Sunday, June 29 from Noon to 4 p.m.
This festival celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of rock and roll music. Both national and local artists participate in this festival. This event is sponsored by KeyBank.
17th Annual Rock and Soul Festival Lineup:
Born Marcel Theo Hall in 1964, Biz Markie would gain recognition in 1988 with the release of his debut album Goin’ Off, featuring the singles “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz,” “Vapors,” and “Nobody Beats the Biz.” His most successful single would come in 1989, when “Just a Friend” would peak at #9 on the charts. Twenty-five years later, Biz Markie remains in the spotlight, thanks to appearances on late-night talk shows, performances at mega-events and after-parties and television credits including VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club,” “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out” on MTV, and Nick Jr.’s “Yo Gabba Gabba,” with whom he currently tours.
West Side Community House's Summer of Sisterhood program began in 2010 under the leadership of Ali McClain, youth services director. The program teaches girls ages 10-18 how the power of creative expression can positively change their community and even the world. The girls work intensively for eight week with professional teaching artists to create original songs, music videos, and live performances of their work.
Myles Alexander Keaton Smith a.k.a. Humble G Tha Fiddla is a self-pronounced “hip-hope” artist aiming to bring artistry and class to the modern day rap game. Humble G adds the European flavor of his violin to African drums to create a hybrid “Afripean” sound. In recent years, Humble G has played the 2011 U.S. Open tennis tournament, opened a 2007 campaign rally for Barack Obama, and regularly plays local churches, schools, colleges, clubs and bars.
Marshon “Crybaby Gangsta” Jones hit the Ohio rap scene hardened and hungry with mix-tape appearances that gained him instant street credibility. His raps are easy to understand, but his skills are hardly lacking – he has a loose, easy flow and a talent for piling metaphors and similes on top of one another to perfect the art of modern day storytelling.
All festivals are FREE and open to the public. Paid admission is necessary to tour the Museum unless otherwise noted.