My sister and brother-in-law have a yearly tradition of listening to the Blues at the River Park in Cincinnati with his brother and sister-in-law and I was lucky to be around to join them this year. We found parking very close to the park so they saved themselves a long walk over the Purple People Bridge from Kentucky where they have parked in the past.
There were 3 stages: the arch stage was under the Purple People Bridge and featured boogie woogie artists; the main stage with well-known blues singers (although I knew no one!); and the St. Vincent's stage featuring local artists. Dolores and I walked through the park early on to see where the first water pumps were and how they changed part of it into an amphitheater. When we found the bells, I wondered if they can be rung. The bridge over the Ohio River for traffic is called the McDonald bridge because it looks like the Arches. Cincinnati is where pigs were brought in to be slaughtered and sold at markets, so the pig is its mascot and there are statues of them all over the city. And of course, Cincinnati was named after the Roman warrior Cincinnatus and his statue is near the arches.
I loved the lighting effects of the arch stage and listened to the most performances there. We stayed from 5 PM until it ended after midnight! The music was great! This is the 20th year of the festival and I expected to see lots of clothes and souvenirs celebrating that fact, but there wasn't much. The mug they always sell for the beer was just a plastic mug you get for picnics from your union or company at a picnic. There weren't as many food vendors as I thought there would be either, but I enjoyed my gyro.