June 2-4, 2017
The Queen Bee of them all. Bunbury Music Festival takes place along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. Bunbury has hosted artists such as Flaming Lips, Fun., Weezer, and Death Cab for Cutie. The 2017 headliners include Muse, Wiz Khalifa and Death Cab for Cutie. Bunbury Music Festival calls itself an alternative music festival, but each year there are bands for everyone throughout the weekend.
July 28-29, 2017
Starting in 1962 as an all-jazz concert, this festival has evolved and grown into a two-day festival featuring amazing music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. The Cincinnati Music Festival is held annually at Paul Brown Stadium. This year's headliners include Usher, Mary J. Blige and En Vogue.
MidPoint Music Festival (most often referred to as MPMF or MidPoint) has been a staple festival for music lovers since 2002. The festival takes place in different venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown Cincinnati with the main stage in Washington Park. MPMF is known for being the music festival for tastemakers. Past performers include Andrew Bird, The Afghan Whigs, OK Go, The Breeders and Kishi Bashi.
And if that isn’t enough for you, the PNC Summer Music Series: Indie Vol. 2017 takes place every Friday night June 2-September 1, 2017 on Fountain Square. This free concert series presents regional, national and international acts right in the heart of Cincinnati.
If you are a fan of MidPoint Music Festival, you might also like:
* Northside Music Festival (Dates TBA)
January 12-14, 2017
Founded in 2006 by Bryce Dessner of The National, MusicNOW set out on a mission to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks, and commission new work. The festival collaborates with The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO).
“The CSO’s first collaboration with MusicNOW [in 2014] was one of the highlights of my career,” said CSO Music Director Louis Langrée. “Bryce is an immensely talented musician who brings fascinating ideas to the table. The fusion of MusicNOW and the full Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is an experiment nothing short of extraordinary.”
If you are a fan of MusicNOW, you might also like:
* Ubahn Fest (Fall 2017)