Variety Entertainment, Inc.
Variety Entertainment is one of the nation’s premiere event promotions company for adults who enjoy music and comedy. The company’s roots began in Mobile, Alabama. The corporate headquarters is now located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The experienced teams of professionals at Variety Entertainment have a history of successful events across the United States. The company has partnered with numerous non-profit agencies to return a portion of its earnings to individuals in need. It is the mission of Variety Entertainment to provide the African-American community access to a means of expression that promotes social consciousness, positive entertainment and personal fulfillment. Variety Entertainment creates these means of expression through various concert events, including its signature event – Funk Fest®.
The 2013 Funk Fest® music series marks the 19th 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.