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by Steven Rosen 10.29.2014 27 days ago
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Cincinnati, Columbus Parks Finalists for Urban Land Institute Award

Washington Park among four finalists

Two relatively new Ohio parks, Cincinnati’s Washington Park and Columbus’ Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile, were among the four finalists for the non-profit Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Urban Open Space Award. According to the Institute, the award “celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community.” The 2014 winner was Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, described by the Institute as a “5.2-acre deck park built over a recessed freeway in Texas” (similar to what Cincinnati planners want to do with downtown’s Fort Washington Way). It bridges “the downtown Dallas cultural district with burgeoning mixed-use neighborhoods, reshaping the city and catalyzing economic development.” The award was made at the Institute’s October meeting. The two other finalists were Tulsa’s Guthrie Green and Santa Fe’s Railyard Park and Plaza. To be eligible, parks had to meet these criteria: ▪    Be located in an urbanized area in North America; ▪    Have been open to the public at least one year and no more than 15 years; ▪    Be predominantly outdoors and inviting to the public; ▪    Be a lively gathering space, providing abundant and varied seating, sun and shade, and trees and plantings, with attractions and features that offer many different ways for visitors to enjoy the space; ▪    Be used intensively on a daily basis, and act as a destination for a broad spectrum of users throughout the year; ▪    Have a positive economic impact on its surroundings; ▪    Promote physical, social, and economic health of the larger community; and provide lessons, strategies, and techniques that can be used or adapted in other communities.
 
 
by Jac Kern 10.14.2014 42 days ago
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Cincinnati (and CityBeat) Featured in New York Magazine

Mag encourages readers to "Check out Cincinnati's New Cool"

It seems every day a new love letter to Cincinnati makes its rounds on the Internet. The latest is from New York Magazine’s Weekend Travel section, where Alex Schechter touts Cincy as a perfect three-day trip thanks to the city's breweries, restaurants and neighborhood redevelopment. Where to Stay: Downtown’s 21c Museum Hotel and The Cincinnatian are mentioned for their accommodations, along with a few area Airbnb picks. Where to Eat: Metropole, Salazar and Sotto — no surprise to local foodies. There’s even a cute explanation of goetta (“oatmeal-infused sausage hash”). What to Do: The article sums up a local urbanite’s ideal Saturday in OTR with stops at Washington Park, the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Findlay Market and Rhinegeist. Insider’s Tip: Cincinnati’s beer brewing past and present is certainly a draw for tourists. Schechter suggests the American Legacy underground tour, where folks can explore beneath the streets of OTR. Oddball Day: A hodgepodge of noteworthy Cincinnati destinations: munch at Holtman’s Donuts, Senate and The Eagle; Shop Jack Wood Gallery, Steam Whistle Letterpress and Article; peep local art at the latest Red Door Project installation; and check out a concert at the soon-opening Woodward Theatre. And it looks like CityBeat got a quick shout out in the Links section, along with Soapbox Media and 3CDC. Thanks! Go here for more on the latest “no seriously, Cincinnati is cool” article your friends are sharing.
 
 
by Mike Breen 08.22.2014 95 days ago
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Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival Begins Tonight

Washington Park and SCPA host events throughout the two-day fest presented by Learning Through Art, Inc.

The Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival returns Friday and Saturday with an adjusted format. While last year’s fest was spread out across the Over-the-Rhine area, this year’s Crown Jewels is more streamlined, with free events concentrated in OTR’s Washington Park.The fest kicks off Friday night with an 8 p.m. concert featuring unique and widely acclaimed Jazz singer Gregory Porter, as well as Cincinnati native Mandy Gaines (whose been busy performing throughout Europe and Asia). Saturday at Washington Park, the fest kicks up again with Phil DeGreg, Baba Charles Miller and Kathy Wade (whose Learning Through Art, Inc. presents the Crown Jewels fest) performing and telling the story of Jazz (and other music) in a program called “Journeys: A Black Anthology of Music” at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., “Piano Picnic in the Park” will showcase area pianists; DeGreg, Jim Connerly, Billy Larkin, Charles Ramsey III, Cheryl Renee, Steve Schmidt and Erwin Stuckey will each perform their two favorite Jazz numbers during the hour and a half performance. Then it’s time to dance! The fest closes out at 8 p.m. with “Dancing Under the Stars” at the park’s bandstand, featuring music from the 18-piece Sound Body Jazz Orchestra and dancers/teachers from the Dare to Dance Ballroom Dance and Fitness Studio.Given that it is presented by Learning Through Art, Inc., it is fitting that the Crown Jewels of Jazz fest will also include an educational program Saturday morning for high school musicians at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, just across the street from Washington Park’s 12th Street entrance. The CJ2 Jazz Camp, which will feature clinics, classes and more with many of Cincinnati’s top Jazz musicians and educators (including DeGreg, Stuckey, Jim Anderson, Marc Fields, Ted Karas, Mike Wade, Art Gore, Brent Gallaher and many others), begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a $35 fee per student.For complete info on the Jazz Camp and all of the Crown Jewels of Jazz events, visit learningthroughart.com. And click here to read CityBeat's interview with Wade about the fest and her org's other work.
 
