The Festival History
Originally called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival when it was first held in 1962, the Cincinnati Music Festival has grown and evolved into a spectacular three-day event on Cincinnati's riverfront. Starting out as an all-jazz concert, it has evolved and grown into a three-day festival featuring great music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop, as well as up and coming artists. Past performers include Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert, Patti Labelle, New Edition, Earth Wind and Fire, Lakeside, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and many many others.
By the year 2000, the festival was the largest of its kind in the United States, drawing more than 50,000 people annually from all across the country.
The festival has been held at various sites through its 50-year history, including French Lick Indiana, the Carthage Fairgrounds, the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Detroit Comerica Park, and Crosly Field before landing at its current home in Paul Brown Stadium on Cincinnati's river front. Accompanied by a street festival dubbed Festival 513, the Cincinnati Music Festival has an estimated annual economic impact of $25 million, according to the Greater Cincinnati Center for Economic Education at the University of Cincinnati.
In 2005, Macy's became the festival's headline sponsor, and continued on for 10 years through 2014. 2015 marks the first of many years in partnership with Cincinnati based global company P&G.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers. If you have any additional questions or concerns that have not been addressed here please free to contact us.
Q: How many years has Berrywise Enterprise been providing tickets and accommodations for the Festival?
A: Owner has been providing tickets and accommodations for the Festival since 1978.
Q: What time do performances start each evening?
A: Performances begin at 7:30 sharp on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 6:30 pm.
Q: How long do the concerts last?
A: Concerts typically last 4-5 hours. Two full stages eliminates long delays between acts.
Q: Do you guarantee the artists listed will appear at the Festival?
A: No guarantee. The artists are signed by and under contract with the promoter of the festival. In nearly all cases the advertised artists do appear. However, if they break the contract it is not a matter Berrywise Enterprise can control.
Q: When will I get tickets I purchased from Berrywise Enterprise?
A: Tickets are shipped by USPS certified mail within 5 business days of full payment.
Q: How will the hotel know I am part of the Berrywise Enterprise group?
A: Berrywise Enterprise provides a rooming list to each of the hotels. Names of fully paid patrons are included on the list and are available at the registration desk upon arrival at the respective hotel.
Q: Does the Berrywise Enterprise package include transportation?
A: No. The Berrywise Enterprise package does not include transportation. It is designed for those who wish to enjoy the drive to Cincinnati.
Q: Will the hotel ask me for a credit card when I check in?
A: Yes. Each hotel will ask for a credit card or cash deposit upon check in to cover incidentals. Room costs and associated taxes for nights reserved are paid by Berrywise Enterprise.
Q: Can I arrange to come down early, on Wednesday or Thursday?
A: Yes. Arrangements for early arrivals can be made separately with the hotels. Berrywise Enterprise accommodations are for Friday and Saturday evenings only.
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