Celebrate Columbus’ vibrant Black culture, music, history and soul during the first-ever CBUS Soul Fest on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Bicentennial Park in Downtown Columbus. Presented by Experience Columbus and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, CBUS Soul Fest builds upon the CBUS Soul platform that launched in February and features a day of live music and performances.

Admission is free!

See the full CBUS Soul Fest lineup below!


The Soul Rebels featuring Talib Kweli | 9 p.m.

Talib Kweli is a Brooklyn-based MC who earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. He commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.

The Soul Rebels started with an idea – to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock all within a brass band context. The band has built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in a deep pocket funk party-like atmosphere. The Soul Rebels continue to chart new territory as they feature in major films, tour globally, and combine topnotch musicianship with songs that celebrate dancing, life, funk and soul.

MojoFlo | 7 p.m.

Neo funk group, MojoFlo, is as known for their captivating stage performance as their infectious rhythms and catchy lyrics. Named “Best Band” (2016) by both Columbus Monthly and (614) Magazine for their dynamic live shows featuring vivacious vocalist Amber Knicole. From aerial performances and Soul Train lines to hula hoop choreography and near-cringe-inducing leaps off the drum riser in 6-inch heels this lady has a knack for leaving audiences enthralled.

Harmonic Soul | 5 p.m.

Harmonic Soul is a soul band based out of Columbus OH

Dr. E | 3 p.m.

Dr. E aka The Inspirational Soul Queen is a soulful recording and performance artist. A multi- dimensional performer in the spirit of Maya Angelou, Dr. E is OSU professor, songstress, songwriter, actress, author, activist, speaker, and survivor.

Paisha Thomas w/ Cedric Easton & Circle of Friends | 1 p.m.

More Fun at Columbus Commons

While the Downtown Riverfront will be alive with Black music, art, food and culture, just a few blocks away the Scioto Mile’s sister park, Columbus Commons, will be hosting a complementary CBUS Soul event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. focused on family fun and featuring Black-owned businesses. Go for a bounce, read a book or grab a bite—this Family Funday will have something for everyone. Head to the Columbus Commons website to see the full slate of activities.

Location & Info


Bicentennial Park
233 Civic Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43215


Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.


Download the Park CBUS app or visit to plan to park near Bicentennial Park.


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