MUSIC: Bunbury Music Festival
Founded by veteran Cincinnati promoter Bill Donabedian, the Bunbury Music Festival began drawing thousands of music fans from across the region in 2012 with early lineups that included bands like Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie and The National. In 2014, Columbus, Ohios PromoWest Productions took over, helping further cement the riverfront festivals status as one of the regions marquee Alternative-to-mainstream music events with bookings like The Black Keys, The Killers, Muse, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Tom Petty, Snoop Dogg and Post Malone. Returning to Cincinnatis riverfront May 31-June 2, this years Bunbury is the first since PromoWest was acquired by huge global promotions company AEG and the first since PromoWest announced it would be building a new concert facility across the Ohio River in Newport. Bunbury 2019 will feature headlining acts like Fall Out Boy (who also performed at 2014s fest), The 1975 (which played a sold-out Cincinnati show at PNC Pavilion earlier in May), Greta Van Fleet, Girl Talk and Run the Jewels. There is also a pair of popular 90s bands whove carried on after losing their lead singers to accidental drug overdoses Stone Temple Pilots and Sublime with Rome. Undercard options include Clutch, Joywave, Flora Cash, Jukebox the Ghost, Great Good Fine OK, Tropidelic and Reignwolf. Representing the Cincinnati music scene at this years Bunbury are Trauma Illinois, Young Heirlooms, Jack Burton Overdrive and Hip Hop ensemble Triiibe. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 1:30 p.m. $79 (for single day); $189 (for three-day passes); VIP packages also available. Sawyer Point and Yeatmans Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, bunburyfestival.com.
Photo: Brittany Thornton