Rhythm on the River

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department welcomes a variety of performing artists to Bicentennial Park for the Rhythm on the River series. Featuring everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more, attending a Rhythm on the River performance is a great way to spend summer evenings with family and friends. These free outdoor performances take place at the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion, a state-of-the-art venue with architecture that reflects the design of the Scioto Mile Fountain.

Enjoy an evening on the Mile – grab a blanket and enjoy a picnic under the stars! Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 p.m. before each Rhythm on the River performance. Donatos will be in the park with delicious pizza — buy a slice or an entire pie, and savor those edge to edge toppings all summer long. Ice cold beer, soft drinks and water will also be available for purchase. For a special park dining experience, enjoy the performance and fabulous fountain views from the Milestone 229 covered patio (reservations recommended).

2016 Rhythm on the River Dates
ROTR_June3
Free |  Friday | June 3, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River presents Arnett Howard Band at 7:30 p.m. Arnett Howard Band will have the whole family moving and grooving with their peppy blend of creole, cajun, zydeco and reggae music. Their musical concoction of Motown roots and Memphis-meets-New-Orleans rhythm and blues has drawn diverse…

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ROTR_June17
Free |  Friday | June 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River Presents The Navigators at 7:30 p.m. They don’t play often, but when they do it’s for a cause.  Since their formation in 2003, The Navigators have benefited many local charities through their performances. The 13-piece Columbus-based band is comprised of current and…

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ROTR_June24
Free |  Friday | June 24, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River Presents Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers | Planet Riders at 7:30 p.m. After more than fifty years in the spotlight, Larry Sparks remains an absolute original. Beginning his career in the 1960s as a guitarist with the Stanley Brothers, Larry…

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ROTR_July8
Free |  Friday | July 8, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River Presents Popgun at 7:30 p.m. Comprised of some of Central Ohio’s most practiced musicians, Popgun puts a spunky spin on a variety of classic pop tunes. Group members also perform with other outstanding bands from the area, including the Floorwalkers, HooDoo…

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ROTR_July5
Free |  Friday | July 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 8 p.m. With a deep respect for both its cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is an ever-evolving group with a significant legacy. Noted as South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the world by Nelson Mandela, Ladysmith Black…

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ROTR_July29
Free |  Friday | July 29, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River Presents Omar Coleman & The Byron Stripling Blues Band featuring Bobby Floyd, Derek DiCenzo and Jim Rupp | Sean Carney Band at 7:30 p.m. Omar Coleman has established himself as a premier harmonica player and one of the most authentic and dynamic…

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ROTR_Aug5
Free |  Friday | August 5, 2016
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River presents JD Eicher at 7:30 p.m. Charming and contagious, JD Eicher and his band combine seasoned songwriting, swoon-worthy vocals and emphatic delivery to establish their own brand of subtle pop. Movies on the Mile presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens at…

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ROTR_Aug19
Free |  Friday | August 19, 2016
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River presents Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives | Jonalee White at 7:30 p.m. With a career that stretches more than 4 decades, Marty Stuart’s music reflects the rich legacy of his Mississippi roots and the intersection of gospel, drinking and cheating…

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ROTR_Aug26
Free |  Friday | August 26, 2016
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River Presents Buckwheat Zydeco | New Basics Brass Band at 7:30 p.m. American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr.; along with his band Buckwheat Zydeco, is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. Since getting its start in 1987, the band has…

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ROTR_Sept2
Free |  Friday | September 2, 2016
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River presents BalletMet at 8 p.m. Join BalletMet for an evening of inspiration alfresco. This co-production with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will feature BalletMet dancers performing excerpts from the company’s 2016/17 season, including both classical and contemporary works. With the…

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