THIS FRIDAY (9/6) | Charlie Musselwhite

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is thrilled to welcome award winning blues legend Charlie Musslewhite to Bicentennial Park this Friday at 9:00 p.m. for the final free performance of the Rhythm on the River series.

Described as one of the greatest living harp players of country blues, harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs. Living Blues declares, “Musselwhite’s rock-solid vocals creep up and overwhelm you before you know it. He plays magnificent harp with superb dexterity and phrasing. The results are amazing.”

The evening will open with the award winning Sean Carney Band at 7:30 p.m. 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 Christine Kittrell and Jimmy “T-99” Nelson proving his talents as a fantastic blues guitarist and vocalist. 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.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Performance
7:30 p.m. – Performance

ARTIST WEBSITE:
http://www.charliemusselwhite.com/
http://www.seancarneyblues.com/


THIS FRIDAY | BalletMet Columbus

The nighttime sky on the Scioto Mile is the perfect backdrop for an evening of exhilarating dance as the talented dancers of BalletMet Columbus kick off Labor Day weekend with a FREE performance at Bicentennial Park on Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m.

A varied bill of dances will provide audiences a sneak peek at BalletMet’s upcoming 2013-2014 season featuring selections from Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, and The Nutcracker as well as more contemporary works by Harrison McEldowney and BalletMet’s new Artistic Director, world-renowned choreographer Edwaard Liang.  This event marks the first time Columbus audiences will have the opportunity to experience Edwaard Liang’s work live. Event attendees are invited to bring folding chairs, blankets and to pack a picnic dinner.

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the largest dance-training centers. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 159 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 144 world premieres. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 35,000 people annually; through DanceReach, up to 70 scholarships each year give access to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who cannot otherwise participate.

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

ARTIST WEBSITE:
https://www.balletmet.org/

PARKING INFORMATION:


Designated drop-off area for shuttles, buses, and persons with disabilities is located on Main Street at the end of the loading dock behind the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion. This area is NOT for use by the general public. Please be considerate to the needs of our senior patrons and visitors with disabilities. This is a drop-off area ONLY. All vehicles must move to a parking lot or garage immediately after unloading.
Parking is available at various surface lots and garages in close proximity to Bicentennial Park. However, these parking facilities are independently owned and we can not guarantee availability or cost.


THIS FRIDAY | McGuffey Lane

Gaining the hearts of country rock fans around the country since 1977, McGuffey Lane brings their talents back to their central Ohio roots in Bicentennial Park this Friday at 9:00 p.m.

McGuffey Lane’s high-energy rock, country and contemporary music have been attracting attention throughout Ohio and the Midwest for nearly twenty years. But this veteran band remains fresh and innovative, redefining itself with an infusion of new talent that blends perfectly with the bands established style. The band got their magical ‘break” when they were playing at The Ohio State campus in the fall of 1980 and gained the attention of Atlantic Records. McGuffey Lane has built their career on music which has been both artistically and commercially successful, leading the group to tour with The Charlie Daniel’s Band, The Judds, Marshall Tucker, and The Allman Brothers.

The evening will open with the sultry country voice and mature writing styles of Jonalee White & The Late Nite Drivers. Boasting an energy and passion for country music that will draw you in and bring you back for more, Jonalee White & The Late Nite Drivers have acquired a significant fan base performing with artists such as Dierks Bently, Charlie Daniels and Taylor Swift all over the United States. The group consists of Columbus based musicians Michael Nugen, Molly Pauken, Kay Harris, Pete Cary, Nate Hollman and Barry Damron.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:00 p.m.Jonalee White & The Late Nite Drivers
9:00 p.m.McGuffey Lane

ARTIST WEBSITES:
http://www.mcguffeylane.com/
http://jonaleewhite.com/


THIS FRIDAY | Rusted Root

Formed in the early 90’s by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. To date they have released seven albums and sold over three million records worldwide.

After debuting in 1992 with the self-released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the massive hits ”Send Me On My Way,” “Ecstasy” and “Martyr.” Their huge success allowed the band to tour with Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, HORDE Festival and, perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and known for their fusion of “Grateful Dead” style bluegrass rock, Rusted Root created “The Movement” as a tribute to their fans.

Kick off the evening with Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons. An original singer-songwriter, Angela Perley’s nostalgic and high energy music tells stories of love, death, railroads and everything in-between. Formed in 2009, the group consists of Angela Perley, Bill Zehnal, Chris Connor and Steve Rupp.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:00 p.m.Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
8:30 p.m.Rusted Root

ARTIST WEBSITES:
http://www.rustedroot.com/
http://www.angelaperley.com/


THIS WEEKEND | Festival Latino

After humble beginnings as a five-hour pilot project by the City of Columbus in 1996, Festival Latino has become the largest Latin event in Ohio, offering a free, family-friendly celebration of family, community, and Latin American culture. Success in recent years has prompted an expansion in 2013. To be held Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, the new footprint will include its original location in Genoa Park but will also stretch across the Rich Street bridge into Bicentennial Park.

Festival Latino 2013 will be headlined by Duranguense queen Diana Reyes on Saturday night and international salsa master Ruben Blades on Sunday night. Blades is making his Columbus debut.

Read more at http://festivallatino.net/