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Funk Fest Orlando Headliners Charlie Wilson and Fantasia Ignite Central Florida Fairgrounds

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orlando was the proud opening city and host of the Funk Fest tour that kicked off at Central Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday night. This ten-city tour will go on through the middle of June and has three additional dates in August, October and December.

The tour will have rotating artists and covers all aspects of the R&B and Hip-hop music market. With Orlando being the opening show, their lineup was jam-packed with a diverse and the Fairgrounds crowd was excited to see all the acts as they sung and danced to just about every song each artist performed.

While Da Brat, Joe and Mystical kept the crowd going as the show went from daylight into the night, it was the show’s main two acts that gave the crowd it’s money’s worth: Fantasia and Charlie Wilson. American Idol Winner Fantasia hit the stage and from the time she started her set until the end, she poured her all into every song in the almost forty-minute set. From performing all her hit songs and even throwing in Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” the Greensboro, North Carolina native had the crowd going the entire time.


At the end of her set, she mentioned that she gives her all because she wanted to make sure “that person who could have spent their last dollar to have a good night and time out get’s their money’s worth.” And that she did.

Charlie Wilson broke into the music industry with the Gap Band in the early 1970’s and his music now spans over four decades, so the crowd for his set was the perfect mix of people from all ages. His performed his solo hits and even threw a Gap Band song or two into the mix.

The attendees weren’t a bit disappointed, and songs from all the artists were playing loud in their cars as they left the fairgrounds. Now, if you missed the show in Orlando this weekend, don’t worry because they have three more dates in the state of Florida during their remaining nine dates of the tour.


Remaining Dates of the 2017 Funk Fest Tour:

  • Birmingham, AL- May 6th
  • Jacksonville, FL– May 12-13th
  • Atlanta, GA- May 19th-21st
  • Mobile, AL- June 4th
  • Little Rock, AR- June 10th
  • Kansas City, MO- June 17th
  • Charlotte, NC- August 12th
  • Tallahassee, FL– October 13th (Florida A&M Homecoming Weekend)
  • Miami, FL– December 30th


Danny Thompson is a contributing reporter for Florida National News. |

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