Inside the Mile

THIS FRIDAY (7/10) ǀ Sammy DeLeón Y Su Orquesta

2011 Tri-C JazzFest

One of the most recognized Latin bandleaders in Ohio, Sammy DeLeòn is a timbale player—performing professionally since he was just 13 years old. At this young age, Sammy was not only introduced to the greats of his instrument, but he was also performing with them too. The eighth child of a large Puerto Rican family (thirteen children all together), DeLeòn grew up in a family with no professional musicians—just parents that enjoyed the musical styling of Puerto Rico. His older brother, Robert, became responsible for introducing Sammy to his timbales, a twin set of metal-encased drums that includes a cowbell and cymbal on the side. His other brother also began taking up percussion and is currently a successful percussionist and band leader in Kansas City, Missouri.

Featuring his 12-piece ensemble, Sammy has gained popularity for his danceable groove-oriented music in the styles of Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue for nearly 30 years. Once called the “hottest and most innovative timbalero” by legendary Latin jazz percussionist Tito Puente, Sammy’s credits include collaborations with salsa greats El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Tito Rojas, Tony Vega, Hector Tricoche and Rey de la Paz, among others.

Fronting his Sammy DeLeòn Y Su Orquesta for the past decade, the group has grown to become one of the best multi-cultural musical groups in the area. With an extensive discography, Sammy is sure to provide Columbus with endless toe-tapping, hip-shaking, groove oriented music.

Before the performance, sign up to join Mayor Michael B. Coleman and fellow cyclists for an evening bike ride through the heart of Columbus promoting the benefits of active living. This unique tour takes riders through the vibrant downtown area, with views of parks, city landmarks and a wide variety of architecture in scenic neighborhoods. Proceeds from the Mayor’s Twilight Bike Ride Finale will help to fund bikes and helmets for kids in need and support bicycle safety initiatives. The Mayor’s Twilight Bike Ride Finale will be begin on the Rich Street Bridge and return to Bicentennial Park where participants can enjoy the Rhythm on the River performance by Sammy DeLeón Y Su Orquesta.

For more information or to register for the Mayor’s Twilight Bike Ride Finale, please visit

6:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Twilight Bike Ride Finale begins
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Performance

Red, White & Boom | July 3, 2015


Festival season is in full swing and BOOM! is one that brings huge crowds to downtown Columbus for a night of music, food, activities and of course – fireworks. As one of the largest displays of Independence Day fireworks in the Midwest, the Scioto Riverfront provides one of the best views.  The event officially begins next Friday, July 3 at noon. For more information and a full schedule of performances and activities, visit You won’t want to miss it!

WHAT: Red, White & Boom – the largest fireworks display in Ohio!

WHEN: Friday, July 3
Noon to 11pm

WHERE: Downtown Columbus


The Scioto Mile Fountain will be closed beginning 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and resumes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.  Bicentennial Park restrooms will also be closed during the event on Friday, July 3.

Public set-up for Red, White & Boom may begin after 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 – anything placed before 5 p.m. will be collected and may be picked up at the Bicentennial Park office.  Please do not place personal tents/canopies, tarps or blankets until Friday, July 3.

Genoa Park will be closed to the public from Monday, June 29 through Saturday, July 4 for fireworks preparation.


Launch Areas

  • Canoes, kayaks and legal vessels that can be carried will be allowed at the Downtown Lower Olentangy River Boat Launch, located west of Neil Avenue on Nationwide Boulevard. (The ramp has been permanently closed to trailered boats).
  • Power boats, canoes, kayaks may be launched at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park launch area west of Front Street on W. Whittier Street. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, with approximately 30 spaces available. (Franklin County Metro Parks will close gate when spaces are full).

General Information

  • Due to the ongoing construction of the Scioto Greenway project, boating will not be allowed in the Scioto River 100’ above the first railroad bridge south of the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers and the first railroad bridge south of the Main Street bridge. Boats launching from the Downtown Lower Olentangy River launch area will be restricted to the areas north of the railroad bridge 100’above North Bank Park.
  • Boats launching from the Scioto Audubon Metro Park launch area will be permitted to travel north to the railroad bridge south of the Main Street bridge.
  • Boater Safety Inspections and Registration Checks will be occurring at the launch areas. Individuals without proper safety equipment, registrations or proper display of OH numbers will not be permitted to launch. Individuals launching before 2:00pm will be checked by marine officers on the water.

