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The Cooling of Fountain Square…

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Like hang­ing out?  We do too.  Even though the rede­vel­op­ment of Fountain Square doesn’t seem to us as much of an improve­ment over the old lay­out as most peo­ple claim, we still love the Tyler Davidson foun­tain. As my feisty father-in-law once called her “the Statue of Sweaty Palms”, we still get a thrill hang­ing out with the old gal.

So imag­ine our delight when we stum­bled upon the PNC Summer Music Series, the offer­ing of free, qual­ity music shows mix­ing it up with the foun­tain over the weeks of this Summer. We caught the scene last week­end, first grab­bing a bite at Via Vite and then only a dozen steps to the build­ing crowd out­side.  The atmos­phere was sur­pris­ingly cool. There were famil­iar faces.  The scene was friendly, lack­ing pre­tense and the music was sub­stan­tive.  There has been a tra­di­tion of activ­ity on the square before, obviously…but this felt a bit dif­fer­ent.  It felt like the devel­op­ment of seri­ously cool, socially-interactive cul­ture form­ing around these shows.
If you’ve never made it to the Square to take in the free enter­tain­ment scene, this might be the Summer to do it.
Here is the Schedule:
    • Tuesdays — Southern Sounds — Country & Southern-roots based bands
    • Wednesdays — World & Global Music — Celtic, Reggae, etc.
    • Thursdays — Salsa Music (which usu­ally mean Salsa dancing.)
    • Fridays — Indie bands (This is what we caught and it was good.)
    • Sundays — Smooth R&B and DJ’s (There are good DJ’s on the roster)
  • In addi­tion to numer­ous nearby restau­rants, food and beer are served on the square.
    Michael Spurrier. HighStreet. Cincinnati

One Response to “The Cooling of Fountain Square…”

  1. D R E W says:

    it’s amaz­ing how much the gen­eral per­cep­tion of the square (and down­town) has changed since it’s renovation.

    i don’t mind the design of the new square. i just wish that ugly 5/3 build­ing would go away so the square could fill the entire block.

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