This year's Multifest is set to kick off Friday night, beginning three days of non-stop and free performances during festival hours by a variety of acts representing diverse music tastes.
The weekend will mark Multifest's 24th year of existence.
"Everything's coming together wonderfully," said Multifest board president Vicky Keene.
Multifest's headliners this year will be funk and soul group the Zapp Band on Friday, former Prince percussionist and singer Sheila E. on Saturday and Gospel group The Virginia Aires on Sunday.
But the headliners represent just a fraction of the musicians performing throughout the duration of the festival.
Friday night will feature a slate of hip-hop artists, kicking off at 6 p.m. with local acts R-Eaze, Tymeless Musik and Lil Kanawha Entertainment. Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Amanda Perez, who has made the Billboard charts several times in her career, will take the stage at 8:45 p.m. and will perform until the Zapp Band takes the stage at 9:15 p.m.
Latin music is on Saturday afternoon's slate with performances by Comparsa and Combo Latino beginning at 1 p.m. The Snake and the Pot, a local percussion and belly-dancing entourage, will perform in the mid-afternoon at 3 p.m. Mark Davis Percussion City will then take the stage before a break from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday evening's slate dives back in to R&B and funk music starting at 6 p.m. with performances by Thump Daddy, City Heat and Charleston-based Stratus. Sheila E. will perform at 10 p.m.