Originally called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival when it was first held in 1962, the Cincinnati Music Festival has grown and evolved into a spectacular two-day event on Cincinnati’s riverfront.
Starting out as an all-jazz concert, it has evolved and grown into a two-day festival featuring great music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop, as well as up and coming artists.
CINCINNATI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Past performers include Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert, Patti Labelle, New Edition, Earth Wind and Fire, Lakeside, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and many others.
By the year 2000, Cincinnati Music Festival was the largest of its kind in the United States, drawing more than 50,000 people annually from all across the country.
The festival has been held at various sites through its 50-year history, including French Lick Indiana, the Carthage Fairgrounds, and the Hamilton County Fairgrounds before landing at its current home at Paul Brown Stadium on Cincinnati’s riverfront.
Accompanied by a street festival dubbed Festival 513, the Macy’s Music Festival has an estimated annual economic impact of $25 million, according to the Greater Cincinnati Center for Economic Education at the University of Cincinnati.
In 2005, Macy’s became the festival’s headline sponsor and continued on for 10 years through 2014. 2015 marked the first of many years in Partnership with Cincinnati-based global company P&G.
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The Cincinnati Music Festival is co-promoted by The Santangelo Group and Ohio Valley Entertainment. 2017 represents The Festival’s 55th year of bringing top R&B talent to Cincinnati.
The Santangelo Group, led by Owner Joe Santangelo, has promoted or co-promoted the Macy’s Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium since 2005.
In addition to the Macy’s Festival in Cincinnati, The Santangelo Group promotes the Hampton Jazz Festival in Hampton, VA.
The Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the only shows nationwide that features a double stage.
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Mary J. Blige and Usher will headline the event. Other performers include Kem, Fantasia, BBD, Anthony Hamilton and Confunkshun.
Cincinnati Music Festival
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