Chaka Khan and Future Added to Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic Halftime Show Produced by Doug E. Fresh and Featuring the Southern University Marching Band
The legendary 10-time Grammy Award winning Chaka Khan and Atlanta’s own Future have been added to the line-up of the 24th annual Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic halftime show to be themed “One Love. One Music. One Culture.” – as announced by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a volunteer community organization focused on education, empowerment and enrichment in African-American youth that presents the game.
Headliner Chaka Khan and Future will join Doug E. Fresh - “The original human beatbox”, which will also feature the award-winning Southern University marching band, dubbed the Human Jukebox. The 100 Black Men of Atlanta will be the executive producers of the halftime show to be choreographed by Sean Bankhead, who has worked with Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Cheri Dennis and Miley Cyrus, and produced by Doug E. Fresh and Bart Phillips, executive producer of the Soul Train Awards and CEO of Sunseeker Media.
The Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic is one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football games and one of the biggest recurring sporting events in Georgia. The iconic HBCU event pits the Florida A&M University Rattlers against the Southern University-Baton Rouge Jaguars on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.
The “One Love. One Music. One Culture.” halftime show presented by McDonald’s will showcase the talents of the Southern University Human Jukebox marching band, which has performed in more Super Bowls than any other HBCU band. The high-stepping, show-stopping group will set the stage for performances by Chaka Khan, Future and Doug E. Fresh who will bring the past and present of Hip Hop and R&B music to life for HBCU students, fans and alumni in attendance.
Chaka Khan, is a 10-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter whose musical career and influence spans more than three decades. Originally from Chicago, Ill., her signature hits showcasing her powerful voice include “Tell Me Something Good,” “Sweet Thing,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “I’m Every Woman,” “I Feel For You” and “Through the Fire.”
Atlanta-based rapper Future, known as a master of the mixtape, recently signed a record deal with Epic Records and has strong family ties to Atlanta’s famed Dungeon Family. His cousin Rico Wade of the Dungeon Family has mentored him throughout the last few years resulting in one of Future’s biggest commercial hits “Tony Montana,” based the protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface, which was released in late 2011. In addition to working with the likes of Ludacris, Diddy, T.I. and Drake, Future’s singles “Magic,” “Same Damn Time” and “Turn on the Lights” have all landed within the top 25 on Billboard magazine’s Top R&B/Hip Hop songs chart.
Tickets are now on sale at www.atlantafootballclassic.com, the Georgia Dome ticket office, www.ticketmaster.com or at the participating schools’ ticket offices. Ranging from $10 to $50, the affordable ticket prices ensure fans can enjoy the game and musical entertainment with money left over for food and merchandise.
The first-ever Atlanta Football Classic Day Party will be hosted on the Club Level of the Georgia Dome kicking off at 2:30 p.m. and running throughout the game with DJs on the concourse spinning favorite old school and new school beats. Fans can attend the Day Party by purchasing a Club Level ticket (prices start at $30).
Celebrating more than two decades of community and tradition, the Atlanta Football Classic offers a weekend filled with exciting and action-packed activities for everyone from the legendary Parade of Excellence presented by Kia, and the pre-game Fan Fest to the 100 Robotics Showcase presented by Georgia Power and McDonald’s halftime show. This annual event is the 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s largest fundraiser for its mentoring, academic support and scholarship program, Project Success.
The Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic will be telecast live nationwide on NBC Sports.
About the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic
First organized by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta in 1989, the Back of America Atlanta Football Classic has evolved into the second largest recurring college sporting event in Georgia. Culminating in a sold-out college football game between rival teams, complete with a full marching band showdown, the Classic’s week-long agenda of events includes a town hall meeting on African-American health issues; a collegiate symposium; health, financial, job & college fairs; the Parade of Excellence.
Bringing more than 100,000 visitors into the city, the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic generates nearly $30 million in Georgia's economy each year and now has a permanent exhibit located in the Georgia Dome commemorating its success. A blue-chip roster of sponsors, including: AT&T, Abbott Laboratories, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Coke Zero, Coors Light, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power, Kia, MARTA, McDonalds, Toshiba, U.S. Army, and UPS join title sponsor Bank of America to make these events possible.
The Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic has raised more than $3 million during the past six years to fund the organization’s post-secondary preparation and tuition assistance program for at-risk youth, Project Success, and almost $6 million in contributions for the participating universities.
About Project Success
Project Success, created by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta in 1987, helps to prepare Atlanta Public Schools’ students to successfully graduate from high school and helps to prepare them for post-secondary education. The mentoring program encourages urban youth to be self-motivated and confident while emphasizing the importance of a strong work ethic. Its long-term goal is to create an educated workforce of well-rounded individuals who understand the importance of giving back to the community. With this successful program as the cornerstone of 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s activities, the organization continues to build its portfolio of services to improve the lives of young African Americans. To learn more about Project Success or make a donation visit www.100blackmen-atlanta.org.
About 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
The mission of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is to provide support and improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth in the Atlanta community. The 100 is one of the city’s strongest African American volunteer organizations focused on education, enrichment and empowerment. The organization’s community work is performed through its flagship program, Project Success, a mentoring and academic support initiative with the following components: The 100 Academy (Saturday School), Mentoring, the 100 Resource Learning Center (100 RLC), the Collegiate 100, The Best Academy at Benjamin S. Carson, the Project Success Robotics Alliance, Family & Youth Empowerment Programs and Health & Wellness Initiatives. To learn more about Project Success, to volunteer, become a sponsor or make a donation visit www.100blackmen-atlanta.org.