This fall, Kennedy Heights Arts Center invites everyone to Fall Back to the 1960s—1969, to be exact—the year of the iconic Woodstock and Harlem Cultural Festivals.
The outdoor music and art festival will take place on Saturday, October 2 from 12 to 5:00 pm in the parking lot at Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Lindner Annex at 6620 Montgomery Rd.
Fall Back to the 1960s will feature music, art, culture and food from this historic decade when the first man landed on the moon, 250,000 marched on Washington in protest of the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Acts were enacted, the Slushie was invented, and Scooby Doo debuted on TV.
Inspired by Woodstock and the Harlem Cultural Festivals, Fall Back is a day-long music festival featuring diverse musical groups:
12 pm: Drum circle led by Baba Charles Miller. Bring a drum and join in!
1 pm: Siri Imani with Sound the Alarm & Ric Sexton
2:30 pm: Destiny L.
4:00 pm: No Rain with Roger Klug and Julie Spangler
Music is presented in partnership with Cincinnati Music Accelerator. In between the acts, DJ ThinkSavy will play your favorite rock, folk, Motown and R&B hits from the 60s.
As the bands take the stage, audience members can dance on the (astroturf) lawn with PONES, hula hoop with My Nose Turns Red, make groovy 60s-inspired wearable art with artist Robin Hartmann, and enjoy food and drink popular in the era. Local artists Melvin Grier, Hannah “Jonesy” Jones, June Pfaff Daley and more will create site-specific artworks, interactive installations and photo booths reflecting the culture and events of the 60s. Free admission. Cash bar. Costumes are encouraged!
This event is made possible by American Rescue Plan funds from the City of Cincinnati, administered through ArtsWave.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
No Rain – No Rain is a band of friends and lovers celebrating the music of the Woodstock era. Guitarist/vocalist Roger Klug has been a fixture on the local original music scene for many years, and is also a professor at the College-Conservatory of Music where he teaches two popular courses, Music of the Beatles and Music of Woodstock. Keyboardist/vocalist Julie Spangler is pianist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and acts as a musical director for CCM’s Musical Theatre program. Drummer/vocalist Greg Tudor has lent his multi-instrumental talents to many Cincinnati groups and ensembles, including Roger’s original trio and a recent tribute concert to The Who Sell Out with members of the Bears/psychodots.
Siri Imani w/ Sound the Alarm & Ric Sexton – Siri Imani is quickly emerging as one of the Midwest’s foremost young, black voices. Her poetry and music are infused with hard truths, tough love and visions of a better tomorrow. She weaves together song and poetry to tell powerful stories of love and liberation; state and personal violence; social, environmental, racial and sexual justice; woman’s empowerment and human transcendence. Siri Imani is a warrior woman writer not afraid to tell her personal truths while making biting social commentary on the world we live in.
Destiny L. – Destiny L. is a neo-soul and alternative R&B artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Having opened for huge artists like Bobby V and Warren G, the fearless Afro Queen creates music that, in her words, makes people ‘catch feels’, Destiny L.’s new single ‘SpacexTime’ from upcoming EP ‘Feels’ is a sensual slow jam that showcases her soulful vocals and sultry husk. Her style leans into a new wave of R&B influenced by a variety of genres, from psychedelic music and soul to jazz and contemporary hip-hop. With rich, hypnotic vocals and a profound consciousness in her lyrics, Destiny L.’s dreamy trip-hop flavor defies genre.