Thursday, July 19, 2001

Ujima culture festival gearing up

Cinci-Bration, Coors concerts start noon Friday

By Stephenie Steitzer
Enquirer Contributor

        The annual Coors Light Music Festival and Ujima Cinci-Bration will kick off Friday at Cinergy Field and elsewhere downtown.

        Organizers of the concert series say tickets are available for the shows, which run Friday through Sunday.

        Featured players include Aretha Franklin, the Ohio Players, Brian McKnight, the O'Jays, Cameo and the Four Tops.

        Tickets for the concerts, which are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, can be purchased at the door; festival headquarters, 1821 Summit Road, suite 417; or by calling 761-4600.

        Festivities for the fourth annual three-day African-American cultural festival include free entertainment on Fountain Square starting at noon Friday, a Mr. and Ms. “All That” pageant, a bid whist card tournament, basketball and dance contests, and a car show.

        Police will close the following streets by 6 p.m. Friday until Monday morning:

        • Fifth Street from Race to Broadway.

        • Vine Street from Fourth to Sixth.

        • Walnut Street from Fourth to Sixth.

        • Main Street from Fourth to Sixth.

        • Sycamore Street from Fourth to Sixth.

        Parking will be available for $1 at:

        • Fountain Square Garage, 520 Vine St.

        • Fountain Square South Garage, 416 Vine St.

        • Garfield Garage, 13 West 9th St.

        • Town Center Garage, 1251 Central Parkway.

        • 7th Street Garage, 702 Sycamore St.

        • Elm Street Garage, 710 Elm St.

        • 3rd & Central Lot, 251 Central Ave.

        Metro will offer shuttles to downtown from the Parking Company of America lot on Gilbert Avenue for 25 cents.

        Buses will run every two to 10 minutes.

        For festival times, dates and location, visit For more information about street closures and parking restrictions, visit



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