R&B artist Ne-Yo will headline the upcoming Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) 15th Anniversary Invitational Showcase, going down on January 28, 2017, in Atlanta.
Along with the Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter, eight of the nation’s top marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will take the field at the Georgia Dome to perform one last time before the historic Atlanta stadium closes.
“I can’t wait to perform along with these talented student musicians,” said Ne-Yo. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this celebration of the HBCU community and culture, and I look forward to giving the fans a great show.”
The 2017 HBOB lineup features Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina A&T State University, Texas Southern University and Winston-Salem State University. The Final 8 bands were selected through a process that included online fan voting, as well as feedback from band directors, HBCU school presidents, and Honda representatives. Each of the eight HBCUs will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda in support of their music education programs.
Group and individual tickets to the Invitational Showcase are available for purchase on the official HBOB website, starting at only $10. For more information on the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands and the HBCU Power of Dreams Award, visit HondaBattleoftheBands.com.
In related news, Ne-Yo is hard at work on a new studio album, and he recently let fans in on the creative process by sharing a video of him working with fellow R&B artist Eric Bellinger.
“The process…. Much love to my dude @ericbellinger Thanx for adding to the sauce boi boi!! This album is going to be special,” Ne-Yo says in an Instagram post. “I promise. ❤️ PATIENCE. IT’S COMING.”
In the accompanying video, Ne-Yo, who usually writes all his music, explains that this time around he will work with “some folks” to diversify his material.
“It’s not that I can’t do it myself, I can definitely do it myself, but this time I decided to bring in some folks to expand on what I already had,” he said. “That’s what it’s about; it’s about expanding it’s about evolution, while at the same time staying true to who you are.”