THIS FRIDAY: Transit Arts

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department welcomes Transit Arts to Bicentennial Park on Fri., Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. for a free performance as part of the Rhythm on the River series. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Transit Arts Performance Group is a dynamic blend of outstanding professional and talented youth artists inspiring and challenging one another to honor their roots while creating fresh new work. Rhythms rise from the drums, turntables and dancing feet, as poets, hip-hop emcees, break-dancers, DJs, musicians, singers and visual artists all flow together to create a breathtaking, interactive and multi-disciplinary performance experience. The group has performed throughout the community at events such as The Columbus Arts Festival, Jazz & Rib Fest, The Ohio State House Summer Performance Series, Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival and more.

Transit Arts, young artists on the move, is a youth development program of Central Community House, based in the seven sites of the Columbus Federation of Settlements and working in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Transit Arts is rooted in a rich history of youth and community engagement and enlists young people, ages 12-21, in intensive programs of coaching/mentoring by outstanding professionals from the creative industries.


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


Jazz & Rib Fest RECAP

Check out these photos from this past weekend’s Jazz & Rib Fest! More photos are on their way, but in the mean time we hope these images whet your appetite… Did you miss the festival this year? Make your own delicious BBQ using the great tips and recipes from the festival website:

THIS WEEKEND Jazz & Rib Fest!

Celebrate the arrival of summer with hot ribs and cool jazz. The 33rd annual Jazz & Rib Fest presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department returns to the Arena District riverfront on July 20-22. Three stages will host the finest locally and internationally known jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights. The aroma of hot ribs and sounds of cool jazz will fill the air on July 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and July 22 from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Jazz & Rib Fest will offer a diverse lineup of artists guaranteed to satisfy the cravings of any jazz connoisseur. While their performances were rained out in 2011, we are thrilled to welcome back Christian McBride and Inside Straight as well as Bobby Sanabria and Ascension to this year’s line-up. Featured performances during the 2012 Jazz & Rib Fest will also include:

Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band

As a leader in the contemporary jazz field for over 50 years, Ramsey Lewis is nothing short of iconic. The three-time Grammy winner holds his band to the highest musical standards, while creating new and innovative music that allowed him to cross into the pop and R&B charts.

Christian McBride and Inside Straight

Christian McBride is a renowned Grammy-winning jazz bassist and is considered one of the best of his generation. McBride has had the honor of playing and arranging with legends like Sting and James Brown, and his quintet, Inside Straight, is among one of his many musical projects.

Bobby Sanabria and Ascension

Voted “Percussionist of the Year” in 2005 by DRUM! Magazine, Bobby Sanabria has made a name for himself performing with some of the biggest names in the jazz and Latin music scene. As a multiple Grammy nominee, Sanabria played drums for the legendary Mario Bauzá’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and appeared in the orchestra on the Bill Cosby Show.


Since their formation in 1999, Soulive treats fans to some of the finest soul-jazz around. The band features guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans that entertain with music inspired by legends like Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Grooves Holmes.

Soul of Summer featuring Jonathan Butler, Warren Hill and Maysa

The best of the legendary Smooth Jazz Cruise stars, together on stage. Baltimore-born-and-raised soul singer extraordinaire, Maysa has a passionate following with her expressive and unique sound. South African guitarist and singer Jonathan Butler exploded onto the American music scene in 1987, opening for Whitney Houston. Since then, this masterful musician has been a force in R&B, jazz and soul. Canadian saxophonist Warren Hill has topped the Smooth Jazz, Adult Contemporary and Top 40 charts with his smooth and soulful sound.

Columbus Jazz Orchestra with Jon Elliott

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) was formed as a vehicle to create performance opportunities for jazz musicians in a big band setting. Over 35 years later, the CJO is considered one of the world’s finest jazz orchestras and a model for success, presenting big band jazz and world-renowned guest artists to thousands each year.

For a complete schedule and additional information, visit the newly redesigned Jazz & Rib Fest website

The Queen of Bluegrass in Bicentennial Park

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is excited to welcome Rhonda Vincent, the “new Queen of Bluegrass,” to Bicentennial Park this Friday at 8:00 p.m. for a free performance as part of the Rhythm on the River series.

From a young age, as part of the fifth generation of musicians in her family, Vincent has succeeded and accomplished great things. Making her musical debut at the age of five, she quickly began mastering the mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and of course, crafting her vocal style. Vincent has lent her voice to recording artists such as Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Joe Diffie and more.
Vincent blends modern styles with the haunting classic Monroe-styled bluegrass to create a unique and inclusive sound. Performing this Friday with her band the Rage—which includes a fiddle, bass, guitar and banjo—, the band adds boldness and creativity to Vincent’s multi-ranged and fast-paced vocals. With clever lyrics, country-style twang and intricate bluegrass cross picking, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are sure to provide an energetic and exciting live show.

Vincent and her band have won over 70 awards during the span of their career, including “Entertainer of the Year” from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and seven consecutive IBMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” awards. Expect performances of Vincent’s chart-topping tracks such as “You Can’t Take It with You When You Go,” “Tonight My Baby’s Coming Home” and more from her latest full-lengths Taken and Sunday Mornin’ Singin’ at this Friday’s performance.

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


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