Remember how fun it is to skate? Well, to be honest, if we’re talking old-school skating (circa sixth grade or so) I remember a lot of falling down and looking like a dork in front of a girl I liked. Skating is a more fun now however, with adolescence out of the way. And it’s even more fun when you mash it up with live music, video games, and free prizes.
That’s the approach the Cincinnati Recreation Commission took with Friday’s 18-and-over event, taking place at the Over the Rhine Recreation Center. The event will feature performances by You, You’re Awesome and Automagik, and you can skate around the bands while they play! It doesn’t get much cooler than that. The Cincinnati Roller Girls will be there as well, and there’ll be Wii, fooseball, pool, and air hockey on hand for some additional non-skating fun.
Admission is $5, which includes the cost of skate rental (although you can bring your own if you’re so inclined). The money goes to benefit the Over the Rhine Recreation Center, which works to offer after-school and seasonal programs to youth in the community, with services ranging from homework help to field trips and enrichment activities. Plus, there will be raffles all night for gift cards from local Cincinnati businesses like Pho Lang Thang and Park + Vine. Grand prizes include VIP passes to Cincy Blues Fest and three-day passes to Bunbury Fest.
This will be OTR Skate’s second outing, after their success last year. Make it a point to go Friday night, and let’s all make this an annual thing. Because roller skating plus live music, minus being a pre-teen, equals an awesome time.
Friday, April 27th, 8-11pm
OTR Recreation Center
Preview by John Crowell
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