Best Of 2020

Best Resurrection of a Legendary Cincinnati Music Venue: Riverfront Live

In the ’80s, Annie’s was the place to be for fans of Heavy Metal, a Cincinnati version of the Whisky a Go Go that hosted touring Hair Metal and Thrash acts, plus plenty of hard-rockin’ local faves. Through the years the club hosted a variety of musical acts — it was home to legendary Hip Hop fest Scribble Jam — and in more recent years it changed names and attracted controversy with shootings and other crimes reported in and around the premises. But in 2019 Annie’s was reborn under new ownership and a new name — Riverfront Live. The club has so far showcased an impressive array of artists on both its indoor and outdoor stages — from George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic and KC & The Sunshine Band to Trombone Shorty and Corrosion of Conformity. The venue has also welcomed local artists with open arms, including the 2019 edition of the three-day Cincinnati-music-heavy event Rhythm Brew Art and Music Fest. Riverfront Live, 4343 Kellogg Ave., East End, riverfrontlivecincy.com.