Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops 2013 Season Kicks Off with Chaka Khan and Richard Marx

On June 14, the 30th season of the Columbus Symphony’s Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops kicks off with two world renowned music acts—the legendary Chaka Khan on Friday, June 14, and chart-topping singer/songwriter Richard Marx on Saturday, June 15— in its downtown home at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons

The 2013 schedule is as follows:

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 6 pm. Concerts begin at 8 pm.

Chaka Khan

Friday, June 14
During her 40-year career, Chaka Khan has become a music legend, influencing generations of artists in a variety of music genres with hits such as “Tell Me Something Good,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “Clouds,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel for You.” Her 22 albums have earned ten Grammy Awards, 22 Grammy nominations, ten #1 Billboard singles, seven RIAA certified gold singles, and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, including Ask Rufus, I Feel for You, and Masterjam.

Richard Marx

Saturday, June 15
Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums, scored 14 chart-topping singles, and as a songwriter, earned a Grammy for song of the year. His self-titled debut went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights.” The follow-up album was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.


All concerts will be held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.) directly behind the Ohio Theatre. Gates open at 6pm and will be located on the Rich, Third, and State Street sides of the park.


Tickets are $23 for adults when purchased in advance by phone at 614.228.8600, online at or, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.). Adult tickets are $25 at the gate on the night of the show. Tickets for children ages 3-14 are always $8 regardless of when or where they are purchased. Children 2 and under are free.

Lawn Coupon Books

Picnic with the Pops Lawn Coupon Books are available for $180. The book of ten, non-date specific tickets can be used in any combination for any of the 2013 Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops concerts. Lawn Coupon Books must be purchased from the CAPA Ticket Center before July 2, and will not be available at the gate or Kroger locations.

Discounted Tickets

Central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations will offer Picnic with the Pops tickets at a discounted price of $20 for adults. The $8 children’s tickets are also available for purchase at these locations.

Table Sales

Center stage tables are available for purchase at each concert. Tables are sold in parties of 8 or 10, and range from $320-$850. Catering for the table is available through Catering by Design at the discretion of the purchaser. For more information or to purchase a table, call 614.228.8600.

Single Ticket Table Sales

Single table seats can be purchased in any quantity and are $30-$85 per seat. Catering is not included. Table seats can be purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at, or in person at any central Ohio Kroger location or the CAPA Ticket Center.

Group Discount

A group discount is available for parties of 10 or more. Call 614.228.8600 (ext. 2) for more information.

Will Call

Will Call tickets will be held at the gate on the Rich Street side of the park.


More than 950 spaces are available in the lot beneath the Columbus Commons (entrance at 191 S. Third St.), and more than 3,600 spaces are available park-side in the three-story garage at 55 E. Rich St. (entrances are located on Main Street and Rich Street). Parking is $5, and is cash only.

Food & Beverage Policy

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. Beer and wine are permitted on-site for Picnic concerts only.

Event Policy

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. Pets, skateboards, solicitation or unauthorized sales, handbills, weapons, plastic tarps, tents, and use of stakes are not permitted. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. Flash cameras, cell phones, laser pointers, and/or video and audio recorders of any kind are not permitted during the performance.


Port-o-lets will be located in the southeast corner of the park at the corner of Third and Rich Streets.

Weather Policy

All concerts are rain or shine, and may start late if necessitated by inclement weather. Concerts will only be cancelled because of severe weather, and the decision will be made after 6pm on the day of the performance. Patrons can call 614-228-8600 after 6pm on the day of the show for updates. If a concert is cancelled due to severe weather, tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.


Sunny 95 (94.7FM) will provide traffic and parking updates from 6-8pm on concert days. The Ohio Department of Transportation web site provides the latest traffic advisories and current information on highway construction and ramp closures at

Bus Transportation

COTA buses will run their regularly scheduled routes to and from downtown. Patrons can get information on bus schedules and stops at

Bicycle Parking

Bicycles can be locked up at bike racks throughout the park.


Medical personnel will be on-site for first aid needs. Columbus Police and other security staff will be on-site monitoring park activity.

Outside the park, Capital Crossroads’ uniformed ambassadors can provide directions, information about downtown, and/or car escort services. For more information on Capital Crossroads services, please call 614-228-5718.


All gates are handicap accessible. Accessible restrooms and seating will be located in the northeast corner of the lawn seating area on the Third Street side of the park.

Remainder of 2013 Picnic with the Pops Season

All concerts are performed at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion and begin at 8pm. Gates open at 6pm.

Pink Martini

Saturday, June 22

Patriotic Pops (with fireworks!)

Saturday, June 29
Peter Stafford Wilson, conductor


Saturday, July 6

Natalie Merchant

Saturday, July 13

The Music of Queen — A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular

Saturday, July 20

The Ohio State University Marching Band (with fireworks!)
Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27
Albert-George Schram & Jonathan Waters, conductors

All programs and artists are subject to change.


The CSO is grateful for the financial support provided by Franklin County and the City of Columbus. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Charlotte R. Haller, James W. Overstreet, Kenneth L. Coe, and Jack Barrow funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all its citizens.

About the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit

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