Deep Breath … Here Comes MidPoint!
Every year CityBeat compiles short descriptions on every single band playing the MidPoint Music Festival — running this year from Sept. 20-23 in and around the Main Street Entertainment District — for our comprehensive MPMF guide. (Look for it on 9/20/06.)
So I was filled with a mix of exhilaration and pure, gut-wrenching dread as I gazed at the just-published schedule for the festival. (Last year’s schedule blurbs were compiled in a 72-hour marathon editing/writing session between bouts of hysterical crying under my desk and Papa John’s mushroom and steak subs, which I still taste when I burp.)
Looks like another fantastic year of quality “unsigned” (a few acts do appear to have smaller indie-label deals) bands and solo performers. And, as always, there’s a great roster of local bands on the bill.
On first glance, here’s who I’m stoked to see: Apollo Up! (they ended up playing the last Rock show at alchemize recently and, appropriately, tore the roof off); Captain of Industry (new album = mind-blowing); Tenki (one of my faves from MPMFs past); The Libertines US (local underground legends back after 13 years); The Minor Leagues (see Captain of Industry); The Hiders (Bill Alletzhauser is writing some of the best songs anywhere); The Fairmount Girls (their new lineup might be their best yet); Buffalo Killers (the new PsychPop band from the Gabbards, of Thee Shams fame, soon to be signed to a record deal if they want it); Ellison (they could very well be famous soon, with their new record deal and a big tour this fall with Waking Ashland); Paper Airplane (loved ’em at the Desdemona Festival); The Purrs (Seattle Shoegaze Pop featuring former Cincy guy Jim Antonio of Lizard 99 fame); The Rockwells (Knoxville Pop/Rock masters who killed at last year’s fest); The Lab Rats (ditto); The Defrost Star (ditto ditto) and … Jesus, about 100 more.
I need a nap now just reading it all. Pray for me come September, and start planning your itinerary.
— MIKE BREEN