At hot times festival, the mission is to create a fun and inclusive environment where the Community can come together to enjoy wonderful music, make new friends, eat great food and create lasting memories. The Arts have the power to bring people together and inspire positive change.
Welcome & kick-off & join the Hot Times opening drum circle on Friday @ 5 pm,
on the lawn, under the big tree. This year is dedicated to dear drum sister, Barbara 'Wahru' Cleveland, who facilitated this drum circlefestival kick-off for many years.
Former drum student, Stephen Schneider, will be facilitating the circle this year and is looking forward to seeing many of the regular folks again to open the friendliest festival in town!
Drumming also takes place on Sunday @ 11 am with Tony West, see the program for more info.
Here they are, grab them now and send in - Print one out, fill in the requested information and send it in to
Hot Times Festival, P.O. Box 7167, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Include a self addressed stamped envelope - Checks are sent back if you are not accepted.
WOSU came to Hot Times 2022 and filmed this wonderful spot for Columbus Neighborhoods featuring Tony and Aziza West and many of you.
Check out this great video
What a wonderful Festival!
Once again the Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival delivered that Community Spirit it is long known for. Gratitude for the Bands and Performers who shared their talents, the Volunteers, the Organizing Team, Sponsors, Donors and all the Suppliers of services and goods.
From birthdays, to a wedding to dancing and drumming to remember friends who have passed, the event again gave us all opportunity to celebrate in Peace & Harmony.
The Program will remain below and of course you can go back and enjoy this event at the you tube links below. For 2019 and 2021 live streams check out the pages listed in the index.
For those who cannot be at the event, or who live too far away, you can participate too - just tune into the Hot Times Festival Live Stream for music, activities, interviews and more. Hosted by Leah Lambert and Andy Schofield.
Check out the great community interviews hosted by Leah Lambert, Javon Collins, & Columbus Black News Anchor Rita Fuller Yates!
For you who can't wait for the week-end, check out the
2020 and 21 HOT TIMES LIVE STREAM STAGE
both are still available to view by clicking the HT Live Stream pages on the above or side bar and pick any day.
Also enjoy enjoy the archival material (Find Yourself at Hot Times!)
REMEMBER YOUR VOTE COUNTS! GO REGISTER AND GO VOTE!
On Sept 5, 2021, Brother Wali Neil was honored at the MPACC Box Park in a beautiful Community Celebration with presentations by his new Los Angeles based representation.
For decades Wali has been an intregal part of the Columbus Near East Side Community with murals that brought joy in the hardest times. His painting bespoke his internal beauty, spirit of brotherhood, and sense of self and heritage that inspired his works. His wife, Denise, continues to preserve and spread the word and works of Wali. Wali IS!
Excerpts of an article in the Columbus Free Press by Suzanne Patzer
OCTOBER 14, 2020
Columbus is now honoring the legendary rocker Willie Phoenix by renaming 16th and High Street “Willie Phoenix Way” in Columbus, Ohio. Willie has long been a legend in the local rock scene.
Activist and local musician Brian Clash stated: “I celebrate the life force that is Willie Phoenix. I have enjoyed knowing him over 40 years; first as an awestruck fan and later as my musical mentor, songwriting partner, and most of all dear friend. This exciting honor being given to him is only a reflection on what he has given to all of us. Congratulations Willie!!!”
“In many ways, Willie Phoenix is the voice and sound of Columbus rock and roll. We had our own indigenous guitar monster that gets us through good and bad times,” Fitrakis said.
Willie has played on the Hot Times Main Street Stage for decades!
Willie Phoenix Way was dedicated
Thursday, October 15 - 1pm
Columbus City Council and the Columbus Music Commission conducted a virtual event to dedicate Willie Phoenix Way and celebrate the guitar-shredding Columbus rocker.
The dedication is on Council's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ColsCouncil and
WOSU's Broad and High page at www.facebook.com/broadandhigh.