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Join us Friday, August 21, 2015 and Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Lafayette Square Mall for a two days of fun, food and entertainment.

Stone Soul Edition: Live performances on Friday from Full Force, Nice & Smooth, The Alumni featuring Kwame’, Chubb Rock, Special Ed, Monie love, and Dana Dane. Plus Kid N Play andBig Daddy Kane.

Live performances on Saturday from Midnight Star, Slave, Loose Ends, The Ohio Players, Freddie Jackson and Tevin Campbell.


Soul Food Festival Tickets also on sale at:

King Ribs – 3145 W. 16th Street

King Ribs – 4130 N. Keystone Ave

Kountry Kitchen – 1831 College Ave

His Place Eatery – 6916 E. 30th Street

DeeGusto’s – 1430 W. Washington Street

Gates open at 4pm. Show starts at 5pm.

Indianapolis’ Soul Food Festival celebrates music and culture! This is the ultimate destination in August for African American celebration, providing visitors with world-class entertainment.

The Soul Food Festival is Indianapolis’ largest summer music & soul food event featuring performances by R&B and Old School artists that rule the charts and the stage!

Fun and entertainment for everyone 21 and older.

General information for the Indianapolis Soul Food Festival call 317-266-9600.

ABOUT The Alumni

Hip Hop legends Chubb Rock, Special Ed, Kwame’Dana Dane andMonie Love have come together to form “the Alumni”. This collective have joined forces to educate, entertain and reinvigorate the Hip Hop culture. The Alumni are accepting performance and lecture dates.

As a group they have sold and established a fan base of over ten million worldwide. Each artist as an individual provides an energetic live show! As a unit the Alumni bring a parade of hits with non-stop engaging energy. The group does not perform as individuals, but as one cohesive unit, no other Hip Hop show can match this one- of-kind experience!

The Alumni each have over a quarter of century of experience and knowledge in the Hip Hop and the entertainment industry. They are well versed in Hip Hop the culture, Music, Radio, Film & Media, Literature & Publishing and Business! This Hip Hop collective is the perfect panel for speaking engagements at colleges and entertainment and/or business conferences. Your attendees will take away with them a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.

Kwamè was 16 when he released his debut album Kwamé the Boy Genius featuring A New Beginning in 1989, which was produced by him and executive produced by Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor. A New Beginning was his backing band and Kwamé was one of the rare emcees at the time to use a live band. The album spawned the singles “The Man We All Know and Love” and “The Rhythm.” The accompanying music videos featured a polka-dot motif in the costumes and production design. This was to become Kwamé’s trademark and started a Hip Hop fashion trend as fans began wearing polka-dotted clothing.  In 1990, his second album A Day in the Life: A Pokadelick Adventure also produced by Kwame’, was released. It was a concept album about a day in the life of a high school student. The album spawned the hit singles “Oneovdabigboiz” and “Ownlee Eue.”    In 2002, Kwamé reemerged as a music producer nicknamed “K-1 Million.” He worked for many artists such as LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige and Dru Hill. In 2004, he had a major success as the co-producer (with Eminem) of Lloyd Banks’ smash hit song “On Fire”.  In 2005, he had even more success with Will Smith’s single Switch.  He continues to work steadily as a music producer and has since returned to using his real name.  To date, he has produced and contributed to records selling over 30 million copies.

Chubb Rock was discovered and produced by his first cousin DJ / Producer Howie Tee, Chubb Rock first appeared on the national scene with his 1988 self-titled debut “Chubb Rock” and 1989’s “And the winner is…” The latter produced the minor hit “Ya Bad Chubbs” which garnered air play on Yo! MTV Raps during that time.  His 1991 release entitled The One, reached #13 on Billboard’s “Top Hip-Hop/R&B” chart for that year. Three singles from that release, “Treat’em Right”, “Just The Two Of Us” and “The Chubbster”, made it to #1 on Billboard’s “Top Rap Single” chart list for the same year.  Chubb Rock was a member of the 1995 incarnation of the Crooklyn Dodgers, a rap act that also featured O.C. and Jeru The Damaja.  Chubb has spent the last several years as radio personality for the top rated syndicated Classic Flavors show on WBLS. He also has an acting and voice-over career in full effect.

Monie Love, In the late 1980’s, Love was signed to the London based record label-Chrysalis Records. She achieved chart success with hits: Grandpas Party, Monie in the Middle and It’s a Shame. Love quickly became a well respected figure in British hip hop, and made an impact with American Hip Hop audiences as a protégé of female American emcee Queen Latifah, as well as through her membership in the late 1980s/early 1990s Native Tongues. Love was one of the first BritHop artists to be signed and distributed worldwide by a major record label. Signed to Warner Brothers for the US and Canada, Love achieved acceptance among her U.S. peers and received Grammy nominations for Monie in the Middle and It’s a Shame.    In the 90’s, Monie took a break from the music scene to raise her growing family. She has been married and divorced twice and has four lovely children. These days, Monie can be loudly heard on Sirius XM with Ladies First  Show. She is a budding author and this fall she will be releasing a cookbook with her brother, Monie & Wills Foodie Fav’s, and her memoire – No Love Lost.    Most recently, she formed The Ladies First Women’s Empowerment organization. Currently, Monie travels, performs, hosts and DJ’s and has a thriving voice-over career.

Special Ed is best known for the songs “I Got It Made” and “I’m The Magnificent”, produced by Hitman Howie Tee and released in 1989 on the Youngest in Charge album, recorded when Ed was 16 years old. The album sold more than half a million copies.  In 1990, he released his album Legal, the title a reference to his turning eighteen, with the singles “Come On Let’s Move It and “The Mission.” He was later a member of Crooklyn Dodgers, an ad hoc group who came together to perform for the Spike Lee films Clockers and Crooklyn, and he performed “Crooklyn” with Shillz on the 2003 compilation album MuskaBeatz. Ed released a third solo album, Revelations, with the single “Neva Go Back” in 1995, with the track “Freaky Flow” receiving a remix by DJ Premier. In 2004, Ed released the album Still Got It Made on his own label “Semi.”  Ed at present is building his SEMI records and OSSE (Old School Special Edition) a record label and promotions company respectively.

Dana Dane‘s career began as part of the Kango Crew with fellow MC Slick Rick.  Dana Dane’s debut album, Dana Dane with Fame, peaked at #46 on the Billboard album chart, #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and was certified gold three months after its release. His biggest hit in the United States was “Cinderfella Dana Dane”, which peaked at #11 on Billboard magazine’s R&B charts in 1987.   Dana is the first solo artist from Brooklyn to sell gold (over 500,000 units).  Dana was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for best album of the year.  Dana is a former On-Air personality for the nationwide Sirius satellite radio and is also a published author. At present Dana runs a multi-media production company developing Music, TV and Film content.