BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest will be held on Saturday, July 26 at Railroad Park and features a phenomenal music lineup including the Grammy Award winning hip hop band, The Roots. Local favorites Taylor Hicks and Reuben Studdard will open the festival and one to two additional acts will be announced soon.
The Roots are an American hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments. Malik B., Leonard "Hub", and Josh Abrams were added to the band (formerly named "The Square Roots").
Ruben Studdard, is an American R&B, pop, and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol and received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Superstar."
Taylor Reuben Hicks is an American singer who won the fifth season of American Idol. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United States. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country and blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
The festival is working with area attractions to provide activities for children of all ages. Participants will include Birmingham Zoo, McWane Center, Birmingham’s Museum of Art and more.
Birmingham is nationally recognized as a city of “foodies,” and has fostered an incredible amount of talent and entrepreneurs in the food industry. Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest will highlight our food culture by bringing out the Birmingham Food Truck Coalition and other local vendors. Food trucks will include local favorites like Melt, Slice, Cantina on Wheels, Off the Hook, Nola’s Ice, Repicci’s Italian Ice and Dreamcakes.
The craft beer market has experienced rapid growth in Alabama with 27 craft breweries now operating. Presenting sponsor Budweiser will bring a dozen breweries from across the United States including six Alabama breweries. Tasting samples and full size beer tickets will be available for purchase.
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The festival will return to its home at award winning Railroad Park, where it was held for several years prior to park construction. Festival organizers were consulted on the design of the park to facilitate large scale events.
The Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil has always included a charitable aspect and that will continue with CityFest and celebrate the giving nature of Birmingham. Camp Smile-A-Mile will remain a key charity and we will again honor a camper with the 2014 Marissa Feigelson Award for that child’s fight against cancer. In 2013, the event partnered with Miles College to create the 50 Years Forward scholarship for students entering their senior year that have encountered financial hardship and are at risk for not graduating. The festival is excited to continue this partnership in 2014.