Plenty of Good Times at Hot Times!

The annual Hot Times Community Music and Arts Festival is an independent and all volunteer driven community arts and music festival in Columbus, Ohio. The location of the festival is a beautiful grassy area with mature hardwood trees providing the perfect spot to relax and enjoy music!




The 2013 Hot Times Headliner Performance


Fred Wesley began his professional career as a teenage trombonist with Ike and Tina Turner. He was music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer for the legendary James Brown from 1968 to 1975 and thereafter, arranged and played for Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He has played with and arranged for a wide variety of other artists including Ray Charles, Pancho Sanchez, New York Voices, Slide Hampton, Van Morrison, Usher, the SOS Band and Cameo, to name a few. Scores of other artists including Janet Jackson and Nas have sampled his work. Since his stint with the Count Basie Orchestra, he has maintained a focus on jazz – playing, recording, writing and promoting it.

Fred is an extraordinary artist with many facets: He has no equals in American music. Whether it’s jazz, funk, R&B, blues or other, his solos never fail to thrill. From his direction of James Brown’s fabled JBs to today’s New JBs, he knows how to choose the best musicians and meld them into tight units that generate mad heat. Some of funk music’s biggest hits by James Brown, the JBs, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band are living testaments to his gifts, as are his soulful jazz compositions such as “For the Elders,” “La Bossa” and “No One.” His half-century career is a treasure trove of stories, some of which fill the pages of his compelling memoir “Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Side Man” (Duke University Press 2002). The reliability and fire he’s contributed to bands ranging from the Count Basie Orchestra to the American Idol Band, make him a sure bet in any setting. Wesley shares his wealth of musical knowledge and experiences in settings including classrooms, band rooms and recital halls at colleges and universities and now at HOT TIMES.




The Columbus Children's Parade takes place every year at Hot Times!

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The Hot Times Community Music and Arts Festival also hosts:



The LARGEST Gathering of Art Cars in Central Ohio!

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to check them out!



Comfest Volunteer Appreciation Party!



Wear your 2013 ComFest volunteer T-Shirt and check in at the Hot Times Volunteer Central on Friday, September 6th starting at 5pm to receive your "thank you" ComFest Ro-z Bucks good for food and beverages. The 2013 Official Volunteer Photo will be taken on the Parsons Avenue side (West) of the Columbus Health Department Building at 7pm.


Didn't get a chance to volunteer at Comfest this year?
Visit the Comfest web site at:


www.comfest.com