Riverbend Music Center is owned by the Cincinnati Orchestra and rented out to musical groups during the summer. The seating in the center is both a covered area with assigned seats and then on the hill behind. First the seating... it is nice to have a seat off the ground in an enclosed area if it is a hot sunny day, but sometimes it is more humid and stuffy in this area then outdoors. You are closer to the orchestra or musical group so the sound is better but seating on either side is terrible. Riverbend is on the river so when large boats go by they blast their horns and disrupt the concert. It reverberates inside the "indoor" seating area. We go to see the Pops mostly here and it is nice they call you back when it is about to start again. They have a captive audience so the snacks and drinks are expensive. They also sell CD's and t-shirts during the intermission which is nice. The outdoor seating on the hill behind the seats is first come first choice. If you want to sit up front you can not bring a folding chair to sit on, bring a blanket. Chairs are allowed only on the top half of the hill. On many occassions the hill area is WET, so I recommend a large piece of plastic under your blankets. You are allowed to bring food and drink but no alcohol. I recommend if you are using the hill to get there early because choice spots fill up very fast. The summer sun is terrible, but when it goes down it is much cooler. Take a couple large hats because umbrellas are not allowed rain or shine. Take your supper and have a picnic with your family. They have 2 jumbo screens that you can watch the concert up close. To me that is like going to a drive-in. I want to see the people I came to hear, so I always bring a couple pair of binoculars for the family. If there is a special guest the jumbo-tron is great. The hill seats are also much cheaper than the stadium seats. I haven't been to see musical groups there in years, but go to see the Pops once or twice a season. Jimmy Buffet comes to Cincinnati every year and I hear it is terrific concert. Lots of parrot head costumes and margaritas. In general It is a nice place to bring the family and have a old time family outing like in the 1950's. I recommend the place with its limitations.
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