The City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has partnered with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) to kick off summer on the Scioto Mile with the first-ever Rhythm on the River Music Festival. Beginning at 11am on Saturday, June 1, the Bicentennial Park stage will host a spectacular, day-long roster of local, regional, and national music artists from a wide variety of genres, including funk, soul, blues, jazz, rock, R&B and gospel, culminating in a headlining performance by world-renowned American rock/blues band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Previously a summer evening concert series, Rhythm on the River has transformed into a free,
day-long, downtown music festival that will also offer a variety of food truck and beverage
options for event-goers to enjoy.
“Partnering with CAPA enables us to present an exciting and diverse lineup of musical talent in
the launch of this new event,” said Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Director Tony
Collins. “A day of fantastic music and delicious fare on downtown’s beautiful Scioto Mile is the
perfect way to welcome summer and celebrate our city.”
“As we celebrate CAPA’s 50th anniversary throughout 2019, giving back to the community is a
big focus for us, so this partnership with Columbus Recreation and Parks to kickoff of their
remarkable new event was a perfect fit and opportunity,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad
Whittington. “We invite Columbus to come down to the Scioto Mile for a not-to-be-missed, all-
day event filled with the best sights, sounds, smells, and flavors the city and summer have to
Bicentennial Park Stage Schedule:
11:00 am, Mojoflo, Funk, Soul
1:00 pm, Theo’s Loose Hinges, R&B
3:00 pm, Sean Carney Band, Blues
5:00 pm, Ruthie Foster, Blues, Soul, Gospel
7:00 pm, The Ides of March, Funk, Rock, Jazz, Fusion
9:00 pm, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, American Blues Rock
On-Site Food Trucks:
Betty’s Taste of Flavor
Good and Tasty
Momma Can Cook
Nazca Peruvian Eats
The Pit BBQ Grille
Beverages from Pepsi, Brew Dog, and Miller Light will also be available for purchase on site
throughout the day.
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 13, 2020 12:00 am
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 15, 2020 12:00 am
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until February 16, 2020 12:00 am
The 6th Annual Columbus Dessert Festival Returns!