Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

People who have been to Hot Times know it can be as fun as ComFest, only it has fewer people and therefore fewer hassles. Appropriately Hot Times also serves as an appreciation party for the volunteers who put so much effort into making ComFest the party of the year.

So when you’re chilling on the lawn of Columbus Public Health in Olde Towne East and it feels like you’re back at Goodale Park, don’t worry. It’s not a flashback. Hot Times just brings much of the same flair and awesome music.

Three stages — Main Street, Parsons Avenue and Porch Swing — offer a collection of soul, R&B, Motown, rock, funk and reggae performers throughout the weekend. There are too many to list, but locals Happy Chichester, The Professors, fo/mo/deep, MojoFlo and Willie Phoenix are a good place to start.

Make sure to check out “The Mississippi Bluesman” Grady Champion on Sunday evening. When he sings or wails on the harmonica, he’s as authentic as they come.

Other attractions include a street fair with arts and crafts, vintage clothing and antiques, and the art car brigade will be out in full effect. Those vehicles make for fantastic photo ops.

There will also be a poetry slam exhibition on Sunday, as well as three public art projects that will offer the chance for festival-goers to participate.

And let’s not forget the food. Grub options include ribs from Smokin’ Joes, pizza from Late Night Slice, hot dogs and brats from Sonny’s Grill, vegan versions of those classics from Rad Dog and more.

Wash it all down with Labatt, Columbus Brewing Company’s Pale Ale, wine and two varieties of mixed drinks.

It’s gonna be a good weekend.

What you need to know:

When: Friday-Sunday, Sept.9-11

Where: Columbus Health Department, 240 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East

Cost: Free

Hours: 6 p.m-12 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Parking: Public Health parking garage