The National’s Homecoming Festival & MusicNOW Announce Artist Additions, Daily Lineups (April 27-29, Cincinnati)


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 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 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.

Friday, April 27
MusicNOW Opening Night Celebration
at the Cincinnati Masonic Center
Separately ticketed
Mouse on Mars
Red Bird Hollow (Bryce & Aaron Dessner)
Sam Amidon
Lisa Hannigan
Spank Rock
Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir
Plus very special guests

Saturday, April 28
Homecoming at Smale Park
The National
Father John Misty
The Breeders
Lord Huron
Mouse on Mars
Sam Amidon
Spank Rock
Lanz Projects
Electric Counterpoint & Garcia Counterpoint performed by Bryce Dessner

MusicNOW Presents at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Open to Homecoming pass holders
Crash Ensemble performs Hans Abrahamsen’s “Schnee”
Tyshawn Sorey Trio
Yuki Numata Resnick

Sunday, April 29
Homecoming at Smale Park
The National perform Boxer
Future Islands
Moses Sumney
Big Thief
Julien Baker
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Lisa Hannigan
Ben Sloan, Artist-in-Residence (featuring A Delicate Motor & Bryan Devendorf)
Haven Counterpoint performed by Bryce & Aaron Dessner
MusicNOW Presents at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Open to Homecoming pass holders
Eighth Blackbird with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Bryce Dessner perform the music of Julius Eastman, Frederic Rzewski, Will Oldham, and Bryce Dessner
CSO String Trio perform Andrew Norman’s “The Companion Guide to Rome”
Crash Ensemble
For more information on Homecoming, visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
For more information on MusicNOW, visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
Homecoming in Association with MusicNOW is produced by AC Entertainment, founders and producers of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Big Ears Festival, Forecastle Festival, High Water Festival and others.