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.

2014 Rhythm on the River Dates
Free |  June 13 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

The Navigators are a 13 piece Columbus-based band that focuses on having fun and raising money for charity. Most members are current or former executives at American Electric Power including the AEP chief operating officer, a tax attorney, and an optometrist. Still, don’t think these…

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Free |  June 20 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Two-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues genre. In a span of less than two decades, she has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. Heir to the rich…

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Free |  June 27 @ 8:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

The Kenya Safari Acrobats offer a truly unique cultural experience. Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The group members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya, as a means to break free…

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Free |  July 11 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

For nearly 30 years, multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists…

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Free |  July 25 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Two of bluegrass music's most preeminent bands – Balsam Range and The Boxcars – will co-headline this special performance. Balsam Range: From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes the Balsam Range band, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and…

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Free |  August 1 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

A night of MojoFlo originals and Motown soul favorites. MojoFlo is more than a name, it is a sound. Multiple layers of vocals, synths, and horns blend to create genre bending sonic textures guaranteed to please the ear. Mix Hip-Hop/Funk backbeats with powerful vocal delivery…

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Free |  August 15 @ 7:30 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music: bluesy, rocking, and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi, native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer before sharing…

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Free |  August 22
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Artist TBA. Check back soon!

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Free |  August 29 @ 8:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies. Its Dance Academy, founded in 1980, ranks among the top five largest dance-training centers in the country, offering over 300 classes each week to students ages 4 to 84.…

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Free |  September 5
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215

Artist TBA. Check back soon!

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