It’s BACK!!!! 96.3 Kiss FM will hold the second annual Kiss Family Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, and I am thrilled. Not just because the event offers a place where old friends and family can meet for good food, great fun and musical performances by national and local artists, but also because it reminds me of old times.
Often, during the summer months as a young girl, I would stay with my grandparents. Back then family time was spent at church, vacation Bible school and yes, you guessed it … family reunions.
Apple pies and fried chicken, green beans and corn were on the menu, and the main source of entertainment was a game of horseshoes, sack and relay races and gospel music. I wore ribbons in my hair back then.
I guess that is why I smile when thinking about the Kiss Family Reunion. It reminds me of old times. This daylong outdoor festival will offer a smorgasbord of vendors, recreational fun, old-school artists, new-school R&B and popular local bands, a gospel showcase along with a feel-good “party” atmosphere.
The lineup includes national artists LJ Reynolds of the Dramatics vocal group and Johnny Gill, the lead singer from New Edition.
Also on the bill are neo-soul artist Musiq Soulchild and Tyrese Gibson, of acting and vocal fame. Recording artists Noel Guardine and Chris Walker are scheduled to perform, along with the world’s largest Wobble-Wobble dance showcase.
Southern blues artists Theodius Ealy and Mel Waiters will also take the stage.
Several Augusta-based artists are in the lineup, including the Klass Band, Tony Howard’s Motown Revue, PlayBack “The Band” featuring Tutu D’Vyne and Johnny Soul; Eric Mayweather Band, Soul Dimensions, Sounds Unlimited and a classic car and motorcycle show is also scheduled.
The show kicks off at 11 a.m. with inspirational and gospel sounds from area church groups. Minister Eddie Harris, also of Power 107, will be the host of that portion of the show.
Portions of ticket proceeds from the KISS Family Reunion will benefit area community groups, including the Shiloh senior citizens community center.
Who knows, maybe I’ll even wear a ribbon in my hair.