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Latonia to Host "Unlock the Block" Music Festival on Saturday

Latonia will "Unlock the Block" on Saturday.

The new one-day music festival will rock Ritte's Corner from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 22.

The project was developed by Leadership Northern Kentucky's 2017 class. Local bands DV8, Ben Walz, and the Turkeys will take the stage.

Craft beers from Rhinegeist and Wooden Cask Brewing Company will be available, as well as cocktails from Second Sight Spirits.

Food vendors include Chick fil A at Newport Pavilion, Smokin' This and That BBQ, Shiver, Kona Ice, Dan the Corn Man, and more.

Families can stop by the Activity Zone where kids can check out Skool Aid, get their picture taken with the cow from Chick-fil-A, and see a 3D replica of Johnny’s Castle – a Latonia toy store icon that entertained children for years. Children attending the event will receive a free book to help unlock literacy during the summer months.

During the day, Unlock the Block attendees can take part in historical tours throughout Latonia narrated by a representative from the Kenton County Public Library, and take advantage of in-store and restaurant specials.

"I'm excited to see Unlock the Block come from concept to reality, and what that means for the Latonia community," said Jason Reed, who served as the steering chair for LNK 2017. "The event promises to be much more than a one-night music event to entertain folks who are interested in this emerging community. When the organizers talk about 'Unlocking the Block,' they're really talking about leaving their mark on this community for the foreseeable future."

Leadership Northern Kentucky is a Northern Kentucky Chamber Foundation program dedicated to developing a diverse group of leaders who serve as catalysts for a stronger community. Each year, as part of the program, a class of business and community leaders embarks upon a project focused on addressing issues and needs within the Northern Kentucky region.

The official after-party is hosted by Legend's Bar and Grill/Bock's Billiards with more live music.

For more information, see the Facebook event page or the website.

-Staff report

Photo: Old Kentucky Theater building at Ritte's Corner (RCN file)