JONESBORO Clayton County will play host this weekend to a popular singer for singing about the “Bump n’ Grind” while “The Bandit” returns to downtown Jonesboro Saturday.
Hold yourselves back, ladies, because R. Kelly will pay ClayCo a visit while a young Burt Reynolds will be flashed across a big screen.
Kelly — whose hits include “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition,” “I’m a Flirt,” “Bump n’ Grind,” “Your Body’s Callin” and “Trapped in the Closet” — is one of the headline performers for Funk Fest Variety Entertainment’s Funkfest Atlanta. The concert, which also features Bell Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and Rakim, will be held Saturday at The Beach at Clayton County International Park.
The concert, which part of a series of Funkfests held annually across the southeast, is part of a busy line-up of activities set to take place in Clayton County Saturday. Reynolds will meanwhile be seen in the city of Jonesboro’s rescheduled public viewing of “Smokey and the Bandit.”
Saturday’s highlights include:
• Clayton County Humane Society’s “Two by Two” thrift store will hold its grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 150 North McDonough St. in Jonesboro.
• Funkfest Atlanta at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Ga. 138, in Jonesboro. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the show will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. General admission tickets cost $35, preferred/reserved tickers are $65, VIP tickets cost $100 and platinum VIP tickets cost $135. Tickets can be purchased at Southlake Mall in Morrow.
• The Morrow Business and Tourism Association will host the Kiwanis Concert Under the Stars at 7 p.m. at the National Archives at Atlanta amphitheater, 5780 Jonesboro Road in Morrow. Patty Mack and the Mo White Quartet will perform. Tickets are $30 each. Call 770-968-1623 to purchase tickets.
• The free “Smokey and the Bandit” viewing at 8 p.m. at Lee Street Park, 140 Smith St. Free popcorn will be available during the viewing of the movie, which was predominantly shot in and around Jonesboro in the 1970s.