This year’s Summer Spirit Festival celebrated its 10th Anniversary with an AWESOME line up that blended the best of R&B, Hip Hop, Soul & Go-Go with the neo-soulstress Erykah Badu, the phenomenal Anthony Hamilton, the outstanding duo Floetry, the dynamic Tony! Toni! Tone!, Estelle, Go-Go’s Best Junk Yard Band, Avery*Sunshine, and Phony PPL.
As the fans entered The Merriweather Post Pavilion to a sold out show, the crowd was elevated with excitement and anticipation of a show that promised to be the best Summer Spirit Festival of them all and CD Enterprises did it AGAIN!!
Badu sang some of the crowd’s favorites such as , On and On, and other songs from 1997’s Baduizm and 2001’s Mama’s Gun.
Hamilton, who always is a favorite with the DMV, sang a few of his hit songs as well as a gospel songÂ and lit up the audience with his electrifying voice and energy.
The powerful duo Floetry, who reunited for this show performed with such energy and passion that spread throughout the whole pavilion and beyond. Many in the audience commented on how great it was to see them together performing again and they showed off for the crowd.
As always the Go-Go Great, Junk Yard Band put on an old school show that had everyone on the feet jamming to the hit songs that made you feel like you were back in the 80’s and twenty years younger.
The soulful Tony! Toni! Tone! lit up the stage with their unforgettable tunes lead by the powerful lead vocalist, Amar Khalil.Â The songs included favorites such as; It Never Rains (In Southern California), Lay Your Head On My Pillow, and Anniversary to name a few.
Also the day would not have been a success without the many vendors who supported the festival such as Loc Accessories, Curvy Chix Chariot, TNT Unique Designs and many others.
THANKS TO CD ENTERPRISES FOR CONTINUING TO BRING GREAT ENTERTAINMENT TO THE DMV.Â SEE YOU’LL NEXT YEAR!!
By JV Jones and photography by Darryle A. Carter