Photo Credit: Lauren Willey, courtesy MPMF
If you’re a music lover in Cincinnati, here are the acts you need to see at this weekend’s annual MidPoint Music Festival.
1. Iron & Wine, Sunday, 8:45 p.m.
A kingpin of indie music for nearly a decade, South Carolina’s Sam Beam takes his one-man band of genre-bending folk jams to Washington Park to serve as the perfect finale to the main stage. With a successful career spanning 13 years, boasting six studio albums with widespread critical acclaim, this is the weekend’s surefire “can’t miss” act. Washington Park, $25 in advance/$30 at the door, all ages
2. Purity Ring, Friday, 9:15 p.m.
Canada’s Purity Ring burst onto the scene in 2012 with their high-flying synthpop debut album, Shrines. The ambitious project quickly garnered attention worldwide, featuring unique, bouncing production by Corin Roddick offset with delicate, airy vocals by Megan James. Fresh off their latest release in March, this is one of the hottest up-and-coming pop acts in the world. Washington Park, $25 in advance/$30 at the door, all ages
3. tUnE-yArDs, Sunday, 10:30 p.m.
Quickly gaining notoriety on the indie music scene, the musical project of New England’s Merril Garbus is captivating in a live setting. The act includes on-the-spot drum loops, ukelele, vocals, and bass by Nate Brenner. Their 2011 album W H O K I L L was a smash on the music scene, being recognized by Rolling Stone and The New York Times as one of the best of the year. They’re also a labelmate of #2 on our list, Purity Ring. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., $20, all ages
4. Daniel Martin Moore, Saturday, 9 p.m.
Since signing to Seattle’s Sub Pop Records in 2007, the Elizabethtown, Kentucky native—who was featured in our April 2012 issue—brings a fresh blend of tender folk and gospel to MPMF. His sixth studio album, Golden Age, looms large with an October 9 release date. He’s your new Saturday night plan. Herzog Studios presented by Eli’s BBQ, free, all ages
5. Strand of Oaks, Saturday, 11 p.m.
Despite his grizzled exterior, Goshen, Indiana’s Timothy Showalter brings the kind of thoughtful and introspective lyrics you look for in folk rock. His 2012 album, HEAL, was born out of a near-death experience, and eventually lead to an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Woodward Theater presented by Freeosk, $15, ages 21+