Local voices open this weekend's Macy's Music Festival

CINCINNATI - R. Kelly, Jill Scott and Bootsy Collins have at least one thing in common -- they’ll all follow Cincinnati songstress Razzberry White on stage this weekend.

White opens the 51st Macy’s Music Festival, an extravaganza of R&B, soul and funk, July 26-27 at Paul Brown Stadium. Both evenings begin at 7:30 p.m. Organizers are expecting more than 60,000 people between the festival’s two nights.

White and Collins represent the Queen City in a festival otherwise built on superstars of today and yesterday.

Headlining Friday’s lineup is Scott who raised the roof on her career through her album “Who is Jill Scott?” and has since earned Grammy Awards nominations, NAACP Image rewards and a Soul Train Award, among other accolades.

Also performing Friday are Charlie Wilson and TGT -- otherwise known as Tyrese, Genuwine and Tank. The venerable Bootsy Collins follows White, who is teaming with Mike Martin and the Faize Band.

R. Kelly’s classic-meets-contemporary R&B highlights Saturday’s impressive lineup. KEM and Fantasia also grab the spotlight, following Morris Day and the Time and evening-opener Leela James.

With Ticketmaster service fees, tickets range $50-$97 and are available online or by calling 800-745-3000.

You can lap up some of the flavor outside the stadium through Festival 513, a free street scene along Freedom Way, between Vine and Elm, running 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

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