America’s summers are made up of BBQ’s, fireworks, apple pies, and music festivals. While the most recognized festivals include Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, you just might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the smaller and younger festivals found across the country. Not only are they usually cheaper, but also they add a more local flavor to the atmosphere while staging a credible weekend lineup.
Out on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. It is here that the Bunbury Music Festival takes place in mid-July and always puts up a great showing. It not only has had great music every year, but also the riverbank setting provides for a great way to explore the Cincinnati area; there is a great view of Newport, Kentucky as you relax on the cement, amphitheater-like stairs, which lead down to the river.
The Bunbury Music Festival has only been around for two years, but do not let that fool you. Even in its first year, Bunbury was able to have performers like: Death Cab For Cutie, City and Colour, Neon Trees, and Weezer. For its second festival in 2013, the lineup became even better; with headliners like FUN., MGMT, and The National, it is amazing to think that it really was just their second year running.
When at the Bunbury Music Festival, you really take your average festival to the next level. As you walk along the mile-long park, you are met by stage after stage of great performers. Be sure to arrive early to the stage of the performer you want to see most, because you will definitely need some time to get as close as possible; it can be pretty crowded at even the smallest music festivals. There are usually a few local bands earlier in the day, which is another great way to get to know Cincinnati, so make sure you really check out the whole schedule. The food and drink vendors are also from the Ohio-Kentucky area, and compliment your concert experience quite nicely; the fresh-squeezed lemonade is especially enjoyable after you sing every word to every song of your favorite band.
It will be really interesting to see which performers Bunbury has set for the 2014 lineup. If the first two years were any indication of what they will have in the future, then those in the Greater Cincinnati area are in for a real treat.