* Music Festival – QLZ Productions, LLP will provide tickets and accommodations for the annual, Cincinnati Music Festival (www.qlzproductions.com), to be held on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at Paul Brown Stadium in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the nation’s most highly-anticipated two-day R&B music festivals, attracting local and regional guests from across the Midwest.
Each year, the festival draws a wonderful mix of Old School and the hottest contemporary R & B music performers to its stage.
The first day of the festival begins at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, July 22nd with the following line-up:
2016 Music Festival Line-Up (Day 1)
* New Edition – The hit making teen pop group that evolved into a mature R&B vocal act.
* Babyface – GRAMMY® Award winning R&B singer, songwriter, record producer,
* Fantasia – American Idol winner, R&B soul singer
* The Whispers – One of the world’s most gifted, one-of-a-kind premier vocal groups.
* Judith Hill – GRAMMY® Award winning singer and songwriter
The 2nd day of the festival begins at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 23rd with the following line-up:
2016 Music Festival Line-Up (Day 2)
* Charlie Wilson – Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter
* Maze f/ Frankie Beverly – an American soul / quiet storm band,
* Ledisi – an American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress
* Leela James – American R&B and soul singer-songwriter
* The Deele – an American band from Cincinnati, Ohio
Ticket prices range from $55 and up. For updates and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.qlzproductions.com or email:[email protected]com
The Festival History
The Cincinnati Kool Jazz Festival is referred to as the granddaddy of them all. It is one of the oldest running music festivals in North America.
The festival began in 1962 at Carthage Fairgrounds, with a pure jazz format. The early years of the Festival was met with international acclaim. It featured such greats as master trumpeter, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington, Jr., George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and The Spinners.
The festival soared in popularity, and the public demanded more. The event promoters, Dino & Joe Santangelo of Cincinnati, and their partner J. Lee Freidman of Atlanta, decided to meet the public appetite for quality live entertainment, and give them more. Along with the sponsorship and financial support of the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co, the festival catapulted into a multi-city event.
In June 1981, The Atlanta Kool Jazz Festival was held at the former Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. The big name headliners included The Isley Brothers, The Spinners, Johnny Taylor, The Manhattans, Aretha Franklin, Peabo Bryson, Cameo, and The Jones Girls. The Kool Festival was held that same year at the Superdome in New Orleans.
The festival played later that same summer at its birthplace, Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati line-up continued to maintain its original jazz genre, by featuring such jazz greats as Jimmy Smith, Herbie Mann, Nate Adderly, Eddie”Lockjaw” Davis, and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. The Kool Jazz Festival played in July 1980, for a 4 year run at Milwaukee’s County Stadium.
Over the years as a result of a number of factors, the event has evolved from that of a musical genre of pure jazz, to one predicated by a musical genre of rhythm & blues.
The Cincinnati Music Festival, now held at the all-new Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengal’s), is a state of the art facility.
Outside of the performers on stage, it is an event for those who are dedicated people watchers. It is an event to see, and to be seen. It is an event to meet and greet, mix and mingle. When in Cincinnati, be sure to take in the new Underground Railroad Freedom Museum. It is a journey through American history, for the struggle for freedom for African-Americans.