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    Columbus Recreation and Parks Announces Free Scioto Mile Summer Programming

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is excited to announce the 2014 Scioto Mile summer programming schedule for the Rhythm on the River performance series and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM). All programs take place in Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., and are free and open to the public. For details and more information about Rhythm on the River, FountainSide and other Scioto Mile programming, visit http://www.SciotoMile.com.

    Rhythm on the River

    Featuring everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more, attending a Rhythm on the River performance is the perfect way to spend summer evenings with family and friends. These free outdoor performances take place on Friday evenings throughout the summer at the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion, a state-of-the-art venue with architecture that reflects the design of the Scioto Mile Fountain. Each evening, food and beverage sales will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information on Rhythm on the River, visit http://www.sciotomile.com/events/rhythm-on-the-river/.

    June 13: The Navigators (classic rock), 7:30 p.m.

    June 20: Shemekia Copeland with special guest The Teeny Tucker Band (blues), 7:30 p.m.

    June 27: Kenya Safari Acrobats, 8:00 p.m.

    July 11: Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, 7:30 p.m. (In partnership with Mayor’s Twilight Ride and CoGo’s First Birthday Celebration)

    July 25: An Evening of Bluegrass with Balsam Range and The Boxcars, 7:30 p.m.

    August 1: MojoFlo (rock/soul), 7:30 p.m.

    August 15: The Paul Thorn Band (roots rock) with special guest Grassinine (mountain rock), 7:30 p.m.

    August 23: Mavis Staples (soul/gospel) with special guest fo/mo/deep (jazz/ funk), 7:30 p.m.

    August 29: BalletMet Columbus, 8:00 p.m.

    September 5: Columbus Jazz Orchestra with special guest Helen Welch, 7:30 p.m.

    June 13: The Navigators

    The Navigators are a 13-piece, Columbus-based band that focuses on having fun and raising money for charity. Most members are current or former executives at American Electric Power including the AEP chief operating officer, a tax attorney, and an optometrist. Still, don’t think these guys can’t rock – the members have a wide array of experience; some have even opened for Kansas, Jefferson Airplane and Jimmy Buffett. Expect lots of horns, multilayered vocals and covers of classic hits from the Beatles, Chicago and the Commodores. While they don’t play many shows, when they do, they play for a cause. Since their formation in 2003, they have helped to raise over $200,000 to help local and national charities such as the Salvation Army, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Hilltop YMCA, the American Red Cross and numerous other deserving charities.

    June 20: Shemekia Copeland with special guest The Teeny Tucker Band

    Shemekia Copeland – Two-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues genre. In a span of less than two decades, she has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas such as Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland was presented with Taylor’s crown in 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of being the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city: street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks, and so much more.

    The Teeny Tucker Band – Although Teeny Tucker was born into blues royalty (daughter of Tommy Tucker who honed the 1964 classic “Hi-Heel Sneakers”), one need only to hear Teeny to know that she has cultivated and developed her “gifts” into her very own uniquely compelling “world-class” package. Her musical journey has seen Teeny perform at many of the major blues festivals in the US, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and Italy. She has been invited to appear on the same bill with great blues artists such as BB King, KoKo Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, and many others.

    June 27: Kenya Safari Acrobats

    The Kenya Safari Acrobats offer a truly unique cultural experience. Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The group members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya, as a means to break free from an impoverished country. Now they serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya as they travel the globe, entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages.

    The Kenya Safari Acrobats perform a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat. Combining artistry with humor and playfulness, these gymnasts are a huge crowd pleaser. A unique and eye-popping blend of traditional arts and circus skills in classic African style, this show will leave you on your feet and filled with a wondrous sense of awe and amazement.

