There are a lot of things to do in Cincinnati. You can go to the park, see a movie, pursue the many, many, many bars, and even head over the river to Newport (which Cincinnati has claimed as its own). But most importantly, we always have great music. However, that music isn’t always out in the open for everyone to see. That’s why I have compiled a list of four great bands that are coming to Cincinnati—because Cincinnati always has good shows, but they aren’t always well advertised. Luckily for all of you, I did the digging, the mind numbing research, the time consuming searching so you didn’t have to, and have unearthed some not-so-talked-about shows that are going on right under your nose.
The MidPoint Music Festival is scattered throughout Cincinnati from Sept. 27-29. Each venue hosts a different assortment of bands and prices. You can see five bands play sets for anywhere from $10 to $30, mostly in bars around downtown, and even in Washington Park. This festival contains some of the best indie bands that can be found, and it gives you the chance to explore downtown on a night when it’s not a desolate wasteland of lines to get into bars or a Reds game.
Great musicians such as J. Mascis and Andrew Bird will be playing, as well as my personal favorite: Sleigh Bells, a girl band who does not make a big deal out of the fact they are a girl band in their songs. Plus, it’s dance music on steroids so you can get low with your homies in a bouncing club. That’s the lingo of today’s kids, right? For even more bands and where to see them you can check out the MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF) website.
Speaking of amazing dance music, Passion Pit will be gracing us with their presence—since some of us missed them at this summer’s Bunbury Music Festival at the Madison Theater just across the river in Covington. They offer amazing dance music with beautiful high pitched vocals, and for only $30, you can go see them on Nov. 4.
If you’re looking for party music, there is no band that loves to party more than my friends in Here’s to the Heroes. This upbeat local pop punk band throws amazing house parties as well as playing at venues that are built for fun. They sound like summer and Chipotle burritos and always feature amazing bands with them. Their house parties are in Sayler Park, which is a four minute drive from the College, and for the older students it is BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer). They are having a house party on September 28 with the band Role Models, who also play great pop punk and will be playing in Washington Court. Their biggest event, however, is Oct. 26 – 27, which is their “Two Night Halloween House Party Extravaganza.” I have been to their Halloween party before—it was insanely fun, and it was also host to amazing local bands. Here’s to the Heroes always plays with local bands and makes a point to showcase them. Even if you don’t like pop punk you’ll love the atmosphere and the party they bring with them, plus it pays to support local musicians—and these guys are local. To get even more info and the addresses for both house parties/events you should like them on Facebook. They also love to just hang out with their fans before shows. Have I mentioned they are local?
Finally, speaking of crazy parties, the craziest party of them all is coming to Bogart’s on Sept. 13. The band GWAR will be playing their teeth grinding metal. But their music isn’t the only reason you should go—their stage show is insane and not for the faint of heart. Go ahead and look it up on your YouTube machine, I’ll wait. Yeah, you finished? Crazy right? Out of this world. Why wouldn’t you want to see that? I mean granted, it’s graphic and vile and depraved, but my God, look how much fun everyone is having. We all deserve that kind of fun. I would suggest this for anyone who doesn’t mind getting dirty.