Mayor to recognize music icons of timeless music festival at government center Thursday Sept. 6

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Before The Bar-Kays, ConFunkShun, Sugarfoot's Ohio Players and other iconic R & B/Funk music groups of the 80's take the stage Sept. 7 at the Columbus Civic Center, they will first appear at City Hall where they will be presented with keys to the city by Mayor Teresa Tomlinson for their unparalleled musical contributions.

The press conference and reception honoring the artists will be held on Thursday Sept.  6 at 2 p.m. on the Plaza Level of the Columbus Government Center, 100 10th Street.

Others appearing in the concert will be Grammy Award winners A Taste of Honey and the Dazz Band, along with Yarbrough & Peoples, Slave LTD and soulful romantic Glenn Jones.

Larry Dodson, lead vocalist for The Bar-Kays who last performed in Columbus in 2009, said that concert features the best music of all times sung by the same gold record artists that wrote and performed it originally.

"These groups have been performing -- in the 70's, 80's, 90's and into the new century. Now they call us old school," said Dodson.   "With soul classic, R&B and Hip Hop radio stations like Davis Broadcasting's K92.7 FM  and Foxie 105 FM going strong and playing our records, this is the music that generations of young people have grown to love. Timeless Music Festival recognizes the hunger that people have to see these groups live, and we're glad to be here in Columbus."  

Together, the eight groups and artists have produced nearly 50 Top 10 Hits, including No. 1 U.S. R&B singles like "Hit & Run" by the Bar-Kays, "Ffun" by ConFunkShun, "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players, "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey, "Let it Whip" by Dazz Band, "Don't Stop the Music" by Yarbrough & Peoples, "Slide" by Slave, and "Here I Go Again" by Glenn Jones.

Timeless Music Festival produced by Jekade Entertainment is part of the Masters of Funk Tour

Tickets for the September 7th concert are available at the Columbus Civic Center box office, online at TicketMaster and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

For more details on the press conference, call 706-653-4000 or 901-827-0836.

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