CINCINNATI (AP) — Southwest Ohio is going country this weekend, in a big way.
Cincinnati hosts the inaugural "Buckle Up" festival Friday through Sunday, with some 80 acts booked for six stages and tens of thousands of fans expected along the Ohio River. The storied singer Willie Nelson is among a mix of established and rising stars that includes Alabama, Drive By Truckers, The Band Perry, Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss and Union Station.
Meanwhile, the Great American Ball Park has two of country music's best-selling artists in concert Saturday evening with Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert.
It's a big month for music of all kinds in Cincinnati.
Last weekend saw the third Bunbury Music Festival, featuring alternative and independent acts, and the Macy's Music Fest returns July 25-26 with R&B and soul.