Columbus Arts Festival Brings More Than 150 Performances to Six Stages
For immediate releaseMay 1, 2017
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival powered by American Electric Power will offer everything from jazz and classical music to slam poetry and modern dance the weekend of June 9-11. With six stages this year and more than 150 performances the downtown riverfront will rock, swing, leap and, above all, entertain.
The ABC6 Bicentennial Stage in Bicentennial Park will host acts Grassinine and The Navigators Friday evening. Saturday afternoon will see family friendly performances including the Columbus Children’s Choir and the Shazzbots. Sunday morning the Columbus Symphony sponsored by Safelite will perform while White Castle provides their signature sliders as accompaniment.
The new West Bank Stage will feature more than 20 performances and has plenty of seating, tables, and food and beverage vendors nearby. Friday evening includes acts such as Dave Buker & The Historians, Andy Shaw Band and Michael Christopher, while Saturday features Topher James & the Biscuit Brigade, One World Tribe, Dominic Francesco and Joey Hebdo. Saturday evening the stage will welcome Grammy Award-winning musician Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, plus local blues legend Sean Carney. Sunday finishes with bands such as Anna & The Consequences, the Latin Jazz Players and The McCartney Project.
The Groove U Stage returns for a second year, this time moving to the east side of the river onto Civic Center Drive. It will feature more than a dozen performances on Saturday and Sunday, including The Muppet Mayhem Band, Time Out and The Comos.
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 Katie Davis, Kelly Zullo & Michael Kelsey, Fox & Hounds and Charlie Millikin.
Dance and theater have been combined on the IKEA Dance & Theater Stage on the northeast corner of Civic Center Drive and South Second Street. The stage will feature around 30 performances throughout the weekend from local troupes such as Actors Theatre of Columbus, TRANSIT ARTS, Madlab Theatre, Movement Afoot, Columbus Children’s Theatre and SueMo Dance Company.
More than 50 poets, authors and storytellers will grace the Ohio Magazine Word is Art stage on Friday and Saturday, from storytellers Mandy Page and Kevin Cordi to poets Deb Strozier and Alexis Rueal. Friday night will finish out with the Story Swap, while Saturday wraps with a poetry slam. Saturday and Sunday afternoons young writers will share their work from the Flip the Page literary journal, which gets published that weekend.
In addition, the Grass Patch Performers, local actors ages 4-12 will perform Jumanji, on the east side of the river on the northwest corner of Rich Street and Civic Center, Saturday and Sunday. Street performers will also be strolling throughout the festival grounds during the weekend.
The ABC6 Bicentennial Stage and West Bank Stage have reserved seating areas during evening performances for guests with Friends of the Festival 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 Stage, 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/get-involved/friends-of-the-festival
Festival Hours: Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 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 2017 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus Recreation & Parks, Columbus State Community College, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DLZ, G&J Pepsi-Cola, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Grange Insurance, Hopper Cart, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IKEA, Kroger, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, Nationwide, Oakland Nursery, The Ohio State University, PNC, Safelite, Svedka, Toyota, Vintage Wine, The Westin Columbus and White Castle. Media sponsors include ABC6/WSYX and FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, 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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