Family Reunion Weekend 2017
Family Reunion Weekend 2017
Hoopin’ & Hollerin’: Friday | Concert & Awards: Saturday
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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.
In addition to the great entertainment, funds from both events 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.
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 St. Louis’s own Hitman Holla. The festivities are serious fun for a great cause: to produce well-educated, physically active and hopeful young people.
VIP and general admission tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. Advance purchase is suggested!
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 Hitman Holla
Known to finish matches with his catch phrase “BALL GAME!”, battle rapper Hitman Holla (Gerald Fulton Jr.) grew up on the west side of St. Louis – a neighborhood often the site of violent and drug related crimes. Determined to not be a product of his environment, Fulton gravitated towards sports (especially football and basketball) and became a scholar-athlete. The Mathews-Dickey alum attributes this involvement at an early age to keeping him out of trouble. Though fascinated by the allure of the streets, Fulton decided to write about them instead of joining. Heavily influenced by some of the 90’s best emcees heard through his father’s sound system, Fulton combined their commanding, unique techniques with Midwest and punchline style rap and began to develop his own approach. His aggressive delivery and rhymes informed by sports and St. Louis’ street culture, landed him on the big screen. While attending college on scholarship, Fulton made his on-camera debut on “Word War” by Aye Verb. Today Hitman has a re-occurring role on “Wild n Out” and is one of the most watched battle rappers in the world.
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.
VIP and corporate sponsorship tables ONLY AVAILABLE through Mathews-Dickey – online and 314.679.5228.
General Admission tickets available through our website as well as the Fox event listing.
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.