Homecoming Festival and the 13th edition of MusicNOW Festival have announced daily lineups and artist additions for a collaborative three-day weekend of music, exhibitions, and more in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Curated by The National, the inaugural Homecoming Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, in Smale Park, and features some of the band’s favorite artists in the world.
The National will headline each evening with a completely different show, including a performance of their groundbreaking 2007 album Boxer in full
Weekend passes for Homecoming are on sale now, with daily options available Friday, February 16 at 10:00am EST via ntlhomecoming.com. Daily general admission and a limited number of daily VIP passes will be available (VIP weekend passes are sold out).
MusicNOW, Cincinnati’s renowned contemporary music festival founded in 2006 by the National’s Bryce Dessner, will celebrate its 13th season with a dynamic and exciting series of concerts, exhibitions, and events that will form a complementary counterpoint to Homecoming’s inaugural weekend.
The Homecoming + MusicNOW weekend will kick off with a celebratory opening night concert Friday, April 27 at the Cincinnati Masonic Center. The concert will feature Mouse on Mars, Red Bird Hollow (Bryce & Aaron Dessner), Sam Amidon, Lisa Hannigan, Spank Rock, and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, plus very special guests. Tickets to the event will be available Friday, February 16 at 10:00 am EST viamusicnowfestival.org. This event is separately ticketed, and will also give admission to MusicNOW events throughout the weekend at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. (Homecoming passes also include admission to the Freedom Center.)
MusicNOW programming on Saturday, April 28 at the Freedom Center will feature Crash Ensemble performing Hans Abrahamsen’s “Schnee,” MacArthur fellow Tyshawn Sorey and his trio, and Yuki Numata Resnick, the violinist for ACME who recently released her first solo recording, KO. MusicNOW programming on Sunday, April 29 at the Freedom Center will feature Eighth Blackbird with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bryce Dessner performing the music of Julius Eastman, Frederic Rzewski, Will Oldham, and Bryce Dessner; Crash Ensemble; and the CSO String Trio performing Andrew Norman’s “The Companion Guide to Rome.”
MusicNOW will also present Ofir Klemperer’s “Signals For Immediate Music” Friday, April 27, an ensemble piece leading artists and the audience on an improvised collaboration at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. More info is available at
Previously announced programming includes two video installations by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson – a frequent collaborator with The National and the Dessners – on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum, “The Visitors” and “Scenes from Western Culture.” Solo performances from Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, also featured in “The Visitors,” will be held at the CAM on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, with works from her new solo album. Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center will host an exhibition by photographer Graham MacIndoe, featuring images from The National’s “Sleep Well Beast” and subsequent tour curated by The National’s Scott Devendorf from Thursday. April 26 through Sunday, May 27.
The Cincinnati Ballet will present a work based on Bryce Dessner’s “Murder Ballades” with music performed by eighth blackbird and choreography from the legendary Justin Peck of the New York City Ballet in several performances during the weekend. As an added perk, Homecoming pass holders will receive an exclusive discount to any “Bold Moves” performance.