The long-running Cincinnati Music Festival (known locally as "Jazz Fest") has announced the lineup for its 2019 event at Paul Brown Stadium. CMF — which provides a huge boost to Cincinnati tourism every summer — returns July 25-27 to Paul Brown Stadium.
For the opening-night kick-off event on July 25, Hip Hop legends Slick Rick, EPMD and Kid Capri are scheduled to perform. The lineup for the weekend concerts showcases the event's familiar mix of contemporary R&B/Soul favorites (Mary J. Blige, Maxwell) and old-school heroes (Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze).
On July 26, the classic lineup of New Edition ("Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike") is booked to appear, but under the name RBRM, due to early member Ralph Tresvant owning the trademark on the NE name (Tresvant has been touring with another former member, Johnny Gill, but not under the New Edition name).
Here is the complete lineup for the 2019 Cincinnati Music Festival:
Friday, July 26: Maxwell, Earth, Wind & Fire, RBRM (Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike of New Edition), Tamia and Raheem DeVaughn
Saturday, July 27: Mary J, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister, The Ohio Players and Major
Tickets for Cincinnati Music Festival go on sale Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.