The Cincinnati Music Festival, now in its 56th year, is expected to pump millions of dollars into the city's economy this weekend. The Cincinnati USA Visitor's & Convention Bureau estimates the 83,000 attendees, 80 percent of whom are from out of town, will spend $107 million.
The series of concerts at Paul Brown Stadium, features Charlie Wilson and Jill Scott and a dozen other performers over three days. A complete line-up is here.
On Thursday producer Joe Santangelo announced a change. He said Fantasia was ill and will be replaced by Tamar Braxton. "It's our responsibility to pull out every stop that we can because we want to give the people a really good show," he said.
Crews worked throughout the day to get everything in place. A 40-foot semi tractor-trailer filled with stages and lights had to be unloaded.
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned the 2018 economic impact study. The $107.5 million dollars the City expects attendees to spend is the equivalent of hosting one-and-a-half Major League Baseball All Star Games and seven Flying Pig Marathon weekends.