Oct. 8-9 • Fountain Square

Pop-lock and drop it (or whatever your jig of choice might be) as Fountain Square presents Cincinnati’s premier Pop Rock music event, Popopolis. Don’t fret if you’re not in tune with the Queen City’s homespun music scene — there will be cutting-edge riffs to suit everyone’s musical appetite this Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m.

The event was originally started in the late 1990s as an annual affair at the Southgate House and was reborn last year to feature reunions by bands of that era. This year one of those bands, The Stapletons, reunites for a 9 p.m. set Friday, followed by a rare show by The Turnbull AC’s (Nashville-via-Cincinnati band Slow Claw and Tonefarmer also perform Friday).

Saturday features newer melodic bands like The Minor Leagues, No No Knots and The Dukes; Bri Love (pictured), the artist formerly known as Swarthy, also plays a full-band set.

Arriving early is always a must to get a good viewing spot, but it’s also of high importance if you plan to park on the street. Covered parking is available at numerous nearby garages, including below the Square.

Enjoyment is free and open to the public thanks to this year’s sponsor, Budweiser.

(Check out performance times and get Fountain Square details here.)