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Sights & Soul: Discover Cincinnati’s Macy’s Music Fest

Jazmine Sullivan and Fantasia have signed up for one of Ohio’s top music festivals and they’re not the only ones set to make some noise in the “heart of it all” state !

While Ohio has officially shed the “heart of it all” slogan it held since the early 1980s, that by no means effects the Macy’s Music Festival where everyone from Charlie Wilson to Anita Baker and John Legend will converge for one of the summer’s best musical events.

Set for the weekend of July 31st, the 2009 Macy’s Music Festival will also feature performances from Robin Thicke, Ruben Studdard, the Whispers, and Eric Benet.

But the Macy’s festival is not the only event that weekend. According to Cincinnati’s travel and tourism board the annual Gospel Music Workshop convention will be held the same weekend with Grammy winning gospel recording star Yolanda Adams in attendance.

What does this mean ?

You might want to take a look at getting a dose of both soul and praise in one weekend, especially since organizers of both events have partnered on providing visitors with the best in hospitality through discounted hotel deals and other great incentives to make your weekend in Cincinnati as carefree and relaxed as possible.

In addition to checking out one or both events, you may wish to stop by a few of the areas attractions including the Kings Island seasonal theme park and its soon to be revealed DiamondBack rollercoaster. According to officials the coaster is the biggest and most exciting new attraction at the 36 year old theme park and will be the tallest, fastest and meanest roller coaster in the area. The ride stands at 230 feet at its highest point with the first drop of 215 feet at a 74 degree angle and reaches speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. Overall “Diamond Back” features 10 vertical drops including drops of 193, 131, 129, 110 and 106 feet, two helixes and a splashdown ending. To top it off the ride lasts no more than three minutes !

However, if roller coasters and theme parks are a little much, take in a dose of history at the National Underground Railroad Freedom center located near the Ohio river. Made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom – courage, cooperation and perseverance – the freedom center’s curving architecture reflects the winding river and the often-changing path to freedom. In the 1800s Cincinnati served as a major hub of activity on the Underground Railroad.

For more information on attractions, lodging and other activities please review the helpful links section below…

Let’s review the Macy’s Music Festival…

EVENT BREAKDOWN/DETAILS:

Event: 2009 Macy’s Music Festival
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium
When: July 31 – August 1, 2009
Time: Shows start at 7:30pm
Tickets: On sale now via Ticketmaster

Appearances/Performances from: Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Fantasia, Eric Benet, Whispers, Anita Baker, Ruben Studdard, Robin Thicke, The O’Jays and Jazmine Sullivan.

LINE UP:
(*subject to change)

Friday, July 31

– Charlie Wilson
– John Legend
– Fantasia
– Eric Benet
– the Whispers

Saturday, August 1

– Anita Baker
– Ruben Studdard
– Robin Thicke
– The Ojays
– Jazmine Sullivan


HELPFUL LINKS/RESOURCES:

Macys Music Festival – official site for tickets, hotels and more information
Cincinnati USA – official tourism site of Cincinnati region.
Kings Island – official site of the theme park, located 24 miles north of Cincinnati
Gospel Music Workshop of America – official site of the annual event.

—— By: Njai Joszor

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