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Janet Jackson to headline 2020 Cincinnati Music Festival

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Friday night at Cincinnati Music Festival 2018
Posted at 10:00 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 10:35:34-05

CINCINNATI — Organizers of the Cincinnati Music Festival have revealed that Janet Jackson will headline this year's three-day festival.

Joe Santangelo, owner of the Santangelo Group and longtime promoter of the Cincinnati Music Festival, announced the lineup in a press release Tuesday morning.

“This is the strongest lineup for the music festival that we’ve had in quite some time,” Santangelo stated in the release. “Having Janet Jackson on our festival lineup for the first time ever to headline Saturday night, along with favorites Charlie Wilson and Fantasia, just makes this weekend even more exciting."

The 2020 music festival presented by Procter & Gamble will be held July 23-25 in the stadium.

The festival will kick off Thursday, July 23, with Vibe's Party with a Purpose. The evening will feature performances by Biz Markie and BJ the Chicago Kid.

The lineup for Friday, July 24, includes Jonathan Butler, Tony Toni Tone, Fantasia, Snoop Dogg and Charlie Wilson.

The final night of performances on Saturday July 24, will feature Kirk Whalum, PJ Morton, Tank, The O’Jays and Janet Jackson to close out the weekend. Jackson last appeared in Cincinnati in 2018 for her "State of the World" tour.

Last year's Cincinnati Music Festival featured performances by Mary J. Blige, Maxwell and Earth, Wind and Fire.

The Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the largest urban music festivals in the country and is Cincinnati’s largest tourism weekend of the year, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati.

Tickets for this year's festival can be purchased at www.cincymusicfestival.com.