The first black female artist to get a gold album on her own label will head an impressive lineup of singers and comedians at the Love and Laughter Block Party on Friday at the Columbus Civic Center.
The show is being hosted by Vivica A. Fox, who is known for her role in box-office hits such as “Independence Day,” “Kill Bill” and “Two Can Play that Game,” as well as starring opposite Patti LaBelle on the hit ’90s sitcom “Out All Night.”
Betty Wright achieved the gold status for her 1987 album “Mother Wit,” which featured hits such as “No Pain, No Gain” and “After the Pain.”
The R&B/soul singer has been recording since 1966 and is known for hit singles such as “Clean Up Woman,” “Tonight is the Night,” “She’s Older Now” and “If I Ever Do Wrong.”
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In 1975, she won a Grammy Award for “Where is the Love?” in the category of best rhythm and blues song. She has been nominated on five other occasions.
Speaking of Grammy Awards, the R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, which will appearing with Wright, has been nominated twice. Once was in 1998, when the duo’s single “All My Life”was nominated for best R&B vocal performance by a duo or group.
The act’s other nomination came in 1996 when “How Do U Want It” was nominated for best rap performance by a duo or group.
Their singing of “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” appeared in the film “Jason’s Lyric” and their singing of “How Could You” was featured in the film “Bulletproof.”
The duo’s album “It’s Real” reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 in 1999.
Other acts scheduled to appear are singer Lenny Williams and comedians A-Train and Nod Ross.
If you go
What: Love & Laughter Block Party featuring Betty Wright, K-Ci & JoJo, Vivica A. Fox
When: Friday Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Columbus Civic Center
Cost: Tickets are $88.50, $68.50 and $48.50.
Information and ticket purchase: Box office is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until show time on Friday. Call 706-653-4460 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org.