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OTR 5k & Summer Celebration

This event is far from just a 5k… we have a block party in Washington Park that lasts the entire day! 

What makes the Summer Celebration so awesome?

LIVE MUSIC on two stages:
Enjoy live music on two stages from some of the city's best and emerging local bands, food, and beer (or wine) (Taft’s Ale House, Christian Moerlein, Rhinegeist, MadTree).

NEW! 2016 complete lineup is below!

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CITY FLEA kicks of their 2016 season with us and fills the lawn with juried vendors!

City Flea

joins us again in 2016 with tons of vendors (a focus on fine art) wrapping the bandstand and beyond.

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include a free little kids "run" (geared for the little ones!) brought to you by Vegy Vida. Kids race is right around noon following the OTR 5k awards ceremony. Check in with the friendly folks at the Vegy Vida tent.

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Kids activity booth, curated by the Play Library, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 

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Check out our great shops and restaurants in OTR.

The Summer Celebration includes fun activities for all. The food options are always plentiful so come down/over/up to OTR hungry. Many local favorites will have booths set up, our local restaurants will be open and we anticipate many more options from the illustrious culinary vehicles. Bring the whole family to OTR and see what’s old & see what’s new!

LIVE MUSIC LINEUP (on two stages)
The Cincy Brass - 10:45 a.m. on Event Lawn Stage
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"N'awlins Soul Meets Cincinnati Funk" - That is the best way to describe The Cincy Brass. This 9-piece brass band has the essence of Bourbon St, funk, hip-hop, and jazz all wrapped into an epic explosion of sound and passion. Whether it be an original off of their upcoming debut album, a mind-blowing twist on a cover of a pop hit (Beyonce, James Brown, Def Leppard, Lady Gaga, George Michaels, etc), or an old time N'awlins street music hit, The Cincy Brass delivers a performance that can't be duplicated. The band has exploded onto the scene in the past two years, performing at some of Cincinnati's hippest music venues and biggest festivals. You also may have seen the brass at Reds games and opening for acts like 311, Sublime, Foreigner, Blessid Union of Souls, and Journey.

My Brother’s Keeper - 11:45 a.m. at the Bandstand
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With influences ranging a wide spectrum of musical genres, My Brother's Keeper was raised on the genres of Folk, Bluegrass, and Gospel. Brothers Benjamin, Titus, and Joshua Luckhaupt play guitar, mandolin, and fiddle while Wyatt "Sawmill" Murray completes this ensemble on the upright bass. With original music that draws inspiration from Bluegrass, Rock and everything in between, MBK features tight, four part harmonies, rock driven lead vocals, and complex and interlaced musical interludes.

Perfect Children - 12:15 p.m. on Event Lawn Stage
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With singer/songwriter Kristen Kreft (Pearlene/J. Dorsey Blues Revival) at the helm, Beth Harris(The Hiders/Pearlene) and Nicole Potter Borngrebe on backing vox, and featuring the rhythm section of Adam Shelton(RX2/Kallip) on drums and bass player Victor Strunk (Magnolia Mountain/Me Or The Moon), Perfect Children channels Nina Simone, Al Green and Otis Redding through a soulful, gritty lens, offering an emotive take that’s equal parts rhythm and garage blues.

Comet Bluegrass Allstars - 1 p.m. at the Bandstand
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The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars (CBAS) were assembled in 1996 as the Sunday night house band at The Comet in Northside, Cincinnati. A true Cincinnati institution, the band has grown beyond the lounge at The Comet, opening for such national acts as Sam Bush, Blue Highway, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan and Ricky Skaggs.

Pike 27 - 1:45 p.m. on Event Lawn Stage
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Pike 27 plays rock and roll: jangly, smart, sometimes noisy, usually joyful, always passionate with bits of inspiration from REM and Elvis Costello in all of their genre-crossing forms. A mainstay of the Cincinnati Roots rock scene, the band has opened for national acts including Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Jason Ringenberg, Vigilantes of Love, Tim Easton, and Alejandro Escovedo and the Fauntleroys.

Wonky Tonk - 2:15 p.m. at the Bandstand
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Jasmine Lorraine “Wonky Tonk” Poole grew up in the hard scrabble portion of the American heartland. Kentucky, to be precise. Her world of loss and longing is familiar terrain for lovers of country, bluegrass and folk music but, just as Kentucky can be viewed as a bridge between north and south, Wonk’s music blends elements of Indie/Alternative rock with old school country. It’s hard to separate the wonk from the tonk. Her eleven song debut release Stuff We Leave Behind earned her a CEA Singer/Songwriter nomination in 2015 and Best Country Album from the Akademia Music Awards in January.

Jess Lamb and the Factory - 3 p.m. on the Event Lawn Stage
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Lamb, a powerhouse vocalist, songwriter and former American Idol Season XIV alum, is a unique artist who with her band stirs up a delicate mix of Indie and Gospel-tinged industrial music. She earned high praise from Idol judge Harry Connick last year, and nabbed the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Artist of the Year in January. Lamb is currently recording new material with Hungry Lucy's Warren Harrison

Baoku - 3:15 p.m. at the Bandstand
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Nigerian native and drummer Baoku Moses leads a world beat ensemble - a perennial live favorite at regional music festivals - through a set of original and classic tunes that take inspiration from Afro-beat icon, Fela Kuti. A multi-talented performing artist, Baoku is well rounded as an actor, drummer, dancer, teacher, Afro-beat singer, songwriter, producer, band leader, and a composer. His creative use of percussion with strains of American jazz help define his Afro-beat compositions.