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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 9-12

Posted at 11:16 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-11 08:13:35-04

CINCINNATI – Revel in the blues, eat some seafood and take a trip back to the 1940s this weekend.

Chicago & REO Speedwagon with Michael Tolcher

Get your classic rock groove going Friday with Chicago and REO Speedwagon at Riverbend. The bands will perform classic hits and new songs. Both iconic bands from Illinois formed in 1967 and gained national fame throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million records worldwide.

7 p.m. Friday. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $29.50-$129.50. www.riverbend.org

'Take the Leap'

Make your way to the Jarson-Kaplan Theater for a single night of stunning ballet. Take the Leap will feature three dance stars who performed in shows such as "The Lion King Broadway Tour," Les Ballets Trockadero and at Coachella 2018. Revolution Dance Theatre will produce the evening, a celebration of diversity, ballet and the common human experience.

8 p.m. Friday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $30. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Bellwether Music Festival

This inaugural music festival is about an hour drive from Cincinnati, but its lineup is worth the trip. Groups such as MGMT, the Flaming Lips, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, the Psychedelic Furs, Allah-Las and Echo & the Bunnymen will perform at the Bellwether Music Festival inside Renaissance Park. Event organizers set aside enough space in the park for people who want to pitch a tent and make a complete weekend out of the festival.

Noon-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Renaissance Park, 10542 OH-73, Waynesville, Ohio. $65-$229 admission; $5-$10 parking. bellwetherfest.com

Cincy Blues Fest 2018

Nothing beats the blues. This Saturday performers such as Delbert McClinton and Noah Wotherspoon will fill Sawyer Point Park with sweet guitar licks and melancholy melodies during the 2018 Cincy Blues Fest.

2:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Sawyer Point Park, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. $25 regular admission; $75 VIP admission. cincybluesfest.org

JJ Grey & Mofro and Blackberry Smoke with J. Roddy Walston & The Business

JJ Grey & Mofro will share their own brand of soul Saturday evening when they perform at PNC Pavilion. Blackberry Smoke and J. Roddy Walston & the Business will add their own flavor to the evening with live performances as well.

6:30 p.m. Saturday. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $23.50-$63. www.riverbend.org

Jake Owen at Great American Ball Park

Country singer Jake Owen will belt one out of Great American Ball Park with a free concert after the Reds hopefully beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday evening. A ticket to Saturday's game doubles as entry to see Owen, who will start playing approximately 20 minutes after the game ends.

6:40 p.m. Saturday. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. $12-$98. www.mlb.com

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band with Jontavious Willis

Going back to the blues for a minute, two blues music legends will share the stage at the Taft Theatre on Saturday evening. Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' will perform songs from their 2017 "TajMo" album, which won the 2018 Grammy for best contemporary blues album.

8 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $39.50-$63.50. tafttheatre.org

David Byrne American Utopia Tour with Benjamin Clementine

David Byrne wants to see people get up and dance during his show at PNC Pavilion. The former lead singer of the Talking Heads will perform with Benjamin Clementine during his American Utopia tour stop. People who purchased tickets for the show are also welcome to a pre-concert craft beer tasting that will begin 90 minutes before Byrne takes the stage.

8 p.m. Sunday. PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $35-$175. www.riverbend.org

Great Inland Seafood Festival

It's not quite an ocean view, but the Great Inland Seafood Festival taking place along the Ohio River is always a fun event. The annual feast focuses on seafood dishes served by area restaurants. There also will be drinks, music and entertainment throughout the weekend.

5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Riverboat Row, Newport. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

'Labyrinth' in Eden Park with Jake Speed & The Freddies

There are few better ways to start the weekend than by watching the fantasy classic "Labyrinth" in Eden Park. The movie about a teenage girl drawn into a world of magic will be screened outdoors. Jake Speed & The Freddies ​​​​​also will perform at this unique event.

7-11 p.m. Friday. Mount Adams Cinema in the City, 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Sacred Heart Festival

Another weekend, another church festival in Cincinnati. The big one this weekend is the Sacred Heart Festival in Fairfield. Prepare for live music, good food and beer all weekend long.

6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 3-9 p.m. Sunday. Sacred Heart, 400 Nilles Road, Fairfield. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

1940s Day at Lunken Airport 2018

Prepare to jump, jive and swing on Saturday during the Cincinnati Museum Center's 1940s Days at Lunken Airport. The P&G Big Band will play as Cincy Hop teaches you to dance. There also will be vintage clothing vendors, patriotic displays and a classic B-52 bomber at the airport.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Ave., East End. $5-$10. www.cincymuseum.org