Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame slated to open next summer

The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame is officially slated to open next summer.

The future-walkway is currently a pile of gravel in front of the The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center. Plans for the interactive park and star-studded path were unveiled Saturday during an induction ceremony. 

The crowd was lively while the P. Ann Everson-Price & The All-Star Band played tributes to the walk’s first inductees as well as other famous Black musicians and funk artists.

Well over 100 audience members were packed into the theater before the event began at 2 p.m. While some audience members were seated, many were standing, dancing and clapping along with the band. 

The first four inductees to receive stars on the Walk of Fame will be Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins, King Records icon Otis Williams, and Grammy Winners The Isley Brothers and the late Gospel great Dr. Charles Fold.

“I would hear these stories but there was no place I could go to, or point to, and capture it,” said Hamilton County Commission Vice President Alicia Reece. “I could see artists being honored in other cities, other states, other places but never at home. And I started thinking, man, this belongs to us.”

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