Category Archives: Bunbury Festival 2012

Bunbury Festival featured artist: Madi Diaz

Madi Diaz performs on the CMC stage at 6:00pm on Friday, July 13

Madi Diaz is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter whose music has been described as “one part pop music and one part organic Americana … a hooky, confident collection of songs that is as heartbreaking in places as it is catchy in others, sometimes within the span of a single song.”

What does "bunbury" mean? (No cheating; give it your best guess)

We go and play in a field where buns were previously buried centuries ago with the hopes that our musical vibrations will raise the buns from their graves!!!

What are 3 things that you know about Cincinnati?

I know that one of my favorite music stores….Mike’s Music…resides in cinci.
I know that there are trapeze lessons next to the river downtown…
I know it’s always swampy hot but bright and sunny every time I come through town.

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Bunbury Festival featured artists: The Seedy Seeds

The Seedy Seeds perform on the BudLight stage at 4:30pm on Sunday, July 15

The Seedy Seeds are a fun/quirky/cute folk/electronic/indie trio from Cincinnati.

What does "bunbury" mean? (No cheating; give it your best guess)

A Bunbury is a variant of the Bluebury and is used primarily in the production of delicious muffins.

What does a festival like this mean for Cincinnati and/or Ohio?

Honestly a festival like this doesn’t have to mean a lot for Cincinnati nor Ohio, and it will only mean anything if the city and the music community accepts it and runs with it. Too often, hats are hung on events and movements that are the creation of one tiny little sector of the community, while the rest of the community just waits for another one to be handed to them. "Sure our scene is awesome, we had Weezer play here once." What the Bunbury folks are trying to do here is raise the bar another notch, but in order for this to really take its place among the Bonnaroos and the Forecastles of this part of the country, it has to lead by example, not be the only example.

What I HOPE that what it means for Ohio is that others will take up the cause of finding new and inventive ways to present live music and use Bunbury as a guidebook and annual reminder of how it’s done right; not just to sit back and wait year after year for someone else to do all the work for them again and again.

What is one thing that people who aren’t from Cincinnati, whether it be other bands or festival attendees, should know about and/or see while in Cincinnati?

Cincinnati is a fantastic city that sometimes does an embarrassingly bad job of pointing visitors in the direction of awesome things. Lurking just outside the business district of downtown: The Cincinnati Museum Center and Contemporary Arts Center are fantastic; the Cincinnati Zoo is quite literally second to one (#2 in the nation behind the Columbus Zoo!); Shake-It Records is one of the best record stores in the nation; and if you’re into completely amazing vintage guitars, check out Mike’s Music just up Vine Street.

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Bunbury Festival featured artist: RJD2

RJD2 performs on the BudLight stage at 8:45pm on Saturday, July 14

RJD2 is a Philadelphia-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist who catapulted to notoriety, fame, and serious hip-hop credibility with 2002′s Dead Ringer. His music is a collage of cut-and-paste hip-hop that combines disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the world.

What does "bunbury" mean? (No cheating; give it your best guess)

Bootleg Burberry, i’m guessing? I dunno. Sounds British and aristocratic, and mildly ballerish. If so, I may ball out. Will have to play it by ear.

What are 3 facts that you know about Cincinnati?

a) It’s the one-time home of the midwest champ, Blueprint.
b) Portions of the debut Soul Position album were recorded there, courtesy of my ’94 Toyota Corrola.
c) Jewel records was located there in the 70′s-I went on a record mission at one point to see what i could unearth. It was not fruitful.

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Bunbury Festival featured artist: She Does is Magic

She Does is Magic performs on the Landor stage at 2:15pm on Friday, July 13

She Does Is Magic is an Indianapolis trio with a midwest garage-pop-punk aesthetic.

What does "bunbury" mean? (No cheating; give it your best guess)

Hmm…Bunbury–sounds like a breakfast pastry. And we love those!

What are 3 facts that you know about Cincinnati?

Chili parlors are everywhere. It is closely tied to pigs (flying pig marathon). The Cincinnati airport is in Kentucky!

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Bunbury Festival featured artist: The Black Tape

The Black Tape performs on the AliveOne stage at 12:00pm on Sunday, July 15

The Black Tape is a Chicago four piece that blends sixties influenced rock, Motown sound and power-pop flare. Influences include: The Kinks, The Zombies, The Beatles, The Crystals, The Byrds, and Motown


What does "bunbury" mean? (No cheating; give it your best guess)

Sounds like a mythical berry from middle earth, or from the picture some sort of bee? Or a A Bunbury is a tasty psychedelic Pastry popular with music obsessed Cincinnatians that love to have a good time.

What are 3 facts that you know about Cincinnati?

WKRP in Cincinnati, it’s a 5 ½ hour drive from Chicago, and that they’ve got something called Skyline Chili that we’re dying to try.

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Bunbury Festival featured artist: Sphynx

Sphynx performs on the BudLight stage at 12:45pm on
Friday, July 14

Sphynx is an Austin synth-pop-and-electronic trio that “recycles a bit of history and puts a bit of soul to their songs” and has opened for acts such as Wavves, Maps and Atlases, Holy Fuck, White Denim, Peelander-Z, and The Octopus Project.

What does "bunbury" mean? (No cheating; give it your best guess)

I’m guessing it probably dates back to a time when Cincinnati was one of the the leading exporters of the pastry that we now know as the Honey Bun. The ‘Bunbury’ was probably a city wide festival that would celebrate the beginning of the holiday season during which the majority of the city’s pastries would be sold, putting food on the tables, presents under the christmas trees, and joy in the hearts of the people of Cincinnati. Just a guess though.

What are 3 facts that you know about Cincinnati?

I know there’s a really great festival that happens there (along with Bunbury), called Midpoint Music festival that I’ve been wanting to go to. Also, the Reds used to be called the Red Stockings back when socks were the best mascot anyone could think of. I also found out on Wikipedia that the town was originally called “Losantville,” a mash-up of four languages that translated to “the city opposite the mouth of the licking river.” My question is this; did the river lick you, or were you supposed to lick the river? And, where is the best place to lick/get licked by the river? We’ll look into that upon our arrival.

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Bunbury Festival featured artist: Pet Clinic

Pet Clinic performs on the AliveOne stage at 12:45pm on Friday, July 13

Pet Clinic is a five-piece rock band from Pittsburgh, PA that sounds straight out of the early ’90s alt-rock scene. For fans of: Nirvana, The Strokes, Silversun Pickups, Richard Hell, The Toadies

What does "bunbury" mean? (No cheating; give it your best guess)

Bunbury: a smiling kitty that can’t stop purring

What are 3 facts that you know about Cincinnati?

  1. It’s on the way to Alabama
  2. Ford had a plant there that closed
  3. Pete Rose, the gambler

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Bunbury Music Festival happening July 13-15 in Cincinnati

We’re a mere 11 days away from the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival taking place at Sawyer’s Point in Cincinnati. The 3-day festival features over 100 bands (ranging from internationally-known headlining acts like Jane’s Addiction, Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie a 15-year-old Cincinnati singer/songwriter, Jake Kolesar, whose set will be a mix of originals and covers) as well as a number of DJs.

We’ve spent the last month interviewing many of the bands performing so that we can present to those of you going somewhat of a “festival guide” and we’re going to start publishing these features, a few each day, starting today. Next week we’ll give you our picks as to the “must see” acts at the festival and then we’ll be providing coverage from the event itself.