We're just two months away from the highly anticipated MidPoint Music Festival and the free MidPoint Indie Summer Series is still rockin' on. Stop by Fountain Square Friday for a taste of quality music you can expect at the September fest. This week's line up features a superb spread of local talent. Alternative Folk crew The Western kicks off the show at 7 p.m., followed by Garage Rockers The Prohibitionists at 8:15 p.m. July for Kings headlines the show at 9:30 p.m., bringing their quirky Rock & Roll sound. Check out a past interview with her crew here. For tickets, lineups and all the latest updates on MPMF, follow them on Facebook. —-
Bike Month might have passed (though no one's forgotten our now-famous cover), but we still think riding, supporting and looking at bikes is pretty cool. Watch all kinds of crazy tricks as well as contests, a motorcycle meet, car show and more during the BMX Bash at Big Ed's House of Rock in Amelia Saturday afternoon. Go here for directions and more info.
Saturday brings tons of music-y goodness to Greater Cincinnati. Local Indie Rock group The Sweep celebrates the release of its new album at MOTR Pub, while Brian Olive (of Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers fame) hosts a release party for his latest solo effort at Southgate House. Check out Mike Breen's Spill It column for all the details on both shows.
What do tractor pulls, funnel cakes and sheep have to do with you? Probably nothing, but even city folk can enjoy one of the first fairs of the season - The 161st Annual Butler County Fair. Open daily Sunday through July 30, visitors can enjoy live music, cornhole tournaments, crafts and animal shows. Don't think a livestock competition could be entertaining? We beg to differ. Haven't you ever seen Toddlers & Tiaras? Barnyard pageant parents can't be much different. So grab a be- soda (apparently booze is a no-go at this event) and watch those stage moms go wild! Plus, no girl can turn down a man who can give her a ride on The Scrambler and win her a ridiculously over-sized Tweety Bird. Just sayin'. Find ticket information and location details here.
Sometimes cooling down with a film in a nice air-conditioned movie theater sounds just right during the summer. But the next thing you know, you've been suckered into buying an IMAX ticket for an extra $10 and you're sharing a theater with a couple dozen daycare kids - all to see goddam Transformers 3. The Carnegie in Covington's got your remedy. "Summer Sorts: Nine Nation Animation" features adult-oriented animated shorts from all around the world. For just $8 (or $10 at the door), you'll get to see nine films, without the worry of grimy Keds kicking the back of your seat. Go here to read about the different films.
There's even more to do this weekend and beyond! Check out our full recommendations here.