 

The Perfect Children Deliver on Debut Album

Plus, the Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival returns to OTR

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Cincinnati Garage Soul/Roots group The Perfect Children capture the essence of their electrifying live shows on Get Me Mine and the Crown Jewels of Jazz Festival returns, this year centralized in Washington Park.  

Fountain Square, Washington Park Music Series Begin

0 Comments · Thursday, May 29, 2014
The free musical performances at Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park and downtown’s Fountain Square (aka the PNC Summer Music Series) kick off in earnest this week.  
by mbreen 05.16.2014
 
 
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Lineups for Fountain Square, Washington Park Music Series

The impending summertime brings almost daily free music to the city’s center

When the lineups for the every-Friday MidPoint Indie Summer concerts on Fountain Square were announced, showcasing a solid lineup of local and touring Indie Rock acts, a colleague in Charlotte, N.C., Jeff Hahne, bemoaned his own city’s lackluster “outdoor free music” offerings. Writing on the blog of the city’s Creative Loafing weekly, he said he was increasingly disappointed by the cover bands and “’90s alt-rock” acts that populate two of Charlotte’s free outdoor music series.  “Charlotte may have twice the population and enjoy warmer weather,” Hahne wrote, “but as far as a summer music series goes, Cincinnati clearly wins.” It was a good reminder of how good things are for live music fans in Cincinnati. And Hahne wrote this about only one small part of the overall free, outdoor, live music offerings the city provides. There are events for fans of cover bands, too, like the every-Wednesday Party in the Park shows at Yeatman’s Cove on the riverfront, but, besides Indie Summer, downtown’s Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park present a wide variety of styles of music every year once the warmer weather rolls around. And every series draws respectable-to-blockbuster crowds, showing that our city has more than enough music lovers to support the multitude of musical events each summer. (Even these two spaces’ series only represent a portion of the overall outdoor, live music action downtown; there are also events like next weekend’s Taste of Cincinnati that have a wide variety of local musicians performing.) The lineups for the musical performances at Washington Park and Fountain Square (officially known as the PNC Summer Music Series and presented by 3CDC and a wide range of different sponsors) have leaked out gradually over the past few weeks. Now that most of the artists booked for the various series have been announced, we’ve collected them below for you to marvel at the quantity and quality of what our city core has in store this summer for music fans. (Visit Fountain Square’s site here and Washington Park’s site here for more info and some links to check out some of the artists ahead of time.) Washington Park (SHOWS 7-10 P.M. WEEKLY UNLESS NOTED) WEDNESDAYS: CROWN JEWELS OF JAZZ May 28: Rashon Murph & Randy Villars June 4: Marc Fields June 11: Tropicoso June 18: Patricia & Chris Berg June 25: Siobhan and the Situation July 2: Rick Van Matre July 9: NKU Faculty Band  July 16: Anne Stephens July 23: Art Gore featuring Delfeayo Marsalis July 30: No concert Aug. 6: Sylvain Archer Aug. 13: Fo/Mo/Deep Aug. 20: Dick Sisto Aug. 27: Mike Wade  THURSDAYS: BANDSTAND BLUEGRASS  May 29: Jake Speed & The Freddies andThe Red Cedars June 5: The Comet Bluegrass Allstars June 12: Wild Carrot & the Roots Band June 19: Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers June 26: The Downtown County Band July 3: Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band and Woody Pines July 10: Steve Bonafel & One Iota July 17: Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle July 24: The Rattlesnakin’ Daddies July 31: No concert Aug. 7: The Tillers Aug. 14: Hickory Robot Aug. 21: Bulletville Aug. 28th: Whiskey Bent Valley and Al Scorch FRIDAYS: FRIDAY FLOW (Note: Local DJ crew Selectas Choice spins between sets) May 30: EU, Jameze and performers from Elementz June 6: Natural Progression and Collective Peace June 13: Hotsauce, Tyshawn Colquitt and more TBA June 20: Carpe Diem, Ron C and more TBA June 27: Bobby Valentino, L’ Renee and performers from Elementz July 4: Playa (featuring Smoke & Black), Deuces and more TBA July 11: Carl Moore, Marwan (Soul Flow) July 18: 2nd Wind, The Ingrid Rachel Project July 25: (3 p.m. start) Sei High, 432, performers from Elementz and more TBA Aug. 1: No Friday Flow; LumenoCity returns Aug. 8: Flawless and Keenan West Aug. 15: Big Jim and Erica P Aug. 22: Gregory Porter and Mandy Gaines Aug. 29: Tiara Purifoy (American Idol), performers from Elementz and more TBA Fountain Square (SHOWS 7-10 