Friday night, we braved the storms to head downtown to Columbus Commons. I've wanted to catch a Rusted Root show for YEARS, so when I found out they were putting on a free concert right here in Cbus, I wasn't about to let a little rain keep me away! Not only was the show completely free, but it was happening in one of my favorite downtown spots.
For those of you not overly familiar with downtown, Columbus Commons is a city park/green space located on the site of the old City Center Mall. It's an awesome space with lots of free events going on all the time.
This is the first time we've been down there for a concert and we were not disappointed. Pre-show there were five different food trucks to grab a bite to eat, along with a little Mexican place called Tortilla, and of course my beloved Jeni's. Beer and a limited cocktail selection was also available. Parking was a breeze at the garages ($5) and the rain kept people away until right before the show so we managed to snag an awesome spot right near the stage.
Once I realized how close we were actually able to get, I immediately regretted the decision not to bring my Nikon camera. I didn't want to chance it with the rain, so I had to settle for iPhone pics. I did scramble for my other camera once we were back to the parking garage but I didn't have time to set up a tripod to get proper photos. Nonetheless, it was still a great vantage point to watch the encore (photo above, video snippet below) and I was surprised at the sound quality, even from there!
Between the food, the relaxed atmosphere, watching hula-hoopers and people of literally all ages (from 2-60+ years old) dance and have a great time, it was thoroughly enjoyable. What a great way to close out summer festivities!
I'm definitely looking forward to checking out more events down there. If you want to do the same, you can find the Columbus Commons Events Calendar here: http://columbuscommons.org/happenings/event-calendar/
Another reason to love Columbus!