Live Music in Ohio's Largest Playground
Blog by Scott Hutchinson
One of the most authentic ways to experience any new destination is to not only take in its sites – but also its sounds. Home to a melting pot of cultural influences, Southwest Ohio boasts a unique and widely varied music scene, ranging from new age hip-hop and classic rock to bluegrass and Broadway. Here’s where to head for a taste of live music in Ohio’s Largest Playground.
Lebanon Blues Festival
A summertime staple for Warren County fest-goers, the annual Lebanon Blues Festival brings local and national blues acts, old-timey car and motorcycle shows and a delicious array of food and beverage vendors to the charming streets of Historic Downtown Lebanon.
Lebanon Country Music Festival
Lebanon is also home to the Lebanon Country Music Festival, a summertime celebration which draws more than 10,000 fans to Downtown Lebanon for music, dancing, pie eating contests, mechanical bull riding and more down-home fun.
Lebanon Grand Opry House
The Lebanon Grand Opry House keeps the country fun going, showcasing the talents of local and professional entertainers who delight audiences with Nashville classics from Merle Haggard, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and more.
Featuring a full service bar and restaurant, outdoor sand volleyball, a bowling alley and karaoke, Franklin’s JD Legends also boasts an impressive concert venue, which has played host to such acts as Blues Traveler, Bret Michaels, George Jones and even Coolio over the years.
La Comedia Dinner Theatre
One of the nation’s largest remaining professional dinner theaters, La Comedia’s unique blend of buffet-style cuisine and award-winning, Broadway-inspired productions has made the Springboro standby a cornerstone of the Warren County arts scene since 1975.
Bellwether Music Festival
One of the hottest new additions to the summertime music festival circuit, Bellwether Music Festival will debut in August of 2018, bringing an impressive collection of today's most popular alternative artists to Renaissance Park, perhaps better known as the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, for two straight days of unforgettable performances.
Celtic Fest Ohio
Also held at Renaissance Park in Waynesville each year, Celtic Fest Ohio invites visitors to break out their kilts - and their dance moves - for a three-day, bagpipe-blasting celebration of Irish-inspired music, art, food and culture.
No matter your musical tastes, you’re sure to find a show you’ll love in Ohio’s Largest Playground!