Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 Merchants & Music Headliner is Announced

10,000 Maniacs highlights the return of the Merchants & Music festival.
Fort Thomas celebrates the return of one of the region’s premiere family festivals, Merchants & Music, with the announcement that multi-platinum alt rock favorites 10,000 Maniacs will perform.

This year, the event date is Saturday, September 22.

The event returns to Tower Park and will feature a full day of food, music, kids’ activities and fun. Merchants &Music also provides a showcase for local businesses in Fort Thomas and across the area.


After taking a year off to make room for Sesquicentennial events last year, Merchants & Music will mark its 14th year.

Founded in 1981, the 10,000 Maniacs have released close to 20 albums including their acclaimed breakout album, “In My Tribe.” Last year they celebrated 35 years since the release of their very first full-length recording, “Secrets of the I Ching.”


After the recording but before the release of MTV Unplugged, original lead singer and main songwriter Natalie Merchant left the band to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Mary Ramsey, who was the lead singer from 1993 to 2001 and then from 2007 to the present.

The current edition of 10,000 Maniacs remains active, playing shows throughout the United States.  On this tour, the band will feature songs from these two works and from their legendary performance on MTV’s Unplugged as well as their most popular hits.


Fort Thomas Renaissance Manager and Economic Development Director Debbie Buckley made the announcement at the March city council meeting. Keep an eye on the Fort Thomas Matters for news and details as they unfold.

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