THIS FRIDAY (6/26) ǀ Columbus Jazz Orchestra

With very few performance opportunities available for jazz musicians playing in the big band scene, Columbus Jazz Arts Group formed the Columbus Jazz Orchestra over 40 years ago with no idea how successful it would come to be. To stop from becoming a thing of the past, audiences are led to return each and every season due to their new and modern arrangements of jazz classics, but with the same high energy and style that big bands have obtained since the 1920s. Byron Stripling, world-renown band leader and trumpet virtuoso, leads the Columbus Jazz Orchestra with the experience of playing with bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman and Lionel Hampton, traveling the world to play jazz festivals and being a featured soloist with groups such as the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Their performance for this Rhythm on the River series is a bit different from the past. Showcasing their performance from earlier this year, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform their “100 Years of Frank Sinatra” with special guests Dwight Lenox and Phil Clark. Rather than performing with a Sinatra impersonator, local talents Lenox and Clark give their own take on the Sinatra standard that we have come to love. Their February performance drew a full house at the Southern Theatre—ultimately resulting in not one, but two standing ovations.

Byron Stripling had this to say on their performance: “There are passing trends in life and culture. We call them flavor of the month…and then there are classics (referring to Sinatra).” The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will make Sinatra’s music fun for the whole family—leaving listeners tapping their toes to the crooner’s hits. We are pleased to present an unforgettable night of some of your favorite charts, performed by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

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

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THIS FRIDAY (6/19) | Golden Dragon Acrobats


The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. Recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, the Golden Dragon Acrobats combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

The company hails from the Hebei and Henan provinces of the People’s Republic of China and has toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its 29 members are comprised of athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood.

The company’s founder, producer and director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and began touring with its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the esteemed Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs.

Within the last four years, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have performed in all lower 48 states of the country—to sold-out audiences in nearly every major market in the U.S. In 2005, the acrobats had the opportunity to perform a six week run on Broadway in New York City, in which the group received adoration, standing ovations, and praise from the New York press. The response of viewers seeing the acrobats for the first time is nothing short of overwhelming. After previously hosting them here in Columbus, Ohio, we are excited to present this jaw dropping performance for your enjoyment once again!

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

Columbus Arts Festival | June 12–14


As the festival season kicks off, make sure the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival is on the top of your list. The Scioto Mile will be filled with art enthusiasts from all over the country as artists display their work along the Riverfront. In addition to artwork, the festival is filled with all types of art—music, dance, food, and even a new “selfie station” where you are encouraged to share your pictures with #artfan. Stop by one of the six stages at the festival, grab a bite to eat, or roam from vendor to vendor; either way you are sure to enjoy a weekend filled with art and culture. Check out the article below to see why Lacey Luce describes the Columbus Arts Festival as “more than a festival, it’s an experience…”

2015 Columbus Arts Festival

Friday, June 12, 11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, 11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Scioto Mile


The Scioto Mile Fountain will be turned off during set-up for the Columbus Arts Festival on Thursday, June 11 until 7:30 p.m. The fountain will resume regular operation for viewing only from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Thursday evening. Beginning Friday morning, the fountain will resume regular operating hours. Enjoy the Arts Festival!

THIS FRIDAY (6/5) | An Evening of Bluegrass


When thinking of the country’s top musical talent, very seldom do they create more than five albums, and their existence in the music scene may last, at most, ten years. Unlike that common musical mold, Blue Highway has strived for over 20 years to continue making contemporary bluegrass music for listeners of all ages. With eleven albums released, Blue Highway has had multiple GRAMMY nominations, and a long list of awards to their name.

Since their first performance on December 31, 1994, the group still features the exact same members today—a remarkable feat in the industry. Each member is considered to be a virtuoso of their instrument and songwriting, creating the necessary pieces that make it the bluegrass powerhouse that it is. These five artists act selflessly, allowing each other to emerge their musical talents into any piece they perform; as a result, the band improves their sound and musicality with each album they record. Collectively, the group has been awarded 23 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, a Dove Award, and 6 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) awards. A highly awarded and talented bluegrass band, like Blue Highway, is tough to come by in today’s society—be sure to take this opportunity to witness their work!

The evening will open with Strung Up, a Columbus bluegrass band that takes traditional bluegrass tunes and puts a fresh and modern spin on them. Made up of six men, all with individual musical talents and perspectives, Strung Up fuels their audiences with an energy that is driven by their collective love for music. Their on stage presence has resulted in shows with many of Central Ohio and the Midwest’s best bluegrass groups.  We are both proud and excited to be able to kick off the 2015 Rhythm on the River series with these two groups, who are sure to have the audience reminiscing about their lives—to the beat of their strumming!

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

Summer Nights on the Scioto Mile


We have been counting down the days until summer and luckily, it is right around the corner! Sunsets along the Scioto Mile, picnics in the park and the good company of family and friends will soon fill hot days and cool nights again. With the Rhythm on the River performance series just weeks away, mark your calendars for Friday evenings of unforgettable memories in Columbus’ Bicentennial Park!

