Theo's Loose Hinges will have the audience grooving to "Summer Love" at the second WinterFest, slated for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus.

WinterFest is presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Admission is free.

The local trio will play two sets – at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – with new songs for each performance, lead singer and guitarist Theo Perry said.

"We call it eclectic electric soul," Perry said. "It's a bit of a mixed bag of genre blending. We do mostly originals but throw a couple of covers in our shows."

Subscribers of Spotify might recognize the band's new original material: "Summer Love," "Make Peace" and "Almighty Dollar."

Formed in 2008, the band plays about 50 shows a year. In 2018, venues included the Columbus Arts Festival, Comfest and the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival.

An outdoor, wintertime gig is rare, but it happens, Perry said.

"At least once a year we manage to do that," he said.

For those unfamiliar with the band's music, Perry describes it as a cross between Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. -- bluesy rock with mellow and up-tempo numbers.

Perry will be joined onstage by drummer Kenny Caterer and guest bassist Will Strickler.

Mistar Anderson and Rayland Baxter also will perform at WinterFest.

Staff members and volunteers will sell handcrafted bowls, each for about $10, made in Columbus community centers, said Nancy Colvin, spokeswoman for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

It's part of the Empty Bowls initiative which supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, she said.

"I think one of the most important things about WinterFest is it's about giving," Colvin said.

A dozen local food trucks – including Buckeye Donuts, the Cheesy Truck and Pitabilities – will be on hand.

Among the craft-beer offerings will be Columbus Brewing Co.'s Citra Noel, BrewDog's Lost Lager and Choco Libre and Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Christmas Ale.

Coffee also will be in the mix of beverages, Colvin said.

Several central Ohio artists will exhibit their work as part of the Columbus Arts Festival's emerging-artists program. That feature is new to WinterFest.

"There's a lot of stuff going on," Colvin said. "We're really excited to be able to add components this year but really keep that community-festival vibe."

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