TAMPA, Fla. – Jan. 16, 2014 – The 14th Annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage takes place Jan. 16-25. The events for Jan. 16-19 are listed below:
Thursday, Jan. 16 The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: The Broadway Musical starts at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts (1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, FL 33602). This musical has been praised by The New Yorker as, “a great achievement!” The classic story of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess features such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” Purchase tickets by visiting strazcenter.org or by calling 813.229.7827. Use Promo Code: TBBHF to receive a 30% off discount.
The two-day Music Fest kicks off Saturday, Jan. 18 at Curtis Hixon Park (E Zack St, Tampa, FL 33602) with a free 5k Walk from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. honoring Felicia Ann Wintons, a founding member of the festival who lost her life to breast cancer. The walk will also promote healthy living while educating members on health disparities among African Americans.
Throwback Saturday on Jan. 18 at Curtis Hixon Park includes:
· 10 a.m. -11 a.m.: Drum Circle
· 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Battle of the DJ’s, Host WMNF, Poetry, Hip-hop, Neo soul, R&B
· 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Wobble Dance Line
· 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Real Deal formally Ace Factor
· 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Headliners, Ohio Players
The Music Fest is the centerpiece of the 10-day celebration and includes delicious food, merchandise vendors and six Villages: Authors’ Village, Artists’ Village, Greek Village, Health Village, Children’s Village and Corporate Village. Free health screenings will also be available.
In continuation of the Music Fest, there will be a Plant City Leadership Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 19 at Hillsborough Community College Plant City campus in John R. Trinkle Center (1206 North Park Road Plant City, FL 33563) from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. entitled “Charity; the Catalyst of the Dream.” This breakfast will recognize leaders in the community and those whose achievements reflect service. Erica Riggins from Bay News 9 will serve as the emcee.
The following musical performances will occur after the breakfast for Jazz Sunday, Jan. 19 at Curtis Hixon Park:
· 12 p.m. -1 p.m: Recorded Music
· 1 p.m. – 2 pm: Gospel Music
· 2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Host-WMNF & Lexis Lewis
· 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Electric Slide
· 3 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.: The Marshall Middle School Gentlemen’s Quest/Builders Club
· 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Nick Colionne
· 4:45 p.m. -6 p.m.: Pieces of A Dream
Hi-res photos are available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/88872227@N08/sets/72157638582095004/
Please join us for these exciting events as we celebrate the heart and soul of Tampa Bay. For more information about Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and a full list of events visit the website at www.TampaBlackHeritage.org, www.Facebook.com/TBBHF, or www.twitter.com/tbbhf or contact William Sanders at 888.224.1733 or 813.325.2539.