Red, White, & BOOM!

Celebrate Columbus’ 200th Birthday and experience the best of Red, White & BOOM! along the beautiful Downtown Riverfront and Scioto Mile –enjoy music, food, fun and a perfect view of the special Bicentennial-year fireworks display.

Red, White & BOOM! kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3 when concession sales begin on Civic Center Dr., Washington Blvd. and Long St. Enjoy live music all day long and after the fireworks at Genoa Park, Bicentennial Park and the Central Ohio Ford Dealers’ Long St. Stage!

Grab lunch at Milestone 229 in Bicentennial Park before they close for the day at 4:00 p.m., and enjoy live music from their large outdoor patio. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by American Electric Power Foundation will close at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 2 and will remain closed throughout Red, White & BOOM! on Tuesday, July 3. The Fountain will resume operation at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

Stop by the Children’s Park at North Bank Park between W. Spring St. and W. Long St. for fun children’s activities including COSI’s Science Spot, inflatables, games from Games2U and tons of children’s performances.

Admission is free.

SCHEDULE:
Activities and entertainment begin Tuesday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m.
The Red, White & BOOM! fireworks display will begin at 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
The Scioto Mile and Downtown Riverfront

For more information, go to http://www.redwhiteandboom.org.


Tonight’s concert has been CANCELLED

Tonight’s Rhythm on the River event featuring the Sean Carney Band and Sean Booker has been CANCELLED due to the weather. We are sorry for any inconvenience. We will see you at the next Rhythm on the River event featuring Rhonda Vincent & the Rage on July 13.


Jump and Jive with Blues in Bicentennial

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is thrilled to welcome award winning blues band, the Sean Carney Band to Bicentennial Park this Friday at 8:00 p.m. for a free performance as part of the Rhythm on the River series.

Sean Carney was born into the blues, with that gritty emotion so characteristic of blues music flowing through his veins. Growing up around multiple jazz musicians helped him lay the foundation for his career, which began over thirty years ago. Carney began his career by backing well-known local and national R&B artists such as Chrisitine Kittrell and Jimmy “T-99” Nelson proving his talents as a fantastic blues guitarist and vocalist.

A one-man ambassador for the blues, Columbus, Ohio native Sean Carney has brought his music to far-flung locales such as Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary, Ecuador and Costa Rica. He served three terms as president of the Columbus Blues Alliance, and promotes concerts as the creator of “Blues for a Cure,” an annual blues festival that has donated over $50,000 toward cancer research.

Carney has performed worldwide with Big Joe Duskin, Duke Robillard, Charlie Baty, Columbus standby Willie Pooch, Hank Marr, Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett, “King Saxe” Gene Walker, Sir Mack Rice and Hal Singer as well as his own group. In 2007, the Sean Carney Band won the International Blues Challenge (IBC), and Carney was awarded the Albert King Best Guitarist Award, presented by the Blues Foundation.

Acclaimed vocalist Shaun Booker will join the Sean Carney Band during this special Rhythm on the River performance. With her her larger than life voice and dramatic stage personae, Booker has captivated audiences throughout the country and has recently been crowned Empress of Beale St at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rhythm on the River features an eclectic series of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations. Produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the 2012 series will present seven free outdoor performances in Bicentennial Park. In addition to Rhythm on the River, Bicentennial Park is also home to Movies on the Mile and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM). All performances and programs are free and open to the public. For more information on Rhythm on the River, please visit http://www.sciotomile.com/events/rhythm-on-the-river/.

ARTIST WEBSITES:
http://www.seancarneyblues.com/
http://www.shaunbooker.com/

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m. – Performance

LOCATION:
Bicentennial Park | 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio


Rock Out with The Navigators

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is thrilled to welcome classic rock group The Navigators to Bicentennial Park this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. for a free performance as part of the Rhythm on the River series.

The Navigators are a classic rock group made up of Columbus executives and professionals playing high-energy rock tunes from the 1960s to today. The band formed in 2003, just looking to provide entertainment for a church event. Most members are current or former executives at American Electric Power including the AEP chief operating officer, a tax attorney, and an optometrist.

