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Join us for an “Evening of Elegance” for the 17th Annual Festival. The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Gala, is the kick-off event for the Festival and recognizes and honor our sponsors, partners and the community. Come dressed to impress and bring your dancing shoes. Semi-Formal to Formal Attire. The entertainment for this event will be Willie Brown & Friends and Lakeside.
Admission Prices: General $55 | Couple $100 | Reserved Table (8) $400 Purchase Today!
Lakeside released a host of songs that scaled the R&B charts, but didn’t threaten the position of any other artists. However, in 1980 they went storming up the charts again with their smash number one single, “Fantastic Voyage,” which was produced by the self-contained band. They followed the success of “Fantastic Voyage” with another Top Ten R&B single, a remake of the Paul McCartney and John Lennon classic “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The group continued their success with the Billboard Top Ten singles “Raid,” “Outrageous,” and a string of R&B party songs and ballads.
Willie Brown & Friends
You don’t know how funny Willie Brown & Friends are until you see them live. They’re not just your average comedian/ventriloquist team. Brown takes a different approach to the age old craft by making it fresh, new, & hip for today’s more savvy comedy audiences. It’s not just about seeing him not moving his lips, & hearing Woody speak. “It’s about the jokes”, says Brown. After watching this act for a few moments you forget that Willie is there and it seems as if Woody transcends into a stand-up comedian on his own. Willie does the set up and Woody gives the punch! Willie Brown is a nationally known ventriloquist who has appeared several times on BET Comic View, HBO DEF Comedy Jam, Loco Comedy Jam, Phaturdays, The Jenny Jones Show, & most recently in a recurring role on the Showtime Network series “Barbershop”. From topics such as family, church, how to deal with the homeless, to current events, Willie Brown & Friends bring it.