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Funk Fest kicks off the New Year with live performances by Fantasia, New Edition, Doug E. Fresh and more

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Friday, January 1, 2016; Gates open at 2PM, showtime at 4PM

Miramar Park, 16801 Miramar Pkwy

It’s a New Year and a new you, and before your 2016 resolutions consume you, kick off the new year with some good music for the soul. Funk Fest kicks off its ten city tour with a New Year’s concert in South Florida with a line up featuring live performances by Fantasia, New Edition, Doug E. Fresh, Jagged Edge, Silk, Demetria McKinney, and our very own 2 Live Crew and Uncle Luke. There will even been a special Miami Bass reunion tribute with a special 45 minute “Live Mixtape” performance featuring the 69 Boyz and a surprise guest. Many of these are rare performance from some of the artists who have not performed together in many years.

While Funk Fest makes its South Florida stop, they will also do some good for the community. A special part of Funk Fest Miami will honor three community and civic leaders for their tireless service to the Greater Miami community and for their commitment to making Miami a better place to live and thrive. The honorees include:

  • Reverend John F. White II, community activist and leader                                                         
  • Stephen Hunter Johnso, Esq., community activist and family advocate                                    
  • Luther Campbell, aka “Uncle Luke”, activist and youth advocate

Mayor Wayne M. Messam of the City of Miramar and Mayor Oliver Gilbert of the City of Miami Gardens will also be honored for their commitment to the advancement of tourism and economic development through the creation of entertainment and sporting venues that provide quality community oriented programming.

Variety Entertainment, the producers of Funk Fest, will also award two deserving local students with a scholarship of $2500 each as part of its partnership with the non-profit organization, Lifting As We Climb. Over $50,000 was awarded in college scholarships in 2015 during Funk Fest concerts around the country.

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