THIS FRIDAY: Bicentennial Park Gets Funky with New Basics Brass Band


New Basics Brass Band will bring their funky and upbeat sounds to Bicentennial Park for a full evening of music.

Unfortunately, Buckwheat Zydeco will not perform at this evening’s Rhythm on the River as originally scheduled. Grammy Award-winning singer and accordionist Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr., leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, is home recuperating from radiation treatments for a localized recurrence of lung cancer. He is expected to fully recover, however his doctors have advised him that he will need a bit more time to recuperate. We wish Stanley the best in his recovery. More information is available HERE.

More than 20 years ago tenderfoot college music students convened to try their hands at playing music that echoed America’s oldest sounds, yet stepped fast-footed with modern soul and urgency. New Basics Brass Band was born. The Ohio-based band (no, it’s not a collection of refugees from New Orleans) updates the brass band concept with funk, R&B, and a slice of James Brown. Today the New Basics Brass Band is still in existence and is successful as ever layering jazz, New Orleans funk and groove.

“Whether reinterpreting others or showcasing their originals, NBBB causes a mix of happy feet, cold sweats and genuine awe at how the band can be so progressive yet authentically traditional at the same time.” – Cincinnati CityBeat

6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin
7:30 p.m.—New Basics Brass Band


Support for Louisiana: In support of ongoing relief efforts in Louisiana, the home of Buckwheat Zydeco who is the preeminent ambassador for Zydeco music and Louisiana culture, Columbus Recreation and Parks will partner with the American Red Cross at Rhythm on the River on August 26. Donatos Pizza will also donate a portion of sales from the event to the American Red Cross.

Red Cross representatives will be on site collecting donations to provide support to Louisiana residents who are facing a dire situation due to flooding, power outages and high temperatures. People can also donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from this disaster.

Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile are produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM, Crowne Plaza-Columbus Downtown and Gateway Film Center