R. Kelly headlines Clayton’s busy Saturday lineup

— 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.


Michael 1 year, 9 months ago

R.Kelly, Bell Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and Rakim, I guess it was impossible to find any talent that anyone had ever heard of. Or, maybe those with talent didn't want to come to the ghetto known as Clayton County.


OscarKnight 1 year, 9 months ago

.....Riddle me with mystery :

...Who is R.Kelly, Bell Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and Rakim ?

.......Saturday Nights is also premier nights for Cable / Satellite Premium Movie Subscribers. There was time when a Saturday Night didn't passed without having dinner and taking in a movie theater in this county; This weekly cultural event went to the wind a few years ago. Many people don't understand the sacrifices, that the natives of this county has made, for those arriving into our county, to make life more comfortable for them . Many of us had to step aside, for this newer change, without having one single "Thank You" from anyone.


OscarKnight 1 year, 9 months ago

Quote : (( Kelly — “Trapped in the Closet” ))

........I know about the true meaning of being trapped, within my own Clayton County Closet. We tried to stick it out, but, we was only met with a hostile environment, faced with rude behavior, uncivilized conduct, and a total dysfunctional public in this county.....After ten years of putting up this chaos, we had to make our own changes in our cultural lifestyle. Sad, but True.


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