OJAYS featured at Family Unity Day Festival

James W. Wade III | 7/23/2014, 1:43 p.m.
The O’Jays have spent more than 40 years producing hits and entertaining audiences with their soulful singing and incredible stage ...
The OJAYS are the headliner for the Family Unity Day Festival for 2014.

The O’Jays, considered American treasures by many fans and critics, will perform at the Family Unity Day Festival at Luke Easter Park on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Luke Easter Park, the largest urban park in Ohio, at Family Unity in the Park, an event organized by Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed and community supporters.

The day begins with a health fair and continues w/ food, grilling, a kiddie park and music from the O’Jays, After 7, Avery Sunshine and more. And it’s all capped off w/ fireworks. This year, we will again hold the largest health fair in Northeast Ohio during this one-day event. The Cleveland Clinic will be on hand to offer free screening services for blood pressure, diabetes and more. The City of Cleveland Mobile Health Care unit will also be on site conducting healthcare screenings. In addition, nationally and locally acclaimed musical artists will take center stage for a full day of soulful entertainment.

The O’Jays have spent more than 40 years producing hits and entertaining audiences with their soulful singing and incredible stage presence, and include original members Eddie Levert, Sr. and Walter Williams, Sr. with a great young dynamic vocalist Eric Nolan Grant who joined the group in 1995.

In the early 1970s, The O’Jays brought the sound of Philadelphia soul to the world, hitting the Top 10 with singles including “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” “I Love Music,” and “For the Love of Money,” a song that gained recognition with a new generation of fans as the theme song to the reality show “The Apprentice.” They have had twenty albums in the Top 20 chart, 13 Top 10 singles and countless gold and platinum albums.

With a career that spans more than 50 years, The O’Jays were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from BET in 2009. The O’Jays have been nominated four times for a Grammy and won an American Music Award in 1990 for Best Group.

“We want all of Cleveland to come out and enjoy a day with food, food and music. We have been doing this for 10 years and I want this year to be a great stellar event featuring our own OJAYS,” said Councilman Reed.

This annual concert and fireworks show has become one of the most anticipated and well-attended events in the City of Cleveland. Bringing with it a blend of old school funk, soul, rhythm and blues, reggae and jazz. The fireworks show makes a spectacular ending to a wonderful day in the park.

In the past years this free event has featured entertainment like CAMEO, Rose Royce, The Whispers, Enchantment, The Ohio Players, Con Funk Shun, Midnight Star, Conya Doss, Paul Samuels, Soundoctrine, The Temptations, Morris Day and the Time, contemporary jazz man Eric Roberson and more, along with a host of local artists.

There will be families on blankets and sitting in lawn chairs, they will bring picnic baskets and grills while some eagerly sample the food of vendors. Don't miss the kiddie park for younger children, voter registration, information booths and more. Live entertainment begins at noon.