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The National expand Homecoming lineup, playing ‘Boxer’ in full at the fest

The National at Irving Plaza for Citi Sound Vault
The National at Irving Plaza in January (more by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

The National have expanded the lineup and revealed more details for their inaugural Homecoming festival in Cincinnati, which they curated and are headlining both nights of. They announced that they’re playing Boxer (which turned 10 last year) in full on night two, and new additions include Mouse on Mars, Sam Amidon, Spank Rock, Lanz Projects, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Lisa Hannigan, and Ben Sloan. The Dessner brothers are also doing their “counterpoint” performances both days, including Bryce doing “Garcia Counterpoint” from the Grateful Dead tribute album on night one.

The festival happens April 28-29 and it happens in association with the MusicNOW concert series happening that same weekend (April 27-29). Updated schedule for both Homecoming and MusicNOW, below. Tickets are on sale now.

Watch the video for Boxer opener “Fake Empire” below:

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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

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