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Usher, Mary J. Blige to headline the Cincinnati Music Festival
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The Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G is set to take place July 27-29 at the city’s Paul Brown Stadium; where the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals play. The festival began in 1962 as strictly a jazz festival and has in the past presented legendary performers like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder to name a few. Now one of the country’s leading urban music events, this year’s Cincinnati Music Festival line-up features headliners Usher and Mary J. Blige along with event host Doug E. Fresh, the rapper and producer that’s widely credited as being the first human beatbox. Check out the festival schedule below.

July 27
Billed as a "Party with a Purpose", the Thursday night event is a soft opening for the festival and is co-produced with Vibe Cincinnati. The event is a fundraiser for charities in the Cincinnati area and will star host Doug E. Fresh along with Kid Capri, the DJ and rapper who has his own show, “Kid Capri’s Block Party,” on the Sirius XM Fly channel. Also appearing will be Rob Base, who along with DJ E-Z Rock had the platinum-certified hit “It Takes Two.”

July 28
Mary J. Blige will headline the Friday evening festivities. Named after the album she released earlier this year, Blige is in the middle of her “Strength of a Woman” tour, which has recently seen her perform in Australia, Japan and Europe. The European leg of her tour is about to wrap up and this show will be the singer’s first US show after her return. One of the warm-up acts for the evening will be the multi-talented KEM who is currently working on a new album for release later this year, so fans may get treated to some brand new music. Also appearing will be hit makers SWV, En Vogue and Bell Biv Devoe.

July 29
Usher is the Saturday evening headliner, and The warm-up acts are pretty solid as well. Scheduled to appear are 2004 “American Idol” winner Fantasia, platinum selling singer Anthony Hamilton, classic funk stars Con Funk Shun and "Permission" vocalist Ro James.

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