Cincinnati Music Festival Returns


Cincinnati Music Festival is returning this year with a big lineup featuring Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson and The O’Jays.

The festival is returning after a two-year absence due to COVID-19.

The performances on July 21 will be held at the Andrew J. Brady Music Center for the first time. The 2022 lineup includes:

  • Thursday, July 21: BJ the Chicago Kid plus one act to be determined at The Andrew J. Brady Music Center
  • Friday, July 22: Charlie Wilson, Anthony Hamilton, Toni! Tony! Tone!, Jonathan Butler, another artist to be determined
  • Saturday, July 23: Janet Jackson, The O’Jays, Tank, After 7, Kirk Whalum

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or through the Festival office at 513-924-0900.

“We are excited to be back, bringing the best acts back to Cincinnati for the 2022 Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G,” said Joe Santangelo, producer of the festival. “We will abide by any federal, local, and state health guidelines that might be in place at that time, as our priority is to keep everyone safe. We will release more information as we get closer to the dates.”

The yearly festival — originally called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival when it was first held in 1962 — has evolved into one of the biggest music festivals in the country.

A recent study conducted by the UC Economics Center and commissioned by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau shows the Cincinnati Music Festival provides a $107.4 million economic impact to the region.

“P&G is proud to sponsor Cincinnati’s largest annual tourism driver and support the community in which our employees work and live,” P&G North America President Monica Turner said in a statement. “We are looking forward to coming together safely to celebrate music and community fellowship.”