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Produced by Columbus Area Arts Council and sponsored by Johnson-Witkemper Insurance, Biggest Block Party Ever is an annual fundraiser for the Arts Council. Held on the last Saturday of July, the block party includes three music stages and 12 bands performing throughout the evening. The entertainment line-up includes local and regional acts playing a range of musical styles from rock and country to blues and soul.
Headlining this year’s event is Hunter Smith Band. When Super Bowl Champion punter Hunter Smith decided to retire from football after 12 years in the NFL he did so with a plan in mind. The first step was to strategically put together an eclectic group of musicians then couple them with an eclectic catalogue of self written biographical songs. Next came the challenge of melding a singer-songwriter approach with a very serious and unique country rock sound. He pulled it off. It is called the Hunter Smith Band.
Johnson-Witkemper Insurance Biggest Block Party isn’t just about the music. It’s about coming together as a community and enjoying the vibrant downtown while celebrating the arts. Artists from Skeleton Crew Tattoo will once again create dramatic street chalk art throughout the night. Children can enjoy the Hilliard Lyons Kids Zone from 5:30 PM to 9 PM in the 300 block of Washington Street in front of The Commons. This year’s Kids Zone will include a rock-climbing wall, an extreme trampoline jump, the Indianapolis Pacers Fan Van, as well as face painting. Enjoy special Block Party food, prepared by participating downtown restaurants, in the Centra Credit Union dining area.
This year’s music lineup:
Dunlap Stage (The Commons on Fourth Street)
5:30–6:00 PM Mayan Miscalculation (People’s Choice winner of Battle of the Bands)
6:15–7:15 PM Bigalow P (Motown, R&B)
7:30–8:30 PM Hudson Hornet (Rockabilly)
8:45–10:00 PM Justin Slager Band (original and Classic Rock covers)
Johnson-Witkemper Stage (Acoustic)
6:00–6:45 PM The McGuires (Rock duo)
7:00–7:45 PM Anna Miller
8:00–8:45 PM Extra Cash (Johnny Cash tribute)
9:00–10:00 PM Hamilton Creek (Bluegrass)
Bud Light Stage (PNC Lot)
6:00–7:00 PM TOG Band (Rock covers)
7:15–8:15 PM No Soup 4 U (Rock covers / One-Hit Wonders)
8:30–9:30 PM Shiny Penny (Indie Rock)
10:00–11:30 PM Hunter Smith Band (Country Rock)
Thank you to our title sponsor:
Additional support comes from: