Though Fourth of July celebrations across the country have been cancelled due to the bad economy, there are no shortage of Independence Day celebrations in Greater Cincinnati. Along with the “Red, White and Blue Ash” bash on Sunday with current Cincinnati resident Peter Frampton and classic rockers Yes (see Frampton interview on this page), you can get your Fourth on and hear some tunes in Colerain Township — featuring music from Canadian Country band Emerson Drive and Roots/Rock/Zydeco crew Robin Lacy & DeZydeco (find details at www.coleraintwp.org) — on the riverfront at Sawyer Point (with headliners The Carter Twins) and in many other neighborhoods across the city.
But it’s the Northside Rock ’n Roll Carnival/Parade/Festival that features the best lineup of homegrown bands and musicians. And it’s so cool you don’t even have to miss the other Fourth of July events and fireworks displays around town because the fun takes place Friday and Saturday, with no events on the actual Fourth.
The Rock ’n Roll Carnival takes place Friday in Hoffner Park beginning at 6 p.m. and running until 1 a.m. The eclectic lineup of music includes The Long Gones, The Sundresses, You, You’re Awesome, The Kiss Me Everlasting, The Tempers and Queen City String Band. Between sets (and around the grounds) you can catch the unusual performances of The Pickled Brothers Sideshow and fire artistes Incendium Arts.
Saturday’s fun begins at noon with the always-entertaining Fourth of July Parade.
Immediately following the parade at 1 p.m., the Festival begins at Hoffner Park and goes until 1 a.m. Saturday’s musical lineup features Cletus Romp, Ricky Nye Inc., The Tigerlilies, Daniel Martin Moore, Baoku Moses & the Image Afrobeat Band, Brian Olive and State Song.
All of the Northside festivities are free. For full details and schedules, go to www.northsidejuly4.com.
More Local Notes
• Media Bridges has announced that it is finally ready to put on the FM airwaves its community radio station WVQC: Radio Free Queen City, which, along with local news and talk, features an array of local music on shows like Cincy Sounds, Jazz Hour, Cincinnati Live! and many others. After several years of applying for a license, training its all-volunteer staff and scheduling programming, the station will go from an Internet-only to a Low Power FM (LPFM) outlet Friday at 6 p.m. The station’s switch will be flipped to the “on” position during the Northside Rock ’n Roll Carnival, where the channel will be broadcasting live through Saturday night. The station’s frequency is 95.7 FM. To check out the program schedule and find more info (and to still listen online), head to www.wvqc.org.
• Local Reggae rockers The Ohms have scored the opening slot for Reggae legend Barrington Levy’s performance Thursday at The Mad Hatter in Covington. Get show details here.
The band has also put pre-sale tickets for its annual Ohmstead Music Festival on sale at ohmstead.eventbrite.com. Tickets for the fest (taking place Aug. 27-29 at Loveland’s Branch Hill VFW Hall) are $35 at the door, but if you get them early they’re just $25. The lineup for Ohmstead 2010 is loaded with local favorites, including Rumpke Mountain Boys, Eclipse, The Skeetones, Bubble Life and Buffalo Killers.
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