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“Riverbend during the summer”

Riverbend Music Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A 5,000-seat pavilion where the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops orchestras perform.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews
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“Riverbend during the summer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

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.

Visited July 2012
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Taylor Mill, Kentucky
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Really great venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

The lawn seats aren't bad when it's not raining, or sweltering hot, but the pavilion seats are nice! Most of the time it's pretty reasonable in price - plus, people will pay to see the bands they want to see. Riverbend has had so many amazing concerts! The concession is pretty efficient, if a bit pricey, but they also have a nice variety of stuff. It's easy to get to from the city and the Kentucky side, though parking is an absolute nightmare - and leaving is entirely too disorderly, too. Other than that, it's a great place!

Visited August 2012
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“It is not as bad as some reviews say”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

We saw Natalie Merchant in july and the venue was ok. the seats were comfortable and the sound from boats was not bad. the parking lot and Food was not the greatest. The astroturf area was interesting

Visited July 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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77 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

It's too hot in the summer to have outside concerts in Cincinnati, IMHO. FYI lawn seats sucks - you can't see a thing. You go to the lawn to listen, not see anything, just so you know.

Visited June 2012
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Siesta Key, Florida
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102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Parking disaster”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

There has to be a better way to move cars in and out before/after concerts. Terrible experience, but draws good talent.

Visited July 2012
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