Featuring everything from bluegrass and blues to ballet and more, Rhythm on the River continues to provide eclectic and exciting performances that will spark everyone’s musical tastes. As the sounds and sights of world-renown performers swell throughout the park, be sure that you are capturing these moments with family and friends as you put an end to a busy week! All performances take place on the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion, a state-of-the-art venue with architecture reflecting the Scioto Mile Fountain design. This season’s performances will continue to wow audiences of all ages as we host multiple musical hall-of-famers, acrobats hailing from over 7,000 miles away and the hard-charging harp style of arguably the greatest harmonica player to ever live. Oh, and did we mention these performances are FREE?

No need to prepare dinner — pizza from Donatos and beverages may be purchased beginning at 6:30 p.m. at every Rhythm on the River performance. Check out the full schedule here and be sure to join us this season!


Make a Splash at FountainSide!


Summer fun is just around the corner! The weather is warming up and the sun is shining bright on the Mile. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation is now on for the season and we are ready to make a splash! In less than a month, FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) will be here to fill your summer afternoons. New this year, pedal your way to a healthier lifestyle with the Molina Healthcare Smoothie Bicycle. We cannot wait to enjoy FREE ice cream from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck, and as always Donatos Pizza will be on site for you to purchase pizza and beverages!

Join us June 3rd for the first FountainSide of the season! Dive into the summer season for themed activities, games, arts and crafts on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park. Join Local Matters to learn how to grow healthy foods, what healthy foods need to survive, as well as what healthy foods do for our bodies. Lowe’s Plant & Grow Workshop will teach you how to create your own garden all summer long. Explore the life of wild animals with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Ohio Wildlife Center, P.T. Reptiles, and The Turtle Lady. Get crafty with OSU Urban Arts Space, Thurber House, Franklin Park Conservatory, and more! Make sure to stop by and see the Fountain Frog for its first appearance on June 17. Special thanks to Sunny 95 for their continued support of FountainSide. Join us every week and make sure to check our schedule here!

Summer Fun Sneak Peek

Rejuvenating days of summer are just ahead! Remember those afternoon picnics while playing in the fountain or grooving to your favorite artists in Bicentennial Park? After a long winter, everyone deserves a chance to unwind and bask in the sun. Fortunately for us, adventures along the Mile have returned! The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by American Electric Power Foundation will be up and running and ready for the fun, starting Monday, April 27! Whether you bike, run, or drive down, we always have something in store for you. With our summer programs just around the corner, we are thinking about all the activities and music coming your way. Here is a sneak peek into your summer plans:


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM)

Select Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bicentennial Park
233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

Grab the kids, head downtown and join us for FREE fun and educational children’s activities centered around the Scioto Mile Fountain! Splash in the fountains, visit with animal friends, play games, learn about conservation and more on nine Wednesdays throughout the summer! Join Local Matters and Lowe’s Plant & Grow for weekly workshops. Cool off each week with free ice cream from Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck and pedal your way to a healthy lifestyle on the Molina Healthcare Smoothie Bicycle. Check out this list of some of the organizations joining us this summer:

  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • OSU Sports Marketing
  • Ohio Wildlife Center
  • COSI
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Columbus Children’s Theatre
  • Thurber House
  • Fountain Frog
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Dramatic Impact
  • The Turtle Lady
  • Bring the Farm to You and more!

For more information on the FountainSide series, visit


Rhythm on the River

Select Friday evenings
Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion
233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

FREE outdoor performances at Bicentennial Park are a great way to end your busy week!  Ten different Rhythm on the River performances feature everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more!  Donatos will have hot pizza to complement your cool summer nights on the riverfront.  Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 p.m. each week. Mark your calendars and click on the artist links below for more information:

For more information on the Rhythm on the River series, visit http://

See you in June!

Save the Date – 2015 Summer Dates Announced

Is it too early to dream about sunshine-filled afternoons in the Scioto Mile Fountain, dinner on the patio of Milestone 229 and an outdoor Friday evening concert set along the city’s skyline? We think not; so we are marking our calendars for four months of FREE downtown summer entertainment. It’s never too early to crave sunshine and that spring weather, right?

Rhythm on the River features an eclectic array of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations on select Fridays throughout the summer. Highlighting everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more, attending a Rhythm on the River performance is the perfect way to spend summer evenings with family and friends. Stay tuned for a full performance schedule!

FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) offers free fun children’s activities in and around the interactive Scioto Mile Fountain on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The series enriches the lives of Columbus-area children through fun and educational programs encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness. Attendees enjoy free frozen treats courtesy of the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck. Check back soon for activity details!
We will see everyone in June!