RECAP | Rhythm on the River

The 2014 Scioto Mile series brought more than 35,000 community members to Bicentennial Park for free cultural, educational and fun family-friendly activities and performances throughout the summer months. The two series — Rhythm on the River and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) —partnered with 35 different local organizations to produce 19 afternoons and evenings full of a variety of activities, fountain play, music and dance performances. Scioto Mile programs aim to impact lives in the community and bring a unique intersection of education, opportunity and enjoyment to Columbus families.

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Ten Rhythm on the River performances took place on the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion. The evenings were full of talented artists and performers showcasing everything from local roots to international tours. From local groups like The Navigators and Mojoflo to blues artist Shemekia Copeland, to bluegrass music’s most prominent bands Balsam Range and The Boxcars and the elegant grace of BalletMet Columbus, the series brought something for everyone. The Kenya Safari Acrobats took their skills to exhilarating extremes while Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience shared their roots of zydeco music after the community joined Mayor Michael B. Coleman for a twilight bike ride that ended in Bicentennial Park. Rhythm on the River is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and made possible through the generous support of The Scioto Mile Endowment Fund, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3FM, Donatos Pizza, The Westin Columbus, WCBE 90.5FM, Sunny Street Café and The Holiday Inn Downtown.

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Thank you to all who attended and we will see you next summer!

Click here to see more photos from this year’s Rhythm on the River series in the Visual Gallery.


RECAP | FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM)

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The 2014 Scioto Mile series brought more than 35,000 community members to Bicentennial Park for free cultural, educational and fun family-friendly activities and performances throughout the summer months. The two series — Rhythm on the River and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) —partnered with 35 different local organizations to produce 19 afternoons and evenings full of a variety of activities, fountain play, music and dance performances. Scioto Mile programs aim to impact lives in the community and bring a unique intersection of education, opportunity and enjoyment to Columbus families.

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Nine FountainSide afternoons offered water-themed play and fountain fun in and around the 15,000 square-foot Scioto Mile Fountain. This series enriches the lives of Columbus-area children through fun and educational programs encompassing art, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness. Children made crafts with local arts organizations such as OSU Urban Arts Space and Columbus Children’s Theatre, learned the health benefits of planting and harvesting locally grown food with Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop and Local Matters. They tested their sports skills with Columbus Blue Jackets and OSU Sports Marketing, met the Turtle Lady, her turtle friends and more. Bring The Farm to You and P.T. Reptiles also participated, allowing children to play with and learn more about various reptiles and farm animals. Everyone was able to enjoy free frozen treats from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck while they played and hopped around with the Fountain Frog. Attendees reported hearing about the event mainly via word-of-mouth and social media outlets. 95% of attendees said they plan to return to FountainSide in 2015. FountainSide is made possible through the generous support of Sunny 95 (94.7FM) and Donatos.

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Click here to see more photos from this year’s FountainSide series in the Visual Gallery.

Check back next week for a Rhythm on the River recap!


RECAP | 35th Annual Jazz & Rib Fest

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It was a year to celebrate – from its beginnings as Jazz in July to the Riverfront Jazz Festival to the Jazz & Rib Fest; the 2014 Jazz & Rib Fest marked 35 years of the finest jazz musicians and the best BBQ from across the country. The Jazz & Rib Fest has become one of the most anticipated summertime traditions in Columbus and this year proved to be no different. Bringing more than 350,000 people from all over the country to the Arena District riverfront, the festival offered jazz connoisseurs 50 live performances by local and international touring artists and 23 award-winning rib teams lined Spring and Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

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A variety of musical acts graced the festival stages throughout the weekend. 2014 headliners included Brian Culbertson, Terence Blanchard, Earl Klugh, The Soul Rebels, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Jessy J. From relaxing under the shade of the Hollywood Casino Plaza to experiencing a day in the life of an Air National Guard to tasting samples from the Big Bite Tour, the festival provided something for all. Partnering for the third consecutive year, The Color Run brought more than 11,000 registered runners for 3.1 miles of color madness. This year’s festival brought many record-breaking numbers – 5,000 pounds of potatoes were consumed, 8,000 lemons were squeezed to make lemonade, 2,000 gallons of ketchup used (that’s 91,429 individual packets!), 188,000 pieces of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises were sampled and we can’t forget the BBQ ribs with over half a million bones consumed by festival attendees!

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Jazz & Rib Fest would not be possible without the continuous support and generosity of our lead sponsors and partners including American Electric Power, ABC 6 WSYX/FOX 28 WTTE, Bud Light, Hollywood Casino, Sunny 95, The Arena District, The Color Run, Live Technologies and Ruckus Wireless. We also extend a special thanks to Jazz & Rib Fest tours, sponsors and partners including the Big Bite Tour, Dove Chocolate Tour, Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Tour, Direct Satellite Service, State Farm Insurance, Buckeye Community Health Plan, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, United States Marine Corps, Air National Guard, car2go, Crowne Plaza, Coca-Cola, Sunbelt Rentals, Buckeye Mobile Tour, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew and COSI.

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Click here for more photos from this year’s festival in the photo gallery on the Jazz & Rib Fest website.

We will see everyone next year!