"I'm very impressed," he said of the festival's reorganization. "I'm much more impressed with the folks who are running it now."
Music at the festival ranges from hip-hop and rhythm and blues to Latin American to percussion-only.
Friday's lineup includes local hip-hop artists R-Eaze, Tymeless Musik and Lil Kanawha Entertainment in addition to Fort Wayne, Ind., native Amanda Perez. Perez's 2003 single, "Angel," hit No. 20 on the Billboard Top 100 and No. 3 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40. Her 2007 album, "Hand of Fate," topped out at No. 24 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums.
Friday night will be headlined by soul and funk group the Zapp Band, which was formed by the Troutman brothers in the late 1970s. Though the original group no longer exists, the band's legacy has continued through the addition of new members over the years.
Saturday's schedule begins with Latin-based groups Comparsa and Combo Latino. Local percussion and belly dancing entourage The Snake and the Pot will perform in mid-afternoon.
Evening performances on Saturday will head back to R&B and funk music, with appearances by Thump Daddy, City Heat and Charleston-based Stratus. Former Prince protege singer/percussionist Sheila E. will headline Saturday's bill.
Sunday will feature gospel music artists throughout the afternoon. The Virginia Aires, a five-member Gospel group from Chesapeake, Va., will close out Multifest Sunday night. The Virginia Aires first formed in 1981 and have added new members since that time.
In addition to the music, food and craft vendors will be on site. Volunteer positions are also available, and interested persons can contact Mike Jones at 304-881-7384.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.