Cincinnati concerts might take place anywhere, from packed-to-the-rafter venues like U.S. Bank Arena to more intimate clubs. The city’s ties to music go back centuries, as does one of its premier venues: Cincinnati Music Hall. Built in 1878, the National Historic Landmark now hosts everything from symphonies to performances with some of the biggest mainstream stars. A list of things to do in Cincinnati would be incomplete without a visit to neighborhood favorites like Arnold's Bar and Grill, which serves up blues, jazz, and folk music alongside its signature greek spaghetti and sandwiches. Though it only happens once a year, the Cincinnati Music Festival also adds to the city’s music scene by bringing in headliners such as Jennifer Hudson.

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