4,000 to 5,000 hip-hop fans could hit Quincy

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By Alice Du Pont

Between 4,000 and 5,000 hip-hop and R&B fans are expected in Quincy Saturday for the Luau Music Festival at the city-owned industrial park on Joe Adams Road.  The event will last from noon to 7 p.m. and feature at least eight different acts including Pliers, Miguel, Kevin Cosson and Ace Hood. Several local entertainers will also take the stage.
    The event is geared toward people of high school age to young adults. Pat Nix, promoter and owner of Front Line Productions said the event is more like a musical picnic with food vendors and everyone simply having a good time. This event, he said, is good safe fun for a young group of people who have very little opportunities to come together for entertainment.
    I have promoted events like this all over the nation and, until now, North Florida has been missing the boat," Nix said.
    "We believe there will be a significant number of people and the reality is the promoters are going to sell tickets to make money. We can't say how many people will be there and I will make the determination to cut it off if it gets beyond the scope of our resources," said Walt McNeil, Quincy police chief.
    He said he has met with first responders from throughout the county including the Gadsden County Sheriff Office, EMS and Florida Highway Patrol as well as other municipalities in the county.
    "The tickets are $20 and there will be people who don't have the $20 and will ride up and down our roads. When the event is over we will steer them to I-10 but the reality is that many of them will be from Gadsden County," he said.
    "I want to thank the city of Quincy officials for allowing me to show North Florida a good time. I'm very appreciative of them," Nix said.