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Things to do in Black Cincinnati this week include concerts, performances, exhibitions, recitals, music festivals and community events.


Enjoy African American artists, performers, musicians, vocalists and composers.

Visit local Black-owned venues as well as our iconic structures such as Music Hall, Aronoff Arts Center, art museums and more!


Text VOBC to 797979 to receive an updated calendar of Black events each week!


Black Cincinnati is fortunate to have access to a renowned symphony orchestra, chamber music, arts centers, and live music featuring big bands, local duos and trios. Thanks to many generous sponsors, African American families and individuals of all ages will enjoy Black entertainment at no cost or with a low-cost general admission.


The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information before acting. Also, be sure to adhere to RSVP requirements, guidelines to purchase tickets and kick-off times.


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Friday, September 17th


DeRay Davis Comedy Show
7:30 p.m.
Price Varies
Funny Bone Comedy Club (Liberty Township)
From having his own comedy set aired to staring in the hit show Empire, this comedian is known to make a crowd burst into laughter. Runs until Sunday.


Sons of Silverton Live
7 p.m.
Free Admission
Music Resource Center (Evanston)
Hip-hop, R&B and soul performance.


Red Light Jazz Room
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free Admission
Five Points Alley (Walnut Hills)
Expect to be blown away by some of the region’s top live performances from R&B, Jazz, funk, and more.


Isaiah Rashad: Lil Sunny’s Awesome Vacation
7 p.m.
Bogart’s (Clifton)
Rapper from Chattanooga


Let’s Get Slayed Women’s Conference
7:30 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott (Rookwood)
Wear your fitness gear and attend this spirituality conference.


House Party with John Zappa and Steve Schmidt
7 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
$10 – $40
Caffe Vivace (Walnut Hills)
A tribute show honoring the soulful sound of two hard bop icons.


Saturday, September 18th


Walking Tour: Abolitionist and African Americans in Walnut Hills
10 a.m.
$5 – $45
Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Walnut Hills)
Lace-up your walking shoes to learn about the women and men who built and invested in this neighborhood for the past 200 years.


America Reimagined
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission
Kennedy Heights Arts Center (Kennedy Heights)
A curation and archival project documenting dramatic changes in daily life across America in 2020 and beyond.


The Moon and the Man
7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Fibonacci Brewing Company (Mt. Healthy)
A neo-soul/alt-rock band with street tacos from Mahope.


“I’m Every Woman” Luncheon
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Starting at $30
Wyoming Civic Center (Wyoming)
Music from 2nd Wind Band, The Ultimate Jazz and R&B Experience with food, giveaways, vendors, and more.


Saturday Cinema – The Goonies
8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Free Admission
Tiki Tiki Bang Bang (Walnut Hills)
Movies on the patio with special themed beverages.


Sunday, September 19th


Off Trail Urban Hikers
7:30 a.m.
Free Admission
Location Varies
Hike approximately two miles and enjoy nature with cool people.


Brunch on the Low
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Admission
Copa Lounge (OTR)
Enjoy a brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas.


The Phil DeGreg Trio: An Afternoon in Brazil
2 p.m.
$10 – $20
First Unitarian Church (Corryville)
Jazz concert with family and friends.


Elementz Hip Hop Orchestra
5 p.m.
Free Admission
Washington Park (OTR)
Come feel the vibes.


Soulful Sundays
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Admission
Newport Ultra Lounge (Newport)
Food, drinks and music, including soul, R&B past and present.


Monday, September 20th


MABBAM Apparel
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
MABBAM (West End)
Shop at this Black-owned business for hats, shirts, sweats, and slides for men, women, and children.


Cream + Sugar Coffeehouse
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cream + Sugar Coffeehouse (Evanston)
Check out this Black-owned coffeehouse offering coffee, breakfast and lunch with a focus on locally sourced and plant-based ingredients.


Jazz in the Park 
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free Admission
Washington Park (OTR)
This week featuring the Mike Wade Quartet.


Tuesday, September 21st


Bargain Tuesday – My Name is Pauli Murray
Shows at 2:30, 4:40, and 6:50 p.m.
Esquire Theatre (Clifton)
Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice.


