Gulf Coast Music Festival
Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m.
Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive,
Tickets: $45-$75, available at box office and through Ticketmaster

This year the Mobile Civic Center proved its continued viability as a music venue, and continues to demonstrate its legitimacy with another stellar concert. The Gulf Coast Music Festival is bringing a lineup of soul, rhythm and blues and hip-hop legends to Downtown Mobile.

The evening will begin with a triple shot of adrenalized hip-hop from South Florida. J.T. Money and 95 South will energize the crowd with their Miami Bass styles. 69 Boyz will follow with a refresher course on how to do the “Tootsie Roll.”

The early ‘90s gave birth to a number of R&B outfits built on a foundation of pristine harmonies. During this time, Bell Biv Devoe emerged as one of the premier performers of the “New Jack Swing” sound, blazing up the charts with their debut single “Poison.” Their reign on pop and R&B radio continued with their follow-up single “Do Me!”

The beautiful and talented Erykah Badu will headline the festival. Her debut “Baduizm,” with songs such as “On & On,” introduced the world to her earthy mix of jazz, soul and R&B. “Mama’s Gun” followed with tracks such as “Cleva” and “Bag Lady,” in which Badu mixed vocal seduction with intellectual enlightenment. This New Age diva is sure to capture the crowd with one of the greatest voices in modern music.