Essence Magazine names Cincinnati Music Festival a Top R&B Music Festival for 2019 in North America


At the 2018 Cincinnati Music Festival, Source Cincinnati, an independent organization created in 2013 to amplify the “Cincinnati Story” to national media, invited a writer from Essence Magazine to attend the music festival and other attractions, restaurants and hotels in Cincinnati. As a result of this national media cultivation, CMF was included in this prestigious list of R&B music festivals. Essence Magazine has a monthly reach of more than six million readers among its magazine, website and social media platforms.

“It is an honor for Cincinnati Music Festival to be recognized as a top R&B music festival in North America by Essence Magazine,” said Joe Santangelo, producer of the festival. “Our community partnerships with Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau and Source Cincinnati is helping us elevate our national audience and reach.

Here is what Essence said about the Cincinnati Music Festival:

Other North American R&B music festivals on the top list for 2019 include: Jazz in the Gardens, Miami, FL; New Orleans Jazz Festival; Essence Festival, New Orleans; Festival d’ete de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; and Afropunk, Brooklyn, NY. 

Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G (CMF) returns to Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati from July 25-27, 2019 with an exciting lineup of R&B music featuring Maxwell and Mary J. Blige, among a dozen other performers over the three days.

2019 Cincinnati Music Festival Schedule of Performances

Thursday, July 25: Kid Capri, Slick Rick, EPMD

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 are on sale through the Festival office by calling (513) 924-0900 and at

About the Cincinnati Music Festival

The Cincinnati Music Festival began in 1962 and is one of the largest music festivals in the United States attracting over 90,000+ people from around the country with its roster of leading R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop artists creating an economic impact of $107 million for Cincinnati. CMF is held at Paul Brown Stadium in partnership with the Cincinnati Bengals. Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival for the fourth year in a row. 

Jackie Reau