Major Cincinnati music festival turns 50

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by AP

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- An annual Cincinnati music festival that has drawn performers including Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston turns 50 on Friday.

Macy's Music Festival began in 1962 as the Jazz Festival and was held at the county fairgrounds 10 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati. Its first performers included Duke Ellington and Miles Davis.

This weekend's festival will be held at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown, and is expected to attract about 50,000 attendees altogether.  

Event organizers say between 60 and 70 percent of visitors are coming from outside of Cincinnati, including mostly Detroit and Chicago.

Mayor Mark Mallory says he's proud the festival has lasted 50 years in the Queen City and urges residents to turn out, saying, "you don't have a 50th anniversary twice."
 

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