Bunbury Music Festival

It’s almost time for the annual Bunbury Music Festival, this year featuring a new owner, new dates and a line-up of musical talent including The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dog, The Black Keys and more.


The banks of the Ohio River are hosting a musical extravaganza this weekend as the Bunbury Music Festival returns to Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove in Cincinnati . The event Friday, Saturday and Sunday features 80 live performances on six stages.

"You really can't beat being on the river down there," said Bunbury marketing manager Brian Kitzmiller.  "The river stage alone, which is down on the Serpentine Wall, has the river backdrop; the bridge is behind there; and then the main stage has the arena in the background.  It's fantastic."

The forces behind Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival are adding a new, country music event the weekend after Midpoint. Lee Hay learns all about the Buckle Up Music Festival and some of the big name performers (Willie Nelson, Alabama, Allison Krauss and Union Station, and more) from organizer/founder Bill Donabedian.

The Bunbury Music Festival is back for its third year at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove.

Highlights of this year's music lineup include huge stage production acts like Flaming Lips and Empire of the Sun; reunions of beloved rock bands like Veruca Salt and Psychodots; plus great local talent such as Molly Sullivan, Foxy Shazam and The Yugos.

As the festival has grown and matured, so has the attention being paid to personalizing the visitor experience.  


Two large music festivals are attracting some big name bands to Cincinnati this summer.

The newly created Buckle Up Music Festival released its line-up Tuesday. Headliners include: Alabama, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, and The Band Perry.