MLK Peace & Unity Celebration: Calloway brothers take the main stage

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Midnight Star alum Reginald and Calloway will perform Saturday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Midnight Star alum Reginald and Vincent Calloway will perform Saturday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the Peace & Unity festival.

The Long Beach 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Celebration this weekend will feature musical guests “The Calloway Brothers, formerly known as Midnight Star”, performing live on Saturday, January 16, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1550 Lemon Avenue.

Brothers Reginald and Vincent Calloway were born in the 1950s in Cincinnati, Ohio. They grew up around music with a father who played the trumpet, an uncle who played keyboards, and an aunt who sang opera. As teenagers, they began writing songs and forming bands, and in college they formed the synth-funk outfit Midnight Star. The year was 1976.

The group’s passion and love of the music and their strong desire to keep their fans ultimately satisfied, has shown up in Platinum and Gold as they’ve poured out streams of top 10 and No. 1 hits. It began in 1983 with dance-floor smashes like “Freak-a-Zoid”, “No Parking on the Dance Floor”, “Wet My Whistle” and the lovers ballad of the mid-80’s, “Slow Jam”, that to date no one can get enough of.

The Planetary Invasion LP of 1985 took them to No. 1 with “Operator” and the sizzling “Curious”. In 1986 MIDNIGHT STAR struck gold with the chart buster “Midas Touch” and the title cut from the Headlines LP. The year of 1988 rowed them to the top once again with the No. 1 “Don’t Rock the Boat” (which featured rapper Ecstasy of Whodini) and the top 10 “Snake in the Grass” from their self-titled.

The free multi-cultural Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is located at King Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue. The celebration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. The celebration is filled with great entertainment and special interest groups that focus on the teachings of Dr King. So, bring your children and grand children to learn through the great performances on the main stage. Or enjoy “Dreamland”, this years children and teen area, which includes free carnival rides for the kiddies rides, a teen stage for live musical, dancing performances and contest, arts and crafts booths, and a nutritional snack stand that teaches kids about nutrition.

Along with a day of enlightment through music, you can visit an assortment of attractions such as the Health Pavilion; all free health screenings, such as blood pressure, diabetes, HIV testing, free mammogram, cholesterol, blood pressure, H1N1 vaccine, fat analysis. Other attractions include an assortment of specialty craft, merchandise, food, and informational exhibitors that will feed your senses. For more information contact the Office of Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrew (562) 570-6816.

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