Pipeline Play
Showtimes vary; Play will be running until October 15th
Starting at $27
Ensemble Theater Cincinnati (OTR)
A compelling, must-see portrait of parenthood, education, and the experience of young black men in America.


Big Freedia Concert
7 p.m.
Starting at $12.75
Bogarts (Clifton)
Guaranteed to keep you going all night.


Wednesday, September 22nd


Understanding and Connecting to Behavioral Health Treatments
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Admission
Zoom (Virtual)
Bring your thoughts and questions and let’s talk this out.


Hip Hop Dance Classes
Youth 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.; Adult 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Admission
Elementz (OTR)
Pump up your week with a dance class to some hip-hop beats new and old.


Drunk Karaoke
8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Free Admission
Reminisce Sports Cafe (Mount Healthy)
Open mic and drink specials.


Al Di Meola Concert
8 p.m.
Starting at $38
Memorial Hall (OTR)
A once in a lifetime jazz performance.


Trap Spin with Carmen
6:15 p.m.
Hirsch Recreation Center (North Avondale)
Call to confirm your attendance. 751-3393


Adult Skate
9 p.m. – Midnight
The Place (White Oak)
Enjoy 21+ skating at “Cincinnati’s Best Place to Skate.”


Thursday, September 23rd


ORION Pitch and Ride Event
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Admission
blaCk Coffee (Downtown)
An opportunity to support and invest in our Reg CF equity crowdfunding round with food and drinks provided.


Salsa on the Square
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free Admission
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Featuring The Dayton Salsa Project.


7 p.m.
CET Building (West End)
Featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, entertainment by The Cincinnati Boychoir, and The World Premiere of The Singing Mural Coming to Life


Try out these Black-owned restaurants, eateries, and bakeries before or after your event



Upcoming Events for Black Cincinnati

As you plan, you might want to buy tickets for national acts coming to the Queen City. Remember to mark your calendar for the 2022 Cincinnati Music Festival.


Rod Waverod wave 
September 27th, 8 p.m.
The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
An American rapper, singer, and songwriter is known for his strong voice and incorporation of R&B and hip-hop.


Boney JamesBoney James concert 
October 1st, 7:30 p.m.
Taft Theatre
Hear songs from his new album Solid


Things to do in Cincinnati in 2021 and 2022. Mark your calendar!



Earth, Wind & Fire
October 1st, 8 p.m.
The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
An American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, dance, Latin, and Afro-pop.


Lil Baby with Lil Durk What to do in Cincinnati
October 4th, 8 p.m.
Heritage Bank Center
Performing hits off their recent collaborative album, The Voice of the Heroes.


LedisiWhat to do in Cincinnati
November 5th, 7:30 p.m.
Taft Theatre
The Grammy award winner announces a fall tour for her recent album, The Wild Card. Kenyon Dixon will join as support.


Gary Clark Jr. Gary Clark Jr.
November 12th, 8:00 p.m.
The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
The Grammy Award-winning singer will take the stage for one night only.


Nelly, Blanco Brown, and Harper GraceNelly concert
November 14th, 8:00 p.m.
The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
Three-time Grammy winner Nelly transcends genres with a full band concert series featuring Blanco Brown and Harper Grace.


Leon BridgesWhat to do in Cincinnati
May 6th, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
The Gold-Diggers Sound Tour with special guest Chiiild.


Carlos Santana & Earth, Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire Cincinnati
July 9th, 2022, 7 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center
Grammy Award-winning, legendary artists.


Tower of Power with Lettucetower of power with lettuce
August 11th and 12th, 2022, 7 p.m.
Taft Theatre and Rose Music Center at the Heights
Legendary Soul-Funk-R&B group Tower of Power and genre-busting six-member Funk band Lettuce will take the stage together in Cincinnati one night and Dayton the next.


Now that you know what is happening this weekend, you should never have an empty Saturday or Sunday with tons of Afro-American events. Plus, if you are looking for a significant other, now you know where all the Black people meet. Have fun!


Cincinnatians, do you want your event in our week’s view coming up? Submit it to The Voice of Black Cincinnati calendar. The description of the event must include 300 words and a feature photo that is not a flyer.



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