“The event was AMAZING,” says festival founder April Chandler of HBK Media. “The crowd turn-out exceeded our expectations and most of the people came as families. We had everybody from babies to senior citizens and they all had a wonderful time.” It was confirmed that more than 10,000 people filled the park at its peak.
Chesapeake City Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff made a special appearance to present honorary festival host Dr. Bobby Jones with a citation naming June 25th Dr. Bobby Jones Day in Chesapeake. Chesapeake Chief of Police Kelvin L. Wright along with his wife, Bishop Kim W. Brown, pastor of The Mount Church as well as executives from Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store were also on hand to share in the festivities.
The Musical Soul Food Festival is an extension of the nationally syndicated radio network, Rejoice! Musical Soul Food. The network develops family-friendly content that broadcasts daily on 32+ radio affiliates and an additional 80 affiliates air its specialty programs such as “The Dorinda Clark Cole Show” and “Cedric Bailey’s Traffic Jam,” among others. The two-day festival, sponsored in part by Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, featured a six-hour concert boasting some of the leading voices in gospel music including Grammy® Award winner Dorinda Clark Cole, Brian Courtney Wilson, Jonathan Nelson, Melvin Williams, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Bryan Andrew Wilson, Dottie Peoples and more.
“Our mission was to create an event for the entire family where everyone is inspired, encouraged and filled with hope,” says Chandler. In addition to live music, activities in THE ZONE area included 3×3 basketball, Zumba, health and fitness demonstrations, live DJs and more. This area was sponsored by The American Heart Association and the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. ”We’ve already started planning for next year’s big event that will take place June 24th. It promises to be even bigger and better than this year’s event.”