FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2018
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus Arts Festival Brings More Than 150 Performances to Six Stages
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The 2018 Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power will feature the soulful vintage covers of Postmodern Jukebox and a dose of 90s nostalgia with G. Love & Special Sauce. With six stages this year and more than 150 performances the downtown riverfront will rock, swing and leap with everything from jazz and pop music to storytelling and modern dance the weekend of June 8-10.
The ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage will feature headlining performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Friday, June 8 at 9 p.m., the Festival welcomes Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox for a free concert presented by Worthington Industries. On Saturday, June 9, the stage will play host to the funky stylings of G. Love & Special Sauce, presented by CoverMyMeds. The Philadelphia-based trio is known for their laid-back R&B sound, described as “down and dirty trashcan blues.”
The stage will play host to more performances throughout the festival, including Dr. E and Honey & Blue on Friday, AM Soul Society and The Salty Caramels on Saturday, and the Columbus Children’s Choir, Zoo Trippin’ and Luke Mossburg on Sunday.
The Wexner Center for the Arts will also kick off their summer programming with a celebration of homegrown musical talent starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 on the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage. This wildly eclectic outdoor show starts with Future Nuns, followed by Hugs and Kisses, minimalist percussion ensemble Tigue (Ohio State alumni Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) and finishes with drummer/musicologist Mark Lomax II with tenor saxophonist Eddie Bayard and DJ Krate Digga.
The new Genoa Park Stage will feature more than 20 performances and has plenty of seating, tables, and food and beverage vendors nearby. Friday includes acts such as Kristan Omar, Best Foot Back, Queen City Silver Stars and Theo’s Loose Hinges, while Saturday features Liquid Crystal Project, Badluxe, Personal Public and The Devil Doves. Sunday finishes with bands such as Linden Hollow, The Shazzbots, Big Blitz and Booty & The Kidd.
The Groove U Stage returns for a third year, located on the east side of the river on Civic Center Drive. It will feature more than a dozen performances on Saturday and Sunday, including Bailey Brown, Max Beal, Time Out, Abby Davis and While I’m Away.
The Grange Acoustic Lounge provides a quiet and shaded spot to enjoy music in the Cultural Arts Center courtyard on Saturday and Sunday, with acts such as Molly Winters, the Shaw Brothers, Charlie Millikin and Shelby Olive.
The Dance & Theater Stage will return to the northeast corner of South Civic Center Drive and West Cherry Street, featuring more than 30 performances throughout the weekend from local troupes such as TRANSIT ARTS, It’s All Been Done Radio Hour, Columbus Children’s Theatre, Imagine Productions, Columbus Modern Dance Company and OSU Hillel Folk.
More than 50 poets, authors and storytellers will grace the Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage over the weekend, from storytellers Teri Lott and Emily Bailey to poets Susann Moeller and Kerry Trautman. Saturday afternoon the Village Watoto Storytellers will take the stage, while Saturday and Sunday afternoons will see young writers sharing their work from the Flip the Page literary journal, which gets published that weekend.
The ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage and Genoa Park Stage have reserved seating areas during evening performances for guests with Friends of the Festival VIP packages, and open space on the Biecentiennial Park lawn. The other four performance stages will have chairs and tables, with food and beverage vendors located nearby so patrons can cool down, enjoy a meal and watch one of Columbus’ many great entertainers.
Friends of the Festival packages start at $75 and include reserved seating at the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage and Genoa Park Stage in the evening, all-weekend access to the VIP Lounge with free water and private restrooms, and more benefits. To become a Friend of the Festival, visit columbusartsfestival.org/fof
Festival Hours: Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2018 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Smart Columbus, AT&T, Bank of America, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Easton Town Center, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeters, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Nationwide, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Puffin Foundation West, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org
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