Young the Giant
This popular rock band is known for its singles "My Body" and "Something To Believe In." They released their third album, "Home of the Strange," last year. Cold War Kids and Joywave will open. See them at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$39.50. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.
Before becoming his own award-winning and platinum-selling country singer/songwriter, Chris Stapleton fronted the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and wrote songs for Adele, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and others. He released his second album, "From A Room: Volume 1," last May. The show is sold out, but tickets are still available at secondary outlets. See him at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.
“One-Man Star Wars Trilogy”
Experience the "Star Wars" trilogy in a whole new way with Canadian actor, Charles Ross, who single-handedly plays every character, flies every ship, and conducts every lightsaber duel. The "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy" has been performed in over 100 cities, including Off-Broadway, London's West End, and the Sydney Opera House. See it locally at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$32. For more information, call 513-977-8838 or visit www.memorialhallotr.com.
Sample craft beer from over 100 breweries from both down the street and across the country. There will also be live music and food trucks. All proceeds will benefit the Big Joe Duskin Music Foundation, which supports music programs for disadvantaged elementary and junior high schools. Check it out on Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Cincinnati, on Sept. 8-9. Festival hours are 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, and 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15-$40 (general) and $10 (designated driver). For more information, call (513) 621-4400 or visit www.cincybeerfest.com.
The Amazing Jonathon
This stand-up comedian/magician's use of blood and gore has earned him the nickname "the Freddy Krueger of Comedy." He was a year-round performer in Las Vegas and is a peer of Criss Angel. See him at the Funny Bone at Liberty Center, 7518 Bales St., A-120, Liberty Township, on Sept. 8-10. Tickets are $22. For more information and performance times, call 513-779-5233 or visit www.liberty.funnybone.com.
Big River Get Down Festival
This all-day soul, blues and rock festival will feature The Record Company, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, and several others. The Revivalists, whose single, "Wish I Knew You," is currently enjoying heavy radio play, will headline once again. Check it out at RiversEdge Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton, on Sept. 9 from 1-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35. For more information, visit www.bigrivergetdown.com.
The Cheese Fest Cincinnati
This traveling festival is a must-attend for cheese fanatics. Over 350 cheeses from over 75 international cheese artisans and specialty producers will be presented for sampling, along with beer, bourbon and wine pairing classes, live music, cooking demonstrations, and contests such as the Macdown/Meltdown. Check it out at Smale Riverfront Park, 100 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, on Sept. 9 from 2-10 p.m. Admission is $10 and then $5-$10 for individual classes and demos. For more information, visit www.thecheesefest.com.
Old West Festival
This annual festival takes place at an authentic, year-round Old West town in the middle of the country. Interact with period interpreters and watch comedy and stunt gunfights, roping shows and magicians, or do a family sing-a-long. Check it out at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, on Sept. 9-Oct. 15. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $11.99-$34.99 (adults), and $11.99-$24.99 (kids 3-12). For more information, call 513-304-0444 or visit www.oldwestfestival.com.