The eerie humming sound that kicked off The Afghan Whigs' 1993 major label debut, Gentlemen (considered by many to be one of the best albums of the ’90s), sounded mysterious to those who’ve never visited Greater Cincinnati. But those in Northern Kentucky and Cincy knew that rhythmic buzzing wasn’t a swarm of bees or a loop of some old man snoring. To anyone who frequently traveled across the Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River, the sound was instantly recognizable as the sound created by the cars, buses and trucks driving across the bridge’s distinctive blue grating. So in some ways, it makes perfect sense that this year’s RoeblingFest, Saturday’s daylong celebration of the 155-year-old structure, is showcasing some high quality musical acts to enhance the festivities.
RoeblingFest began in 2005 and, as the Covington side of the bridge has grown with new businesses and entertainment options, so has the festival.
Along with plenty of art vendors and food booths (and a new beer for the occasion — Roebling Porter), there will also be some solid live music all day long. Patrick Ewing and the Crick Gypsies kick things off with some fine Americana music at 2 p.m., followed by acoustic duo Perfect Sequel. At 4 p.m., the superb Reggae crew Super-Massive takes the stage, followed by a set by local Jam Band legends Spookfloaters.
Creative, passionate Indie Rock band The Chocolate Horse (currently prepping a new album) takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by kick-ass rockers The Dukes at 8 p.m. Speaking of kick-ass Rock, The Lion’s Rampant closes out the show at 9:15 p.m.
After all that, you’re going be pretty exhausted, but don’t leave just yet. RoeblingFest 2011 finishes off with a bang — literally. The event will end with an always dazzling fireworks display from Rozzi Fireworks.
For more information about the festival and the bridge's history, visit the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee site here.