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euro60

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MPMF 2017
« on: June 28, 2017, 09:19:09 AM »

Midpoint is changing directions once again....

From Midpoint's website this morning:


TA-DA! It's HERE! Meet MPMF.17

Annual Cincinnati music festival will feature WALK THE MOON, THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, BADBADNOTGOOD, VALERIE JUNE, NONAME & many more!

It's here guys and gals: the initial lineup of more than 20 artists for the 17th-annual Midpoint Music Festival happening Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017 in downtown Cincinnati at the Taft Theatre and Cincinnati Masonic Center, near 5th and Sycamore streets.

As always, MPMF will feature local, regional, national, and internationally recognized acts including a diverse mix of up-and-coming artists and bands in addition to some of the biggest names in festival history. Taking place at a new location this year, fans can enjoy music across four stages at the Taft Theatre, the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre, the Cathedral at the Masonic Lodge, and an outdoor stage on 5th Street at Broadway.

Initial 2017 Artist Lineup: The first wave of artists for the 2017 event includes WALK THE MOON, The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, BADBADNOTGOOD, Valerie June, Frightened Rabbit, Dan Deacon, Noname, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Citizen, Mandolin Orange, The Cactus Blossoms, Aaron Lee Tasjan, William Elliott Whitmore, Charly Bliss, Bedouine, Flint Eastwood, Ghost of Paul Revere, David Luning, DYAN, Adam Torres. A second wave of artists, including local and regional acts, will be announced later in the summer.

Tickets: Weekend passes are on sale this Friday, June 30 at 11 a.m. for only $115 at the Taft Theatre Box Office, the Riverbend Music Center Box Office, MPMF.com and Ticketmaster.com (plus applicable fees online, no service fees if purchased at a box office). VIP tickets will also be available for $225, offering an enhanced experience with VIP-only viewing access at each stage, an indoor, air-conditioned VIP-exclusive lounge, a special MPMF17 laminate and t-shirt, five free drinks each day, and an invitation to catered VIP receptions each evening, with complimentary food and a private bar. Single day passes will go on sale Friday, July 28 pending availability; it is not guaranteed that single day passes will be available.
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Drjohnrock

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 11:52:18 AM »

So much for the new(-ish) ownership blathering on and on last year about it being an "Over The Rhine" event.  Pass.

The same weekend in Louisville has the much more interesting Cropped Out Festival with Royal Trux, The Fall, Peter Brotzmann, John Bender, etc.  Unless The Fall book a club date within a 100 mile radius of Cincinnati, that's where I'll be.
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euro60

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2017, 03:15:42 PM »

This is what I commented on the CityBeat website:

In a matter of just two years, new ownership MEMI has managed to transition and completely dismantle what had become a true crown jewel of the Cincinnati music and concert scene, a celebration of indie music on a scale that was bar to none, even nationally, except of course as compared to SXSW ( by which MPMF was inspired and for which MPMF was named, as it marks the exact halfway point to the next SXSW).

Now all pretense has been shed, including moving it away lock stock and barrel from its historical location, Over the Rhine. Bottom line: MEMI has turned MidPoint into "just another" music festival, of which there are dozens if not hundreds in this country. In fact, how much different is this now from Bunbury? I don't see much difference. Am I missing something? Can MEMI point to one factor that sets this festival apart from others, and make this "special"?

It is borderline shameful, if not "switch and bait", that MEMI continues to use the MidPoint name for this festival, as there is ZERO resemblance to what MidPoint had become known for and what MEMI is selling here.
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Drjohnrock

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 05:02:45 PM »

Spot on, euro! 
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Kwyjibo

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 09:29:03 AM »

I've never seen so many people, here and on facebook, complain about getting to see great bands in their city.
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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2017, 10:25:28 AM »

I get that, but I think that a lot of the griping is that they've thoroughly dismantled anything even resembling MPMF.  It's just not even close to being what it was and that's fine.  But, MPMF was always about running from venue to venue, bumping into friends along the way and being stopped in your tracks by a band you had no intention of seeing when you passed by a place.  MPMF, in its old form, had an energy that enhanced the experience.  I like the Taft, but seeing a rock and roll show while sitting in a chair isn't for a lot of people.  I do wish them well and think that anything that brings acts into the city is a good thing, but just wish they'd call it something else.
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Kwyjibo

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2017, 04:10:38 PM »

Yeah, I know that's the complaint, but that ship has sailed, you know?  It's not coming back.  It's like complaining about how a coke used to be a nickel, or how kids used to have manners.  Those things are both true, and their loss is lamentable, but it's nothing more than nostalgia at this point.  Seems like folks should be happy that it's not dead altogether (which it easily could be), and that you had the old version at all, instead of comparing it so harshly to something it can no longer be.
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Drjohnrock

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2017, 04:04:32 PM »

Yeah, I know that's the complaint, but that ship has sailed, you know?  It's not coming back.  It's like complaining about how a coke used to be a nickel, or how kids used to have manners.  Those things are both true, and their loss is lamentable, but it's nothing more than nostalgia at this point.  Seems like folks should be happy that it's not dead altogether (which it easily could be), and that you had the old version at all, instead of comparing it so harshly to something it can no longer be.


There's no analogy there.  Long term social trends (kids' manners) and economic changes (the price of a bottle of Coke) are very different than a local music festival that's abandoned the format that made it famous.  Festivals using various venues are far from dead (SXSW which euro mentioned, Big Ear Festival in Knoxville, Fountain Square Festival in Indianapolis, the one in Champaign, Illinois whose name escapes me at present, etc.).  And who is to say another group in the future won't try to start something like the old MPMF in Cincinnati? Besides, the talent lineup of this year's MPMF isn't all that, IMHO--a lot of acts that tour a lot anyway.  The prior ownership always seemed to bring in bands that you don't often get a chance to see.
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euro60

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2017, 11:13:31 PM »

DrJohn, you mentioned John Bender as appearing at the Cropped Out Festival in Louisville. I just saw his 30 min. wild (and bewildering) set tonight at the Northside Rock & Roll Carnival. Wow, what was that?

As a complete aside, Leggy is playing the Northside R&R Carnival tomorrow at 4 pm
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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2017, 01:11:56 PM »

Bender's stuff isn't for everyone--not even me at times--but you can't say Cropped Out isn't going for a diverse lineup.  Interesting that Bender is playing out a lot after not doing so for over three decades.
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Kwyjibo

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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2017, 09:30:34 AM »

And who is to say another group in the future won't try to start something like the old MPMF in Cincinnati?

The fact that multiple, very capable, owners have tried to do it profitably in Cincy and couldn't pretty much makes it's own argument against it.  I liked it too, I'm just saying that there's a reason it isn't happening.  I just don't get pining for the past.  We had a great thing, remember it as such, and enjoy what you have now before that goes away too, as most things eventually do.
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Re: MPMF 2017
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2017, 12:14:49 PM »

Will be interesting to see how this all works with the Taft Theater during peak shows this weekend like Broken Social Scene.  Taft seats 2,500 so I guess they will have to turn people away, right?
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