Friday, February 27, 2009

Cincinnati's MusicNOW Festival

This is another great music festival we have here in the tri-state. I hate to say it but, I don't really know anything about this festival. Apparently it's been around since 2006 and takes place at Memorial Hall...where's that?

Past performers include Glenn Kotche of Wilco, My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird and Bill Frisell, as well as festival creator, Bryce Dessner, of The National.

It seems like I'm often a little bit late on some things, namely music, but I'll be making it there this year.

This year's lineup (so far) includes the Kronos Quartet, The Books, Toumani Diabate and Karl Jensen.

The Books open the first evening, March 11, along with Karl Jensen and the Kronos Quartet, who will be playing music written for the festival by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre).

On the second evening, the Kronos Quartet will be collaborating for the first time with African kora player, Toumani Diabate. The kora is a 21-string African harp.

The MusicNOW Festival will be held at Memorial Hall on March 11 & 12, with doors at 7 pm. For more information click here.

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