LB Unity Festival Fills Rainbow Harbor with High School Talent
2009-05-29 · By Editor
Great entertainment, music, dance, food, fun, inspiration, and lots of audience surprises are in store as the 2009 Long Beach Unity Festival braces for its largest turnout to date on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Rainbow Lagoon Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Stevie Wonder’s son, Mumtaz Morris, will perform live along with Film Director/Actor Nick Cannon’s brother, Ruben Cannon. The popular television Judge Greg Mathis will deliver the Festival’s Keynote Address. A dynamic team of Celebrity MCs guaranteed to keep the atmosphere hyped include: KJLH Radio Host Nautica de la Cruz, Donaldo Reed of Rockin’Blues Entertainment, and Actor/Co-Founder of MODS (Masters of Dance), Aaron Cash.
The Long Beach Unity Festival highlights the Annual High School Unity Star Search. It is the culmination of a year’s worth of Unity talent competitions, auditions, and talent show productions targeting children and teens throughout the Greater Long Beach Community. This year’s Unity Star Search represents 21 finalists from the LBUSD High Schools. Celebrity Judges for this portion of the Festival include Kelvin Anderson, owner of VIP Records, Paula Moffett of Capitol Records, and multi-platinum Music Producer Barry Fasman. Entrance to this day-long Festival is FREE. Festivities kick-off at 7am with a Unity 5K Run & Food Drive for charity (visit www.lbunity5k.com to register), and On-Stage performances begin at 10am.
Other featured performances at the Unity Festival include Universal Recording Celebrity Artist Peggy Scott-Adams, a musical duet by Congresswoman Laura Richardson (37th District) and LBUSD Board President Dr. Felton Williams, Ice House Entertainment Recording Artist, Dean Givens, MODS Dance Troupes, Essence of Unity Dancers, Khmer Arts Cultural Center, and a power-packed, diverse musical line-up of Community Performers. The Unity Festival will also showcase dance teams and award presentations from children of the Long Beach WRAP Service Learning Program, an after-school enrichment project which represents nearly 9000 local students and their families across 68 LBUSD schools.
Steve Adams is the President and CEO of the Long Beach Unity Festival and has been producing unity-themed events throughout the Long Beach area with strong support and endorsements from many private, local, and state government agencies & organizations since 1998. The Festival is designed to promote unity and non-violence through creative expression in music and the Arts by highlighting the vibrant energy, talent, cultural & ethnic diversity of the people from the city of Long Beach.LB