Everything that Went Down at the 2022 Cincinnati Music Festival

Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday

Source: @Nia_Noelle / Nia Noelle

The Cincinnati Music Festival made its return after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic but the return was bigger than ever with a total of 78,000 people in attendance.

Our very own Rickey Smiley kicked off the festival with a live broadcast of his show at Fountain Square brought to you by P&G.  But that was just the start, CMF attendees got to see Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Tank, Keshia Cole, The OJay’s, After 7, Toni Tony Tone, Ari Lennox, BJ The Chicago Kid, Jonathan Butler, Anthony Hamilton, Kirk Whalum, and the Nati’s very own Arin Ray throughout the weekend.

“Saturday night’s performance with headliner Janet Jackson was the largest crowd on a Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium that we have seen in the history of Cincinnati Music Festival,” said Joe Santangelo, producer of the festival.

The Cincinnati Music Festival will kick off in 2023 on July 20 at the Andrew J. Brady Center and July 21-22 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Join our text club for the schedule of performers when it’s announced later this year.  Check out pictures from the festival below.

 

1. Rickey Smiley Morning Show Along with B.J. The Chicago Kid at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast

Rickey Smiley Morning Show Along with B.J. The Chicago Kid at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast Source:Nia Noelle

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2. Rickey Smiley Morning Show along with the P&G Crew at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast

Rickey Smiley Morning Show along with the P&G Crew at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast Source:Nia Noelle

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3. The karaoke contest during the Rickey Smiley Morning Show broadcast at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast

The karaoke contest during the Rickey Smiley Morning Show broadcast at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast Source:Nia Noelle

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4. Rickey Smiley Morning Show broadcast at Cincinnati Music Festival

Rickey Smiley Morning Show broadcast at Cincinnati Music Festival Source:Nia Noelle

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5. Rickey Smiley Morning Show crew at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast

Rickey Smiley Morning Show crew at Cincinnati Music Festival Broadcast Source:Nia Noelle

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6. Toni Tony Tone at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Toni Tony Tone at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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7. Toni Tony Tone at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Toni Tony Tone at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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8. Cincinnati City Comissioner Alicia Reece on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022

Cincinnati City Comissioner Alicia Reece on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Source:Nia Noelle

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9. Johnny Gill and Don Juan Fasho at the Cincinnati Music Festival

Johnny Gill and Don Juan Fasho at the Cincinnati Music Festival Source:Radio One Digital

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10. Keyshia Cole at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Keyshia Cole at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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11. Keyshia Cole waves to fans at Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Keyshia Cole waves to fans at Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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12. Jonathan Butler opens the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Jonathan Butler opens the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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13. The crowd was loving the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022

The crowd was loving the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Source:Nia Noelle

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14. Jonathan Butler at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Jonathan Butler at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday photos of Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson, Toni Tony Tone, Jonathan Butler keyshia cole,jonathan butler,friday,charlie wilson,cincinnati music festival,2022,toni tony tone

15. Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday

Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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16. Anthony Hamilton points to fans at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Anthony Hamilton points to fans at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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17. Cincinnati Music Festival host Will Downing with DJ Vader Mixx

Cincinnati Music Festival host Will Downing with DJ Vader Mixx Source:Radio One Digital

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18. The legendary Uncle Charlie Wilson closes out the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

The legendary Uncle Charlie Wilson closes out the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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19. Charlie Wilson dancing during his show at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show

Charlie Wilson dancing during his show at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Friday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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20. Kirk Whalum opens the Saturday show at the Cincinnati Music Festival

Kirk Whalum opens the Saturday show at the Cincinnati Music Festival Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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21. Kirk Whalum on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

Kirk Whalum on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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22. The O’Jays on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

The O'Jays on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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23. The O’Jays performing at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

The O'Jays performing at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Cincinnati Music Festival

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24. Lincoln Ware on the jumbotron at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday

Lincoln Ware on the jumbotron at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday Source:Nia Noelle

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25. Johnny Gill greeting a fan at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022

Johnny Gill greeting a fan at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Source:Nia Noelle

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26. Tank sings to the ladies at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

Tank sings to the ladies at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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27. Tank sings to the ladies at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

Tank sings to the ladies at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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28. After 7 shang their classics at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

After 7 shang their classics at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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29. Kevon Edmonds at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

Kevon Edmonds at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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30. The legendary Janet Jackson at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

The legendary Janet Jackson at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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31. Janet looked good and sounded good at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

Janet looked good and sounded good at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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32. Janet dancing on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

Janet dancing on stage at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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33. Janet Jackson at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show

Janet Jackson at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show Source:Nia Noelle

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34. The amazing crowd at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022

The amazing crowd at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Source:Nia Noelle

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35. Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval greets everyone at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval greets everyone at the Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Source:Nia Noelle

Cincinnati Music Festival 2022 Saturday show with After 7, Tank, Mayor Aftab Pureval, Alicia Reece, Johnny Gill tank,johnny gill,after 7,cincinnati music festival,2022,alicia reece,mayor aftab pureval

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