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Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory rolls out red carpet for Macy's Music Festival

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CINCINNATI -- The Queen City is rolling out the red carpet for this weekend's Macy's Music Festival .

Mayor Mark Mallory will start preparations for the festival at Fountain Square at 9 a.m. as part of his "Mayor's Operation Hospitality Initiative."

Mallory said he plans to create a world class visitor experience for the city's guests by working with hotels, restaurants and businesses.

Since 1963, the festival has been helping put Cincinnati on the map to music lovers from across the nation.

This year's performers include Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank,) and a rare performance by Cincinnati music legend Bootsy Collins. Those acts will appear Friday.

Saturday's lineup features Leela James, Kem, Morris Day and The Time, as well as headliner R. Kelly.

The festival happens on Friday and Saturday. Tickets costs between $40 and $85 and are still available.

City officials said they are expecting tens of thousands of people during the event and attendance could top 50,000 people.

For more information on the festival, go to: .

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