Kelly Painter Kampsen

Kelly Painter,
Kelly Painter Kampsen is a local photographer and Photo Editor of, a website dedicated to showcasing the Cincinnati region's vibrant music community.

Describe the Cincinnati region in three words.
Friendly. Evolving. Home.

Favorite Graeter’s ice-cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip.

Must-ride coaster at Kings Island?
The Beast. You have to sit in the front seat at least once!

Best spot for pre- or post-Reds game drink?
Christian Moerlein is always great! They also have wonderful food.

How do you order your Cincinnati-style chili?
I like chili cheese sandwiches with onions and mustard. I don't like hot dogs!

Rainy day activity you’d recommend to a visitor?
Cincinnati Museum Center.

Weirdest dish you ever tasted…and loved!
Hmmm...maybe gator from The Knotty Pine on the Bayou?

Favorite hidden gem (that you’re willing to tell everyone about!)...
Knuk-N-Futz. It's a bar in my neighborhood. Best wings and bleu cheese in the city! I also love Rabbit Hash. Sundays by the Stove in the winter at the general store are wonderful - and free!

Can’t-miss annual event that you always attend?
MidPoint Indie Summer Series. It's free on Fountain Square on Fridays in the summer! What's not to love about a free show and a beer - outside in the middle of the city!

Best view of the Ohio River...
On a boat, in front of the stadiums, or from Big Bone Lick State Historic Site or Rabbit Hash. The skyline is beautiful, but the calm river down south is relaxing. We even saw a bald eagle down by Big Bone last summer.

Most memorable concert you ever attended?
Paul McCartney at Great American Ball Park. Hands down. It was absolutely amazing!

Recent Articles

Bunbury Music Festival (Photo: David Heasley)

Photo Gallery: Bunbury Music Festival

The riverfront is abuzz every summer with music at the Bunbury Music Festival.

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