THROUGH THE YEARS THE FESTIVAL HAS GONE THROUGH MANY TRANSITIONS - IT HAS MOVED FOUR TIMES, CHANGED IT'S NAME THREE TIMES AND CHANGED IT'S FISCAL AGENT ORGANIZATION TWICE - HOT TIMES HAS HOSTED OVER FOUR DECADES OF PROGRAMMING INCLUDING A CHAUTAUQUA PLAY ENTITLED "THE ESCAPE OF JANE" BY HENRY BURKE*, PREMIERED THE OPERA "MANY THOUSANDS GONE" BY LESLIE BURRIS, HOSTED COMMUNITY TALKS ON A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS MODERATED BY COMMUNITY LEADERS, HAS GROWN TO THREE STAGES, IS FOUNDER OF AND PARTNER IN THE COLUMBUS CHILDREN'S PARADE, HOSTS THE OLDEST AND LARGEST ART CAR SHOW IN THE MIDWEST, HAS HOSTED DECADES OF PERFORMANCES IN IT'S "HEAR HISTORY IN THE MUSIC" PROGRAMS, HOSTS THE "LISTEN FOR THE JAZZ" PROJECT, EVEN HOSTED THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING PROJECT TOUR BUS AND STILL MAINTAINS THE WONDERFUL COMMUNITY REUNION FEEL IT HAS ALWAYS HAD. MANY PERFORMERS AND VENDORS HAVE LONG HISTORIES WITH THE EVENT AND RETURN EACH YEAR. THE FESTIVAL HAS THIRD GENERATION VOLUNTEERS WORKING TO KEEP IT THE VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE EVENT THEY GREW UP WITH.
Enjoy this CD recorded LIvE at HOT Times in 2005 and slide show
OVERALL THE HOT TIMES FESTIVAL HAS SEEN A LOT OF REALLY GOOD TIMES AND HAS" REMAINED THE FRIENDLIEST FESTIVAL IN COLUMBUS" AS DUBBED BY THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH IN THE EARLY 80S.
Enjoy this old copy of a tape from 1991
What you have to say!
Sheila F: "Best Festival Ever..Hot Times, Columbus, Oh..music, food trucks, people..love it Enjoyed!"
Tracy G: "Great bands, good food & amazing vendors
Anthony R: "its a blast. poetry slam spoken word rap battles and the hip hop dance kids are awesome"
Michael W: "This is one really well run festival. It features great food choices, diverse music on two stages, and all kinds of great vendors. I get to a lot of different festivals around the country every year but Hot Times stands in a class all by itself and I give this event five big yelp stars"
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Great new/ old archival video footage of Hot Times thru the years!
https://youtu.be/AGY5UrL64DY -From 1988 Interview w/ Hank Marr and Rusty Bryant, Tony West & The Imani Dancers, Awards Ceremony including honoring Smokey Brown, The All-Ohio Experimental Jazz Poetry, Listen For The Jazz All-Stars - shot by Rupert Calendar
https://youtu.be/fBhflffIfBY The best of 1988 with Hank Marr and Rusty Bryant, Tony West & The Imani Dancers, The All-Ohio Experimental Jazz Poetry, Listen For The Jazz All-Stars, Arnett Howard and The Creole Funk Ban - shot by Rupert Calendar
https://youtu.be/17Zymg7UPFc Donna Mogavero. AARMS Band, Mendelsonics, C.J. Chenier, Arnette Howard, Is Said & Advance Party, Moxie, Poetry Slam Winners, 4 Mints, Flex Crew, Foley, Walt "Wali" Neil live painting, Is Said, Tony West Sunday drum circle, Glen Echo Saxophone Quartet, Listen For The Jazz All-Stars w/ Gene Walker - shot by Charlie Einhorn
-Sister Ngoma Hot Times 2001
HEAR HISTORY IN THE MUSIC IS A MULTI YEAR MUSIC HISTORY AND DISCOVERY PROJECT. BRINGING HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT PERFORMERS, AND PERFOMERS WHO FEATURE HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT MUSICAL SYLES.
H BOMB FERGUSON
BILL PINKNEY AND THE ORIGINAL DRIFTERS
JOSH WHITE JR.