Still, do NOT underestimate these guys’ ability to rock! The members have a wide array of experience; some have even opened for Kansas, Jefferson Airplane and Jimmy Buffett. Expect lots of horns, multilayered vocals and covers of classic hits from the Beatles, Chicago and the Commodores at Friday night’s performance. The band boasts 13 talented members, each helping to provide a full, classic feel to each song.

While they don’t play many shows, when they do they play for a cause. Since their formation in 2003, they have helped to raise over $200,000 to help local and national charities such as the Salvation Army, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Hilltop YMCA, the American Red Cross and more.

Rhythm on the River features an eclectic series of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations. Produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the 2012 series will present seven free outdoor performances in Bicentennial Park. In addition to Rhythm on the River, Bicentennial Park is also home to Movies on the Mile and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM). All performances and programs are free and open to the public. For more information on free programs along the Scioto Mile, please visit www.SciotoMile.com.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m. – Performance

LOCATION:
Bicentennial Park | 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio


RECAP: Martinis, Models and a Movie on the Mile!

We had a great night on the Scioto Mile… Check out these photos from Friday’s event, Martinis, Models and a Movie on the Mile! Join us Saturday, June 23 when the high-energy, rock band The Navigators take the stage in Bicentennial Park at Rhythm on the River. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting performance…


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Martinis, Models and Movies on the Mile!

The evening kicks off with an American Cornhole Organization Tournament. Then join the Columbus Young Professionals and S.W.A.G.G. Revolution Apparel for an exciting collaboration, “Martinis & Models,” the first outdoor fashion show on the Scioto Mile. The runway will feature Columbus-inspired fashions showcasing local designers and models. After the fashion show, enjoy a FREE screening of the critically acclaimed film, Midnight in Paris, presented by Columbus Recreation and Parks.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
5:00 p.m. – Social Hour / Cornhole Tournament registration / Food and Beverage sales begin
5:30 p.m. – American Cornhole Organization Tournament
7:30 p.m. – Fashion Show by S.W.A.G.G. Revolution
DUSKMidnight in Paris movie screening

LOCATION: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive

FEATURED FOOD AND BEVERAGES:

  • Watershed Distillery Martinis and Budweiser (proceeds to benefit the Downtown Residents Association of Columbus)
  • Donato’s Pizza

Check back soon for updates! Find out more about the Movies on the Mile series here.


Legendary Country Rockers Set to Kick Off Rhythm on the River Season

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is excited to welcome legendary country rockers The Kentucky Headhunters to Bicentennial Park on Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. for a free performance as part of the Rhythm on the River series.

From their humble beginnings, The Kentucky Headhunters took its first incarnation as family band Itchy Brother in 1968 hailing from the village of Edmonton, Kentucky where they played and practiced in a farmhouse. While Itchy Brother eventually disbanded, it provided the foundation for what was yet to come.

20 years later, in 1988, the newly formed Kentucky Headhunters almost did not record what would soon be known as the Country Music Association’s 1990 Album of the Year. The Kentucky Headhunters did not have lofty goals of making it big, of recording or of getting signed; they simply played for the love of music. Their first record, Pickin’ on Nashville, was made possible when a devoted fan made a $4,500 donation to the band. From there, the group recorded the album which would launch their career.
Since the release of Pickin’ on Nashville in 1989, The Kentucky Headhunters have won three Country Music Association awards, an award from the Academy of Country Music and a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance. Still, despite all of their success, the band remains modest, remembering where they came from and letting it influence their sound and their love for performing. In fact, drummer Fred Young describes their sound and their take on the band as “music with a feeling.”

The Kentucky Headhunters site The Rolling Stones and ZZ Top as influences, but their sound ranges from country and rockabilly to jazz and blues—a sound that is sure to produce a lively show in Bicentennial Park. No strangers to the Midwest, The Kentucky Headhunters recorded a live album at Cleveland, Ohio’s The Agora to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking release Pickin’ on Nashville, and recently played in Columbus for the annual Rock on the Range festival.

Audience members can look forward to hearing the band’s classics such as “Dumas Walker,” “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine” and “Oh Lonesome Me” at their Rhythm on the River performance.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m. – Free Outdoor Concert

LOCATION:
Bicentennial Park | 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

ARTIST WEBSITE: www.kentuckyheadhunters.com

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