Columbus’ Premier Urban Music Festival is Back with a Stacked Lineup Featuring R&B Greats and Legendary Hip-Hop Artists

Ja Rule, Donell Jones, Keke Wyatt, Mike Jones, and Too $hort among chart-topping acts

Special $40 general admission and $60 premium presale tickets are now available until July 30 or until supplies last at summer614.com. VIP and Table options are also available.

COLUMBUS, OH – July 16, 2021 –SUMMER614, Columbus’ largest and most complete urban music festival celebrating R&B, and hip-hop from yesterday and today is back at the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons on Saturday, August 14. Celebrating year four, festival organizer and founder Bobby Ferguson is ready for the best concert and party yet.

“I am happy to be bringing this summer celebration back in a time when we as a Columbus community need something positive,” said Ferguson. “There has been so much strife over the past year, this is an opportunity to set that aside and celebrate with great music in a peaceful, fun-loving, and upbeat atmosphere.”

The lineup includes a variety of R&B and hip-hop hitmakers from the 80’s-early 2000’s including: Rappers Ja Rule, Too $hort, and Mike Jones and R&B artists Donell Jones, and Keke Wyatt.

Artist Detail

Ja Rule: As one of the stars of The Inc. label, Ja Rule is a multi-platinum rapper with numerous hit singles under his belt. Ja Rule was one of the rap industry’s most commercially successful artists during the early 2000’s. He started his career with featured verses on songs such as Jay-Z’s “Can I Get A…”, followed by his own chart topping singles “Holla Holla”, “I Cry,” and “Between Me and You”. Ja Rule has proven himself to be a versatile artist by not only writing for his own albums, but as a contributor to projects by R&B group Jagged Edge and Jennifer Lopez. 

Donell Jones: American Music Award Winner, Donell Jones is a renowned R&B vocalist, an exceptional songwriter, and a master producer. Over the last 25 years, the multifaceted artist has had many chart-topping hits, including unforgettable classic ballads that are fan favorites like “Where I Wanna Be,” “You Know What’s Up ft. TLC’s Left Eye,” and “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” just to name a few.  Coming off the heels of the 2020 release of the album “100% Free” (the first in seven years) the smooth-talking lyricist is back and will treat the audience to his fun and unique R&B sound.

Keke Wyatt: In 2001 Keke Wyatt garnered national attention after her successful collaboration with fellow R&B singer Avant. In 2002, her rendition of “Nothing in This World” led to a nomination for the Best New R&B/Soul/Rap Artist award at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. In her career, Wyatt released four official studio albums, including “Soul Sista” (2001), “Who Knew?” (2010), “Unbelievable” (2011), and her latest and recent release, “Rated Love” (2016). All of these albums charted prominently on Billboard, as did her first and only EP release, “Ke’Ke’” (2014). Wyatt has also released a number of charting singles, with her lead single “Sexy Song,” from the album “Rated Love,” peaking at number 29 on the Adult R&B Songs chart.

Mike Jones: “Mike Jones, who?” Any fan of Mike Jones knows this catchphrase that has become the trademark of the popular southern hip-hop artist. Jones first reached national fame in 2004 with the release of his breakout single “Still Tippin’.” Jones went on to release his debut studio album in 2005 “Who Is Mike Jones?.” The album peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 and went certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and set the path for Jones’ successful career. 

Too $hort: A pioneer of West Coast hip-hop, Too Short, stylized Too $hort, hit the scene in the 80’s and has been active for almost 4 decades. With over 20 studio albums under his belt, he’s truly an original and the only rapper known to have recorded with 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z.  He’s solidified himself as an iconic figure in the hip-hop landscape by continually releasing music and collaborative projects like his most recent 2020 release of “Ain’t Gone Do It/Terms and Conditions” with artist E-40.

Doors open to the event at 3p.m. General Admission tickets start at $40 with Premium ticket options starting at $75. Special $40 Early Bird General Admission tickets and $60 Early Bird Premium tickets are available through July 30 or while supplies last. Tables and other VIP opportunities are also available. For more information and/or purchase tickets, visit summer614.com. 

A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the 22nd Foundation, a local non profit organization whose mission is to assist in developing not only health and fitness in kids, but also character, creativity, confidence, discipline, courage, accountability, teamwork and leadership through coaching allowing children in underserved communities to realize their full potential.

Guests wanting to purchase tickets in-person can do so at the following ticket outlets located throughout Central Ohio:

Lawsheas

1488 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43224

614-252-3474

TALIBS

1035 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43205614-252-0654

B&K Smokehouse

1114 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205

614-252-7017

Ott Barber Boutique

4473 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232

614-694-2723

For the most up-to-date information, follow the festival online at summer614.com, on Facebook @herecolumbus614, and on Instagram @summer614festival.

About John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons

John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons is a 6-acre park and green space in downtown Columbus located at 60 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215.

About FAME Productions

FAME is a full scale producer of events and festivals around the United States. Known for creating lasting impressions and unforgettable moments, SUMMER614 is FAME’s signature event in Central Ohio.

For more information, please contact Bobby Ferguson at fameproductionsevents@gmail.com.

About the 22nd Foundation

The 22nd Foundation provides the opportunity for all kids to participate fully in athletics and reap the benefits of a quality athletic program in order to assist in developing not only health and fitness, but also character, creativity, confidence, discipline, courage, accountability, teamwork and leadership. We coach and encourage kids to reach their full potential.

For more information about the 22nd Foundation, visit 22foundation.com.

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