Road Trip: Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati

Michelle Sullivan

Cincinnati's burgeoning Bunbury Music Festival returns to the shores of the Ohio River from June 5 to 7, this time with new ownership. Columbus-based PromoWest Productions announced in December it had purchased the independent 3-year-old festival and quickly exhibited the music-booking clout that's made the entertainment company, which owns (among others) the LC Pavilion and Newport Music Hall, a music industry mainstay for 30 years. "We put a big emphasis on headliners this year," says PromoWest president Scott Stienecker. This year's 50-band lineup boasts headliners The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg. Columbus music fans might also recognize some other acts: Walk the Moon, Twenty One Pilots, The Decemberists, Matt and Kim, Bleachers and Tame Impala, to name a few. "Those cooler, hip acts you see in Columbus-that's what this festival is all about," Stienecker adds. About 60,000 people are expected to attend the alt-rock weekend, which, in addition to live music, will offer plenty of local food, craft brews and people watching. Concertgoers, ready your sunglasses and Instagram accounts.