Inaugural CutBait Music Festival begins today in downtown Columbus

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comMay 16, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Crewmen with Absolute Audio & Lighting Systems set up the Broadway North stage in the 1000 block of Broadway Thursday for the CutBait Music Festival. Opening ceremonies with Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson begin Friday at 5:45 p.m. on the Broadway North stage, with music following on seven stages around uptown. 05.16.13

ROBIN TRIMARCHI

If you don't know all the lyrics this weekend, CutBait Music Festival organizers achieved one of their goals.

"We are trying to bring national acts and new music that Columbus hasn't heard before," said Jacy Jenkins, who handles programming and public relations for the event.

Held Friday and Saturday, the inaugural festival spans over 40 acts on nine stages (indoor and outdoor) in downtown Columbus. It boasts acts like Shooter Jennings, Jeffrey Steele, Sister Hazel, Hacienda, Sol Cat, Frontier Ruckus, Bronze Radio Return and more.

Among Friday's highlights: Shooter Jennings (10:30 p.m., Broadway North), Keni Thomas (9:30 p.m. RiverCenter Green), Sister Hazel (10:45 p.m. RiverCenter Green).

Among Saturday's highlights: St. Paul & The Broken Bones (7:45 p.m. RiverCenter Green), Jeffrey Steele (10 p.m., RiverCenter Legacy Hall), Mother’s Finest (10:30 p.m. RiverCenter Green).

Tickets are $35 for a weekend pass, or $15 for Friday and $25 for Saturday night. Tickets will be available at entrance gates. There's no charge to listen to Friday's music on the main Broadway stage.

Also, there's a $15 deal for guests who only want to attend Saturday's 2 p.m. music showcase at the Springer Opera House. That show features Coffey Anderson, Justin Belew and Garrett Lee.

Local businessmen Brad Turner, Buddy Nelms, Cecil Cheves and John Teeples are the "founding fathers" behind the event. CutBait office manager Donnie Lanier also helped organize the festival, Jenkins said.

Organizers expect CutBait Music Festival will become an annual event. It spans multiple musical genres.

"No matter what you like, it'll be here at this festival," Teeples said. "This is another venue for us to bring great exposure to Columbus."

Don't know which shows to attend? That's fine. View a full schedule for both days here.

CutBait organizers recommend using the parking decks this weekend. During the festival, the 1000 block of Broadway will be closed to traffic Friday but open to pedestrians. Saturday evening, the 1000 block of Broadway will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians who have purchased tickets for the festival.

Also throughout the festival, expect a street closure on First Avenue between the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and the Columbus Government Center.

Coolers aren't allowed at the festival. Food and drinks will be available downtown throughout the event, and guests can purchase alcohol and travel between venues. You can bring pets to the outdoor venues, but they aren't allowed inside.

IF YOU GO

What: CutBait Music Festival

When: Music starts at 6 Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and continues through the night

Where: Nine stages throughout downtown Columbus including places like The Loft, RiverCenter, Broadway stage and more

Cost: $35 for a weekend pass, or $15 for Friday night and $25 for Saturday night. No charge for Friday’s music on the main Broadway stage. There’s a $15 deal for guests who only want to attend Saturday’s 2 p.m. music showcase at the Springer Opera House.

Featured acts: The festival spans over 40 acts. Highlights include Sister Hazel, Jeffrey Steele, Shooter Jennings and more.

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