The annual concert series that brings local and regional musicians to the Queen City for free public shows on Fountain Square kicked off May 31. The Fifth & Vine Live Concert Series, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Stigler Supply, Wild Turkey American Honey, and 3CDC, will feature more than two dozen performances over three months. June, in particular, is full of highly-anticipated acts. Here are our top five to look out for.
June 7 at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati locals, PUBLIC, are fresh off their two month tour with The Driver Era and are celebrating in the best way (in our opinion) possible: a hometown show. The pop three-piece has already been featured on popular platforms such as Radio Disney, Nickelodeon, and the Elvis Duran Show, and will take the Fifth & Vine Live stage this Friday. Since PUBLIC’s first performance in its high school talent show, it has grown a loyal fanbase of over 15 thousand Instagram followers and accumulated over half a million monthly listeners on Spotify.
June 8 at 7 p.m.
The Cincinnati-based rock band Mad Anthony will bring a different kind of energy to the Fifth & Vine Live Stage than its predecessors the day before. With heavy guitar and growling vocals, Mad Anthony embodies the very essence of rock music. The band has been relatively quiet since the release of “Mad Anthology, Vol. 3” last June, but finally returned to the stage at Southgate House Revival on March 29 (much to fans’ satisfaction). Mad Anthony has not announced any future shows, so this one-off will be one not to miss.
The Band of Heathens with Will Hoge
June 14 at 7 p.m.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Band of Heathens will bring its Americana rock and roll to the Fifth & Vine Live stage. The band will be joined by Nashville-based rock/country/soul artist, Will Hoge. Recently, The Band of Heathens recorded its own version of the famous Ray Charles album, “A Message From the People,” during a time where it feels the downtrodden need to be inspired to find their voices again. Fifth & Vine Live falls right in the middle of the band’s limited touring schedule to promote this recording.
June 15 at 7 p.m.
Austin-based female rock artist, Erika Wennerstrom, left her critically acclaimed band, Heartless Bastards, last year to release her solo album, “Sweet Unknown” (a gutsy move in the eyes of the music industry). But, she has found nothing but success. Since her start with Heartless Bastards in 2003, Wennerstrom has found the perfect blend of raw and gritty yet smooth and sweet vocals (apparent in the aforementioned album) which has earned her over 17 thousand monthly Spotify listeners. Wennerstrom’s appearance at Fifth & Vine Live is the third date on her summer solo tour.
June 29 at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati R&B/soul/pop singer-songwriter (self-described as “eclectic-soul), Lauren Eylise, will close out the June series of Fifth & Vine Live. Named the best R&B artist of 2016 by WomeninCharg3, Eylise wears her heart on her sleeve with her vulnerable, yet unapologetic, lyrics (heard in singles like “Petals” and “Karma”). Eylise released her debut EP, “Life / Death / Life” in 2017, and has drawn loyal listeners from the Queen City and beyond, including New York, Chicago, and California, as well as Germany, France, and South Africa.