The 2009 MidPoint Music Festival continues with Day 3 on 2 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: Brooklyn Folk Pop trio Chairlift (pictured) at Grammer’s "Topic Design Tent" (more here), with British Pop outfit Micachu & the Shapes opening (more here); Boston-based Country/ Folk/ Bluegrass group Annie & the Beekeepers at Mr. Pitiful’s (more here); New York-based Classic Rock quintet Rosewood Thieves at the Lodge Bar (more here); local up-and-coming Blues band J. Dorsey Blues Revival at the Southgate House (more here) with big-time Blues/ Rock band Buffalo Killers (more here); and local Rock/ Electronica duo You, You're Awesome at the Contemporary Arts Center (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.
MPMF will host three conference panels Saturday afternoon for festival musicians and the public: Scene Summit gathers concert promoters, label folks, retail representatives, new media types and other movers and shakers in a “town hall” (12 noon, Garfield Suites Hotel, downtown); Demo Derby puts musicians in front of reviewers, critics, PR professionals and indie label folks to discuss which songs rock/suck and why (2 p.m., Garfield Suites Hotel, downtown); and Albums in the 21st Century explores recording an album in the age of iTunes and torrents (4 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center). Details are here. Admission is via the MidPoint three-day wristband.