Family Reunion Weekend 2017
Family Reunion Weekend 2017
Comedy & Games: Friday | Concert & Awards: Saturday
The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club is pleased to announce an exciting all-star comedy and musical line-up back for it’s Family Reunion Weekend. Saturday, August 26th, the club invites guests back to the one and only Fabulous Fox Theatre for a star-studded benefit featuring the smooth sounds of 16-time GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight and Soul Train Music Award Winner Ginuwine in the Martin L. Mathews Awards & Benefit Concert.
The concert is the culmination of the 2nd Annual Family Reunion Weekend. That Friday, August 25, the organization presents the Hoopin’ & Hollerin’ | Basketball, Hip-Hop & Comedy Live at Center Court at its 4245 N. Kingshighway headquarters.
Hoopin’ & Hollerin’
Basketball, Hip-Hop & Comedy Live at Center Court
5 p.m., Friday, August 25, 2017 | Mathews-Dickey
The event, which kicks off at 5 p.m., features high school All-Star games and comedy shows by MTV Wild N Out’s DC Young Fly, Rip Michaels and Spanky Hayes. The festivities are serious fun for a great cause: producing well-educated, physically active and hopeful young people.
About DC Young Fly
John Whitfield, better a.k.a. DC Young Fly is an American comedian, Internet personality, actor, and rapper. He is one of the recurring cast members since Season 7 of Wild ‘N Out on MTV and MTV2. DC Young Fly got his huge following from his “roasting celeb” videos on Instagram and Vine, he’s also been co-signed from huge comedians like Kevin Hart. Along with his comedic endeavors, his most recent music project “Supplyin’ Pressure” was featured on LiveMixtapes.com. His work ethic has earned him spots working alongside artists like B.O.B, Kevin Gates, TraeThaTruth, etc. He’s appeared in the 2016 comedy-drama Almost Christmas, independent film #digitallivesmatter and The New Edition Story. Current projects include co-hosting “85 South Show” with Carolus Miller and opening for Chris Brown’s “Party Tour.”
About RIP Michaels
Rip Michaels is an American comedian and actor, best known for his roles on According to Him + Her, Comic View, and as a recurring cast member of Wild ‘N Out on MTV and MTV2. Rip’s sense of humor of relationships, world issues, and therapeutic values of good life has also gotten him on shows such as Starz Stannd Dup, Jamie Foxx’s Laffapoolza, Wannabes and Bad Boys of Comedy. Being the winner of the 2013 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and one of the NYC Kings of Comedy Superstar, Rip Michaels is one of comedy’s most influential people on the stage.
About Spanky Hayes
Hailing from Detroit, MI. Carlos Hayes, also known as (Spanky Hayes) is best known as the “wildest” cast member ever seen on Wild ‘N Out on MTV and MTV2. Spanky is an American comedian, rapper, skateboarder, and actor, best known for being one of the remaining cast members from the five previous seasons of Wild ‘N Out from Season 1 to Season 6. Spanky has also appeared in several music videos, television shows, and films. Also known for his outrageous stand-up comedy show, Spanky has received rave reviews for his appearances on HBO’s Badboys of Comedy, BET’s Comic View, and many others.
Martin L. Mathews Awards Program & Benefit Concert
A Serenade by Brian McKnight & Ginuwine
7 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017 | The Fabulous Fox Theatre
The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with a crisp one-hour awards show named in honor of the organization’s Co-Founder Martin Luther Mathews. There, everyone is invited to celebrate the achievements of high-performing young people, dedicated volunteers and generous members of the community and hear from CEO Wendell Covington, Jr. Then, it’s time for an unforgettable serenade featuring two chart-topping R&B artists.
About Brian McKnight
As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has gained international and domestic recognition, earning himself a spot in contemporary music history. With hits like “Back at One,” “Anytime” and “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda,” McKnight has released 16 albums to date over the past 20 years, selling over 30 million albums worldwide, and receiving 16 Grammy nominations. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer, McKnight is a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. McKnight’s most recent album, Better, was released early last year and he is currently touring the globe to the delight of his adoring fans.
Ginuwine first emerged on the music scene in 1996 with the multi-platinum disc The Bachelor. Described by one critic as “silky, seductive vocals purred beside Timbaland’s jagged, hyperkinetic beats to create a uniquely edgy R&B sound,” the album became an instant classic. “Pony,” the daring first single, peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and reached number six on Billboard’s Hot 100. He returned with the brilliant sophomore project 100% Ginuwine, featuring the hits “So Anxious,” “What’s So Different,” “Same Ol’ G” and “None of Ur Friends Business.” The delirious 100% Ginuwine was awarded Best R&B/Soul Album at the Soul Train Awards and nominated for an American Music Award.
In addition to the great entertainment, funds support a vital cause, Mathews-Dickey’s strategic efforts to Build Together, Win Together by creating community alliances to close the achievement gap among young people through scholar-athletics.
VIP and corporate sponsorship tables ONLY AVAILABLE through Mathews-Dickey – online and 314.679.5228.