The Peyton Manning commercials are great, but paisley fans are dying to hear something other than the national jingle. In 2017 he released his eleventh album “In Love And War”. He has sold over 11 million albums and won three Grammys each and 14 ACMs and CMAs. Visit him on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. Tickets cost between $ 33.75 and $ 93.50. For more information, please call (513) 232-6220 or www.riverbend.org.
Butler County Fair
The annual Butler County Fair attracts 100,000 visitors each year, with rides, games, livestock displays, tractor trains, demolition derbies, rodeos, the Cincinnati Circus, and most importantly, classic fair food. Visit Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, July 21-27, 7am to 11pm. More information is available at www.butlercountyohfair.org.
Alice Cooper, Halestorm
The classic King of Shock Rock shares the stage with one of the most popular hard rock bands in recent years. Alice Cooper released his 20th album “Paranormal” in 2017. Halestorm released their fourth album “Vicious” last year. See her at 7 p.m. on July 23 at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. Tickets range from $ 29.50 to $ 350. For more information, please call (513) 232-6220 or www.riverbend.org.
Train, goo goo dolls
Two bands known for their sentimental rock songs share the stage. Train just released a major hit album that includes Meet Virginia, Hey Soul Sister, Calling All Angels, and others. The Goo Goo Dolls are best known for their singles “Iris” and “Slide”. See them at 7 p.m. on July 24th at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. Tickets range from $ 29.50 to $ 125. For more information, please call (513) 232-6220 or www.riverbend.org.
This massive annual R&B and soul festival features a number of superstars every year. In 2019 it’s Mary J. Blige, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Maxwell, Earth, Wind & Fire and many others. There is also a special fashion show and concert on Thursday evenings in the East Club Lounge at Paul Brown Stadium. Check this out July 25-27 at Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati. Tickets range from $ 50 to $ 100 for the Thursday show. General admission tickets range from $ 60 to $ 150. More information is available at www.cincymusicfestival.com.
One of the ways the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky region celebrates its German-American heritage is this annual “Goettafest”. Goetta is a breakfast sausage made from ground beef (or pork), oats, and spices that is uniquely popular in Cincinnati. At Glier’s Goierafest you will experience two stages with live music (a rock and a country stage), activities, games and comfort foods enriched with Goetta such as Goetta burgers, Goetta dogs, Goetta fudge and Goetta pizza. For the first time this year, Glier’s Goettafest takes place on two weekends. Try it July 25-28 and August 1-4 at Newport on the Levee, One Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky. The festival times are Thursday to Friday from 5pm to 11pm, Saturday from 12pm to 11pm and Sunday from 12pm to 9pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 859-292-1613 or visit www.goettafest.com.
“Porgy and bess”
Based on the play of the same name, this classic George Gershwin opera is about a disabled street beggar trying to save the woman he loves from her violent lover and drug dealer. See it on July 25th and 28th at the Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. The performance times are Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost between $ 40 and $ 195. For more information, call 513-744-3344 or visit www.cincinnatipops.org.
Blues, Brew & BBQ
This annual event features live blues music featuring everything from delta blues to Allman Brothers honors, grill vendors, and craft beer tastings courtesy of Cavalier Distributing. Check it out on July 27th from 3pm to 9pm at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton. Tickets are $ 10-15 and are free for children ages 6-12. For more information, call 513-863-8336 or visit www.pyramidhill.org.
Annual parade for classic cars and classic cars
From Model Ts to muscle cars, over 300 cars are featured in this annual parade and show. The parade will pass through Fairfield and Hamilton, and there will be three lookout points for the public to see the cars. The parade is open to all American and foreign cars manufactured between 1896 and 1994 as long as they are in their restored or original condition (no alterations). Almost 200 trophies are awarded. Meet on July 27th in Butler County Courthouse Square at 101 High St., Hamilton. Check-in for cars starts at 8:30 AM. The evaluation takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. It costs $ 10-20 to register. Public viewing is free. More information is available at www.antiquecars.org.