Cincinnati has arranged some spectacular festivities for the 2015 All-Star game, even beyond the traditional Home Run Derby on Monday and the Futures Game on Sunday. The home city of the oldest franchise in Major League Baseball will also host a softball game and feature many of the biggest stars to ever don a Reds uniform.

The city’s strengths will be showcased during the weekend preceding the Midsummer Classic, including its well-known businesses. Procter and Gamble, Frisch’s, and Skyline Chili have already made great contributions for the event, almost twenty years since its last game.

One aspect of Cincinnati that has been virtually ignored during the festivities is the city’s rich musical culture. Not only is Cincinnati the birth place of music legends like Roy Rogers and Doris Day, but it also serves as home for famous bands from nearly every genre.

The Isley Brothers, who scored several hits in the 60s and 70s, are a revered rhythm and blues ensemble. The same could be said for Bootsy Collins, another Cincinnati native.

Numerous acts in country music got their starts in the Queen City, most notably the Pure Prairie League. Led by Cincinnati native Larry Goshorn, PPL recorded the classic ballad “Amie.” Current bands like Walk the Moon and Over The Rhine also feature an alt-country sound distinct to Cincinnati.

Right now, Cincinnati can boast of its rock music scene, which has recently been recognized for the Bunbury Festival. The three-day event featured some of the biggest acts in indie music, most notably The Decembrists and the Black Keys.

Given all its musical talent, Cincinnati should use the All-Star festivities to show it off. Here are ten rock artists who could represent the city’s sound stage as part of All-Star week.

Marty Balin

Fronting Jefferson Starship along with Grace Slick, Balin did the lead vocals on smash hits such as “Miracles” and “With Your Love.”

The Minor Leagues

The indie band’s Ben Walpole is a writer by trade, and it shows in his thoughtful lyrics on albums like The Pestilence Is Coming and North College Hill. They often are about rejection or loneliness, kind of like Morrissey without the bitterness and whining.


Rob Fetters, before fronting this delightful group, founded the Raisins and made the classic, “Fear Is Never Boring.”

The National

Matt Berninger and company first gained widespread fame with Boxer, the album that earned them a spot on Saturday Night Live.

Stan Lynch

Take away Lynch’s drumming from albums like Damn the Torpedoes or Hard Promises, and much of Tom Petty’s best work would greatly suffer.


Though based just across the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky, this tri-state band has been compared to 60s acts like the Animals and Ten Years After.

Urban Sprawl

This band as been defunct for decades, but they were the highlight of the Cincinnati rock scene in the early 80s with the Springsteenish song “Just Be Cool.”

Band of Horses

This folk-rock outfit is often associated with Mumford and Sons as well as the Lumineers.

Puddle of Mudd

Bassist Damien Starkey added a Cincinnati flavor to this Kansas City-based rock band that was prominent around the turn of the century.

Screaming Mimes

Fans are still waiting for this popular band to reunite and record more albums like Tragedy Comedy and Got to Tell the World.

Source by Doug Poe