Doug E Fresh to Host Cincinnati Music Festival in July


Hip-hop and beatbox artist Douglas E. Davis, better known as Doug E Fresh, returns to the 2017 Cincinnati Music Festival sponsored by Procter & Gamble, this time as host. Last year, Doug performed with Talib Kweli at a newly-added Thursday night event. This year, he will be the host for all three days of music, July 27-29.

In an interview with regional media, Doug said he was looking forward to returning to the Cincinnati Music Festival. “It’s always a great thing to be a part of something with such history as this Music Festival,” he said. “And especially with artists from around the country and around the world, it’s a special event. I enjoy the energy, and last year when I did the opening night, it was fun.”

Doug will return for Thursday night’s Vibe Cincinnati Party with a Purpose featuring Kid Capri and Rob Base. “When I do a performance, it’s based on taking people through the timeline of hip-hop, to give them a better understanding of the music,” he said. “We celebrate its creation, but engage each demographic—we have fans in their 50s and 60s, and fans who are 10 years old.

“Fans can expect an entertaining show, and we also bring some surprises.” Will fans also hear his famous beatbox? “Of course, they will,” he laughed. “That’s like Superman not flying.”

La Di Da Di by Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh

While Doug has been to Cincinnati before, this will be the first time he’ll be in the city for an extended stay and he intends to make the most of it. “I recently recorded with (funk legend) Bootsy Collins, so I’ll hang out with him. I’m sure he has some favorite places and restaurants around town. I’m anxious to learn more about the city and enjoy everything. Cincinnati is a beautiful city, so I’m going to get my mileage out of the three days I’ll be there.”

While Doug is a veteran of the road, he says it never gets old. “I’ve been touring since 1985. I enjoy touring and we never take a break, we do hundreds of shows a year. They never get boring. There’s always some new artist I get to tour with, and I still enjoy making people happy. That’s why it’s an honor to be part of a festival like this.”

The 2017 Cincinnati Music Festival lineup includes:
Thursday, July 27: Party with a Purpose with Doug E Fresh, Kid Capri, Rob Base
Friday, July 28: Mary J. Blige, KEM, SWV, En Vogue, Bell Biv Devoe, Ed Thomas
Saturday, July 29: Usher, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, Confunkshun, Ro James

Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival for the third year in a row. P&G is proud to #ShareTheRhythm at the 2017 Cincinnati Music Festival, connecting thousands of music lovers with the sights, sounds and spirit of the “Queen City” through musical entertainment, new experiences and bringing P&G brands to life.

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Doug E. Fresh Bio

Douglas E. Davis, more famously known under his name Doug E. Fresh, started his hip-hop and beatboxing career in New York in 1983. Doug E. Fresh and his group, the Get Fresh Crew, are most recognized for their songs “The Show” and “La Di Da Di” which features Get Fresh Crew member, MC Ricky D., also known as Slick Rick, rapping over Doug E. Fresh’s beatboxing. The Get Fresh Crew continued their career, although Slick Rick left the group shortly after recording their most recognized singles, until 1988. Doug E. Fresh continued his career in hip-hop long after, most recently appearing in many television shows, radio shows, even hip-hop group Cali Swag District modifying his signature dance moves to go along with their hit single, “Teach Me How to Dougie.”