Fringe Bar Series

Beginning at 11 p.m. every night of the Festival, the Fringe Bar Series gathers artists, producers, volunteers and audiences at The Underground to toast (or roast) all things Fringe. Join us even if you didn't make it out to shows that night.

Admission: FREE with your Official 2007 Fringe Button ($2 each at any venue)

Fringe Karaoke Wednesday, May 30

Come to hear the best and worst imitations of your favorite Fringe artists, or be a star yourself.

Pike Thursday, May 31
A powerhouse of pop-punk pleasure, Pike’s lo-fi indie assault leaves their legions of fans ready to join the 24/7 Pike Party. Their lyrics cover sharp-witted pop culture references including the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and the band wrote the theme song for the Cincinnati Rollergirls: “Jawbreakers (Love Theme from The Cincinnati Rollergirls).”

Jeremy Aggers Friday, June 1
You might’ve caught Jeremy Aggers, a native of North Carolina, during his time in Cincinnati as a performer with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. He is currently in residence at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, Georgia, where he continues to practice his craft as a singer- songwriter.

The O.yemi Experiment Saturday, June 2
Bandleader and drummer O. yemi and his ever-changing jazz/funk/soul/fusion/blues band light up the stage as our Underground house band. Drawing on classic jazz and blues standards, and original melodies, the band produces a tight, polished jam.

TBA Sunday, June 3

Fringe Acoustic Jam Monday, June 4
Guitarists and the like are invited to this laid-back open-mic night. Bring your instrument or just come to relax into the jam.

TBA Tuesday, June 5

Fringe Karaoke Wednesday, June 6
We had to do it twice, come again to hear the best and worst imitations of your favorite Fringe artists, or be a star yourself.

HI Status Thursday, June 7
A soulful blend of jazz, funk and hip hop. Featured performers singing original R&B with the accompaniment of hometown jazz and blues heroes.

Naked and Shameless Friday, June 8
Acoustic, punky music true to its name—fun-loving and with lyrics that’d make any sailor proud.


Saturday, June 9 : 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Jackson Street Underground
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson Street

Celebrate the closing of the 2007 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Pick O’ The Fringe and the end of the 2007 Fringe Festival. At this time Pick O’ The Fringe awards will be announced. Cash Bar & Lucy Blue Pizza available. Admission is FREE with your Official 2007 Fringe Button.

Featuring: The O.yemi Experiment: Everyone comes back to hear the tight, polished jams produced by Know Theatre's resident band’s soulful blend of jazz and funk.

Visual Fringe Line Up

Visual Fringe continues to promote art and artists with the Visual Fringe Gallery Walk. Expanding upon the success of Final Friday, Visual Fringe focuses on showing off the diverse galleries in Over-the-Rhine, mixing theatre and dance audiences with visual art fans on the Friday(s) and Saturday(s) of the festival.

The Visual Fringe premiere of Documentary Photography: Art Academy Students in Over-the-Rhine continues the showcase of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood’s strong presence of visual art.

This show features the talent of Art Academy students capturing visual moments on their urban campus of Over-the-Rhine. Featured artists include Kevin Betsch, Lori Weeder, Cameron Richardson and Joe Civitello.

The documentary project allows students to interact with, learn from, and contribute to the neighborhood,” says assistant professor Emily Hanako, “Local establishments are also given an introduction to the Art Academy and our students.”

To continue the theme of this project, Visual Fringe is collaborating with Over-the-Rhine galleries to open during the Visual Fringe walk.

The 2007 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is May 30-June 9, 2007. The Festival is a collaborative organization striving to provide opportunities and exposure to artists who are willing to take a risk.

During the festival hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists invade downtown Cincinnati for 11 days of artistic celebration in both traditional and non-traditional spaces. These artists represent a variety of media including theatre, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and everything between and beyond.

Friday, June 1: 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday, June 2: 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday, June 8: 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday, June 9: 4:00 – 9:00 PM

ADMISSION FREE with your Official Fringe Festival Button.

Art Beyond Boundaries
1410 Main Street
‘Limitless Vision’ a solo exhibition of art by the late Ruthe

Concept Jewel

1425 Main Street
New series of three-dimensional lenticular images by Jameson Bennett

1342 Main Street
‘Canopy Series’ by award-winning photographer Bill Davis

Enjoy the Arts
1338 Main Street
‘Dispersions’ art by Over-the-Rhine artist Aryl Hatt-Todd

Know Theatre of Cincinnati

1120 Jackson Street
‘Documentary Photography: Art Academy Students in Over-the-Rhine’

1334 Main Street

Affordable local artists, art mostly $100 or less

Main Street Yoga / Gallery
1201 Main Street
The Fringe of Chaos – Distressed Surfaces, Shapes and Texures
by Paige Wideman and Nancy Willman

Urban Eden
1313 Main Street

Fringe Fest 2007 Kicks Off

The old faces from Cincy Fringe festivals of the past came out for a what ended up being one of the biggest Cincinnati Fringe related events ever. Over the course of the whole day, 500 people came through the doors. What felt odd yet good at the same time were the many new faces. The art and theatre crowds were out in good numbers, but the bigger influx of people came for music and the OTR Pale from Christian Moerlein.

The only comparison I could make to Fringe experiences of the past was the audiences who filled the seats to last years big hit The Catholic School Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity. That play brought Fringe new blood in 2006 that hopefully will be back in 2007.

This is second year the Fringe Festival is based at the Know Theatre space at 1120 Jackson street, but the first year with a bar at the Fringe HQ. The Fringe fest bar series is at the Know each night of the Fringe, so the Moerlein empty bottles will fill up a few trash bins. Most important to any festival are those looking to find a Fringe boyfriend/girlfriend. The prime time hook up zone will be about 12:30 AM most nights during the fest. How else do you think people come up with ideas from scripts for Fringe 2008?

The two biggest musical draws were Ellery and Jake Speed & the Freddies. Jake’s set got off to a slow start with a little technical gaff, but they managed. My memory and the ears of my friends sitting near me were testing as I belted out the chorus to every song.

The festival officially start off on May 30th. Keep tuned to the Cincinnati Blog and for interesting perspectives on the Festival.

Fringe Kickoff Party on Friday

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival kicks off early this Friday with a special happy hour from 6 PM to 8:30. Admission is free to this pre-event.


9PM to 1AM: join in on a great list of local music at the Fringe 4 Kickoff Party. $5 gets you a line up of: The Newbees, Jon Justice Band, O. yemi Experiment, Jake Speed and the Freddies, Ellery, & The Late Circuit. Come out and support a great event with the best line up of music for a Theatre event in Cincinnati, ever!