P.M. WEEKLY UNLESS NOTED) TUESDAYS: AMERICAN ROOTS May 27: Jeremy Pinnell & the 55s and Ben Knight & the Welldiggers June 3: Kim Taylor and Peter Mulvey June 10: The Black Lillies and The Kentucky Struts June 17: Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Shuffle and Arlo McKinley June 24: Dallas Moore Band July 1: The Tillers and Red Cedars July 8: Pure Grain and Shoot Out the Lights July 15: Chuck Mead and Straw Boss July 22: The Wheeler Brothers and Shiny & the Spoon July 29: Bulletville and Bucktown Kickback Aug. 5: Josh Eagle and The Hiders Aug. 12: The Ragbirds and The Happy Maladies Aug. 19: Tony Furtado and Rumpke Mountain Boys Aug. 26: Birds of Chicago WEDNESDAYS: REGGAE WEDNESDAY May 28: Super-Massive (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) June 4: Driftaways (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Avalanche Sound) June 11: Peach Freedom and Connect (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) June 18: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Queen City Imperial Sound System) June 25: Milele Roots (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) July 2: Jah Messengers (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Avalanche Sound) July 9: Zvuloon Dub System (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) July 16: Gato’s Gullah Gumbo (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: DJ Mowgli) July 23: Ark Band (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) July 30: 77 Jefferson (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Avalanche Sound) Aug. 6: Rashita Astemari (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) Aug. 13: The Drastics (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Queen City Imperial Sound System) Aug. 20: Big Wig Mechanics (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) Aug. 27: The Cliftones  (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: DJ Mowgli) THURSDAYS: SALSA ON THE SQUARE (Note: Salsa on the Square kicked off May 1) May 22: Grupo Tumbao May 29: Mambo Diablo June 5: Son Del Caribe June 12: Tropicoso June 19: Kandela June 26: Grupo Tumbao July 3: Zumba July 10: Mambo Diablo July 17: Kandela July 24: Son Del Caribe July 31: Tropicoso Aug. 7: Clave Son Aug. 14: Grupo Tumbao Aug. 2: Son Del Caribe Aug. 28: Kandela Sept. 4: Clave Son Sept. 11: Tropicoso Sept. 18: Latin Beat Project FRIDAYS: MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER (7-11 P.M. WEEKLY) May 30: WHY?, Yip Deceiver, Badboxes, Dark Colour June 6: Wussy, The Tigerlilies, Honey & Houston, Mason School of Rock June 13: Betty Who, Vito Emmanuel, Captain Kidd, Pluto Revolts June 20: Those Darlins, The Harlequins, The Frankl Project, Those Crosstown Rivals June 27: Moon Taxi, Peridoni, Nevele, Acarya July 4: Local H, Mad Anthony, New Strange, One Day Steady July 11: Soledad Brothers, Electric Citizen, Pop Goes the Evil, Grotesque Brooms July 18: Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites, DAAP Girls, Mardou, Young Colt July 25: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Public, Dream Tiger, Danny & His Fantasy Aug. 1: The Spiders (A tribute to David Bowie), The Honey Spiders, Bad People, To No End Aug. 8: Man Man, Injecting Strangers, Ohio Knife, Skeleton Hands Aug. 15: The Nightbeast, more TBA Aug. 22: psychodots, Lemon Sky, Tonefarmer, Heavy Hinges Aug. 29: Islands, The Pass, The Yugos, Joey Cook & The Keepers of the Secret SATURDAYS: BEATS BY SELF-DIPLOMA (7-11 P.M. WEEKLY) May 31: Cal Scruby, Matt Persin, NJ + drummer, Nuk, Federal & Company, TJC with DJ Vizion, Beatboxer Nav & Jake June 7: Chingy, DJ Diamond, Sleep, Planet Venus, Chestah T & Snowball, Razook, Alexander the Bear June 14: DJ Clockwork, DJ Etrayn, Buggs Tha Rocka, Jon Schuyler, Ingrid Rachel Project, SSE, DJ RiQ The Professor, Miles Mulligan June 21: OCD: Moosh & Twist, Puck, Hafrican, Jayme Shaye, Eazy El Loco, A1 & Juice Jones, DJ iGrind June 28: DJ Bandcamp, Junya Be, Macho Means, Aysia Marie & Ajax Stacks, Nate Paulson, Mad Snipes, EddieO July 5: The Knocks (DJ set), Millennium Robots, Disco Joe & Friends, Aviators, T3CCHTUNE, Mr. Fantastic, Keyyz July 12: Mike Stud, James Dapper, The S.A.U.C.E., SkeetR V. Twinkiee, Kid Quill, Blue Society July 19: DJ D-LO, Joseph Nevels, Oregonia, Spearpoint, Brad Redford, Banducci and the Wheels, Kyle English July 26: DJ Kid Capri, Khimera Records (8:30 p.m. start) Aug. 2: Hi-Tek and Friends, Jillian Faith, Suave & Under New Order, Frankly Speaking, B. Soul, Haze Aug. 9: Dizzy Wright, Trademark Aaron, Young ILL, Jaylee, Odd Fella, MCB, Jameze Latrail Aug. 16: Trentino, DJ Skills, Ingrid Woode & the Woode Tribe Orchestra, DJ Will Kill, Mark Moore (8 p.m. start) Aug. 23: Sound Remedy, Bob A Dob, Panzer, Black Signal, Randi Floss, Skyelle, Button Mashers Aug. 30: Capitol Thrill, Firecat 451, Riot Ten, DJ B-Funk, Reaux, Chris Alarcon, DJ Edge
 
