title. Cincinnati Music Festival
city. Cincinnati OH
location. Paul Brown Stadium
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 event on Cincinnati's riverfront. Starting out as an all-jazz concert, it has grown into a three-day festival featuring great music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Past performers include Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert, Patti Labelle, New Edition, Earth Wind and Fire, Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and many others.
By the year 2000, the festival was the largest of its kind in the United States, drawing more than 60,000 people annually from all across the country. The festival has been held at various sites through its 50+ year history, including the Carthage Fairgrounds, Crosley Field and Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium before landing at its current home in Paul Brown Stadium on Cincinnati's riverfront. Accompanied by a street festival dubbed Festival 513, the Cincinnati 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 title sponsor, and continued on for 10 years through 2014. In 2015 the Music Festival entered into a partnership with Cincinnati based global company P&G as the presenting sponsor. 2019 will mark the 57th year of many years to come as the Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G.