    July 11: Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

    For nearly 30 years, multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, eighth generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. Terrance and his band mates have been seen performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the film The Lucky One; leading HBO producers deep into Creole
    country to film The Music In Me; as a spokesperson for the Louisiana Office Of Tourism; playing accordion on a zydeco tune in the Oscar-nominated Disney classic The Princess & The Frog; and has also been featured in dozens of other films including The Big Easy.

    Before the concert, join Mayor Michael B. Coleman for an evening bike ride through downtown Columbus promoting the benefits of active living. CoGo will also be onsite celebrating their first birthday. Stop by their tent to learn more about their first year success, exciting future plans, and win some prizes. Mayor Michael B. Coleman will also be awarding the top riders of the system and revealing a special CoGo Bike designed by a local artist. For more information, visit http://www.BikeColumbusFestival.com.

    July 25: An Evening of Bluegrass with Balsam Range and The Boxcars

    Balsam Range – From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Mountains come the Balsam Range band, creatively blending bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a definite mark in the bluegrass and acoustic music world. They were nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year in 2010 and in 2011 they won the IBMA Song of the Year award for their hit “Trains I Missed.” In 2013, Balsam Range was nominated for six IBMA awards and took home Album of the Year for the highly acclaimed project Papertown.

    The Boxcars – Mastering modern traditional bluegrass, The Boxcars exhibit their versatile talent as both a bluegrass powerhouse and as seasoned professionals. Collectively, they have won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Grammy Awards along with having shared the stage with some of the most notable names in bluegrass. In addition to being recognized as the 2011 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year, The Boxcars have earned the past three consecutive IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year awards (2011, 2012 & 2013).

    August 1: MojoFlo

    This will be a night of MojoFlo originals and Motown soul favorites. MojoFlo is more than a name, it is a
    sound. Multiple layers of vocals, synths, and horns blend to create genre bending sonic textures guaranteed to please the ear. Mix Hip-Hop/Funk backbeats with powerful vocal delivery and jazzy keyboards. Now throw in tight bass and guitar, stir in soulful horns, and a whole bunch of raw groove.

    August 15: The Paul Thorn Band with special guest Grassinine

    Paul Thorn – Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music: bluesy, rocking, and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer before sharing his experiences with the world as a singer-songwriter. As a boxer, Thorn once fought against Roberto Duran and as a musician, he has toured and collaborated with Sting, Paul Carrack, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, and Carole King to name a scant few.

    Grassinine – Take equal parts rock, blues and bluegrass, throw in a healthy serving of fun, and you get the “mountain rock” that will have you dancing. This impromptu band formed after a neighborhood jam session includes such instruments as banjo, washboard, the spoons and a stringed “gut-bucket” in addition to more traditional instruments. Performing a wide array of original songs and covers of tunes by performers that include Journey, Ozzy Osbourne and Queen, Grassinine is thigh-slapping, toe-tapping fun!

    August 22: Mavis Staples with special guest fo/mo/deep

    Mavis Staples – There are few living musicians who can lay claim to being the voice of America’s conscience, and even fewer who continue to make vital music. For six decades Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s (“Uncloudy Day”), to the engaged protest of the civil rights era (“Freedom Highway”), and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the 1970s with a series of chart hits (“I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself,” “Lets Do It Again”)–through all these, Mavis carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Her three-piece band and a trio of backup vocalists join her for this concert.

    fo/mo/deep – Best known for their sizzling live performances, the fo/mo/deep groove is rooted in the experimental school of the 70s – a time when jazz, soul and funk were one and the same. Seeking to defy the ordinary, this diverse collective of seasoned pros keeps things stirred up with unpredictable
    energy that moves. The music harkens back to the days when super groups hypnotized the world with

    bass driven ensembles and a full-bodied sound that reigned supreme. fo/mo/deep plays music like it’s meant to be…hot, incalculable and emotionally satisfying and fun for all ages.

    August 29: BalletMet Columbus

    The nighttime sky on the Scioto Mile is the perfect backdrop for an evening of exhilarating dance as the talented dancers of BalletMet Columbus kick off Labor Day weekend. A varied bill of dances will provide audiences a sneak peek at BalletMet’s upcoming 2014-2015 season.
    Renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, BalletMet ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies. Its Dance Academy, founded in 1980, ranks among the top five largest dance-training centers in the country, offering over 300 classes each week to students ages 4 to 84. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 157 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 142 world premieres.

    It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 30,000 people annually. The DanceReach program also offers up to 70 scholarships each year to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who could not otherwise participate. BalletMet stages 60 to 70 performances each year at home and on tour. In the past, the company has toured 28 U.S. states and countries such as Russia, Poland, Egypt, Spain and Canada.

    September 5: Columbus Jazz Orchestra with special guest Helen Welch

    Critically-acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch joins the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), under the direction of Byron Stripling, for their debut performance in Bicentennial Park. A native of England, Helen Welch is no stranger to Columbus audiences. Ms. Welch has previously captivated audiences at both the Southern Theatre and the JazZoo! series as a featured guest artist with CJO.

    CJO was formed as a vehicle to create performance opportunities for jazz musicians in a big band setting. Over 40 years later, the CJO is considered one of the world’s finest jazz orchestras and a model for success, presenting big band jazz and world-renowned guest artists to thousands each year. The flagship performing ensemble of the Jazz Arts Group, CJO consists of musicians who are highly regarded as performers and educators across the country and around the globe. By incorporating contemporary arrangements into its repertoire and commissioning new arrangements and masterworks for jazz orchestra, the CJO promotes the future of big band jazz and cultivates the dynamic, adventurous spirit that has kept audiences coming back again and again.

    Rhythm on the River is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Donatos, Sunny Street Café, The Westin Columbus, The Holiday Inn Downtown, Sunny 95 (94.7FM) and WCBE 90.5FM

    FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM)

    Splish-Splash into summer. Join us for FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) for a variety of free children’s activities. This delightful Columbus Recreation and Parks Department series offers water play and fountain fun at the 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain in Bicentennial Park on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An array of themed activities, games, arts and crafts await—get ready to hop into summer with our favorite Fountain Frog, visit with barnyard friends, learn how to eat healthy, be active and more! Sunny 95 will be on hand to cool you off with free ice cream from the Meijer Treat Truck. For details and more information about FountainSide and other Scioto Mile programming, visit http://www.SciotoMile.com.

    June 4: Summer Safari

    June 11: Learn & Live Local

    June 18: Plant with a Purpose

    June 25: Fountain Wishes & Butterfly Kisses

    July 9: Get Active, Get Green

    July 23: Nature & Native Ohio

    July 30: Creepy Crawly Crafts

    August 6: Big City, Little Farm

    August 13: Salute to Summer

    June 4: Summer Safari

    Roar with excitement and explore the safari at FountainSide. Scurry over and visit the Columbus Zoo to meet and learn about wild friends, explore the life of macro-invertebrates with the Audubon Center, then loop, twirl and dance your imagination away with Dramatic Impact. Work on your sport skills with OSU Sports Marketing. Step into the laboratory with COSI, make a splash with Columbus Arts Festival’s ART SHARK, and get your hands dirty with Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop. Hop by the Frog Prince with Columbus Children’s Theatre, learn about vitamins with Local Matters, and then see what’s flying around at Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Cool off your summer fun every week with a free frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.

    June 11: Learn & Live Local

    Show your love for Columbus at FountainSide. Fly over to the Ohio Historical Society for a paper airplane workshop, stop by to plant some seeds with Lowe’s Plant & Grow station, craft away with St. Vincent Family Center, and taste Columbus’ local flavors with Local Matters and Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Test your sport skills with OSU Sports Marketing, discover the wonders of science with the COSI Street Team, then wade back to the fountains to hop around with the Fountain Frog. Don’t forget to grab a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.