 
by Kelsey Kennedy 03.24.2014
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LumenoCity Returns this Summer with Three-Day Festival in Washington Park

Five years ago, Over-the-Rhine was considered one of the most dangerous and dilapidated neighborhoods in the United States, a title earned through a controversial analysis of the area’s crime statistics. Today it’s a different story, with Over-the-Rhine at the forefront of community revitalization, and Washington Park at the core of that progress. At last year’s inaugural LumenoCity, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brought in a total of 35,000 spectators over two nights to see Music Hall come to life through a visual and musical collaboration. The crowds alone were proof of the growth OTR has made as a neighborhood and the mark it continues to make on Cincinnati. This year, the free concert experience will be expanded to three days – Aug. 1-3, rain or shine. The 40-minute, all-new visual performances promise heart-pounding music paired with stunning animation. Using a technique called architectural mapping, three-dimensional graphics will be projected from trailers on Race Street onto the façade of Music Hall, quite literally shining a light on a cherished city landmark. Each performance will begin at 8:30 p.m. with John Morris Russell conducting the orchestra as the Cincinnati Pops. After a brief intermission, Music Director Louis Langree will lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the light show for the second time. In an interview with CityBeat’s Anne Arenstein last year, Langree stated why he loved performing in Over-the-Rhine over other venues: “There’s a great sense of creativity and innovation you can feel. Washington Park is a great venue. I know that at one time it was a sketchy place but now it’s alive and thriving. To see so many thousands of people gathered to celebrate the city was marvelous.” The visual elements for the concert’s second half are being developed by Brave Berlin, a world-class creative design and production company based in Cincinnati. Music to be featured in the second performance include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” the fourth movement from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Elgar’s “Nimrod” and Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances.” Details of the concert’s first half with Russell and the Cincinnati Pops will be announced on a date closer to the festival. LumenoCity isn’t just a collaboration between some of Cincinnati’s best music and art scenes, but a celebration of the city itself. In addition to the performances, organizers are planning an all-new LumenoCity Village with pre-concert performances, arts and crafts, and greatly expanded food and beverage services. Two additional speaker arrays are being added this year for improved sound coverage, as well as expanded restroom services. Performers from the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera will also be showcased during the event.  The village will open at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The designated viewing area inside Washington Park will be fenced in to ensure guest safety and comfort, and attendance within that designated area will be capped at 12,500 people each night. All are welcome, and this year’s concerts will be free to the general public, but ticketed. Advance tickets will be offered starting May 19 to CSO and Pops season ticket holders. Complimentary tickets will be available starting Monday, June 9, at 8 a.m. at lumenocity.com and will be issued until capacity is reached. For audience members without a computer or Internet access, a supply of free tickets will be made available to several of CSO’s partner organizations. In addition to the www.lumenocity2014.com website, the CSO has established a LumenoCity telephone information line at 513-744-3372.
 
