Local music will be featured this weekend as The Heights Music Festival returns for its seventh installment. Over 60 performances will take place on Friday and Saturday nights, spread across five Clifton Heights venues within a short walk of each other.
Performers will include local favorites like The Frankl Project, Hickory Robot, and The Natives, along with newer acts such as DAAP Girls, Buenos Crotches, and Oui Si Yes. Some regional acts will also be featured, like The Regrettes and Shrub, both from Columbus. Performances at Mac’s Pizza Pub, Baba Budan’s, Christy’s, and Roxx Electrocafé are open to ages 21+, while Rohs Street Cafe is open to all ages. Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating venues, and cost $5 for Friday night or $10 for both nights.
The Heights, which was originally known as the Clifton Heights Music Festival, takes place twice a year with a strong focus on local artists. The first six installments featured over 500 performances and were attended by over 15,000 music fans, and with each installment, the momentum continues to grow.
We discuss the role of different venues in the local music scene, and why some local bands stick to playing in a particular neighborhood. Rome explains why many bands are taking a different approach to touring and selling merchandise, and we debate the positive and negative effects of social media on the live concert experience. We also question whether it’s important for local bands to have “Cincinnati pride” after they make it big, and discuss how mid-size cities can grow a music scene from the inside, without needing validation from larger cities. Finally, we discuss how more national acts are stopping in Cincinnati, the effects of music festivals like Midpoint, Bunbury, and The Heights, and the effects of opening more venues like The Emery.
Photo: A local band performs at The Mad Frog in Corryville.