Technically speaking, I spent this weekend in Cincinnati attending a wedding between two of my closest friends and reading excerpts from a Bob Dylan song to a somber crowd of cousins, parents, grandparents and drunk high school chums. But even with the responsibilities like drinking my friends' beer and repeatedly demanding that the DJ play "Two Princes" by Spin Doctors, I was still able to check out the Midpoint Music Festival — Ohio's answer to CMJ and a righteous festival with a solid local contingent.
Due to wedding festivities, I had to miss most of Thursday and all of Friday — including performances by local yokels PUJOL, James Wallace and the Naked Light, Buffalo Clover, Turbo Fruits and Kansas Bible Company — but I brought my camera along for the stuff I did manage to catch. After the jump, you'll find photos from shows spread across the city, including Woods, The Walkmen, Imperial Teen, Tennis and Craft Magic.
I really appreciate that festivals like Midpoint exist. They're never going to run perfectly — at least one of Midpoint's venues was shut down for reasons likely connected to the fire alarm that was rattling when I rolled in on Thursday night — but those crises were professionally handled and wound up benefiting the community as a whole. I hope this sort of thing can come back to Nashville — though Midpoint worked best because of its walking-distance proximity. Short of storming the honkeytonks on LoBro, I don't know if Nashville can ever quite replicate that feeling, but I am hopeful for the future.