Free Summer Music in the City’s Central District

Lineups for all of this summer’s free outdoor music series at Fountain Square, Washington Park and Smale Riverfront Park

click to enlarge Free Summer Music in the City’s Central District
Photo: Jesse Fox

By the time June rolls around next week, all of the free summer concert series in the major downtown outdoor spaces will be in full swing. Once again, this summer brings a wealth of free musical events, drawing largely from Greater Cincinnati’s deep talent pool, but also showcasing many national/touring artists. Here’s a quick and easy calendar; print it, laminate it and stick it on your fridge, and get ready to enjoy some wallet-friendly musical fun in the city’s center this summer.



Reggae Wednesdays (7 p.m.)

May 31: Taj Weekes

June 7:  Griffiths & Traxx

June 14: Gizzae

June 21: Elementree Livity

June 28: Johnny Payne & The True Believers

July 5: The Ark Band

July 12: EarthKry

July 19: The Anthem Band

July 26: The Flex Crew

Aug. 2: Ras Bonghi Allstars

Aug. 9: Talking Dreads

Aug. 16 :Milton Blake & The River Nile Band

Aug. 23: Lungu Vybz

Aug. 30: The Cliftones



Salsa on the Square (7 p.m.)

June 1: Óscar Salamanca & La Fórmula

June 8: Son Del Caribe

June 15: Latin Beat Project

June 22: Kandela

June 29: Afincao (Chicago)

July 6: The Amador Sisters

July 13: Son Del Caribe

July 20: Kandela

July 27: Afincao

Aug. 3: Óscar Salamanca & La Fórmula

Aug. 10 :Grupo Tumbao

Aug. 17: Zumba

Aug. 24: The Amador Sisters

Aug. 31: Tropicoso

Sept. 7: Son Del Caribe

Sept. 14: Latin Beat Project

Sept. 21: Óscar Salamanca & La Fórmula

Sept. 28: Tropicoso



Indie Vol. 2017 (7 p.m.)

June 2: Swear and ShakeYoung HeirloomsCommon Center

June 9: Hippo CampusPluto RevoltsModern Aquatic

June 16: Jeremy EnigkSon LittleKorey Dane

June 23: Family & FriendsEdward & JaneJim Trace & The Makers

June 30: Mod SunTrademark AaronRaised x Wolves

July 7: The Bright Light Social HourCurrent Events, Jettison

July 14: Angelica GarciaMad AnthonyWonky Tonk

July 21: Clap Your Hands Say YeahMotherfolk, Bucko

July 28: Band of HeathensThe Perfect ChildrenMichael Moeller

Aug. 4: Jacob BanksKrystal Peterson & The Queen City BandFreedom Nicole Moore

Aug. 11: Delta RaeLiz LongleyNicholas and the Pessimistics

Aug. 18: Stop Light ObservationsDaniel In Stereo

Aug. 25: Com TruiseMoonbeau

Sept. 1: Eric Nally



FSQ Live (7 p.m.)

June 3: The Cincy Brass

June 10: School of Rock

June 17: Naked Karate Girls

June 24: The Classic Rock Experience

July 1: 2nd Wind

July 8: Soul Pocket

July 15: All White and Wine: A New Orleans style Bayou Affair with Lando

July 22: The Cliftones and The Ark Band

July 29: TBA

August 5: TBA 

August 12: WEBN Fireworks Countdown Kickoff Party with Thunderstruck 

August 19: The Leroy Ellington Band

August 26: Strutter (KISS Tribute)

September 2: The Menus




Bandstand Bluegrass (7 p.m.)

June 1: Ben Knight

June 8: Rabbit Hash String Band

June 15: Hickory Robot

June 22: Warrick & Lowell and Casey Campbell & His Band

June 29: Krystal Peterson & The Queen City Band

July 6: Honey & Houston

July 13: Part Time Gentlemen Band

July 20: Joe’s Truck Stop and Arlo McKinley

July 27: Maria Carrelli and Missy Raines & The New Hip

Aug. 3: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

Aug. 10: Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle

Aug. 17: Willow Tree Carolers

Aug. 24: Comet Bluegrass All Stars

Aug. 31: The Harmed Brothers



Friday Flow (7 p.m.)

June 2: Cheryl Pepsii Riley

June 9: Keith Washington

June 16: BlackGirl

June 30: Howard Hewett

July 7: Shauni Maque & The Package

July 14: Adina Howard

July 21: Calvin Richardson

Aug. 4: Rude Boys

Aug. 11: Love Street & Rondell

Aug. 18: Urban Mystic

Sept. 1: Troop




Cocktails and Crown Jewels (6:30 p.m. at the Schmiddlap Event Lawn)

June 1: Blue Wisp Big Band with Delfeayo Marsalis

June 15: Vanessa Rubin & Her Organ Trio

June 22: Brent Gallaher & Five Little Bears

July 6: Mike Wade & BOSEDE

July 13: Soul Pocket

July 27: Tim Warfield Quartet 

Aug. 3: Trilogy - Nancy James, Dixie Karas and Pam Mallory featuring Julie Spangler

Aug. 17: Kathy Wade with Bill Cunliffe Trio featuring Harvey Mason

Sept. 7: Russell Malone Quartet

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