MIAMI - Today, the Miami Marlins announced the first three musical acts to perform as part of Saturday Spectacular Postgame Events at Marlins Park this season. After the games, fans can make their way to the West Plaza and experience a post-game event often featuring top recording artists and entertainers. Grammy Award Winner, Willy Chirino will launch the Saturday Spectacular Postgame Events series on Saturday, April 13 when the Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Additional acts confirmed to perform include: Fatman Scoop and Coolio featuring Biz Markie.
All 13 Saturday home games will feature a pregame party on the West Plaza, with live music on the main stage, appearances from the Marlins and Office Depot Sea Creatures, interactive displays, and entertainment for all ages. After each Saturday Spectacular, fans will be invited to the West Plaza for a post-game event with national recording artists. Post-game events are included with the price of admission to each Saturday Speclaculars.
The 2013 Saturday Spectacular Postgame Events lineup will include performances by the following artists:
April 13 - Willy Chirino Presented by Metro Ford
Chirino began his artistic career in Miami, releasing his first album in 1974. Since then, he has recorded over 20 albums, several of which have attained platinum and gold status. In 2006, his album "Son del Alma", won a Grammy for Best Salsa/Merengue Album. As founder of the Willy Chirino Foundation, his philanthropic efforts have been recognized by UNICEF and the Department of State. He celebrated his 35th anniversary in music with his latest released album "Willy Chirino Live-35th Anniversary" ("Willy Chirino En Vivo-35 Aniversario"), a CD/DVD combo of the concert. This album brought him his first nomination for Best Salsa Album at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards. Most recently, Chirino and his wife, singer/song writer Lissette Alvarez, released their first album together, Amarraditos (Bound to One Another). The CD includes a potpourri of classic Spanish-language love songs. Chirino's latest album, "Pa'lante", was released at spring 2008, after which he launched a world tour.
April 27 - Coolio Ft. Biz Markie Hosted by DJ Sama
He originally got the name "Coolio" from his friends in Compton when he was younger, who compared his musical talent to that of Julio Iglesias but since he rapped instead of sang, and had a fresh cool mellow feel, he was given the name Coolio Iglesias. He was part of the hip-hop group WC and the Maad Circle, appearing on their 1991 debut Ain't a Damn Thang Changed, but he left shortly thereafter to pursue a solo career. After releasing one single, "Watcha Gonna Do", an addiction to crack cocaine derailed his career. After working as an airport security guard for a brief period, Coolio was able to kick his habit and then returned to performing and recorded his debut album. It Takes a Thief was released in 1994. The signature track was "Fantastic Voyage", which sampled the Lakeside song of the same name and became a massive nationwide hit. In 1995, "Gangsta's Paradise", a track written to the tune of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" from Songs in the Key of Life, was placed on the soundtrack to Dangerous Minds because executives at Tommy Boy Records felt it would not sell. It ended up being a Grammy-winning #1 pop hit in the US, and became the first rap single to sell over a million copies in the UK, while becoming the first gangsta-rap single to top the UK charts. The video, which featured Minds star Michelle Pfeiffer and was directed by Antoine Fuqua, received heavy airplay on MTV. In September 2005, he signed a worldwide record contract for three albums with Subside Records of the Italian producer Giovanni Giorgilli. Vanni G, as he is better known in the Italian dance scene, will be Coolio's new manager and producer. The first collaboration is "Gangsta Walk" featuring Snoop Dogg. The new album, "The Return of the Gangsta", was released August 28, 2006.
Biz Markie is a hip-hop legend. He has been making hip-hop history for more than 15 years. Known worldwide from New York City to Japan for such catchy songs as Just a Friend The Vapors and Make the Music (with your mouth), Biz Markie is one of the most celebrated entertainers in the industry. Born Marcel Hall in Harlem USA, Biz Markie stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup for Roxanne Shant of the Juice Crew. He then adopted his alias Biz, a name his mother used to call him because he was such a busybody and Markie, short for Marcel, was his neighborhood nickname. Today, Biz Markie's unique style is easily recognizable and well received.
In 1988 , Biz Markie signed his first record deal with Prism/Cold Chillin' Records and subsequently with Cold Chillin' Warner Bros. During his 5-year upward success with Warner Brothers Records, Biz made hip-hop history that made a lasting impact on the music industry. Biz Markie started BizMont Entertainment a production company with manager and longtime friend Monte Wanzer. With one of the largest number of collective works, Biz has over 30,000 45-records and over 50,000 12"inch albums. Because of his longevity in this business, Biz has an enormous collection of music.
May 18 - Fat Man Scoop
Fatman Scoop is an American New York City DJ, hip hop hype man and radio personality famed for his on-stage rough, loud voice. He is best known for the track "Be Faithful" with The Crooklyn Clan which went to number one in the UK and Ireland in late 2003 and top 5 in Australia. The song has been a favorite in clubs around the world for years. The track takes its name from the sample of Evans singing "Love like this". His booming voice has blazed an endless stream of hit tracks featuring the biggest names in music, including Mariah Carey, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Ciara, Timabland, Diddy, Lil' Wayne and The Pussycat Dolls. Fatman Scoop also has his own sex and relationship show/podcast. All episodes can also be seen on the Man and Wife channel on internet TV network, ONLOQ.com, as well as MTV.
*An official announcement regarding the performers for the remaining events will be coming soon.
For more information on Saturday Spectacular Postgame Events and to purchase tickets, fans can visit www.marlins.com or call 1-877-MARLINS.