OTR 5k & Summer Celebration
This event is far from just a 5k… we have a block party in Washington Park that lasts the entire day!
Check out what we offered in 2015. We hope to have all the same OTR friends with us in 2016.
What makes the Summer Celebration so awesome?
LIVE MUSIC on two stages:
Enjoy live music on two stages from some of the city's best and emerging local bands, food, and beer (or wine) (Taft’s City Flea Summer, Moerlein OTR, Rhinegeist Truth, MadTree Lift).
2015 complete lineup is below!
CITY FLEA kicked of their season in 2015 with us and fills the lawn with juried vendors!
ART ON VINE joined us in 2015 with tons of vendors (a focus on fine art) wrapping the bandstand and beyond.
KIDS ACTIVITIES in 2015 included a free little kids "run" with our friends from NECCO at the helm.
(activity booth hours were 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids races was at noon)
AND...DAY OF EXPLORING ALL THINGS OTR
Check out our great shops and restaurants in OTR.
The Summer Celebration includes fun activities for all. The food options are always 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!
Stay tuned for the OTR 5k official after party!
OTR 2015 SUMMER CELEBRATION, SATURDAY MAY 16, 2015 (10:30AM-4PM)
Featured artists on the Event Lawn and Bandstand Stages
The Cincy Brass (10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Event Lawn Stage)
"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.
Royal Holland (11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Bandstand Stage)
Self-described “dreamy synth folk,” Maze is the first official release from Royal Holland, the pseudonym/current project of Cincinnati singer/songwriter Matt Mooney, former frontman of late local Indie Rock band Koala Fires. The EP was recorded and produced by Grammy Winning producer Brian Olive (Soledad Bros. Ex The Greenhornes.)
The Almighty Get Down (12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Event Lawn Stage)
Recently voted Best Live Act at Cincinnati’s Entertainment Awards, the Almighty Get Down is a fuzzy, retro jamtastic explosion of groove. Prepare to be transported to a mental plane where booties never stop shaking and shag rug stretches as far as the eye can see. Their original sound is influenced by 70’s Rhythm and Blues, funk, and rock by the likes of Sly Stone, Earth Wind and Fire, Bill Withers, Thin Lizzy, and Stevie Wonder.
Honey & Houston (1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Bandstand Stage)
Hailing from Northern Kentucky, Lauren Houston and Heather Turner are the fuel behind the twangy fire of Honey & Houston. Their lilting harmonies are some of the most stunning elements of the band’s sound. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and drummer Daniel Peterson the band has become a fixture in the Cincinnati scene, playing high-profile festivals like Buckle Up and the Whispering Beard as well as opening for national acts including Tim O'brien, Eilen Jewell, David Bromberg and Scott Miller & Rayna Gellert. In 2014 they were nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award. The group blends diverse influences with sweet melodies and goosebump-inducing harmonies on their debut album, Barcelona, inspired in part by Houston and Turner’s trip abroad to Spain.
MyCincinnati (1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Event Lawn Stage)
MYCincinnati (Music for Youth in Cincinnati) is a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill. Founded on the idea that personal transformation can be achieved by striving towards musical excellence, MYCincinnati offers children in Price Hill the opportunity to learn violin, viola, cello, or bass, and play in an orchestra. MYCincinnati is inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela's revolutionary youth orchestra program that uses music as a vehicle for social change. Students enrolled in MYCincinnati meet for 10 hours a week for group and private lessons, sectionals, orchestra, musicianship, and frequent performance.
Young Heirlooms (3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Event Lawn Stage)
Storytelling through song is an American tradition. Acclaimed Cincinnati songsmiths Young Heirlooms take you on a nostalgic journey with their sentimental, heartfelt original tunes. Music and lyrics composed by Kelly Fine and Chris Robinson are based on family history, personal experience, and adventures on the run. Anticipate the timelessness of bygone musical eras and dynamic lyrical themes. The band’s antique instrumentation comes with a contemporary kick and has the ability to resonate with a wide scope of audiences, giving them a do-not-miss reputation throughout the Midwest.
Part Time Gentlemen (3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Bandstand Stage)
The Part-Time Gentlemen is a three piece band from Cincinnati's West Side that plays an energetic blend of traditional Old Time and Americana music. Using just guitar, banjo and upright bass, the band reprises traditional bluegrass and country on their debut album, Whiskey On My Breath, which will be released in May.
Plus, a special appearance by the Cincinnati Opera 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Bandstand Stage.