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Six-Day BB&T Summer Celebration Coming to Covington's Riverfront

COV200 is preparing turn up the volume during the upcoming BB&T Summer Celebration, thanks to the almost 30 bands performing for free on the celebration's two stages, July 9-14, along the banks of the Ohio River in Covington.

Planned by COV200, the BB&T Summer Celebration is a joint celebration of Covington’s 200th birthday and the all-star baseball game across the river. One of the highlights of the events will be the musical entertainment happening in and around Covington Landing.

Visitors to the BB&T Summer Celebration will enjoy:

The Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell Stage – Over 20 live music acts will perform throughout the BB&T Summer Celebration. Bands include folk rock group The Turkeys, School of Rock Mason, Rusty Griswolds, Ricky Nye, Leroy Ellington Band and The Dan Varner Band. A full list of performers and dates and times are available at

Braxton Brewing Acoustic Stage on RiverCentre Plaza – Some of the area’s best musicians will be featured Friday through Tuesdaynight on the Braxton Brewing Acoustic stage, thanks to the folks with the Good People Festival who are overseeing the stage.  Bands performing include Wilder, Willow Tree Carolers and My Brother’s Keeper.


Braxton Brewing Acoustic Stage on RiverCentre Plaza (8pm-11pm):

  • Friday, July 10: Wilder
  • Saturday, July 11: Willow Tree Carolers
  • Sunday, July 12: Hu-Town Holler
  • Monday, July 13: My Brother’s Keeper
  • Tuesday, July 14: TBA

Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell Stage on Covington Landing

Thursday, July 9: 

  • 6-10pm: Dan Varner Band w/opening act (country rock)

Friday, July 10:

  • 11am-1pm: DJ Dance Party
  • 1-2:30pm: Andyman Hawkins (youth band)
  • 3-5pm: Spear Point (youth band)
  • 5:30-7pm: Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers (gospel)
  • 7:30-9pm: Band to be announced

Saturday, July 11:

  • 11am-1pm: Bucket
  • 1:15-3:15pm: Ricky Nye (boogie woogie blues)
  • 3:30-5:30pm: Honey & Houston (country/Americana)
  • 6-1pm: Leroy Ellington Band (funk/R&B)

Sunday, July 12:

  • 11am-2pm: Casey Campbell and the Mamadrones
  • 2:30-6pm: Shut Up and Drive (rock)
  • 6:30-10pm: Rusty Griswolds (party band)

Monday, July 13:

  • 11am-1pm: DJ Dance Party
  • 1-2:45pm: School of Rock Mason
  • 3-4:45pm: Bulletville (country)
  • 5-7:30pm: The Turkeys (folk rock)
  • 7:45-10pm: The Hustle

Tuesday, July 14:

  • 11am-1pm: DJ Dance Party
  • 2-2:45pm: Keith Jones & The Makeshifts (rockabilly)
  • 3-4:45pm: Noah Wotherspoon (blues)
  • 5-7pm: Noah Smith (country singer/songwriter)

Focused along the Covington riverfront, The BB&T Summer Celebration will run daily, Thursday, July 9 – Tuesday, July 14. The celebration will feature six days of family friendly activities and musical entertainment hosted on the Covington landing and in the RiverCenter Blvd block area between Scott Blvd and Madison Ave. 

The BB&T Summer Celebration hours are 6-10pm Thursday, July 9; 11am – 10pm Friday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 14. Questions? Contact us at 859-415-1230, or email

The BB&T Summer Celebration is made possible thanks to sponsors including BB&T, Gateway Community and Technical College, Duke Energy, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Braxton Brewing (official craft beer sponsor), Corporex, The Good People Festival, Budweiser (official domestic beer sponsor), TiER1 Performance, TQL, UpTech, and WCPO Insider.

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