Midpoint Music Festival Announces Lineup of Acts

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The lineup for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival is taking shape. All submitting bands and solo artists have been notified and several have confirmed their appearance. The fest — taking place in Downtown/Over the Rhine (Cincinnati, OH) and the Southgate House (Newport, KY) (yes, there will be shuttle service) — is set for Sept. 25-27.

Several national acts have also been booked. Along with Robert Pollard and the Boston Spaceships, Seattle’s The Purrs (featuring former Cincinnati musician Jim Antonio), Anticon Records’ Why? (also featuring former Cincinnatians), Indie Roots band Backyard Tire Fire, Philly Indie/Pop band The Swimmers, Polyvinyl Records’ Indie poppers Headlights and Chicago’s organ-driven faves, Oh My God (their first local show since a serious car accident on the way to a Cincy gig) are confirmed. More national acts will be announced.

We also have plenty of great artists coming as a result of submissions. A few that stick out: Chicago-based ElectroIndie blog darlings Coltrane Motion, Brooklyn Indie/Punk band Cinema Cinema (which is featured on the new sampler CD from Magnet magazine), Columbus mixmaster Rukcus Roboticus (who is earning high praise for his Playing with Scatches CD; his new live A/V presentation sounds amazing), Chicago’s 20th Century Hip Hop, New York City rockers The Death of Jason Brody, Mexican ElectroPop group The Mocks, China’s (yes, THAT China) Lonely China Day, Baltimore Jam band Scrimshaw, Michigan’s rapper/bassist/poet/producer Yoshi and London-based Electronic/Pop group, Temposhark. And that’s just scatching the surface.

Also this year, MidPoint will present its first ever label showcase. The independent imprint Lujo Records, which signed Cincinnati Indie Pop foursome Pomegranates last year and released the fantastic Everything is Alive CD this year, will have its own stage. Joining the Poms’ at the showcase will be similarly on-the-rise bands like Baby Teeth, Look Mexico, Cool Hand Luke, Dark Romantics and Mouse Fire.

Of course, there are plenty of great Greater Cincinnati acts appearing. Below is the full list of showcasing bands as of now. Keep checking mpmf.com for updates. There are still a lot more showcase acts to be announced (pending avilable slots and venues).

— Mike Breen
source – http://www.mpmf.com

2008 MPMF Lineup as of 7/23/2008
21st Century Hip Hop
500 miles to memphis
Al Hidalgo
Ali Edwards
Alyse Black
ATHENS
Bamboo Needle
BLACK OWLS
Buckra
Captain of Industry
Cari Clara
CHETT
Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar
Cinema, Cinema
Cipes and the People
Coltrane Motion
CONIL
da muttss
Death of Jason Brody, The
Diet Audio
Dj Sid-the Apocalypze
Eclipse
ELMS, THE
entheos
Excitement, The
Fairmount Girls
Flow
Flux Capacitors, The
Frankl Project, The
Girls Guns and Glory
God Made Me Funky
Goose
HEY MISTER
Hiders, The
Host, The
ISWHAT?!
Jake Speed & The Freddies
Jared Mahone Band
Jeff Scott Roberson
John Doe/1200 Hobos feat. CJ the Cynic
Johnnytwentythree
Jon Justice
Junior Revolution
Kadro
Kim taylor
Kink Ador
Lonely China Day
Look Mexico
Love in October
Mack West
mallory
Mates of State
Matt Truman Ego Trip, The
Megan King
Mike Reeb
Mocks, The
Mystery Palace
Newbees, The
noctaluca
Oddknock
Oh My God
Otter Petter
Pale Hollow
Partyshank
Purrs, The
Rebel Red
Rockwells, The
Rosella
Rosehips
Ruckus Roboticus
Ryan Adcock
Say Hi
SCRIMSHAW
Seabird
Seedy Seeds, The
Seth
Smokin Eldorados
Sohio
Sonny Moorman Group, the
SOUSE
Spookfloaters
Stanley Maxwell
Sudden Death
Swarthy Band, The
Swimmers, The
Taina Asili
Temposhark
The Hiders
The Sailing
Tillers, The
Turnbull AC’s, The
Tyler Traband
Wake the Bear
Weightlifters, The
Why?
Winter Sounds, the
Yoshi