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NKY Blink Features To Include Large Disco Ball, Performance By Grouplove And More

An artist rendering imagines what the Suspension Bridge could look like for Blink
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
An artist rendering imagines what the Suspension Bridge could look like for Blink

Organizers of the Blink festival are revealing some Covington features. For the second event, the light and art show will expand across the river with 20 installations, along with other activities and performances.

The chief operating officer of the Cincinnati Chamber Brendon Cull says "it's actually going to be one of the most densely packed zones of Blink."

In May, Blink announced the Roebling Bridge would be part of the show, with light projections on the towers. Steve McGowan of Blink partner Brave Berlin says in addition to lighting up it up, they plan to "make the singing bridge sing."

"We partnered with a creative firm out of Boston, they're called MASARY. They're an amazing team of musicians. They're percussionists. They have created samples from the bridge. So we're creating an original piece of music," McGowan says. "And then we are going to put that to light… You will see this bridge like you've never seen her before."

Brave Berlin's Dan Reynolds says when Blink was first dreamed up, there was a desire to have it reach across the Ohio River. "When we put the stake in the ground and said we're going to come in to Northern Kentucky, Steve and I immediately walked out our door and started looking at these walls and streets and dreaming about what could be. Northern Kentucky is so immensely rich and ready for an event like this."

Other Blink features in Covington include:

  • Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. mural at 6th and Madison
  • A light installation on the Ohio River from Northern Kentucky University
  • The world's largest mobile disco ball with a pop-up disco party
  • The Billboard-charting band Grouplove is scheduled to perform in the RiverCenter parking lot 

An estimated 1 million people filled the streets of Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati for Blink in its first year.

Blink is this Oct. 10-13, reaching from Covington and north to the Findlay Market area in Over-the-Rhine.

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Rinehart has been a radio reporter since 1994 with positions in markets like Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio: and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.