GALLERY: Cincinnati Music Festival kicks off with 'Throwback Thursday'

GALLERY: Cincinnati Music Festival kicks off with 'Throwback Thursday'
Posted at 7:03 AM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 07:03:31-04

CINCINNATI -- The 2016 Cincinnati Music Festival kicked off at Paul Brown Stadium  with "Throwback Thursday," featuring Doug E. Fresh and Talib Kweli.

Click on the image below to see a gallery of the people and performers at Thursday's event. 

The 54-year-old, second largest annual rhythm and blues festival announced the addition of Throwback Thursday in June, extending the two-day celebration into three days.

Throwback Thursday offered a more intimate experience than the main stage festival with music that paid tribute to the history of the Cincinnati Music Festival. Disc jockeys played artists that have taken the stage in Cincinnati over the years. There was also be a fashion show to highlight style trends over the decades -- from the bold patterns of the ‘60s to bell-bottoms of the ‘70s.

Jason Dunn, vice president of Multicultural and Community Development at the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the addition of Throwback Thursday reflected the historical ties the festival has with the city.

“Extending the festival to Thursday evening is a great way to both engage the Cincinnati community and attract additional visitors in a celebration of Cincinnati's musical heritage,” Dunn said.

The event took place from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday at the East Club Lounge of Paul Brown Stadium.

WCPO Web Intern Abby Anstead contributed to this report.