio’s Abertooth Lincoln and Maryland’s Auto Da-Fé.
In addition to the music, the Zines, Screens & Screams Fest will also host a “Zine and Screen Bazaar” at The Drinkery (5-10 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday). Conceived as a DIY swap meet, vendors will offer things like posters, patches, ’zines, buttons, tapes, CDs and vinyl, among other items. In the archway next door to Cincy By the Slice (5-9 p.m. Friday and 4-8 p.m. Saturday) will be the “Bring Your Own Shirt Screen Printing Booth,” sponsored by Powerhouse Factories, where you can have a design of your choosing placed on a shirt for $5 (limited blank shirts will also be available for $10).
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More Local Notes
• Covington Alt Pop Rock group Hot for Alice is taking over the Lounge stage at Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com) Saturday to celebrate the release of its catchy, guitar-driven debut album, Sirens, which was recorded with Ampline/R. Ring’s Mike Montgomery. The free release party, which begins at 9:30 p.m., also features appearances by local acts Royal Holland, JetLab’s Elle Crash and Founding Fathers. If you can’t make the gig, Sirens will be available at hotforalice1.bandcamp.com.
• Late last year, a celebration of local music hero David Rhodes Brown’s 50 years of playing music brought about a reunion of his Roots/Rockabilly band The Warsaw Falcons, which formed in the early ’80s and became one of the most popular groups in the region. The reunion of Brown and bandmates John Schmidt and Doug Waggoner went so well the Falcons decided to carry on. This Friday the band make its debut at Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com), joined by a pair of local bands featuring members influenced by Brown and the Falcons early on — the long-running Tigerlilies (whose bassist Brian Driscoll met Brown at a Falcons show when he was 18) and JetLab (whose Elle Crash likewise first crossed paths with Brown during the Falcons heyday). Tickets are $6.