2019 Columbus Arts Festival Brings More Than 150 Performances to Five Stages
For immediate releaseApril 29, 2019
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2019 Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power (AEP) will feature more than 150 performances spread over five stages throughout the Festival grounds. The downtown riverfront will come alive with everything from jazz, rock, R&B and choral music to storytelling, poetry and modern dance the weekend of June 7-9.
The ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage will feature free headlining performances throughout the weekend. On Friday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m., the Festival features BalletMet performing a mixed repertoire of shorter pieces. On Saturday, June 8 at 9 p.m., the stage welcomes Nashville-based musician Anderson East and his signature mix of blues, rock and R&B. The morning of Sunday, June 9, Pride at the Fest presented by Stonewall Columbus takes to the stage. Hosted by Virginia West, the morning starts with a concert from the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus at 11 a.m., followed by performances from the Capital Pride Band of Columbus, Americana singer-songwriter Kelly Vaughn and the Flaggots Ohio flag corps. The festival headliners are presented by CoverMyMeds, Worthington Industries and Huntington.
The stage will play host to more performances throughout the Festival, including GROOVE U, The Dick & Jane Project, The Shoutin’ Sisters, Atomic Shindig and Paragon Project on Saturday, and Soul Society and The Fabulous Johnson Brothers on Sunday.
In addition to enjoying local and regional musicians on the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage and the Big Local Music Stage, Festival goers can visit the Acoustic Lounge in the courtyard of the Cultural Arts Center, the Dance and Theater Stage at Genoa Park and the Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage.
The Dance and Theater Stage moves this year to the Genoa Park amphitheater on the west side of the river, and will feature more than 30 performances from local troupes such as Columbus Celtic Dancers, Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, TRANSIT ARTS, Yellow Rose Cloggers of Ohio, Columbus Children’s Theatre, TBD: The Improvised Musical!, Worthington Community Theatre, OSU Hillel Folk and El Ritmo Flamenco Ensemble.
The new Big Local Music Stage will be located under the train bridge on Rich Street near 400 West Rich. The stage is part of the revamped Big Local Art Village at the Festival’s Franklinton entrance, and will feature more than 20 performances with plenty of seating, tables, and food and beverage vendors nearby. Friday includes acts such as Honey & Blue, Man Pants, Cousin Simple and Zoo Trippin’, while Saturday features Dr. E., Parker Louis Band, Andy Shaw Band and Mistar Anderson. Sunday finishes with bands such as The Shazzbots, Forever Unknown, The Devil Doves and Black River Gypsies.
The 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 Kristin Gramza, Anthony Mossburg, Starlit Ways, Folquinox, Rachel Clemente and Ruvane.
More than 50 poets, authors and storytellers will grace the Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage over the weekend, from storytellers Erin O’Neil and Michael Shirzadian to poets Markkus Brown and Rosemarie Wilson. The weekend includes readings from The Dollhouse on Friday afternoon, Hiram Alumni Writers and Columbus Queer Mic Saturday, and Wild Goose Creative and the Thurber Theatre Troupe Sunday afternoon. Saturday evening will be closed out with a poetry slam hosted by Ethan Rivera; Saturday and Sunday afternoons will see young writers sharing their work from the Flip the Page literary journal, which gets published that weekend.
See a complete list of performances at columbusartsfestival.org/application/performances/.
The ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage and Dance & Theater Stage have reserved seating areas during evening performances for guests with Friends of the Festival VIP packages. The other three 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 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 8 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)
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 2019 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Blue Moon, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Easton, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, L Brands Foundation, LAZ Parking, Legoland, MORPC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Schoedinger, Smart Columbus, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade 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.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
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For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.