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R&B fans rock out in Cincinnati for Macy's Music Fest

WVXU file

One of the largest music festivals of its kind in the U.S., with roots dating back to 1962, kicks off Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium. The Macy's Music Festival features R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. Organizers say most of the nearly 50,000 people attending are coming from out of town. Consequently, downtown hotels are filled.

Macy's Facebook page reports one fan has come all the way from Germany.

Just in time for the festival, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory named Bootsy Collins the Cincinnati Grant Ambassador of Funk.

Performing on Friday:

  • Jill Scott
  • Charlie Watson
  • TGT
  • Bootsy Collins

Performing on Saturday:

  • R Kelly
  • KEM
  • Fantasia
  • Morris Day and The Time
  • Leela James

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.