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September 2010

What’s New · MidPoint Music Festival at the Main Library

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The Library is partnering with MidPoint Music Festival to present festival-related programming sure to interest local music fans. All three days of MidPoint, September 23–25, you can visit the Main Library in the heart of the festival to catch bands, see music-centric photography, and on the final day, catch a film festival based around Cincinnati music.


MidPoint artists will be performing just outside the Main Library, on the Vine Street Plaza, daily at noon and 4:00 p.m. All performances are free.

Thursday, September 23

  • 12:00 p.m., The Magnolia Mountain (Cincinnati)
  • 4:00 p.m., The Bears of Blue River (Chicago)
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Friday, September 24

  • 12:00 p.m., The Young Republic’s with Adrien & the Fine Print (Nashville)
  • 4:00 p.m., Tobie Milford (Scottsdale)

Saturday, September 25

  • 12:00 p.m., Say It With a Smile (Champaign)
  • 4:00 p.m., The Trouble with Boys (Louisville)

Teens and tweens may be particularly interested in Saturday’s act, The Trouble with Boys. This punk/pop quartet, ages ranging 13–15, played an energetic show at last year’s MidPoint festival that received rave reviews.

Photography Exhibit

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To celebrate the 2010 Midpoint Music Festival, three local photographers have selected images from their photo collections of Cincinnati musicians. Artists captured on film include Magnolia Mountain, the Greenhornes and Wussy, in addition to visitors to the Queen City such as Henry Rollins,Lyle Lovett and Sleater-Kinney. “Where the Kids are Goin’ Tonite: Music Photography by John Curley, David Garza, and Michael Wilson”, will be on display in the Main Library's Atrium through October 8.

Exhibit Reception

The photo exhibition will open at the Main Library on Wednesday September 15, 2010 with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by Mr. Rhythm Man of WNKU. There will be giveaways, including a chance to win passes to the 2010 Midpoint Music Festival.

Documentary Film Series

The Library’s “Real to Reel Documentary Series” will present a special screening of documentaries highlighting Cincinnati’s music past. All screenings will take place on Saturday, September 25 in the Huenefeld Tower Room (3rd floor, Main Library).

  • 1:30 p.m., Midsummer Rock, a 1970 WLWT-produced documentary of the Cincinnati Summer Pop Festival, features some of the first filmed performances of Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Grand Funk, as well as rare footage of Steve Winwood’s Traffic.
  • 3:00 p.m., Philip Paul: Keeping the Beat, honors the career of the former house drummer at King Records, who still plays weekly at age 85. He was the 2009 recipient of the Ohio Heritage Fellowship for Performing Arts and played on some of the greatest, most important records ever made—including “Fever” by Little Willie John, “Hideaway” by Freddie King, “Soft” by Tiny Bradshaw and “The Twist” by Hank Ballard.
  • 3:30 p.m., The Historic Southgate House, takes a closer look at one of the region’s storied music venues. A collection of interviews with anecdotes on the Newport, Kentucky mansion known for the Tommy Gun and live music will be featured.
  • 4:00 p.m. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Afghan Whigs, follow one of Cincinnati’s best-known bands on their 1993 European tour. Steve Girton toured with the band and captured moments both public and private. The filmmakers will be on hand to introduce each work.
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Local Music in the Library’s Collection

The Popular Library has put together a display of compact discs showcasing the diverse musical talent from the Greater Cincinnati area. Some of the artists featured include Blues players H-Bomb Ferguson and Albert Washington, R & B legends The Charms and Isley Brothers, Funkateers Bootsy Collins and the Zapp Brothers, as well as great rockers like Adrian Belew, Afghan Whigs, The Greenhornes, The Tigerlilies, and Wolverton Brothers. The display also includes newer artists who continue on the area’s rich musical heritage like Magnolia Mountain, the National, Heartless Bastards, The Tillers, and Peter Adams.