Last Friday marked the kick-off of the free MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square, a jammed-pack affair headlined by Scottish Indie Pop troupe Camera Obscura. It also marked the first time you could purchase tickets for the MidPoint Music Festival (Sept. 23-25). While they last, MidPoint three-day passes will be available at all MidPoint Indie Summer shows (every Friday) throughout the summer for $29. The passes include access to all of the MPMF showcases, as well as entry to the special “secret show” (which only three-day pass holders can attend). Starting July 1, MPMF passes will be available at the MidPoint Web site for $39.
This Friday is the first of many MPIS shows featuring local groups. Cincinnati’s The Minor Leagues and for algnernon join national buzz bands Neon Indian and Wild Nothing for the 7 p.m. concert.
If you attend any of the Indie Summer shows, you’ll notice the return of a popular MPMF feature. Cincinnati Bell and Topic Design are returning the popular Twitter/Text Visualizer, which will be broadcast live on the Fountain Square video board. Share your thoughts about any and all things MidPoint by tweeting with the topic hash #mpmf. Cincinnati Bell customers can text 4632.
Some of the announced MidPoint 2010 bands so far include A Place to Bury Strangers, Best Coast, Caribou, Gaby Moreno, Gringo Star, Holy Fuck, Justin Townes Earl, Phantogram, Surfer Blood, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Strange Boys, Van Dyke Parks and Tom Tom Club, as well as local groups The Sundresses, The Tillers, Seabird, Pomegranates, Shiny and the Spoon and Wussy.
Many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on mpmf.com (and all of the MPMF10 social media pages) for the latest updates.
More Local Notes
• Inner Circle, the venue formerly known as Annie’s, has a new weekly Electro/New Wave dance night. Each Thursday, the club hosts “All In Thursdays,” featuring DJed music and a special live band or DJ guest each week. Last week featured a DJ set by Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls and this week’s guest is fantastic Cincinnati Indie Electro Rock crew Eat Sugar. Future guests include Canada’s CFCF (June 17) and Dayton’s Human Reunion (June 24). Admission to the 9 p.m. shows are just $5. (www.innercirclecincy.com)
• Saturday at 2:30 p.m., the Quaker group Community Friends Meeting presents an outdoor benefit concert at its center (3960 Winding Way, North Avondale; 513-861-4353). “Singing Folk for Feeding Folks” features local Folk singer/songwriters Greg Mahan and Chris Collier as well as the trio Willow Morning. Admission is free, but food and monetary donations for the FreeStore FoodBank will be collected.
• The Blue Wisp Jazz Club hosts a benefit show for the local Play It Forward organization this Sunday at 8 p.m. PIF was set up to “assist Greater Cincinnati musicians and their families in times of catastrophic need,” offering financial support to artists, many of whom have no health insurance. The show features excellent local Pop Rock bands Chaselounge and Giant Wow, as well as a special appearance by pioneering ’80s Electro/Synth Pop group Perfect Jewish Couple. Suggested donation is $5-$10. For more on Play It Forward, head over to pifcincy.org.
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