DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 26: Janet Jackson performs after the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 26, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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WORTH THE DRIVE: Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg among stars performing at Cincinnati Music Festival

Janet Jackson will headline this year’s three-day Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium, organizers announced.

Joe Santangelo, owner of the Santangelo Group and longtime promoter of the Cincinnati Music Festival, announced the lineup in a press release Tuesday morning. 

The 2020 music festival presented by Procter & Gamble will be held July 23-25, 2020. 

“This is the strongest lineup for the music festival that we’ve had in quite some time,” Santangelo said in the release. “Having Janet Jackson on our festival lineup for the first time ever to headline Saturday night, along with favorites Charlie Wilson and Fantasia, just makes this weekend even more exciting."

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Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. Tickets for this year's festival can be purchased at or

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 06: Snoop Dogg performs onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival presented By Coca-Cola - Day 1 at Louisiana Superdome on July 6, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence)
Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence

The festival will kick off Thursday, July 23, with Vibe's Party with a Purpose. The evening will feature performances by Biz Markie and BJ the Chicago Kid.

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The lineup for Friday, July 24, includes Jonathan Butler, Tony Toni Tone, Fantasia, Snoop Dogg and Charlie Wilson.

The final night of performances on Saturday July 24, will feature Kirk Whalum, PJ Morton, Tank, The O’Jays and Janet Jackson to close out the weekend. Jackson last appeared in Cincinnati in 2018 for her "State of the World" tour. 


Thursday, July 23

•BJ the Chicago Kid  

•Biz Markie  

•Fashion Show by Shingo  

•DJ Vader

Friday, July 24

•Charlie Wilson 

•Snoop Dogg 


•Tony! Toni! Tone! 

•Jonathan Butler

Saturday, July 25

•Janet Jackson 

•The O'Jay's 


•PJ Morton 

•Kirk Whalum


Last year's Cincinnati Music Festival featured performances by Mary J. Blige, Maxwell and Earth, Wind and Fire. 

The Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the largest urban music festivals in the country and is Cincinnati’s largest tourism weekend of the year, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati.

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