Latonia was chosen as the site for the family friendly event because of its potential, engaged community, and rich history. Will you help us unlock the block?
“Unlock the Block” will feature lively music from local bands: DV8, rock cover band; Ben Walz, acoustic folk/rock blend; and The Turkeys, folk-rock and Americana.
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Food vendors will be on site to satisfy every music enthusiast appetite, including Chick fil A at Newport Pavilion, Smokin' This and That BBQ, Shiver, Kona Ice, Dan the Corn Man, as well as other vendors.
Families can stop by the Activity Zone where kids can check out Skool Aid, get their picture taken with the cow from Chick-fil-A, and see a 3D replica of Johnny’s Castle – a Latonia toy store icon that entertained children for years. Children attending the event will receive a free book to help unlock literacy during the summer months.
During the day, Unlock the Block attendees can take part in historical tours throughout Latonia narrated by a representative from the Kenton County Public Library, and take advantage of in-store and restaurant specials.
Unlock the Block is organized by the Leadership Northern Kentucky class of 2017. Leadership Northern Kentucky is a Northern Kentucky Chamber Foundation program dedicated to developing a diverse group of leaders who serve as catalysts for a stronger community. Each year, as part of the program, a class of business and community leaders embarks upon a project focused on addressing issues and needs within the Northern Kentucky region.
"I'm excited to see UTB come from concept to reality, and what that means for the Latonia community," said Jason Reed, who served as the Steering Chair for LNK 2017. "The event promises to be much more than a one-night music event to entertain folks who are interested in this emerging community. When the organizers talk about 'Unlocking the Block,' they're really talking about leaving their mark on this community for the foreseeable future."
Northern Kentuckians and Greater Cincinnatians, let’s activate Latonia and make plans to attend the inaugural Unlock the Block Music Fest where good music, delicious food, and great memories will be shared by all. Special thanks the event's main sponsors: DHL, Duke Energy, and Kroger for helping to make the festival possible.
The official after-party is hosted by Legend's Bar and Grill/ Bock's Billiards with more live music.