2 Chainz, Kandi Burruss And More To Perform At CIAA Toyota Fan Fest

CHARLOTTE, NC — Powerhouse recording artists 2 Chainz and Kandi Burruss, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and other fan-favorite groups and activities are among the featured events at the CIAA Toyota Fan Fest, part of Tournament Week happenings at the 2019 CIAA “Live the Legacy” Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament in Charlotte.

The CIAA Toyota Fan Fest is a two-day free, open-to-the-public, community event held at the Charlotte Convention Center, Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, and features interactive sponsor activations, concerts and other family-friendly entertainment events as part of CIAA Tournament Week.

Nationally syndicated radio program The Tom Joyner Morning Show will broadcast live on Friday, March 1 from the Charlotte Convention Center from 6:00am – 10:00am ET, followed by the High School Band Competition and the Queen City Cheer & Dance Classic Presented by U.Fit.

The evening’s entertainment, free and open to the public, will feature Grammy-winning singer, songwriter Kandi Burruss. Burruss burst on the scene in 1992 as a member of the music group Xscape. As a songwriter she won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for her writing contributions on the hit TLC song “No Scrubs” and hits for artists such as Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, and more. She is also considered a fan favorite on the hit reality show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Saturday morning at the Convention Center kicks off with the CIAA Super Saturday Presented by Lowe’s activities from 9am – 12pm. Performances from 11-year-old viral rap sensation That Girl Lay Lay, the winner of the U.Fit Cheer & Dance Classic and a CIAA cheerleading exhibition are the featured highlights. The Miss CIAA crowning ceremony presented by Food Lion will also be among the many activities the public can enjoy for free. Fans will also be entertained by musical performances from up and coming Def Jam Records artists Tyanah Maray, TJ Porter, Fetty Luciano, Bernard Jabs, Nimic and Dominc Lord.

Toyota Fan Fest events resume Saturday afternoon at 12pm, including the Open House, Fuzion Force performances and vendor and sponsor activations with giveaways for the public. Wrapping up CIAA Tournament Week with a free evening performance for fans will be Grammy-winning Def Jam recording artist 2 Chainz, whose most recent album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” was released in 2017. In 2016 The New York Times pronounced him “all hail our greatest punch line rapper, 2 Chainz.”

Previously announced recording artists Jacquees, Saweetie, Mike Phillips, Bobby V and Porcelan will perform at the Spectrum Center during the men’s and women’s semi-finals and final games on March 1 and 2. Tickets are required for entry into The Spectrum Center and can be purchased at the Spectrum Center box office and Ticketmaster.

The basketball tournament will feature the conference’s 13-member institutions, including its newest member Claflin University. This year’s 24-game bracket will begin in Bojangles’ Coliseum on the evening of Monday, Feb. 25 to accommodate a new round of games and will conclude with the highly-anticipated championship finals in the Spectrum Center on Saturday, March 2.

As the first African American athletic conference in the country, the CIAA launched the “Live the Legacy” campaign exclusively for this year’s tournament, incorporating its key pillars of tradition, leadership, and community to engage fans. The campaign is designed to showcase the CIAA schools, players and coaches, as well as fans of the game and the conference’s immersive cultural experience. The “Live the Legacy” campaign will be integrated across all CIAA championships and platforms including social media and will be featured on the digital assets of the CIAA’s 13 affiliated colleges and universities’ as well as partner sites. #LiveTheLegacy, and #WeAreLegacy and the conference’s longstanding rallying cry #CIAAForLife will be used across all social media platforms.

For access to the CIAA Tournament’s 24 action-packed games, vendors, food and live performances by the aforementioned national recording artists and more, fans can purchase all-session game tickets at www.ciaatournament.org/tickets and on-site at the Spectrum Center box office until Feb. 15.

Single-Session tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster and the box offices at Bojangles’ Coliseum and Spectrum Center.

Fans seeking additional information regarding game dates, times, updates, Toyota Fan Fest and musical performances at the 2019 CIAA Basketball Tournament can download the CIAA Mobile App.

The CIAA Championship Basketball Tournament is ranked 3rd among the most attended and anticipated NCAA events, and currently draws over 150,000 fans.