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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:00 pm

The 16th annual El Mirage Multicultural Music Festival will be Saturday and Sunday in El Mirage Gateway Park, 10100 N. El Mirage Road.

Festivities start at 11 a.m. each day. Gateway Park is north of Olive Avenue and El Mirage Road. Gateway Park was selected for accessibility, location and space. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to attend the two-day festival.

The event includes performances by national recording artists Fel Davis of Public Announcement, Elaine Stepter, lead singer for award-winning 1970s group Rolls Royce, “Showtime at the Apollo” winner Candice and blues legend Bobby Rush. Local entertainers Rocket 88s, New Creation, Royce Murray Band, artists from Backbone Records and others also will perform.

The festival offers something for the entire family with a car and motorcycle show, food and merchandise vendors, education and health awareness information tables.

Admission is $10 per car. El Mirage residents are $5 per car/$5 for individuals. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

There will be multicultural dancers, ethnic food and merchandise, kidzone, Wii and XBox game truck, and three-on-three basketball/slam dunk contests.

The festival is supported by Sundome Performing Arts Association Grants for the Arts and The Northwest Black History Committee in partnership with the city of El Mirage.

For information, call NBHC at 623-204-0959 or visit www.aznbhc.org, or the city of El Mirage at 623-876-2951 or www.cityofelmirage.org/recreation.

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