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R. Kelly pulled from Fashion Meets Music Festival lineup after backlash

July 28, 2014
R. Kelly has been pulled from the lineup of Columbus’ inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival following negative reaction from both bands and sponsors in regard to the R&B artist’s headlining spot on the bill. Kelly was scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Nationwide Arena. After the festival announced Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kennedy, as the headliner, two Columbus-based rock bands, Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca, announced that they would no longer perform at the festival. Damn the Witch Siren withdrew from FMMF July 3, while Saintseneca withdrew July 23. “We feel (R. Kelly’s) selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations… Read more

Sponsors reconsider involvement in Fashion Meets Music Festival with R. Kelly as the headliner

July 24, 2014
Some of the more than 30 sponsors of Columbus’ Fashion Meets Music Festival are reconsidering their involvement in August’s inaugural fest, which is set to feature R&B artist R. Kelly. In 2002, R. Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was indicted in Chicago on soliciting a minor for child pornography, seven counts of producing child pornography and seven counts of videotaping the acts. The case stemmed from a videotape — which was sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2001 — of Kelly allegedly having sex and performing sexual acts with an underage girl. He was arrested in Davenport, Fla. after the indictment was handed down and was… Read more

Gallery: 5k colors Columbus streets

July 20, 2014
The Color Run dyed downtown Saturday. Monikered the “Happiest 5k on the Planet,” according to its website, the un-timed 5k drenches runners with various colored pigments at each kilometer marker. Participants are instructed to wear white at the starting line and end up resembling something like a kaleidoscope when done. At the finish line, there is a festival with music, dancing and even more color. The organization hosted more than 170 events in 2013 in more than 30 countries. The Columbus race began at 9 a.m., starting on West Long Street, crossing the Scioto River and ending on West Spring Street.  … Read more

Opinion: Ohio’s ruralists, urbanites have chance to unite at State Fair

July 16, 2014
Growing up in Columbus, the State Fair was an inevitable part of summer. It descended upon the fairgrounds annually and brought with it scads of sweaty ruralists and a determination to deep fry something more outrageous than the year before. I was never a fair type-of-kid. It might have been because I went to a high school of mostly suburban students and lived in a neighborhood just a few miles north of downtown. I desperately wanted to be considered an urban kid, and, to me, the fair was for farmhands who dreamed of butter cows and looked forward to the last week in July like Christmas morning. And the cliche… Read more

Review: Neon Trees crowd surfs and sings its way to connect with crowd

July 2, 2014
When the Utah-based, pop-rock band Neon Trees took the stage in Columbus, the crowd was ready to go. In a 20-song, 1 ½ hour set (give or take on both quantities) Monday night at Newport Music Hall, Neon Trees played off the energy of the crowd. The band even went a little further than a classic “O-H-I-O” shoutout to don Ohio State hats for the occasion. And the energy started from the beginning. When Neon Trees took the stage, all of the lights in the venue dimmed. Spotlights then shone on a white cloth that was draped in front of the stage. Neon Trees played half of its first song,… Read more

Gallery: ComFest 2014

July 1, 2014
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The 42nd annual Community Festival, known as ComFest, graced the grounds of Goodale Park Friday through Sunday. The festival is the largest volunteer-run and administered fest in the United States. This year, the fest tributed its 2014 zeitgeist, aiming to raise awareness of marriage equality, medical marijuana legalization and labor movements through musical performances, workshops, shopping, speakers, comedy and dance. Funds from the sales of food, beer, wine and craft vendors that are not used to offset the festival’s cost are spread throughout the Columbus community.… Read more

R. Kelly, O.A.R. set to perform at Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus

June 25, 2014
Chicago R&B singer R. Kelly and Maryland band OAR will headline the first ever Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus August 29-31, according to a press conference earlier today. R. Kelly will perform Aug. 29 at Nationwide Area and OAR will perform at McFerson Commons and will be free. Other unannounced gigs will take place in Huntington Park, organizers for the festival said. Tickets are tentatively set to go on sale July 2, spokeswoman Melissa Dickson said in a Columbus Dispatch article. The festival plans to showcase fashion alongside concerts by nationally recognized bands. Fashion brands announced include Columbus designers Celeste Malvar-Stewart of Malvar=Stewart and Rox and Royalty. The festival… Read more

ComFest to focus on ‘harmony and humanity’

June 25, 2014
Love, leaf and labor are at the center of ComFest’s theme of “Harmony and Humanity” this weekend. The 42nd annual community festival, known to be the largest volunteer-run and administered fest in the United States, is set to occupy Goodale Park Friday through Sunday. The festival’s zeitgeist this year is defined by marriage equality (love), marijuana legalization in Ohio (leaf) and the revival of the labor movement (labor). Not only will the slogan plaster the back of T-shirts and beer mugs at the festival, but it will also provide as the “spirit and purpose” for many of the speakers set to lecture. Eight stages and venues within the festival, including… Read more

Gallery: Columbus streets filled with Pride

June 22, 2014
The 2014 Columbus Pride parade, part of the 33rd annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival, took place June 21 on High Street. George Takei of “Star Trek” fame served as the grand marshal. The festival was expected to see around 400,000 attendees, according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch, and cost more than $280,000.… Read more