    June 18: Plant with a Purpose

    Every day is Earth Day at FountainSide. Learn how to protect our natural environment with RecyColumbus, grab an instrument and play along with the Recycle Band, then learn how plants keep their roots strong with Local Matters. Join Lowe’s for their weekly Plant & Grow workshop, and test your math and science skills with the COSI Street Team. Visit turtle friends with The Turtle Lady, see who’s making sweet honey at Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, and cool down with a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.

    June 25: Fountain Wishes & Butterfly Kisses

    Put on your creative hats and get inspired at FountainSide. Learn how to be an expert artist with OSU Urban Arts Space, flutter over to celebrate Franklin Park Conservatory’s 20th anniversary of Blooms & Butterflies with a butterfly craft, and see what’s buzzing around the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Visit Local Matters for planting lessons, and discover the world of technology and science with Indian Village Outdoor Education Center and COSI. Join the fun with the Lowe’s Plant & Grow station, and skip to the Sunny95/Meijer Treat Truck to grab some frozen goodies.

    July 9: Get Active, Get Green

    It’s time to make a splash, get moving and learn how to ‘go green!’ at FountainSide. Warm-up, show your buckeye spirit and get active with OSU Sports Marketing. Create jewelry out of recyclable water bottles with Eric Marlow, learn how to juggle with Matt Jergens, leap around the fountains with the Fountain Frog, and swing to The Works for shaving cream art. Explore the nature of honey bees with Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, live green with the COSI Street Team, learn how to plant with a friend at Local Matters, and start your own green garden with Lowe’s Plant & Grow station. Top off your day with a treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.

    July 23: Nature & Native Ohio

    Birds of prey are flying into FountainSide. Learn about Ohio’s native species and its beautiful natural environment with the Ohio Wildlife Center. Venture over to Franklin Park Conservatory and St. Vincent

    Family Center for all things crafty. Enjoy tasty native food with Local Matters, discover Ohio science with COSI, and taste yummy honey from Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Take a view of the underground world with the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District and Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop. As always, stop by the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck for a delicious frozen treat.

    July 30: Creepy Crawly Crafts

    Get ready for things that creep, sneak, slither and crawl at FountainSide. Explore and learn about the world of bugs with the Bugman, and soar over to Indian Village Outdoor Education Center for fossils, snakes, furs and more. Make sure to wiggle over and brush up on your art skills with OSU Urban Arts Space, create comic strips with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and plant some fun with Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop. Sneak into the world of COSI with the Street Team, explore the world of homegrown food with Local Matters, and stop by Central Ohio Beekeepers Association for the sweetest honey around. As always, stop by and grab a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.

    August 6: Big City, Little Farm

    It’s time for a barnyard bash at FountainSide. Join Bring the Farm to You to visit the world of chickens, rabbits, sheep and more. Discover the senses of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids with P.T. Reptiles, learn how to keep veggies fresh with Local Matters, and see what the bees are up to with the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Leap around the fountains with your favorite Fountain Frog, grab your lab coats for science fun with the COSI Street Team, play with OSU Sports Marketing, and stop by Lowe’s Plant & Grow station. Be sure to cool off with a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.

    August 13: Salute to Summer

    It’s time to say farewell to FountainSide for now, but let’s celebrate with fountain friends. Test your slap shot skills with Columbus Blue Jackets, get moving with OSU Sports Marketing, and learn about everything turtles with The Turtle Lady. Play in the dirt one last time with Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop and the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District, and get some good eats with Local Matters and the Central Ohio Beekeeper’s Association. Stop by the Thurber House for exciting literature and flip books, and discover creations and innovations with the COSI Street Team. And finally, don’t forget to end your summer days with frozen treats from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.

    FountainSide is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of Sunny 95 (94.7FM) and Donatos.



    I truly appreciate the diversity of attendance at Bicentennial Park. Every time I am down there with my son, there is racial and ethnic diversity as well as people from the city and the suburbs. It is great!

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