The Battle of the Bands and HBCU Culture Weekend, August 23-24 at Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, SC.
This inaugural event will showcase the majesty, pride, and artistry of some of the top collegiate marching bands in the southeast region.
Greenville, SC — An estimated 30,000 people will gather in downtown Greenville, SC for the inaugural HBCU Culture Weekend & Battle of the Bands scheduled for Friday, and Saturday, August 23-24. The event is organized by Kingdom Plug in partnership with Visit Greenville. It will be at Sirrine Stadium, 100 Cleveland St. Greenville, SC 29601.
The HBCU Culture Weekend will offer a host of attractions that will include a FREE fan experience with HBCU Step Show, Block Party, College & Career Fair, food trucks, vendors, health screenings, and live concert featuring Grammy Nominated & Stellar Award Winner, Jekalyn Carr and National Recording Artist, Bernard Williams.
The main event, HBCU Culture Battle of the Bands, will feature South Carolina State University, Benedict College, North Carolina A&T University, Fort Valley State University, Alabama State University, and Talladega College.
Greenville has a strong and rich Battle of the Bands history, which dates back to about a decade. With this history, HBCU Culture Weekend sparks a renewed tradition in Greenville and will unite the city for a day of safe, family-friendly fun and entertainment. A portion of ticket sales and sponsorship dollars totaling an estimated $150,000 will be donated and distributed to the six participating HBCU band programs for scholarships and educational experiences.
“As a former HBCU Marching Band student, I know first-hand what it’s like to be very close to graduating but couldn’t because of the lack of financial resources. During my Junior year in college, my father became very ill due to diabetes and to help my family save money, I decided to leave school. As an advocate for education, I wanted to create a platform that not only highlights the legacy and culture of HBCU institutions but most importantly, funding opportunities to keep kids in school. I want to make sure that what happened to me doesn’t happen to another HBCU Marching Band student,” says Frank Johnson, Kingdom Plug’s CEO.
In addition to the six participating collegiate bands performing in the main event on Saturday, the opening act will be two of the top high school marching bands. Darlington High School band from Darlington, SC, and the 71st High School from Fayetteville, NC will showcase their talents on the field.
The Block Party and Fan Experience on Saturday will showcase four high school marching bands: Vance High School from Charlotte, NC; Orangeburg-Wilkinson from Orangeburg, SC; McCormick High School from McCormick, SC; and Westlake High School from Atlanta, GA will perform.
The official schedule of events for the HBCU Culture Weekend includes:
Friday, August 23rd (Free and open to the public)
• Fan Fest 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
• Health & Wellness 4 p.m. 5 p.m.
• Live Concert (Ft. Jekalyn Carr & Bernard Williams) 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
• HBCU Step Show 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 24th (Free and open to the public)
• Fan Fest 12 p.m. -5 p.m.
• Block Party 12:30 pm – 1: 30 p.m.
• College & Career Fair 1 p.m. 3: 30 p.m.
• MAIN EVENT: HBCU CULTURE BATTLE OF THE BANDS (Ticket purchase REQUIRED for entry; $20 Early Bird Tickets are available)
o Gates Open 5 p.m.
o Show Start 6:30 p.m.
For tickets and hotel information, visit www.HBCUculture.com.