Your Guide To The Jazz & Rib Fest 2017

The Jazz & Rib Fest brings people together to celebrate two things: music and barbecue. This must-visit party is a Columbus summer tradition. The festival will take place from Friday, July 21 until Sunday, July 23 on the Scioto Mile.

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The Jazz & Rib Fest dates back to 1979 and has been pleasing the ears and the bellies of Columbus ever since. The festival will celebrate its 38th year this weekend, so go out and have a blast for free.


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High of 89. 50% chance of rain. Scattered thunderstorms.


High of 90. 60% chance of rain. Scattered thunderstorms.


High of 87. 60% chance of rain. Morning thunderstorms.


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Getting downtown is one thing, but finding parking is a whole other story. Skip the parking debacle and take car2go. You’ll be able to find a convienent Drop Zone located on Main Street between Ludlow and Front Streets.

Taking the COTA bus is always a good option. Click here to download the Transit App and use it to stay up to date on arrival and departure times on your route.

Finally, catch a ride with FreeRide Columbus or Hopper Cart. These little carts zoom all around downtown and the Short North. It’s free to ride, but you should always tip your driver.

I get it, sometimes it’s nice to drive your own car. Here’s where you can park near the Scioto Mile.

The Festival

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The Jazz & Rib Fest is a festival dedicated to smokey flavors and soulful music. If you’re not walking around with barbeque sauce from ear-to-ear by the end of the night, you’re doing it wrong.

Like any citywide festival, the Jazz & Rib Fest is a wonderful place to people watch. But this fest is one that’s all about the tastes and the sounds, rather than the sights and the smells. But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of those, too. Who doesn’t love the smell of barbecue?

The festival hours are:

  • Friday, July 21: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 23: 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Entertainment

    The Jazz & Rib Fest is literally all about the sweet sounds of brass instruments. Born out of swing and blues, jazz is quite possibly the most soulful music out there. The Jazz & Rib Fest will offer three whole days of fantastic musicians from all over the town, country, and globe. There are three different stages: the American Electric Power Stage, the Genoa Park Stage, and the West Bank Stage. Each one promises a good show–the lineup looks great!


    Kenny Garrett via Facebook

    American Electric Power Stage

    11:00 a.m. Greg Bandy & Josh Hindmarsh Group
    2:30 p.m. Keigo Hirakawo Trio
    5:00 p.m. The Liz Woolley
    7:00 p.m. Urban Jazz Coalition
    9:30 p.m. Kenny Garrett Quintet

    Genoa Park Stage

    11:00 a.m. Dr. E
    2:00 p.m. Ken Weaver Quintet
    4:30 p.m. fo/mo/deep
    6:30 p.m. Gravity Jazz & Gospel
    9:00 p.m. Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, and Paul Jackson Jr.

    West Bank Stage

    11:00 a.m. Sammy DeLeon & His Latin Jazz Ensemble
    2:30 p.m. Screeching Owl
    5:00 p.m. ECO Quartet
    7:00 p.m. NiNi Love JazzySide
    9:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band


    Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours via Facebook

    American Electric Power Stage

    11:00 a.m. Tim Cummiskey Fusion Syndicate
    1:00 p.m. FLIPPO
    3:00 p.m. Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra
    5:00 p.m. Adria Shahid featuring Mistar Anderson
    7:00 p.m. The Satchmo Show featuring Dean Simms
    9:30 p.m. Johnathan Butler & Gerald Albright

    Genoa Park Stage

    11:00 a.m. The Louie’s
    1:00 p.m. ES Quintet
    3:00 p.m. Tim Dvorkin Trio
    5:00 p.m. The Liquid Crystal Project
    7:00 p.m. 496 West
    9:30 p.m. Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours

    West Bank Stage

    11:00 a.m. Ft. Hayes All Stars
    12:45 p.m. Kelly McLennan w/ JazZone
    2:30 p.m. Forest & The Evergreens
    4:30 p.m. Chris Greene Quartet
    6:30 p.m. MojoFlo
    9:00 p.m. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe


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    American Electric Power Stage

    12:00 p.m. Larry Lee and Back in the Day
    2:30 p.m. Mike Monford & Effervescence
    4:30 p.m. The Right Now
    6:00 p.m. Rib Awards Presentation – Genoa Park Stage
    7:00 p.m. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    Genoa Park Stage

    11:00 a.m. The Colin Lazarski NOLA Quintet
    2:00 p.m. The Pete Mills Quartet
    4:30 p.m. Yumbambé Salsa Jazz
    6:00 p.m. Rib Awards Presentation
    7:00 p.m. Miles Electric Band

    West Bank Stage

    11:00 a.m. The Mark Lomax Trio
    1:30 p.m. James Gaiters: WATU UTUNGO
    4:00 p.m. Teeny Tucker
    6:00 p.m. Rib Awards Presentation – Genoa Park Stage
    7:00 p.m. Maysa

    Family Activities

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    Families are welcome at the Jazz & Rib Fest and there are a ton of activities to keep the kiddos smiling. Columbus’ biggest sports teams like the Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus Crew SC, and the Columbus Blue Jackets will be there. Swing by each team’s setup to enter to win prizes, play games, take pictures, and more. COSI will offer festival goers live shows and cool activities right by the Genoa Park Stage.

    Last but not least, HERO USA will be taking people out for half hour-long canoe rides on the Scioto River. It’s $15 per person, but children under 12 can float for free when with a paying grown up.

    Enjoy the Jazz & Rib Fest, Columbus!

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    Featured image via Jazz & Rib Fest Facebook.

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