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Cincinnati Music Festival 2020 goes virtual

Posted at 10:41 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 10:41:50-04

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Music Festival (CMF) will continue on a virtual stage this year as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

The festival announced plans Thursday, calling the event the “#FEELSLIKECMF Virtual Weekend Experience.” The free online festival will run from July 23 to 25 on

CMF producer Joe Santangelo said the weekend will focus on celebration, community and local impact.

“Music provides hope, comfort and determination during uncertain times,” Santangelo said. “Leading up to and during #FEELSLIKECMF weekend, we will strategically work to uplift our neighbors, support local black artists and musicians and drive commerce to local Black owned businesses and restaurants. This event promises to grow awareness of regional organizations that support the African American community.”

Rev. Al Sharpton will make a special appearance from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Other artists will perform live everywhere from BlaCk Coffee to Paul Brown Stadium.


  • Triiibe recorded live at Corporate
  • Aprina Johnson recorded live at Black Coffee
  • DJ Vader recorded live at Revel
  • DJ Ellery

Special appearance: The State of Black Culture featuring Rev. Al Sharpton from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center


  • Lauren Eylise recorded live at Paul Brown Stadium
  • Kathy Wade & Joe Santangelo
  • DJ Baby Rome recorded live at Paul Brown Stadium
  • Regina Belle

Friday's lineup will include an outdoor art museum at Washington Park.


  • DJ DNICE LIVE from Club Quarantine

CMF said additional weekend entertainment will include shout-outs from The O’Jays’ Eddie Levert, Biz Markie and more.

The festival announced details for the 2021 festival, saying CMF will return to Paul Brown Stadium July 22 to 24 featuring a performance from Janet Jackson. Tickets for the 2021 festival are on sale at