Express Picks: Let Freedom Ring Rock 'n' Roll and go BOOM! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom Mariner   
Friday, 25 June 2010 05:13

Express Picks: Let Freedom Ring, Rock 'n' Roll and go BOOM!
The mid-summer holiday is a time to let loose in the outdoors. Whether you spread your Roots in Piatt Park, let the good times roll in Devou Park or rock out at Riverbend, this is the week when music fills the air!

Tuesday — June 29


Cincinnati Parks Outdoor Music Series


Take time out for lunch on Tuesday and get thee into the out-of-doors. Cincinnati-based acoustic quartet, Wild Carrot Roots Band brings forth an army of instruments and offers up a blend of traditional and original tunes ranging from folk to blues to swing. What a great way to kick off this holiday week!


Who: Wild Carrot Roots Band

Where: Piatt Park, Garfield Place, between Vine and Race streets

When: Noon

More information: Call (513) 352-4080 or visit or


Thursday — July 1


Sip, Savor and Stroll


Stroll on down to the Montgomery Inn Boathouse for an evening on the riverfront featuring All-American fare tapas style along with select beers and wines. Proceeds support Inner City Youth Opportunities, which provides a safe and structured environment for inner city children (grades K-6) of low-income families both after school and during the summer.


What: Dinner, music, silent auction and raffle

Where: Montgomery Inn Boathouse, 925 Riverside Drive

When: 6-9 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 731-7312 or visit


Behringer-Crawford Museum — Summer Music Series


Get an early start on the holiday weekend by partying with one of Cincinnati's best and most entertaining bands. Sporting a mix of Cajun, Zydeco, blues, rock and country, Robin leads his merry band with one of the meanest accordions anywhere. Add in the fabulous views of Downtown from Devou Park and laissez les bon temps rouler!


Who: Robin Lacey and DeZydeco

Where: 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington

When: 7 p.m.

More information: Call (859) 491-4003 or visit


Saturday — July 3


Freedom without Walls


Commemorate our national day of freedom by joining the Munich Sister City Association and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for the dedication of a section of the Berlin Wall as it is permanently placed near the main entrance. This portion of the former barrier between East and West Germany is a gift from the City of Berlin to the City of Cincinnati as a symbol of the triumph of freedom over oppression. The ceremony is followed by a reception, catered dinner and entertainment in the Freedom Center's Grand Hall.


What: Dedication of the Freedom Center's Berlin Wall Monument

Where: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

When: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 333-7500 or visit


Independence Day 1976!


Taking a different twist on the patriotic theme of the weekend, conductor Michael Chertock will take you back to a Fourth of July concert a la 1976. In addition to traditional marches and patriotic songs, the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (BAMSO) will also offer up selections by pop groups Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire; and others from the time of our bicentennial celebration. Bring the family and show them what it was like in the good ol' days!



Where: Montgomery Park, Montgomery and Schoolhouse roads

When: 7:30 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 232-0949 or visit


Sunday — July 4


Red, White & BOOM! Independence Day Celebration


Finish off the holiday with a flourish by heading down to Riverbend for family fun, great music and the best fireworks show of the weekend. Jerry Steichen, principal pops conductor of the Utah Symphony, leads the Cincinnati Pops and guest narrator, Nick Clooney, in an inspiring evening of patriotic favorites, featuring dancers and gymnasts and topped off by Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Nothing like a series of cannon shots followed by Rozzi Family fireworks to top off the weekend!


Who: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Where: Riverbend Music Center

When: 8 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 381-3300 or visit


Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Pops

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