Enjoy summer by experiencing some of Columbus’ best local music here in the Short North! There are a variety of events taking place, many of them free and open to the public. See below for venues and events happening this summer!

Black Brick Bar hosts performers every Friday and Saturday night! Come out to support local musicians while enjoying a drink from the bar. Below are the upcoming performers in June, but visit their Short North business page for more details.

Maya Mougey: June 2, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Eric Ahlteen: June 3, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Eric Clemens: June 9, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Micah Kesselring: June 10, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Politics as Usual DJ Happy Hour: June 16, 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Troy Petty: June 17, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Kristin Gramza: June 23, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cristopher Salyer: June 24, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Will Haynes: June 30, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


While Brothers Drake Meadery is known for their variety of drinks, they will also host a variety of events this summer. See below for some of their upcoming shows.

Andy Shaw Band presents: Wafflepalooza! June 11, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, $8 admission includes music and waffles provided by What The Waffle. Also provided are activity/coloring books for kids (and the kid inside of you), raffle giveaways, waffle merch, and more!

PALEFACE: July 1, 10:00pm – 1:00am. Doors open at 9:00pm, show starts at 10:00pm. There is a $5 cover charge for admission. “Prolific, influential, cult-­hero, PALEFACE, is now a high-energy and charismatic duo featuring girlfriend Monica ‘Mo’ Samalot on drum-kit & candied vocal harmonies. PALEFACE was schooled musically by friend Daniel Johnston and soon discovered at an NYC open mic by Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5). He’s released over a dozen records including two major label releases, and has been called a major influence & inspiration by a wide range of artists including Grammy Award recipient BECK.”



Community Festival is another annual Columbus tradition, but one that takes place in the heart of the Short North. This year, Community Festival, or ComFest, will occur June 23 through June 25 at Goodale Park. The event has free admission and encourages harmony with others as well as the environment. The festival will host multiple musicians over the three-day span.


The Columbus Music Commission and Greater Columbus Arts Council are planning to participate in International Make Music Day on Wednesday, June 21. Stay tuned for further details!


Goodale Park Music Series will be hosting a variety of performers this summer. “The mission of the Goodale Park Music Series is to promote community and diversity, support Columbus musicians and artists, and celebrate Goodale Park.” Performances will take place from 12:30pm until 2:00pm. See below for the full lineup! 


7/16/17– The Deeptones

7/23/17– Yellow Paper Planes

7/30/17– Bummers

8/6/17– Counterfeit Madison with Mary Lynn

8/13/17– Noe Salsa Project


34th Annual Doo Dah Parade and Party will take place Tuesday, July 4. While the Block Party will take place from 10:00am through 7:00pm, the parade starts at 1:00pm. This event has free admission, beer on tap, and live music. Doo Dah Parade strives to celebrate “liberty, lunacy, and freedom of speech through humor.” The event will take place at the intersection of Buttles Ave and High St. See below for the musical lineup.

Doo Dah Rock Star Line-Up:
10:00am – 10:45am Ryan Smith
11:00am – 11:45am The Jeffs
12:00pm – 1:00pm Devil Doves
1:00pm National Anthem – Entire Parade Route
1:01pm The 33rd Annual Doo Dah Parade
1:45pm – 2:30pm Doc Robinson
3:00pm – 4:00pm Vodka ROXX
4:15pm – 5:00pm Trouble Boys
5:15pm – 6:00pm McCallister
6:15pm – 7:00pm C LA C I


Skully’s Music Diner hosts hundreds of musicians throughout the year. Grab a bite to eat at the diner then enjoy the show! Be sure to stop by this summer and visit their Short North business page for their calendar of events! Below are the listings for their June shows.

June 4, 10:00pm: The Flex Crew is a recurring event that happens once a week, so be sure to check out one of their shows. (21+)

June 5, 8:00pm: Komrads/Curse of Cassandra/The New Void (18+)

June 6, 7:00pm: J the DJ presented by The Showcase Tour

June 7, 9:00pm: Ant Ash/Bobby Biz/Ralph Laureen/Trav Wood/Vino V and Millz (18+)

June 9, 9:00pm: Dion Timmer/Attak/Murda Patrol/Potpocket b2b BBX/Entel (18+)

June 11, 3:00pm: GTS presents: The Summer Showcase

June 11, 10:00pm: The Flex Crew (21+)

June 12, 6:30pm: Magic Male Revue, The Official Magic Mike XXL Tribute Show (18+)

June 14, 7:00pm: Ohio Solo Artist Awards presented by Bridging The Music

June 15, 9:00pm: Ladies, 80s and More! This bimonthly event remains the same great dance party, now with 90’s in the mix! (18+)

June 17, 8:00pm: Leboom!/Will Clarke/Evan Evolution X Dominic Parisi/BK/Ghost Gardens/Visuals by VJ Vendetta

June 18, 10:00pm: The Flex Crew (21+) 

June 20, 10:00pm: Columbus Local Artist Showcase, music by DJ Layne Luv, presented by State of Hip-Hop (18+)

June 21, 7:00pm: Icon for Hire/Assuming We Survive/Ever Burning Bright/Octobersky, presented by BravoArtist and Celebrity Etc.

June 22, 9:00pm: Ladies 80s and More (18+)

June 25, 3:45pm: Afton Local Artist Showcase-Early Show presented by Afton Shows

June 26, 7:30pm: Round2Crew/Spencer Sutherland

June 29, 5:30pm: Civi Youth-Early Show/The Raquels/Dominic Francesco, presented by Cracker Crumbs LLC


-Alexa Demyan