SWAC ANNOUNCES TALENT FOR TOYOTA FB CHAMPIONSHIP
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) revealed on Friday its star-studded talent line up for the 2017 Toyota SWAC Football Championship game.
Headlining the game in a post-game concert will be R&B soul sensations Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, TV/radio personalities Big Tigger and Traci Steele will serve as the official SWAC emcee hosts and prominent singer Tamar Davis, as seen on The Voice, will be performing “God Bless America” alongside Rotimi, as seen on Power, will be performing the national anthem, respectively.
The championship game, known as “Final Judgement” for being the final edition in the SWAC Football Championship game era, will be played on December 2, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. CT and the game can be viewed on ESPNU.
The concert will begin immediately following the conclusion of the game. A ticket to the game grants fans free admission to the concert.
Tickets range from $15-$55 and may be purchased through www.SWACFootball.com. The eastern division champion will be seated on the east side of the stadium and the western division champion will be seated on the west side of the stadium. The eastern division champion band will be in section 135 and the western division on champion band will be in section 115.
Maze, who gained notoriety as an opening act for soul singing icon Marvin Gaye, produced hit singles including "Happy Feelin's", "While I'm Alone", and "Lady of Magic", ultimately giving them their first gold record and earning Maze a devoted following. They also had success with the albums Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980).
Big Tigger has earned his place as one entertainment’s most distinctive broadcast talents. Currently the host of a show that bares his name, “The Big Tigger Show” on V-103 (WVEE-FM) in Atlanta, Tigger connects with millions of loyal fans Monday through Friday from 2pm-6pm. People may also know Tigger as the face of the longest running, nationally televised hip-hop show on BET; “Rap City: Tha Bassment” and hit show “106&Park.”
Steele found immense success as an On-Air Personality for Atlanta's Hottest Hip Hop Station 107.9FM. With a unique personality and a witty sense of humor, Steele's charisma transcended into numerous television appearances such as: Bounce TV's Show (Off The Chain); BET's Show (106 & Park); VH1's Show (Love & Hip Hop - Season 2), and ABC’s Good Morning America.
Davis, also known as the muse and favorite singer of her mentor Prince, gained notoriety for being the music legends "Protégé" while co-writing their Grammy-nominated duet "Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed." Along with her sophomore album release "I Am the Storm," (9/30/17) and with recent jaw-dropping performances on NBC’s “The Voice: Season X,” Tamar has been featured as Sarah Vaughn in "Sarah Sings a Love Story" (NYC, 2017) as well as making an off-Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “A Night with Janis Joplin” (A.C.T. Theatre).
Rotimi, the singer-songwriter perhaps best known for his role as “Dre” on Starz Network’s critically-acclaimed series Power. Rotimi captured the spotlight by winning Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night” twice at the young age of 15 and then landed his first acting role on Starz critically-acclaimed series “Boss” and had reoccurring roles in Betrayal on ABC and Battle Creek on CBS.
A full listing of the week-long ancillary events in the lead up to the big game will be announced at a later date.
The SWAC champion will earn an invitation to play in the Celebration Bowl at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on December 16, 2017. Established in 2015 and recognized as one of the premier events in HBCU college football, the Celebration Bowl features the champion of the SWAC versus the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion.