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UMOJA Fest schedule

Staff Report • Aug 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

The 17th annual Umoja/Unity Festival gets under way today and runs through Saturday night in downtown Johnson City.

The entertainment schedules is as follows:

TONIGHT

MAIN STAGE

3 p.m. — Opening ceremony will start with “call to the drums” with the Rev. Vincent Dial and Zulu Connections stilt walkers from New Orleans.

3:30 p.m. — Chris Dula

4:30 p.m. — Bleu Jackson

5:30 p.m. — Demon Waffle

6:30 p.m. — Tiny (Comedian)

7:30 p.m. — Reggae Infinity

8:30 p.m. — Tiny (Comedian)

9:30 p.m. — Free Flow

For more information, call Elmer Washington at 943-4173 or Joe Bradley at 483-2062.

Storytelling Stage

The Storytelling stage is located in the gazebo between East Main and East Market streets.

4 p.m. — Dr. Joseph Sobol and Friends

5 p.m. — Re-Generation story slam

6 p.m. — Jeff Gere

For more information, call Dr. Joseph Sobol at 557-6030

Young Adult Stage

6 p.m. — DJ Sterl The Pearl

8 p.m. — UMOJA Freestyle Rap Battle (NO PROFANITY) (Cash prize winner)

Park Style

DJ Doobie

8:45 p.m. — Block Party

DJ Sterl The Pearl

For more information, call Vickie Brisco at 202-8344

SATURDAY

UMOJA Parade

The UMOJA parade starts at the Carver Recreation Center at 322 W. Unaka Ave. at 10 a.m., moves down Main Street and ends at the Main Stage.

CAR SHOW

The UMOJA Car Show will take place in the parking lot bordered by West Market, West Main, Windsor Way and Commerce streets. The show runs from 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Main Stage

3 p.m. — Open mike

5:30 p.m. — Open free band

6 p.m.— Vamp’d Up

6:30 p.m. — Tiny (Comedian)

7 p.m. — Loretta Bowers

7:30 p.m. — M.J. Beck Band

8:30 p.m. — Tiny (Comedian) with Skin Deep

9:30 p.m. — Lakeside

(Closing Ceremonies)

From the main stage, both Friday and Saturday nights periodic drawing for give-a- ways will be held. Tickets can be obtained at the Main Stage.

Youth Stage

2 p.m. — UMOJA Gospel Kings

The Future Kings

Anointed Grace

Thankful Mime

Casey McClintock (Sax)

4 p.m. — Open mike

5:15 p.m. — UMOJA wing eating contest (Sponsored by Taste Budz), cash prize to first-place winner.

6 p.m. — DJ Sterl The Pearl

Tri-Cities Flash Dance

7:30 p.m. — Cultural Fashion Show

8:30 p.m. — Block Party, Part II

DJ Sterl The Pearl

Chris DJ Black Night

Storytelling Stage

4 p.m. — Dr Joseph Sobol and Friends

5 p.m. — Re-Generation Story Slam

6 p.m. — Jeff Gere

Hispanic DJ

6-10 p.m. — Hispanic DJ El Centenario (Isaac Villaneuve) will be spinning your favorite hits, located on South Roan Street between Main and State of Franklin. For more information, call Bill Coleman at 677-2210.

Boxing Venue

The James “Jazz” Akins boxing event will be held in the old JC Penny building on East Main St. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. with bouts starting at 5 p.m. There will be 20 or more bouts.

This is a paid event with tickets costing $5 for 12 years old and under, $10 for adults. VIP tables are $100. All proceeds go to support the youth.

Boxing age groups range from 5 years to 35 years old. For additional information, call Roger Hensley at 433-9022.

All events except boxing are free, but donations will be appreciated. No food, drinks or pets allowed.

For more information, call 426-2851 or visit http://www.umojajc.org.