The Heights Music Fest Returns Next Week

Since it’s such a huge, kick-ass music festival that spotlights the newest and best of the local, original music scene from several genres, we thought we’d give you a little heads up on next week’s Clifton Heights Music Festival so you can make plans ear

Since it’s such a huge, kick-ass music festival that spotlights the newest and best of the local, original music scene from several genres, we thought we’d give you a little heads up on next week’s Clifton Heights Music Festival so you can make plans early.

The event returns April 6 and 7 to five venues around the University of Cincinnati in the Clifton Heights neighborhood, which (like Over-the-Rhine and other parts of the city) is on the verge of a huge revitalization. The event has run biannually since debuting in 2009.

Like seemingly every Clifton Heights Music Festival fest, this year brings some changes. The first is the event’s name, which is now simply

The Heights Music Festival

. Organizer

Far-I-Rome

is also adding a “Day Fest” this year on Saturday. Day Fest events are open to all ages and run from 3-6 p.m. 

The nighttime music runs from 7 p.m. until about 1 a.m.

Rohs Street Café

(245 W McMillan St., Clifton Heights; www.rohsstreetcafe.com) is also all-ages, not just Saturday but throughout the fest. On Friday, April 6, Rohs has

The DeBauches

,

Incline District

,

Shoot Out The Lights

,

The Minor Leagues

and

Josh Eagle & The Harvest City

. Rohs’ eclectic Saturday Day Fest lineup features

Jessi Bair & Noah Wotherspoon

,

Greg Zoller

,

Sound Museum

and

The Stratfords

.

Dan Orlando

kicks off Rohs’ April 7 night festivities at 7 p.m., followed by

Us, Today

,

Gorges

,

Cabin

and

Archer’s Paradox

. 

Roxx Electrocafe

(214 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights; www.roxx.biz) is also open to all ages all the time. On April 6, the gaming café features

Dick Reynolds

,

Blue Caboose

,

The Apricots

,

Indigo Wild

and

Sullivan

. On April 7, Roxx’s presents

Animal Mother

,

Elia Goat & His Natural Horns

,

Wonky Tonk

and

Michael McIntire & The Marmalade Brigade

(from 3-6 p.m.), then, Saturday night, they’ll have

Emily & The Complexes

,

Merely The Mocs

,

Bright Eyed Youth

,

Bull Dancer

and

Sassy Molasses

.

Christy’s Biergarten

(151 West McMillan St., Clifton Heights; www.christysandlenhardts.com) welcomes rockers

Chakras

,

The

Black Owls

,

State Song

, the

Zachary Burns Band

and Mad Anthony on April 6. Christy’s Saturday Day Fest lineup features

Dead Beat Dolls

,

The Altered Statesmen

,

Vivid Youth

and

The Ohms

. On the night of April 7, Christy’s hosts

The Comforts

,

Kissing Daylight

,

Lemon Sky

,

The Never Setting Suns

,

Automagik

and

Skeetones

. 

Mac’s Pizza Pub

(205 West McMillan St., Clifton Heights; macspizzapub.com) opens the fest April 6 with

Lunchbox

,

Pharaoh Loosey

,

Majestic Man

,

Revenge Pinata

and

Perfect Norm

. Saturday afternoon’s Day Fest at Mac’s features

The Ghost Trees

,

The Turkeys

and

Jimmelegs

. For the nighttime lineup April 7, Mac’s has

Sassafraz

,

Jamwave

,

The MJ’s Blues

,

Plastic Inevitables

,

Lackluster

and

Loudmouth

.

Baba Budan’s

(239 West McMillan St., Clifton Heights; www.bababudans.com) April 6 lineup kicks off with a comedy set hosted by Mack Harden at 7 p.m., followed by

Big Rock Club

,

Belle Histoire

,

Playfully Yours

,

The Instruction

and

The Kickaways

. Day Fest at Baba’s features

Deadwood Floats

,

The Ridges

,

Evans Collective

and

The Yugos

. And later on April 7, Baba’s hosts

Dinosaurs & Thunder

,

The Desert Gun

,

Those Guys

,

The Natives

,

Trademark Aaron

,

Da 3rd Element

,

SHADOWRAPTR

and

Eclipse

.

Tickets are available now through www.cincyticket.com. Individual passes for April 6 and 7 are just $5 in advance. You can also purchase a two-day pass for $10 in advance. For full details on The Heights Music Festival, visit www.theheightsmusicfestival.com.

More Local Notes

• Blazing West Chester rockers

Total Dudes

are celebrating their fifth anniversary and the birth of their new baby — their latest recording, Top of the Dude Chain — this Saturday at downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar. The swaggering, hard-charging, Punk-fueled trio is joined by

Chiva Knievel

and

Stained Glass Jesus

for the 10 p.m. show. Admission is $5. Give the Dudes a listen at www.reverbnation.com/totaldudesrocks.

• The online review site Yelp is teaming up with more than 30 local non-profits for what sounds like an amazing event this Friday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Clifton Ave. The Yelp Helps After School Special party will feature free food and drinks from several local establishments, performances and displays from local arts and music organizations, info on the various non-profits involved and lots of other “extracurriculars.” There will also be live music from great local Indie rockers

The Never Setting Suns

, and

DJ E

will spin throughout the party, which runs from 8-10 p.m. Visit Yelp.com’s Cincinnati site and search “Yelp Helps” for more details and to RSVP. 


CONTACT MIKE BREEN:

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