Columbus Recreation & Parks, Flying Gent Mercantile and Columbus Young Professionals Club have teamed up for the most talked about fashion event of the summer! Uniting live music and runway fashion all on one stage, Fashion Rocks Columbus celebrates the energetic display of a growing culture of fashion in our city. The Floorwalkers, named “one of Columbus’ most beloved bands” by Columbus Alive!, will provide live music for this unique collaboration as top local designers and boutiques showcase their inspired looks. An outdoor social event hosted by the Columbus Young Professionals Club will kick off the evening in Bicentennial Park.

Columbus Young Professionals Club is a “for-impact” membership organization made up of young professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, creative thinkers and social individuals who live and work in the greater Columbus area. Columbus Young Professionals Club was founded in July of 2005 to offer events, athletics, and volunteer activities on a weekly basis to provide young professionals the opportunities to connect with each other. Young professionals ages 21-45 can join the organization to network, interact and serve the community.

The Floorwalkers, will provide the music for the event. The band has toured nationally since 2010 and remains completely independent. This year, The Floorwalkers plan to release another album, fully funded by the crowd. This allows the fans to directly support the band and allows the band to avoid major investments from a record label. The band is headed in a positive direction and Bicentennial Park is proud to welcome them as part of the Rhythm on the River series.

Fashion Rocks Columbus will be the first live fashion show and concert in the City of Columbus. Enjoy the unique sounds of The Floorwalkers as models rock the runway wearing apparel from top local brands. This is a night of food, drinks, music and fashion that you do not want to miss.

6:30 p.m. – CYP Social Event begins/ Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – The Floorwalkers
9:00 p.m. – Fashion Show featuring live music by the Floorwalkers


THIS FRIDAY: An Evening of Bluegrass

Join us for an evening of bluegrass with Lonesome River Band and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out!

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is one of the most popular and influential groups in bluegrass. Featuring the International Bluegrass Music Association’s most awarded male vocalist, their rich vocal harmonies and superb instrumentation has garnered more than 50 industry accolades since their inception.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out has been recently focusing on their “Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed” CD for Cracker Barrell Old Country Stores while travelling to perform at venues across the country.

Performing this Friday along with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is Lonesome River Band. After 30 years in the business, Lonesome River Band continues to deliver powerful, driving bluegrass with a rock-influenced edginess that distinguishes its music from any other. Featuring the remarkable banjoist Sammy Shelor, perhaps the most influential banjo player of his generation, they are truly one of the greatest bands in bluegrass.

In 2012, Lonesome River Band achieved the IMBA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for “Angeline the Baker.” Sammy Shelor, also received his fifth win as the IMBA Banjo Performer of the Year. Lonesome River Band also had the privilege of performing with Steve Martin on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Bicentennial Park is excited to welcome these two bands for a night full of one-of-a-kind bluegrass entertainment.

6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:00 p.m. – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
9:00 p.m. – Lonesome River Band


THIS WEEKEND | Hot Ribs, Cool Jazz!

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz. The 34th annual Jazz & Rib Fest, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, returns to the Arena District riverfront on July 19-21. The aroma of hot ribs and sounds of cool jazz will fill the air on July 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and July 21 from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Through the generous support of sponsors, this year’s festival will offer jazz connoisseurs 44 live performances showcasing internationally renowned jazz artists and top local talent. In addition, 22 award-winning barbeque pit masters will be serving up sizzling ribs, chicken and more along Spring and Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

The American Electric Power Stage presented by ABC 6 in McFerson Commons and the North Bank Park Stage presented by FOX 28 will anchor the event with featured performances by Boney James, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Ayers and Grace Kelly Quintet.

The Jazz Café at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local and regional jazz artists on the riverfront stage set against the city skyline. The Jazz Café also features covered seating on the back patio of the North Bank Pavilion.

For more information, including a full schedule, visit the festival website:

Yumbambé! in partnership with Bike Columbus Twilight Ride

Latin jazz music bringing together jazz harmony and the vibrant rhythms of Afro-Cuban drumming describes a performance by Yumbambé. Eric “the FISH” Paton leads the group, complete with both male and female vocals surrounded by an assorted mix of percussion instruments. This unique and exciting group performs a diverse collection of rhythms including meringue, calypso, bembe, cha cha, samba and bossa nova.

Yumbambé has performed at countless clubs and festivals such as the Columbus Arts Festival, Festival Latino, Jazz & Rib Fest and Comfest. They have also had the honor of performing for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the inaugural celebration of Mayor Michael Coleman. The band includes some of Columbus’ most prominent jazz musicians, who have performed with many jazz and Latin greats.

Before the concert, join Mayor Michael Coleman and Columbus Public Health officials for an evening bike ride through downtown Columbus. The Mayor’s Twilight Ride has routes of ten and 25 miles that begin and end downtown. This unique tour takes riders through areas including the Scioto Mile, the Short North, Olde Towne East and the University District.

The Mayor’s Twilight Ride promotes the benefits of active living. All proceeds will fund bikes and helmets for kids in need and support bicycle safety initiatives. All riders return to Bicentennial Park for free entertainment by Yumbambé and a free slice of pizza provided by Donato’s. Do not miss an evening of bike riding, sightseeing and hot Latin jazz music on the riverfront!


6:30 p.m.- Mayor’s Twilight Ride begins
6:30 p.m.- Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m.- Yumbambé performance