Anderson East, BalletMet and Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Headline ABC6 Bicentennial Stage at Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseApril 17, 2019
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by American Electric Power (AEP) and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council), is excited to welcome its headline performances to the ABC6 Bicentennial Stage throughout the Festival weekend thanks to CoverMyMeds, Worthington Industries and Huntington.
On Friday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m., the Festival welcomes BalletMet to the stage. That evening the renowned Columbus dance company will offer a mixed repertoire of shorter pieces from its past productions. BalletMet’s free performance will be preceded by music from DJ Donnie M. of Damn Girl.
Then on Saturday, June 8, the stage hosts Anderson East at 9 p.m. The Nashville-based musician, known for his potent and husky voice, will bring his signature mix of blues, rock, soul and R&B to the stage that evening. Anderson East released his second album Encore through Low Country Sound in early 2018 as a follow-up to his breakout debut, 2015’s Delilah.
The morning of Sunday, June 9, the stage will welcome Pride at the Fest presented by Stonewall Columbus. The series of free performances honors the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City and kicks off Columbus’ Pride week. 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 Flaggots Ohio flag corps.
“We’re excited that the ABC6 Bicentennial Stage will host a variety of incredible acts during the Festival,” says Festival Director Sean Kessler. “From nationally recognized Anderson East to Columbus institutions like BalletMet and Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, we’re proud to offer these concerts to the public for free.”
The ABC6 Bicentennial Stage and other Festival stages will host more local and regional acts throughout the weekend. The complete performance lineup is available here: columbusartsfestival.org/application/performances/.
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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