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Bigger and better acts: Behind Cincy's changing music scene

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Bunbury Music Festival returns this weekend to Cincinnati for its third year, bringing more than 80 bands to perform on six stages along the Ohio Riverfront.

The festival, expected to bring in thousands of fans, is a driving force behind the bigger and better musical acts who are parking their tour buses in the Queen City. 

Organizers of Bunbury say the festival and concert scene is growing every year in Cincinnati, and it shouldn't be a surprise if we see bigger stars hitting the stage.
From Beyonce and Jay Z to Fall Out Boy this weekend, Cincinnati is getting the big names. But how? 

"Everyone wonders if there's some kind of trick or some kind of mystery. You just have to pay them. A lot!" said Donabedian.

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It's this guy who single handedly wants to change the music culture in the Queen City. Bill Donabedian founded Bunbury and he says artists passed on Cincinnati for years - but not anymore.
"As artists want to expand and do better and meet and reach out to more people, they're coming back to this market," said Donabedian.

Bunbury is in its third year, he says they've grown 10 to 15 percent each year. He's decided to also cater to the country fans and one week after Bunbury, at the same venue, is the Buckle Up Music Festival.

"When you can do two festivals back to back you can really reduce your overall cost and I just thought that allowed us to create a really special two weekends here in Cincinnati," said Donabedian.
Donabedian says added venues is a major factor for the influx in concert opportunities.

"I know that Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium are being more aggressive about booking, US Bank Arena has been booking more, obviously we're doing more. Then you look at all the festivals with the Macy's Music Festival, Music Now, Midpoint Music Festival, it just goes on and on," said Donabedian.

The Macy's Music Festival is a staple for downtown Cincinnati and brings in an estimated $25 million dollar economic impact for the city. Donabedian believes in a few years, Bunbury could flirt with that figure.

"We're a festival city and I think they're really enjoying having more opportunities," said Donabedian.

Bunbury is making headlines nationally. It's a top festival to check out in 2014 from Forbes and USA Today. Organizers are expecting more than 60,000 music fans at Bunbury this weekend.

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