The 2014 Funk Fest® music series marks the 20th anniversary of the festival which began as a small concert in an outdoor venue in Mobile, Alabama. Each year, Funk Fest® attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states to its specially-selected venues and adds significant tourism revenue to each city’s local economy. The music festival has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Frankie Beverly and Maze, the Gap Band, New Edition, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Betty Wright, Doug E. Fresh, Rickey Smiley, the Ohio Players, the SOS Band, Cameo, Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson and many others. Funk Fest® celebrates the rich cultural heritage of “old school” music and has grown into a true celebration of human expression.
The 2014 Funk Fest® concerts are being hosted by Lifting As We Climb, Inc. (“LAWC”), which was approved as a non-profit corporation in November 2013. The purpose of the organization is to provide health and human services and education to homeless and otherwise disadvantaged youth. Utilizing entertainment and special events, monetary proceeds and in-kind donations are collected and used to fund the mission.
With 2014 being the first calendar year of its existence and because LAWC is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based organization, the Board of LAWC decided to make the Charlotte Funk Fest® its “signature event” to introduce the non-profit to the community that will primarily benefit.
Not only will this event be epic ~ it will also strengthen the collective community by providing support and assistance to disadvantaged youth and families.