Macy's Music Festival expected to draw 80,000 people to downtown Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati will celebrate more than five decades worth of music history Friday with the start of Macy’s Music Fest.

More than 80,000 people are expected downtown for the 52nd year of the vaunted event.

The festival was first held in 1962 (when it was called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival).

“Fifty-two years of history. It's in people's blood to come to the festival. It's an annual event that people really enjoy year after year. An exciting thing for family and friends to come to Cincinnati and get away,” organizer Fran Santangelo said.

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After R. Kelly angered some fest-goers for going on super late last year, fest organizers have come back with some classic acts for this year’s event.

Chaka Khan and Charlie Wilson, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award last year’s BET Awards, and also features long-running vocal group After 7, K. Michelle and Robin Thicke, head Friday’s lineup up.

On Saturday, fest-goers can catch New Edition (minus Bobby Brown, who backed out of the tour recently due to health concerns), Mint Condition, Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole and Chrisette Michele.

The two-day music festival will take place at Paul Brown Stadium. The shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $48 and are still available for both nights. For more information, go to: .

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