First Acts Announced for 2013’s MidPoint Music Festival

Plus news on Electric Citizen, Kenny Peck & the Smoky Jack Band, The Lockland Brakes and School of Rock Mason

May 8, 2013 at 9:26 am
Electric Citizen
Electric Citizen

On May 3, the first 17 artists booked and confirmed to perform at this September’s MidPoint Music Festival

were announced.

The first batch of MPMF.13 performers is very representative of the bookings for MidPoint the past few years. You’ve got a Modern Rock legend, a few established acts, several current “buzz bands” and a few artists that, if past years’ MPMFs are any indication, will be “buzz-worthy” by the time the festival rolls around, Sept. 26-28.

The first acts booked for MPMF.13, the 12th installment of the ever-growing music fest that utilizes various venues in Over-the-Rhine/Downtown, are Dayton, Ohio’s own The Breeders, plus The Head and The Heart, Cody ChesnuTT, Warpaint, Foxygen, Daughter, METZ, Kishi Bashi, Julianne Barwick, Spectrals, Dent May, Grandfather Child, The Ghost Wolves, Jeecy and the Jungle, Caveman, Perfume Genius and PHOX. To read more about the artists and hear a song from each, visit the music blog at About 150 more performers are still to be announced, including many artists from the Greater Cincinnati area. 

Also on May 3, tickets for MidPoint went on sale to the general public. Visit to purchase your three-day pass or VIP Experience tickets. 

Finally, if you’re a musical act that would like to be considered for MPMF.13, you’d better act fast. The deadline for submissions is this Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Visit for instructions on how to submit … and everything else MidPoint. 

More Local Notes

• Dynamic Covington, Ky., group Kenny Peck & the Smoky Jack Band

will celebrate their new album, Country Jack , this Thursday at the Thompson House in Newport. Following up last year’s stripped-down Naked Jack album, Country Jack focuses on the Country music side of the Pop/Rock/Folk/Blues/Etc. band’s personality. Steeped in a vintage Country style, the new album includes some top-shelf local players, including Harold Kennedy, Bob Nyswonger, Marcos Sastre and Jeff Roberts, as well as several musicians from Nashville, Tenn. The release party starts at 7 p.m. The $15 cover charge also includes a copy of the new album on CD. ( )

Here's the Country Jack track "My Dad & I":

• Cincy newcomers The Lockland Brakes

will make their live debut this Saturday at The Drinkery in Over-the-Rhine, joining Dead North and Bad Standard for a free 10 p.m. show. The energized Pop/Punk band — which features past/present members of Situation Red, Newport Secret Six and DAAP Girls — will also be releasing its recorded debut, an introductory three-song EP featuring lead single “Unwelcome in My Head.” For more on the Brakes, visit or visit their more active Facebook page here .

• Another brand new local group, Psych Rock crew Electric Citizen

, performs a free show Saturday at Northside’s Mayday. The band, whose members have played in Two Headed Dog, The Lions Rampant and You, You’re Awesome, is working to release its debut full-length later this year. In the meantime, keep an eye out for a pair of 7-inch singles from L.A. label The Crossing (a cassette featuring the same songs will be released on Netherlands-based label, Breathe Plastic). Electric Citizen is wasting no time hitting the road — the group sets off this week for about two weeks’ worth of touring in the South and on the East Coast with Michigan’s Haunted Leather. Saturday’s show will also include a set from Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, the Fort Wayne, Ind., band that impressed at the inaugural Cincy Psych Fest (organized, in part, by Electric Citizen’s Laura Dolan). Read (and listen to) more from Electric Citizen at .

Here's one of the demos that's presumably being released on 7-inch and cassette:

• After recently celebrating its first anniversary, the young students at the School of Rock Mason

are back in action this weekend, performing the music of The Who at The Redmoor in Mount Lookout. The all-ages show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6 in advance (via ) or $8 at the door. The students aren’t only learning about and performing classic Rock & Roll music; the school’s band will explore the world of R&B, Funk and Soul at its next program, May 19 at Newport’s Southgate House Revival (showtime is 2 p.m.). The day before each public performance, the band does a show at the School of Rock Mason’s “Sonic Boom Room.” Visit the website for details and tickets.

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