Zapp to perform at African-American Festival

     (TOLEDO) — The high-energy band Zapp is scheduled to perform at the 13th annual African-American Festival.

     The festival will take place in conjunction with The Blade’s 34rd Annual Northwest Ohio Rib Off, presented by Taylor Automotive and Buckeye Broadband, on Sunday, Aug. 20, the last day of the four-day food celebration. Gates open at noon for the Rib Off and African-American Festival at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee. Local entertainment starts at 1 p.m. and admission is free until 4 p.m.

    General admission for the African-American Festival is $5 at the gate after 4 p.m., and $20 for VIP seating. There will be a designated area for lawn chairs and blankets. VIP tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.

     Headlining the festival is Zapp, the funk, soul, and party band pioneers. The group scored a number of top-10 R&B hits including “Doo Wa Ditty,” “I Can Make You Dance,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Computer Love.” In 1982, “Dance Floor, Part 1” hit No. 1 on the R&B charts. By 1985, Zapp had amassed four gold records and was drawing huge audiences worldwide. The band’s music has had a profound effect on hip-hop, featured in songs by Jay Z, Lil’ Kim,  Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Ice Cube and many others.

     Zapp includes bandleader Lester Troutman, Sr. (drums), Terry “Zapp” Troutman (talkbox/keyboards/bass), Bart Thomas (talkbox/vocals/keyboards/bass), Dale DeGroat (musical direction/keyboards/vocals), Thomas Troutman (keyboards/vocals), Riccardo Gray (guitar) and Anthony Arrington (saxophone).

     Other local musical acts will join the event and will be announced in the future. The fairgrounds will also have 11 great rib cookers from both the national and local ribber scene. Other festival food, as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, will be available.

For more information, call 419-255-8876.