Common Ground Concert Series

Presented by CDDC and CAPA



Wow! Columbus turns out for free music! ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED; no tickets are available at this time. As we draw closer to May 17, additional tickets may become available. Check the event listing here for the most up-to-date information. 

If you have claimed tickets but no longer need them, please consider returning them. To do this, click "Manage my order" in your ticketing email. Next, you can select "Cancel my order." 

Check back soon for the announcement of the next artist in the new Common Ground Concert Series!

Forged as a partnership between the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), the Common Ground Concert Series is about providing central Ohio with an exciting line-up of free concerts. CDDC and CAPA have a long-standing partnership, and this new annual concert series aims to leverage the two organizations to create a memorable experience for the community. Columbus Commons is the ideal venue for this mission due to its already exceptional lineup of free community events and reputation for hosting a diverse lineup of nationally-recognized touring artists every year.

Free tickets are required for these concerts; please note different concerts and events at Columbus Commons may have different entry requirements.
For information on other concerts and events at Columbus Commons, click here

FREE Blues Traveler Concert
Presented by CDDC and CAPA

Friday, May 17
Bar and food trucks open at 6:00 PM
Music begins around 6:30 PM

Opening Act: Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons at 6:30 PM

FREE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS CONCERT. All tickets have been claimed at this time. For the most up-to-date information, click here


What is the Common Ground Concert Series?

CDDC and CAPA have partnered to present free nationally-renowned artists to the community at Columbus Commons. Be sure to read through all of the frequently asked questions below, and claim your tickets at the bottom of the page for unforgettable free music in the heart of Downtown Columbus!

What time is the concert?

Gates will open at 6:00 PM. The headliner will take the stage at approximately 8:00 PM. Please note, Columbus Commons will be cleared for a security sweep before gates open, so anyone at Columbus Commons before gates open at 6:00 PM must leave. This means you will not be able to save seats before 6:00 PM.

Do I need a ticket? 

Yes. FREE tickets are required. Tickets are limited in quantity to ensure a safe environment for patrons. Tickets are limited to a quantity of two per email address. Please only reserve the tickets you will use. At this time, all tickets have been claimed. 

Do children need tickets?

Tickets are required for anyone over the age of three (3). Children three (3) and younger do not need a ticket. 

I have my tickets; do I need to print them?

Printed tickets are preferred.

Does a ticket guarantee entry into these concerts?

A ticket does not guarantee entry. The best way to ensure entry is to arrive early. Safety of our patrons is our top priority. It is possible that due to safety concerns, access to the park may be restricted, even preventing some guests with tickets from entering the concert. Columbus Commons staff will work with public safety officials to ensure safe conditions are maintained, and guests with tickets will be allowed in when conditions become safe once again.

I don’t have a ticket but I want to come. What can I do?

Look here for your opportunity to claim tickets.

Tickets are limited and will be claimed quickly. If all tickets are claimed, we cannot guarantee any accommodations for day-of walk-ups due to crowd capacity. However, as we draw closer to the event date, additional tickets may be released. Please check the event listing frequently for the most up-to-date information.

I have claimed tickets but no longer need them. Can I return them?

Yes! Simply open your ticket email from Eventbrite, click "manage my order," then "cancel my order." This will open up a spot for someone else who is waiting for tickets.

Where is Columbus Commons? 

The park is located at 160 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, one block south of the Statehouse in Downtown Columbus. The entrance for these concerts is along the south end of the park, off Rich Street.

Where should I park?

Parking at Columbus Commons is easy and convenient! We have two available garages, the Main Garage located at 55 E. Rich Street or the Underground Garage located at 191 S. Third Street. You can even prepay for parking on this page! If you park at the Main Garage at 55 E. Rich Street, you’ll be closest to the park entrance. Parking rates will be $5 per vehicle, and cash and credit card will be accepted upon entering the garage. If you’re taking Uber or Lyft, the ideal drop-off zone address is 54 E. Rich Street, which will place you near the concert entrance.

What time will gates open?

Gates will open at 6:00 PM at the south end of the park, near E. Rich Street.

What food and beverages options will be available?

Columbus Commons’ two cafes, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Tortilla Mexican Street Food, will be open, along with some of our favorite food trucks. At the bars, you will be able to purchase a selection of Pepsi products, water, beer, wine and a specialty cocktail. Cash and card will be accepted. 

Can I bring outside food/beverages into Columbus Commons?

Yes, however coolers and outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Bars and multiple food vendors are on site for the duration of the concert. Bags are subject to inspection and prohibited items will not be allowed in and are subject to removal once in the park.

Where do I sit? 

Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. No chairs are provided and guests are welcome to sit directly on our grass. No seats will be able to be placed before 6:00 PM. Feel free to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Sit close to your neighbors; we expect a full house!

I am in a wheelchair or have accessibility needs. Where can I sit?

There will be a reserved area in the North Lawn for patrons with accessibility needs. Please see the map below for information.

Can I bring my dog?

Due to limited space, dogs other than service animals are not permitted for these concerts.

When will the music begin? 

Opening music will begin at approximately 6:30 PM with local favorite Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons.
Blues Traveler will take the stage around 8:00 PM.

Will the carousel be running? 

Yes, visitors can enjoy a ride on the carousel for $1 per ride, weather permitting.

Can I take photos and videos during the show?

No photos or videos of the stage are permitted.

Is this concert family friendly?

Yes, all ages are welcome. Children age three (3) or younger do not require a ticket.

What is not permitted in Columbus Commons for this concert?

  • Coolers
  • Outside alcoholic beverages
  • Smoking
  • Plastic tarps
  • Tents or canopies
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Animals, except for service animals
  • Disruptive behavior

I have some more questions!

Check our park Q&A here or reach out to us through our website.

For a layout of the park, including directions to parking and the entry gate, click here.


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