The 2014 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is the premiere destination hot spot leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend. The 10-day celebration will be held Jan.16 to 25, with the weekend Music Fest taking place Jan.18 to 19 at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa.
TAMPA - The 2014 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is the premiere destination hot spot leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend.
This lively, 10-day celebration will be held Jan.16 to 25, with the weekend Music Fest taking place Jan.18 to 19 at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa. The Music Fest kicks-off with Throwback Saturday featuring classic acts that are sure to entertain all generations.
The Fest also features Jazz Sunday with R&B and soulful group Pieces of a Dream whose hits include “Keep It Smooth" and "Baby It's Your Turn Now.” Also included in the line-up is Urban and Smooth Jazz artist Nick Colionne with popular songs including “The Windy Dance” and “Wes Before Dawn.“
The feel-good tunes of the weekend are sure to have attendees jamming all day. “Like” TBBHF on Facebook www.Facebook.com/TBBHF for updates as additional national recording artists and events are added to the weekend lineup. The Music Fest will also feature local and regional recording artists, food and craft vendors, celebrated authors, authentic cuisine and much more.
The 2014 MLK, Jr. weekend festivities conclude with the eighth annual Heritage Golf Classic at the Historic Rogers Park on Jan. 20. The Course is located at 7911 N. 30th St. in Tampa. During the days of segregation, the property that is now home to Rogers Park Golf Course was the only park for the African American community in Tampa. Rogers Park Golf Club was started in 1952, after Mayor Curtis Hixon gave permission to a group of black caddies from Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club to build a nine-hole golf course.
Golf tournament fees are $95 for individual participants and $380 for a foursome, which includes Green and Cart fees, prizes, dinner and more. The tournament will begin promptly at noon with a shotgun start. Trophies will be awarded in several categories.
Other signature events during the 10-day commemoration include:
- Opening Night with Porgy and Bess on Jan. 16 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: Porgy and Bess, the great American musical, contains many songs that have become popular in their own right, becoming standards in jazz and blues. Hits include “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”
- Youth Night on Jan. 21: Community youth will take over the stage and showcase their interpretation of African-American heroes of yesterday and today.
- Leadership Luncheon on Jan. 22: This event is set to engage the community in current events that affect our local communities and our nation. Our speakers are prominent community leaders who are working to commemorate and sustain Dr. King’s legacy of equality and service.
- Gospel Night Jan. 24: The annual gathering celebrates the heritage of Gospel music by continuing the African traditions of harmony, call and response. Gospel music is renowned to all cultures across the world. The Festival celebrates this diversity by presenting different genres of Gospel performances and praise.