The National return home to Cincinnati this spring, hosting a weekend celebration of music, art and cultural connections.

It's not the first time the band has been part of the Cincinnati festival scene. In 2006, The National’s Bryce Dessner started MusicNOW festival – a contemporary music festival presenting the best in new music. It most recently was hosted inside Over-the-Rhine's historic Memorial Hall.

The band will present an inaugural dual festival weekend this year April 28 & 29, pairing the 13th installment of MusicNOW with a festival along Cincinnati's riverfront in Smale Park and city-wide exhibitions.

"We all grew up [in Cincinnati], it is very much deep in our DNA,” Bryce Dessner told Billboard. “It’s a beautiful city with a lot of culture. It’s changing a lot — and we [want] to be a part of that.”

Homecoming festival will stretch across two stages. The National will perform "two unique sets" over the two nights of the festival. 20+ additional curated acts are scheduled. More than just music, the festival with also highlight visual artists and local arts exhibitions. MusicNOW performances will take place in various venues.

The initial lineups include:

Tickets are on sale now at

The full lineup and program for MusicNOW - including scheduling and ticket information - will be announced in early February. Stay tuned to