ROBERT "JUNIOR" LOCKWOOD
CHARLES WALKER & THE DYAMITES
BIG JOE DUSKIN
SMOKY BROWN OR GRANDPA SMOKY AS HE BECAME TO BE KNOWN WAS THE FIRST ART CAR ARTIST AT HOT TIMES. HIS OLD STATION WAGON COVERED WITH LIFE SIZE OR BIGGER PAPER MACHE HEADS BECAME HIS SIGNATURE RIDE. SMOKY DESIGNED HOT TIMES STAGE SKIRTS FOR DECADES AND HE WAS THE VERY FIRST HOT TIMES HONORED ARTIST. WHEN THE FESTIVAL WAS UP ON N. MONROE AVE. AND BROAD HE STAYED LATE AT NIGHT (WE ARE TALKING 2AM) PLAYING THE OLD UPRIGHT PIANO THAT USED TO GRACE THE STAGE WHILE DOUGHNUTS AND COFFEE FLOWED FREELY TO ALL WHO CAME THROUGH.
SMOKY INFLUENCED THE EXTERIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE EXHIBIT THAT WAS PART OF HOT TIMES FOR YEARS.
THE IMAGE ABOVE IS A PAINTING SMOKY DID FOR HOT TIMES.
MICHAEL VANDERDOES PERFORMED FOR 32 YEARS AT THE HOT TIMES FESTIVAL.
HERE ARE SOME OF HIS WORKS! HIS EFFORTS HAVE BROUGHT NATIONALLY KNOWN JAZZ ARTISTS Kidd Jordan, HAMIET BLUETT, DD JACKSON, AND Marlon Jordan TO HOT TIMES.
Kate Schulte CONCERT
SECOND LINE FOR KATE
FOR MANY YEARS ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER COLUMBUS WOULD SEND IDEAS FOR PIECES AND 5 WOULD BE CHOSEN BY A COMMITTEE OF COMMUNITY PEOPLE AND ARTISTS TO BUILD THEIR PROPOSED WORKS. FROM THE WORKS BUILT ON THE HOT TIMES SITE THE PUBLIC WOULD CHOOSE A WINNER AND THAT ARTIST WAS AWARDED A CASH GRAND PRIZE. ALL FIVE ARTISTS WERE AWARDED HONORARIA TO FUND THEIR BUILDS.
PARTIAL LIST OF PARTICPATING ARTISTS:
RICHARD DUARTE BROWN
JAMES KWAME CLAY
LINDA SORRELLS SMITH
Thanks to Henry's research, the history of Ohio's Underground Railroad has been preserved, visitors to the Belpre Historical Society’s museum along the Ohio River can view his Ohio Underground Railroad exhibit. He also authored many books and articles on the subject.
Because of his volunteer lectures places like HOT TIMES many people learned facts about Ohio and the Northwest Territories and history of the struggle for freedom. Born in Columbus, Burke served nine years in the U.S. Army, part of it stationed in West Germany during the Cold War. He also worked for 35 years as a construction foreman. During the whole time he researched and wrote about the Underground Railroad and the clandestine route of safe houses and abolitionists that led escaped slaves to freedom.
He also wrote about the approximately 200 African-American men from Washington County and surrounding counties known to have enlisted to fight in the Civil War with the United States Infantry.
Burke was recognized for his scholarship by the Ohio legislature and historical and educational organizations around the midwest.
He was a humble man who enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others, as he did at HOT TIMES where he sat on the front porch and told stories and answered questions for many years up until his death in 2012.
Thanks to his knowledge and passion about the Underground Railroad and life in Civil War-era Ohio, Ohioans have a fuller understanding of this time in history.
Tony & Aziza West have performed at every Hot Times Festival - For many years with the Imani Folk Theatre. Tony is known as the Elder Master Drummer in Columbus, Ohio. His generosity through the years teaching drumming and dance to everyone is legendary. For many years he and Aziza led dance workshops and most currently he has led the Sunday Morning Drum Circle. Aziza comes from a strong dance background and currently leads Zumba classes. Tony & Aziza are also part of the Hot Times Honored artist Alumni.
WOSU FILM TONY TALKING ABOUT THE LINCOLN THEATRE
For decades you have come to celebrate your special events at Hot Times!
The HT Team past and present Birthdays:
Smokin' Joe Jackson, Arnett Howard, Suzie Simpson, Deborah Tucker, Michael Gruber, Freda Abbot Ayodele, Cyndi Woods, David Meyers, Marianna Bauer. Feel free to add to the list send an email to email@example.com
Happy Anniversary: Jody & Dan Thomas who were married at Hot Times!