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Summer Celebration

This event is far from just a 5k… we have a block party in Washington Park that lasts the entire day!

Save the date for next year! Saturday, May 16


Enjoy live music on two stages from some of the city's best and emerging local bands, food, and Rhinegeist beer (or wine). The celebration includes fun activities for all. City Flea will kickoff their 2014 Season, NECCO will have activities for the kids such as face painting (activity booth hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids races will be at noon), and Art on Vine will showcase local vendors & artists. Check out our great shops and restaurants in OTR.

The food options will be plentiful so come down/over/up to OTR hungry. Many local favorites will have booths set up, our local restaurants will be open and we anticipate many more options from the illustrious culinary vehicles.

Bring the whole family to OTR and see what’s old & see what’s new!


The Lackman, as a sponsor of the OTR 5k is the official after party! They will open at noon on Saturday, May 17th, and will offer all race participants $1 Off drafts. Look for their street team in the Park who will be passing out Lackman koozies and promotional cards.

Appearing on the Main Event Lawn Stage and Bandstand this year


The Cincy Brass

Event Lawn Stage


AWARDS with Cincy Brass

Event Lawn Stage


Margaret Darling


12:15 -1:00

Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle

Event Lawn Stage


Rob Fetters


1:30- 2:15

Happy Maladies

Event Lawn Stage

2:15 - 2:45

Cincinnati Opera


2:45- 3:30


Event Lawn Stage

3:15 -4:00

Noah Wotherspoon



Featured artists on the Event Lawn and Bandstand Stages

The Cincy Brass (

"N'awlins Soul Meets Cincinnati Funk" - That is the best way to describe The Cincy Brass. This 9-piece brass band has the essence of Bourbon St, funk, hip-hop, and jazz all wrapped into an epic explosion of sound and passion. Whether it be an original off of their upcoming debut album, a mind-blowing twist on a cover of a pop hit (Beyonce, James Brown, Def Leppard, Lady Gaga, George Michaels, etc), or an old time N'awlins street music hit, The Cincy Brass delivers a performance that can't be duplicated. The band has exploded onto the scene in the past two years, performing at some of Cincinnati's hippest music venues and biggest festivals. You also may have seen the brass at Reds games and opening for acts like 311, Sublime, Foreigner, Blessid Union of Souls, and Journey.

Margaret Darling (

Kaleidoscopic pop outfit The Seedy Seeds would hardly be the same without accordionist / guitarist / singer and co-founder Margaret Darling, so it’s no surprise that a relatively brand-new side project brings plenty of its own strummed-out hooks and picturesque harmonies, while simultaneously lofting introspective lyrical observations to an entirely new personal realm. Occasional, dynamic and stark instrumentation includes guitar, autoharp, and the instrumental grab bag of various bandmates. Margaret’s solo song craft shares a similar sketched-out beat to the Seedy Seeds’ dance-pop happenings, but the stripped-down instrumentation of this project shifts attention toward her very worthy songwriting.

Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle (

Cincinnati based, 4 piece Americana/Folk band that blends the tradition of heroes like Woody Guthrie and Mississippi John Hurt w/ contemporary flavor. In its short existence, the band has become known for the high energy shows, prolific songwriting and most notably...suspenders. Buffalo Wabs (aka Matt Wabnitz) spearheads this group, playing guitar and taking most of the vocal duties. Casey Campbell, Ian Mathieu & Scott Risner are the 3 that comprise The Price Hill Hustle side of the equation. The group is deeply rooted in the tradition of Old Time pioneers like Woody Guthrie & Mississippi John Hurt; however, the energy they bring to a live performance could burn down the most rowdy honky tonk in town.

Rob Fetters (

Fetters: guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of the Bears, Raisins and psychodots has a new solo record to add to his formidable catalogue: Saint Ain't. 11 new songs recorded in Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Adrian Belew's studio in Nashville. With appearances from Matt Malley (Counting Crows), Belinda Lipscomb (Midnight Star), Clyde Brown (The Drifters, Ben E. King), Gerald Brown (Shalamar, Jody Watley), Krystal Peterson (Victor Wooten), L.A. sensation Bee Haskins, and members of The Bears / The Raisins / psychodots.

Noah Wotherspoon (

Noah Wotherspoon hails from Dayton, Ohio. He is a renowned blues guitarist whose accomplishments range from sharing the stage & studio with legendary first generation blues legends to making it to the finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. At thirteen, he opened up for Derek Trucks. By sixteen, he had jammed onstage with Bobby Blue Bland, and opened for Leon Russell, Latimore, and Boz Scaggs. Since then, he has made multiple appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival, shared stages with the likes of Joe Bonamassa, and has recorded and released several albums (including Buzz Me, through blues audiophile label APO, which featured Hubert Sumlin and garnered a top ten spot on Living Blues Magazine's radio chart).

Public (

Danceable indie pop hailing from Cincinnati. Discovered in early 2012 PUBLIC has played national music showcases including CMJ, Bunbury, and MPMF, in addition they’ve been on support for acts like WALK THE MOON, Twenty One Pilots, Family of the Year and more.

Happy Maladies (

Like some sort of dream supergroup sounding like Grizzly Bear, the Flecktones, Kronos Quartet and The Books, the Maladies manage a sound that winds through psychedelic passages, classical interludes and intimate folk melodies — all through the course of one track. The musicians in The Happy Maladies sound like virtuosos at times on their disc “new again”, but it’s the song arrangements’ expansiveness and broad use of different colors and tones that will keep listeners coming back for repeated listens...a progressive mix of Appalachian Roots, Neo-Classical Chamber music and modern Indie Folk.

OTR Summer Celebration will also feature a special Appearance by the Cincinnati Opera.