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Local Columbus Music Scene

Columbus is a city that embraces tech and education. Ohio State University is the largest campus in the country. Also huge compared to the nation in crowd attendance is the Ohio State Fair. In the 2008 Forbes ranked Columbus as the most important up and coming tech city. In the 2010 Census Columbus had a city population near 800,000 and a metro population of over 1.8 million. Notable Columbus artists include Dwight Yoakam, Gene Cotton and Jermaine Stewart. The local music scene is reported by The Columbus Dispatch and The Other Paper.

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Columbia Local Music Scene History

Musical presentations changed during the coronavirus pandemic, shifting to virtual shows. John Glenn Columus International Airport was one of over 20 American airports participating in the "Jetstream Festival" on May 6, 2020. The event was meant to bring together local communities and share music from local scenes. Each airport featured a local artist performance streamed live on Facebook. Honey and Blue represented the Columbus airport.

The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival celebrates its 20th year in 2018 with headliner David Sanborn. The annual three-day event June 15-17 is produced by Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau. Musical performers include the Columbus Jazz Orchestra featuring Byron Stripling, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Sean Carney and Friends and McGuffey Lane. The venue has multiple stages and various other types of entertainers such as magicians, balloon artists and jugglers.

The 2nd annual Fashion Meets Music Festival was held in the Arena District on September 5-6, 2015. The festival featured national acts Ludacris, Young The Giant and St. Vincent along with a variety of runway shows. The event mixed music with local independent fashion designers such as Celeste Malvar-Stewart, Bryston Walters, Cierra Lauren Designs and Torn Angel.'s summer concert series called Alive Summer Music Tour was held every Friday at Woodland's Tavern throughout the summer of 2013. The series wrapped up on August 16 with headliner Lydia Loveless with opener Graham & Swarming Branch, Sega Genocide and Hebdo. Lydia is considered a top country rock artist in Columbus. She has put out two albums so far and is planning a third for 2014. This event was written about in this Chris DeVille article 8/15/2013 in is a non-profit website that documents the music and artifacts of the Columbus music scene since the 1950s. The site features stories about recording artists and galleries that include radio surveys, photos, posters, record labels and other memorabilia. It even documents the highest priced recordings for sale on eBay that originate from the Columbus area. These gems include "One More Broken Heart" by Herbie Brown, a 45 priced over $2500 and "I Was Born To Love You" by Timeless Legend, a 45 priced over $2000. Other artists listed in this top 100 survey include Rahsaan Rol Kirk, Myrchents, Raven, Wee, One St. Stephen, Wallace Brothers, Chandlers, Marquees and Suspicious Can Openers. See the complete list here. is a website that links to several local artists, categorized by genres. It includes a search box for local bands and an events calendar. The site includes a streaming radio station called CLM that you can customize. The site offers social media features to people who sign up. It allows artists to create profiles and upload their music.

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