GRAMMY-WINNING GOSPEL DUO MARY MARY, “THE VOICE” FINALIST JOE MAYE, BALTIMORE NATIVES EX MUSIC AND R&B BAD BOY RO JAMES ADDED TO THE PERFORMANCE LINEUP AT THE 40TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL
MEDIA PERSONALITY KWAME JACKSON ADDED AS EMPOWERMENT TENT SPEAKER
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE, MUSIC AND CULTURE IN THE BALTIMORE COMMUNITY, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL RETURNS BIGGER AND BETTER JULY 2-3, 2016
May 10, 2016, Baltimore, Maryland — The African American Festival (AAF) is excited to announce Grammy-winning gospel duo Mary Mary, “The Voice” finalist Joe Maye, Baltimore natives Ex Music and R&B Bad Boy Ro James have been added to performance on the main stage at the 40th annual African American Festival.
Known for such hits as Shackles (Praise You) and Go Get It, sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell are ready to bring Mary Mary’s powerful voices and message to the City of Baltimore. Baltimore native Joe Maye will perform at the festival for the first time, straight from the hit show “The Voice.” Ex Music will perform their song “Human,” which is the theme song for the One Dollar for One Baltimore campaign. With each song downloaded, $1, with a goal of raising $100,000, will be donated to after school programs and summer jobs for Baltimore youth. Ro James, dubbed the “Bad Boy of R&B” will electrify the stage with his viral hit, Permission.
“I am excited to come back home to Baltimore and perform on the main stage at the African American Festival, a festival I have attended as a young boy,” said Joe Maye, The Voice finalist.
These talented artists are joining a notable list of performers to include: Common, Estelle, Angie Stone, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Goapele, Maurette Brown Clarke and Ruff Endz.
Speaker and Media Personality Kwame Jackson is a successful entrepreneur who has addressed students, aspiring business owners and executives at many of the world’s leading companies. He will uplift and motivate festival attendees inside the Empowerment Tent on Saturday, July 2.
Hosted by actress and producer Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Kill Bill, Set it Off, Independence Day) and actor and writer Jonathon Slocumb (The Steve Harvey Show, Meet the Browns), July 4th weekend is going to be two fun-filled days of entertainment for the entire family.
The African American Festival takes place at the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex on Lots B & C, between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadiums. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to AAF’s multiple social media platforms:
- On Twitter by using hashtag: #BmoreAAF40, #BmoreAAF @BmoreAAF
- On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/BmoreAAF
- On Instagram by liking the fan page at Instagram.com/BmoreAAF
Link to Festival Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZBgQTlo8Rs
The 2016 African American Festival sponsors are: Comcast, Music Choice, Under Armour, Visit Baltimore, BGE, Diageo, Maryland Lottery, Caribbean Digital Network, Verizon, Dynamic Healthcare, EMC, Evergreen, Howard Stirk Holdings (HSH), Maryland Transit Authority, ShopRite, Washington Mass Transit Authority, Morgan State University, StateFarm, Care First, Colgate, Cricket, Whiting Turner, Maryland Highway, Geico and Bluffa Jo Cosmetics.
The African American Festival is hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore and produced by greiBO Entertainment.
For festival updates and more information about the African American Festival, please log on to http://www.africanamericanfestival.net