The annual Bank of America Atlanta Classic is set to take place this weekend with Southern University taking on Florida A&M (FAMU). But the real show will be at half-time where promoters have lined up some big names to take the place of the suspended Marching 100 band of FAMU.
Ten-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan, and rappers Doug E. Fresh and Future will headline the halftime show. A cast of more than 100 dancers will also be a part of the acts, while Southern’s marching band will open the 25-minute performance, said Bill Lamar, chairman of the Classic.
The promoters also announced Tuesday that popular gospel singer Marvin Sapp is scheduled to sing the National Anthem before the 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
Saturday’s show, which is billed as “One Love. One Music. One Culture,” will be produced by Doug E. Fresh.
The could be considered a test run for future years says Chairman Lamar.
“We will see what the reception is this year, but in my mind even when the FAMU band returns we are going to want to do halftime differently than in the past. There is no question that you want to keep things fresh and new for your fans, the people who buy tickets. If this is well-received, which we think it will be, then we will be looking at doing that more.”