Free Americana music series returns to Over-the-Rhine's Washington Park with a new name

Thursday “Roots Revival” showcases begin tomorrow with touring Virginian band Twain

The free “Bandstand Bluegrass” series at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine has done a great job of spotlighting artists from Greater Cincinnati’s rich Roots music scene for the past few years now. But, though indeed held at the park’s circular bandstand, the title of the series has always been a partial misnomer, as it has featured a variety of Americana strains, not just Bluegrass.

This year’s series begins Thursday with the only non-local act in this summer’s lineup — touring Virginian ensemble Twain — as well as a new, more accurate name. The newly christened “Roots Revival” series continues every Thursday through Aug. 30. After a couple of TBA dates, “Roots Revival” picks up a steady stream of some of the best acts in the Cincinnati area on June 21 with Young Heirlooms. Check out the full lineup below (and click the artist’s name for more on each act).

May 31: Twain 

June 7: TBA

June 14: TBA

June 21: Young Heirlooms

June 28: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

July 5: The Tillers

July 12: The Harmed Brothers

July 19: Krystal Peterson & The Queen City Band

July 26: Maria Carrelli Band

Aug. 2: Casey Campbell Band 

Aug. 9: Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle 

Aug. 16: Willow Tree Carolers

Aug. 23: Comet Bluegrass All-Stars

Aug. 30: Ben Knight and The Welldiggers

The Roots Revival shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. Click here for more info and updates.

Here’s a track from Twain’s 2017 album, Rare Feeling.

And here's a video featuring Young Heirlooms' song "Darling Dear," off of their excellent 2017 release The Hammer, with footage shot at the group's album release show at the Woodward Theater.

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