Music: MidPoint Music Festival Friday

The 2009 MidPoint Music Festival continues with Day 2 on 24 stages in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport. Most showcases begin at 8 p.m. (Grammer's acts begin at 6:30). Among the performance highlights tonight: The Heartless Bastards (pictured) with lo

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The 2009 MidPoint Music Festival continues with Day 2 on 24 stages in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport. Most showcases begin at 8 p.m. (Grammer's acts begin at 6:30) — cover charges apply at each venue, or you can skip the lines by grabbing a three-day wristband for $29 (available at the door at each venue). The wristband also gets you personal taxi service via the Scion Streetcar Shuttle, which might come in handy given today's weather.

Among the performance highlights tonight: Cincinnati's own Heartless Bastards (pictured), now based in Austin, returning to play Grammer's "Topic Design Tent" (more here), with local Rock bad boys The Lions Rampant opening (more here); Funk/Soul heavyweights The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker at the Southgate House (more here); eclectic performance art/ spoken word/ Electronic/ Jazz/ Hip Hop/ Soul/ Dance squad Eagle to Squirrel at The Subway Bar & Lounge (more here); and Cincinnati's Ska/Reggae favorites The Pinstripes at the Lode Bar (more here).

The Lite Brite Film Test is part of MPMF this year, screening full-length movies and shorts at the Contemporary Arts Center all three nights (bands will be performing in the CAC's downstairs "black box" theater). See the full schedule and Jason Gargano's picks here.

Get the full lowdown on all things MidPoint at CityBeat's MidPoint Central. Get details on tickets, wristbands and the Scion Streetcar Shuttle here.

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