This past weekend, during the 57th annual Cincinnati Music Festival, there were dozens of vendors and black-owned businesses set up on Fountain Square to sell their food and art and clothing to the tens of thousands of African Americans who came from all over the country for the two-day event.
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 Cincinnati Music Festival is returning to Paul Brown Stadium for its 55th annual festival this weekend. The festival began Thursday with a "Throwback Thursday" party on the East Club Lounge in Paul Brown Stadium.
Scott Santangelo's new book, "The Ohio Valley Jazz Festival," is a tribute to his father, promoter Dino Santangelo, who created the summer jazz festival in 1962 which morphed into the city's huge R&B weekend.
Joe Santangelo dropped by the WVXU studio on March 2, 2017, to talk with John Kiesewetter about his work with his brother Dino which has led to his production of the wildly successful Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium. This year's festival runs from July 27-29 in downtown Cincinnati.
For six decades, the Santangelos have brought us the greatest names in R&B, rock and jazz – the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, the Grateful Dead and ZZ Top.