9-11 Festival calls for peace and unity

Miami’s 95 South, known for their hit ‘Whoot There It Is,’ will perform Friday night at the 9-11 Memorial Festival.
Miami’s 95 South, known for their hit ‘Whoot There It Is,’ will perform Friday night at the 9-11 Memorial Festival. II Kold Productions

The 9-11 Memorial Festival will bring a message of peace and three days of music to the grounds of Beauvoir in Biloxi.

George Davis is owner of II Kold Productionz and organizer of the event at the home of Jefferson Davis. He’s joined by Classic Knight Ent and Pak Clik in producing the concert.

They and the performers are people he calls friends — a community of musicians and music lovers who are coming together for a common cause.

Davis said he felt 9/11 was a good time to reach out to the community about putting an end to the national incidents between police and residents. In doing so, he wants to present a concert that shows people can come together peacefully and unite for a common cause.

“The people I do this with are people I know and friends of mine,” Davis said. “It’s important that we all come together and do something to stop this violence — the whole thing with the police and the kids and now people wanting to kill the police. It’s too much violence.”

This is the same type of message Davis presents with his music when he performs as the rapper Icy. His lyrics are inspirational and call for change and peace, as opposed to hardcore rap that sometimes extols violence and glorifies excess.

The lineup is a mix of classic hip hop and rap acts from the national level and popular acts from the local scene.

Friday night’s headliner is 95 South, an act known by many for their hit “Whoot There It Is.” The Miami-based duo also had a Top 100 single with “Rodeo.”

They’ll be joined by their longtime touring partners, Dis-N-Dat, as well as T-Bird.

On Saturday, Do or Die will be the main attraction. From Chicago, the rap trio was formed more than 25 years ago with members of Belo Zero, NARD and AK. Their single “Po Pimp” reached No. 22 on the Billboard charts. Their music has featured guest appearances by Kanye West, R. Kelly and Twista.

Icy will perform Saturday night, host Sunday night and DJ throughout the weekend. Saturday also will see a return to the spotlight for Latrell “Reality” Jones.

Other performers scheduled for the weekend include Sydney B., Town Talk, A.K., Rena J. and Jus Tru.

Sunday will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

If you go

What: 9-11 Memorial Festival

Where: Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

When: Friday from 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday from 3-10 p.m.

Admission: $30 for a three-day pass. A one-day pass is $15 in advance or $25 at the gate. Tickets are available at Beauvoir or by calling 627-8288.