The Outdoor Concert will feature Grammy Winner Stephanie Mills, After 7 and Loose Ends; The New Jack Swing Concert inside the Convention Center will feature Al B. Sure, Christopher Williams and Bib Bub of Today; and Saturday Night’s Concert will feature Maze & Frankie Beverly, Blackstreet and Brandy
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. announced today its weekend lineup for the 48th Summer Celebration featuring a new New Jack Swing concert on the entertainment stage in the freeexhibition hall inside the Indiana Convention Center. Grammy Award winning singer, song writer and Broadway actress Stephanie Mills, R&B Group After 7 and British R&B sensation “Loose Ends will perform during the Music Heritage Festival l Free Outdoor Concert at the American Legion Mall on Friday, July 20, 2018.
IBE has added another free concert for attendees to enjoy inside the free exhibition hall on Saturday July 21st. Titled the New Jack Swing concert, exhibit hall attendees will see performances from three-time Grammy nominated “Al B. Sure, chart topping vocalist “Christopher Williams” and “Big Bub of the group “Today.” Later on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Summer Celebration attendees will enjoy a concert featuring R&B group Maze and Frankie Beverly, Grammy winning singer, song writer Brandy and the creator of New Jack Swing Teddy Riley & Blackstreet. Tickets for Saturday’s concert go on sale Monday, February 19, 2018 and are available at the Indiana Black Expo office located at 3145 North Meridian Street or Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, at all Ticket Master outlets, ticketmaster.com or by visiting IBE’s website at indianablackexpo.com or by calling 317.923.3037.
The 48th Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration runs from July 12 – 22, 2018 and will impact over 200,000 visitors.
About This Year’s Performers
Stephanie Dorthea Mills is a Grammy award–winning singer, songwriter and Broadway stage actress. Mills rose to stardom as “Dorothy” in the original Broadway run of the musical The Wiz from 1975 to 1977. The song “Home” from the show later became a Number 1 U.S. R&B hit for Mills and her signature song. During the 1980s, Mills scored five Number 1 R&B hits, including “Home”, “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love“, “I Feel Good All Over“, “You’re Puttin’ A Rush on Me” and “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)“. Mills’ won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her song “Never Knew Love Like This Before” in 1981.
After 7 is Indiana’s favorite R& B band founded by brothers Melvin and Kevin Edmonds and Keith Mitchel.
Loose Ends is a successful British R&B band that had several urban contemporary hits. The trio was formed in London in 1980, initially comprising vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player, writer and founder Steve Nichol.
Al B. Sure is a three-time Grammy-nominated American R&B record producer, radio host, recording artist and actor. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and Mount Vernon, New York. During the late 1980s under the stage name Al B. Sure!, he was one of new jack swing‘s most popular romantic singers and producers.
Christopher Williams emerged during the late 1980s as a recording artist for Geffen Records, has scored many hit singles, notably “Promises, Promises” (1989), “Talk to Myself” (1989), and “Every Little Thing U Do” (1993). The single “I’m Dreamin’” (1991), from the New Jack City soundtrack, became a #1 single on Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. After a six-year hiatus from recording music, he returned to the music scene with Real Men Do on the indie label Renegade, in 2001. It received a glowing, flattering review in Ebony Magazine that summer.
Big Bub is a R&B young legend, platinum voice/songwriter Frederick Lee Drakeford led the New Jersey quartet Today through several Top Five R&B hits (Him or Me; Girl I Got My Eyes on You; Why You Get Funky on Me (House Party Soundtrack); I Got That Feeling; I Wanna Come Back Home) during the late ’80s and early 90′s. After the group split in the early ’90s, Drakeford began a successful solo career recording as Big Bub. His debut album, Comin’ at Cha, earned Top 40 entries for the singles “I Don’t Mind” and “Tellin’ Me Stories”.
Brandy is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she began her career as a child and performed as a backing vocalist for teen groups. In 1993, Norwood signed with Atlantic Records. The following year, she released her self-titled debut album, which was certified quadruple Platinum in the US, selling six million copies worldwide. Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in numerous other roles. She resumed her music career in 1998 with the widely successful duet with fellow R&B contemporary Monica, “The Boy Is Mine“, which went on to become the best selling female duet of all time, and one of the longest running number one singles in history. Her second album, Never Say Never, sold 16 million copies worldwide, featured two number one singles, and earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. This launched her into international stardom, with films, endorsements, sold out concert tours, and her own line of Barbie dolls
Blackstreet is an R&B group founded in 1991 by Teddy Riley and Chauncey Hannibal, Riley came up with the idea to start a new group featuring himself. The group became Blackstreet Featuring Teddy Riley, with an original lineup of Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little, Joseph Stonestreet. and Dave Hollister before the first self-titled album was released. In 1993, their first single “Baby Be Mine” was released on the soundtrack to the Universal Pictures comedy CB4 (starring Chris Rock). Their debut album, Blackstreet, featured the singles “Booti Call”, “Before I Let You Go” and “Joy”. ”Booti Call” and “Before I Let You Go” were both Top 40 hits, with “Before I Let You Go” hitting the Top 10. In 1996, they released their sophomore album Another Level. It was a breakthrough success due to the top single “No Diggity“, which was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996. In 1998, Blackstreet won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly is an R&B group formed in the 1970’s. Maze signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1976, and released their debut album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, in 1977. From that album, the hit singles included “Happy Feelin’s”, “While I’m Alone”, and “Lady of Magic”, ultimately giving them their first gold record and earning Maze a devoted following. They also had success with the albums Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980).
About Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) statewide organization with 12 chapter affiliates. The mission of IBE is to serve as a voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans. IBE is known for its two major fundraisers, Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic®. IBE provides year round youth and family programs, including its Indiana College & Scholarship Fair, Summer Internship Program, Circle City Classic® Scholarship Fund, State of Our Black Youth Report and Initiative, Parent Leadership Academy, Youth Media Institute, Statewide Anti-Tobacco Initiative, Education Conference, Youth Leadership Summit, Employment Opportunity Fair, and Minority Business Conference. IBE is currently responsible for the implementation of the OpportunIndy as part of Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Program.