 

Washington Park's Success Spurs a MusicNOW 'Portrait'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The recent $46 million restoration/reinvention of Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park is already reaping artistic dividends — it’s responsible for a new musical tribute to the transformative powers of landscape architecture.  
by Jac Kern 10.25.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 10/25-10/27

Brand consulting firm Landor Associates hosts coinciding events Friday at the iconic Shillito’s department store building downtown. Miketoberfest is a benefit for Mike Amann, owner of Covington design firm BLDG and linchpin in the Greater Cincinnati arts scene, who is battling stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer. The fundraiser features live music and DJs, grub from local food trucks and local art and handmade goods for sale from 5-11 p.m. Meanwhile, Landor will also be guiding Shillito’s Abandoned tours every 10 minutes during that time. Visitors will go underground to explore the former department store’s cafeteria, showrooms and Santaland for a spooky experience perfect for Halloween. Admission for Miketoberfest is $15; tours are $10. All proceeds from the night benefit the Amann family. Go here for more details. The Cincinnati Art Museum is said to be the site of various hauntings, which sets the stage for Friday’s Art After Dark event. The museum will host ghost tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and screen the 1922 classic Nosferatu with Folk Rockers The Ridges providing a live score to the film from 6-8 p.m. Appetizers and drinks (including Great Lakes Nosferatu ale) will be available for purchase; admission is free. Cincinnati street style gets the spotlight at Rise of the Cool Kids, a production feature from local retailers, designers, bloggers and other area fashionistas. The event takes over Washington Park Friday with a happy hour 5-7 p.m. benefiting Artworks; a dance party and projected fashion show 7-11 p.m.; and after-parties at nearby 4EG bars. $10 tickets are available in advance online. Limited cash tickets will be available tonight at the park. For a classy twist on the adult Halloween party, check out The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers' Masquerade Saturday. The Christian Moerlein Brewery serves as a chilling setting for a masquerade ball, complete with masks and makeup artists to elevate your mysterious look, a DJ, photo booth, local bites, drinks served by fave Japp’s and Bakersfield bartenders and a special dance performance by Pones Inc. The Malice Ball runs 8 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and include a drink ticket and free shuttle to and from Washington Park and Mercer Garages. Register here. Channel your inner Jules Verne at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Gears & Beers event Saturday. It’s a steampunk soiree — Victorian aesthetic with a sci-fi edge — complete with a costume and gadget parade, live entertainment and plenty of microbrews and food pairings. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $40; $30 for CMC and Enjoy the Arts members. Go here for event lineup and menu details. For more art openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings. Be sure to read ScaryBeat for more Halloween events and holiday inspiration.
 
 

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Cincinnati's annual MidPoint Music Festival notches 12th successful year

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
 We here at CityBeat and others associated with the fest did a lot of campaigning to get people into the smaller venues to check out some of the lesser-known acts and MPMF-goers did better than in any previous year showing love for artists who had yet to infiltrate their personal music collections  

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