THIS FRIDAY (8/1) ǀ MojoFlo


Prepare yourself for a trip to Detroit’s Motown Soul, but in Columbus’s own backyard with MojoFlo! This locally formed but nationally acclaimed act, proves time and time again that the heart of funk and soul can still live on today—blending horns with multiple layers of vocals and synths. Meeting like so many bands do in college, MojoFlo formed while all attending Columbus’s Capital University; however, they have still been kept alive strong today while traveling the country and headlining so many of Columbus’s biggest events.

What is different about MojoFlo from other bands is that they sell themselves on how different they are from your typical group. Categorizing their sound into genres of soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk, lead singer Amber Knicole explains that a MojoFlo show is like “shuffle on the world’s greatest iPod”. With something special in store for every listener’s preferences, the group has played everything from dinners and cook-outs to headlining for thousands of enthusiastic and high energy listeners.

If you love old-school soul music, this is a show that you will not want to miss! Rhythm on the River is proud to welcome home one of Columbus’s most premiere bands for a night of music, dancing, food and beverages. Food and beverage sales will begin at 6:30pm and MojoFlo will get the audience grooving when they take the stage at 7:30pm in Bicentennial Park!

Be sure to check out their official music video for their original song, “M.M.I.A.”, which showcases some of Columbus’s best sights and sounds—including Bicentennial Park!

6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Live Music Begins


THIS FRIDAY (7/25) ǀ An Evening of Bluegrass with Balsam Range and The Boxcars


The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is delighted to present Balsam Range and The Boxcars this Friday night at Rhythm on the River!

Bluegrass. . . Folk. . . Gospel. . . Jazz. . . Treat yourself to an innovative acoustic sound and experience! From deep in the Appalachians, the exceptional acoustic musicians and singers adopted the name of the majestic range of mountains that surround their home in North Carolina. Where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, you have Balsam Range! These friends have effortlessly combined their unique experiences and backgrounds, which blend together to form their distinct sound. Since their formation in 2007, Balsam Range has surely made a mark in the bluegrass and acoustic music world. Beginning with a nomination for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the year, they went on to win IBMA Song of the Year. They have additionally been nominated for six IBMA awards, taking home Album of the Year for the highly acclaimed project, Papertown. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the new American acoustic experience!


The entertainment doesn’t stop here! Co-headlining with Balsam Range for an evening of bluegrass is The Boxcars! Known as some of the best musicians in the business and one of the top bands in bluegrass, The Boxcars will illustrate their versatile talent as both seasoned professionals and as a bluegrass powerhouse. Mastering in modern traditional bluegrass, the group has won numerous IBMA and Grammy Awards in addition to being recognized as the 2011 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year. The Boxcars have also earned the past three consecutive IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year awards. Here’s to a bluegrass match made in heaven you will not want to miss out on! See you all this Friday!

6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Live Music Begins


THIS WEEKEND (July 18 – 20) | Jazz & Rib Fest

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz. The 35th annual Jazz & Rib Fest, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, returns to the Arena District riverfront area for three days. The aroma of hot ribs and sounds of cool jazz will fill the air on July 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and July 20 from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Check out this year’s Festival Guide:


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THIS FRIDAY (7/11) ǀ Terrance Simien


Evolving in the southwest of Louisiana, French Creole speakers developed a unique musical genre that many are still unfamiliar with today—Zydeco. Slowly accumulating the ability to play multiple styles of instruments, Terrance Simien rooted his talents of Cajun music and rhythm and blues into a career of Zydeco music. Born in Mallet, Louisiana, Simien was able to learn the ropes from some of Zydeco’s best and perform in his home church and school, allowing his music to root and flourish the way it does today.

Although Zydeco music is underpublicized to most of the northern United States, Simien is still a familiar face to so many who tune in to the world of music. Winning the GRAMMY® for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album in 2008, he is most recognized for performing on the soundtrack of Disney’s, The Princess and the Frog, and appearing on stage with artists such as Paul Simon, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, and many others.

Simien and his band have performed at over 7,000 shows in 40 different countries across the world, so listeners should anticipate a seasoned and exceptional performance. Rhythm on the River is excited to be able to welcome an international performer like Terrance Simien. Be sure to catch this world class act, on Friday at 7:30pm in Bicentennial Park!

Before the performance, sign up to join Mayor Michael B. Coleman and fellow cyclists for an evening ride through the heart of Columbus promoting the benefits of active living and the best tour of Columbus on two wheels. Riders will go through the vibrant downtown area that will include views of parks, city landmarks and a wide variety of architecture in scenic neighborhoods. Proceeds from the Mayor’s Twilight Ride will help to fund bikes and helmets for kids in need and support bicycle safety initiatives.  CoGo will also be onsite celebrating their first birthday. Stop by their tent to enter to win great prizes, learn more about their first year success and exciting future plans. All riders will return to Bicentennial Park to enjoy the Rhythm on the River performance by Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience. For more information or to register for the Mayor’s Twilight Ride, please visit

6:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Twilight Bike Ride begins
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience