African-American Fest slated

Published 3:21 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2008

FRANKLIN—Guitarist David Williams is the headline entertainer for the Franklin African-American Festival on Saturday at Barrett’s Landing.

Williams has been a member of the acclaimed “King of Pop, Michael Jackson Band” since 1979.

Called the “Rhythm Guitar King,” Williams was schooled in jazz on the works of Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. His talent has landed him gigs with groups such as the Dells, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.

He will team up with six other Tidewater musicians to comprise the group Acquisition Funk, whose performance will be the main act starting around 7 p.m.

Also performing will be Jali-D  (David Foreman), also known as the “Drum Talker.” He is a graduate of Howard University and the creator of “Rappercussions.” This art form combines intelligent and educational rap with African-style drumming. Jali-D will take to the stage at 5 p.m.

The always popular Grace & Company Models of Richmond returns to the festival this year to present the latest in fashion.

The diverse mix of models ranges from the petite to the full-figured. Marking their sixth appearance in Franklin, the models will perform at 6 p.m.

A newcomer to the festival this year is the band Up Scales.

This band is composed of a musically gifted collection of young men from the Franklin/northeastern North Carolina area. Their music ranges from gospel to jazz. The band has performed frequently at Pace House Inn on Friday nights. Up Scales will kick off the festival at 4 p.m.

Participants are urged to bring a lawn chair. Theresa Hatch of H&H catering service will provide the food.