It's a fan and family affair as rock band The National return to their hometown of Cincinnati for their aptly-named Homecoming Festival, set to take place April 28-29. The Cincy men will headline the fest both evenings and on the 29th they’ll perform their 2007 album Boxer in its entirety. Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, the Breeders and Alvvays are some of the other performers set to add to the fun.
Homecoming Festival will take place at various venues around Cincinnati but most of the action will take place on two stages located at Smale Riverfront Park, the city’s expansive greenbelt on the banks of the Ohio River. Joining The National at the park on Apr. 28 will be Spank Rock, Lanz Projects, Lord Huron, Sam Amidon, the Breeders, Mouse on Mars, Father John Misty and Julien Baker. Also performing will be Electric/Garcia/Haven Counterpoints featuring Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National. Taking place at other venues on the 28th will be shows by Crash Ensemble and the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center will host video installations by and a conversation with photographer Graham Macindoe; he’s photographed The National in concert and also shot the cover for the band’s Sleep Well Beast album.
On Apr. 29 The National’s warm-up acts will include Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Lisa Hannigan, Big Thief, Ben Sloan featuring A Delicate Motor and Bryan Devendorf, Future Islands, Moses Sumney, Feist and Alvvays. Performing at other venues will be Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (of Múm), Yuki Numata Resnick & Kate Ellis, Eighth Blackbird with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Bryce Dessner, and Crash Ensemble with Lisa Hannigan. Also, members of the Cincinnati Orchestra will perform Andrew Norman’s “The Companion Guide to Rome” at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Homecoming Festival is presented in conjunction with MusicNOW and they will host a special pre-festival opening night celebration at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on Apr. 27. Entry to this show featuring Mouse on Mars, Red Bird Hollow (Aaron and Bryce Dessner), Sam Amidon, Lisa Hannigan, Spank Rock and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir is not included with festival admission; tickets are available here.
For tickets to the Homecoming Festival and more information go here.