Come Monday morning, you’re gonna be really sorry if you didn't make it to Smale Park this weekend. And you’ll be sorry because one of the coolest, most under-the-radar music festivals is about to take shape at our lovely riverside park. In conjunction with MusicNOW, which is celebrating its 13th year and is the brainchild of Bryce Dessner (guitarist for The National), Homecoming Festival is kicking off its inaugural year with a sick lineup of acts over the course of two days.
Here are a handful names that should ring a bell:
- The National
- Father John Misty
- Future Islands
- Lord Huron
That’s just a mere sampling of the bands that’ll be in town, the last of which is one of my all-time faves. Check out the song “Lonesome Dreams” by Lord Huron. If you are into indie-folk rock, then you are in for a treat. Here’s another teaser, this time by Father John Misty:
And, of course, there’s The National themselves. Quick n’ dirty on The National: The band has five members, four of which are two sets of brothers. They hail from Cincinnati. They’ve toured around the world. They won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Grammy Awards. They’re a big deal. (Seriously.) They’re HUUUGE. And they’ll be playing back-to-back nights at Smale Park.
Now along with Homecoming, there’s this other festival we mentioned — MusicNOW. That’s been going strong for over a decade now. In its most recent history, MusicNOW has partnered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra breaking new barriers in the music world. And over the years, musicians that have come through include the likes of Glen Hansard, Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), Tinariwen, Sufjan Stevens, and plenty more.
So in case you weren’t exactly picking up what we were putting down, go to Smale Park this weekend for The Homecoming Festival. Most folks probably don’t know about it, which automatically leapfrogs you into The Cool Kids Club.
Last teaser—here’s a video of Bryan Devendorf, drummer for The National, playing "Bloodbuzz Ohio" along the Ohio River.
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Pps: I almost forgot to mention... there's a pop-up event happening on Thursday, April 26 at Sartre with Ben Sloan, artist in residence for MusicNOW, with a special guest appearance by Bryan Devendorf.