Full MidPoint Music Festival Schedule Available Now

New venues and a slew of new artists announce for this September's three-day event

Aug 14, 2013 at 10:08 am
click to enlarge The Thermals are among the latest acts announce for next month's MidPoint Music Festival
The Thermals are among the latest acts announce for next month's MidPoint Music Festival

Head to MPMF.com right now to see the full lineup and schedule for the MidPoint Music Festival, coming up Sept. 26-28 at 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 citybeat.com), 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 through Ticketmaster.com (with lower than usual ticketing fees, or avoid the extra fees altogether and buy them in person at the Taft box office). 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 mpmf.cincyticket.com, 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. Here are some of the 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; 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; Wussy; Alone at 3AM; The Natives; Wussy; and The Kickaways.

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

Here are a few links for and visuals from some of the most recently announced national acts coming to MPMF 2013.

Hunters (Brooklyn)

Larry and His Flask (Central Oregon)

Toy Soldiers (Philadelphia)

Deap Vally (Los Angeles)

Bare Mutants (Chicago; fronted by Jered Gummere of The Ponys and Jeanine O’Toole of 1900s)

Magnolia Sons (Nashville)

Sphynx (Austin, Tex.)

Sphynx - Hunger (Live in Austin) from Sphynx on Vimeo.

Dead Gaze (Oxford, Miss.)

Goodbye June (Nashville)

The Kicks (Nashville)

Stay tuned for more updates on MPMF ’13, including details on some of the special bonus features on the MidPoint Midway and beyond. Follow MidPoint on Twitter and Facebook to get regular updates on the fest and its performers.

Click below the fold for the recent press release regarding the Biore Strip and MidPoint's continued celebration of women in music. —-


Cincinnati, Ohio, August 11, 2013—In advance of the announcement of the full MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF) schedule on Wednesday, August 14, major sponsor Bioré® Skincare proudly highlights pioneering female-led acts who are headlining stages during this year’s 12th annual event.

Bioré® Skincare, a Kao USA Inc. beauty care brands, is partnering with MPMF for a third consecutive year in a continuing effort to bring attention to the prominent role women play at the festival.
Throughout the September 26-28 festival, Jackson Street in Over the Rhine will be known as the Bioré® Strip, with female-led acts performing on two stages inside of the Know Theatre venue.

Bleached (Los Angeles) will headline the Know Theatre main stage, presented by Bioré® Skincare, on Thursday, 9/26. National acts San Fermin, On An On, PHOX, DTCV, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Potty Mouth, Doe Eye and The Melismatics are also scheduled to perform at Know Theatre over the weekend.

In addition, MPMF and Bioré® Skincare are excited to announce The Breeders Day Party in Washington Park on Saturday, September 28. Music begins at 1pm with Chicago’s latest breakout band Twin Peaks followed by Tweens (Cincinnati), Gauntlet Hair (Chicago), Foxygen (Olympia, WA + NYC) and The Breeders playing “Last Splash” in its entirety beginning at 7pm.

Warpaint (Los Angeles) performs for the first time ever in Cincinnati and headlines the Grammers Tent on Friday, 9/27. Daughter (London, UK) headlines The Taft Ballroom on Saturday, 9/28.

And Midpoint Music Festival and Bioré® Skincare are pleased to announce the addition of Portland’s seminal post pop-punk band The Thermals who will headline The Taft Ballroom on Thursday, 9/26.

"MidPoint is an amplification of Cincinnati, and our acclaimed local music scene has a long history of women leading the way," says MPMF Artistic Director Dan McCabe. "I'm excited to have Bioré® Skincare help us tell that story again this year."

MidPoint Music Festival continues its 12-year tradition as the region’s frontline of music exploration, featuring an impressive and diverse lineup.  Music fans everywhere flock to Cincinnati in September to be a part of this long running music event that started in Over-the-Rhine (OTR), the Cincinnati neighborhood that’s as cutting edge as the festival itself.  

About Kao USA Inc.
Kao USA Inc. is a leading manufacturer of premium beauty care brands that are recognized around the world for their innovation and quality. The Kao USA Consumer Products portfolio includes Ban® antiperspirants; Jergen® and Curél® hand and body lotions; Bioré® facial care; John Frieda® Frizz-Ease®, Root Awakening®, Luxurious Volume, Sheer Blonde®, Brilliant Brunette®, Radiant Red®, Full Repair™, Precision Foam Colour and Luminous Color Glaze® hair care. Founded in 1882, Kao USA Inc. is a member of the Kao Group of companies.

About MPMF
Cincinnati's MidPoint Music Festival has developed a reputation as the place to find the next big thing. MidPoint's embrace of emerging artists reflects the same pioneering ethic of Cincinnati's celebrated music history and its present day music-makers. Stay up to date with the most current and accurate festival news at MPMF.com. You can also find more information on MPMF by liking its official Facebook page, or by following the festival on Twitter. Tickets may be purchased at CincyTicket.com. All-access passes are $69 and VIP passes are $169. MPMF.13 is made possible thanks to the generous support of its sponsors, including Dewey’s Pizza and Biore.