Every Labor Day Weekend in Orlando, families from all around the country celebrate their family reunion’s with the Tom Joyner Morning Show and Friends, this year was no exception! I got a chance to spend 2 days at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Spa this past weekend and it was truly eventful.
The Tom Joyner Family Reunion, sponsored by Allstate kicked off with a free concert on Thursday with none other than Orlando’s own Brian McKnight. He sang most of his greatest hits along with his newbies in the Gaylord Expo Center. Then guests kicked it to the early morning (or went to sleep & got up early) to catch a good seat for the Tom Joyner Morning Show broadcast.
Tom Joyner Morning Show Sky show hosted a slew of comedians and entertainment from CeeLo to Melonie Fiona, Huggy Low Down, Dominique, Chris Paul, Marvin Dixon and others. During the Expo, attendees got to check out a variety of vendors and mid-day concerts with Bobby V and Noel Gourdin, not to mention meet and greets with Diggy Simmons, Soulja Boy and a few others.
Friday and Saturday night concerts were no exception to a good time! Friday night’s “A Night To Remember” show came with R&B entertainment from Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Sweat… yes folks, they still got it!
Saturday night (personally) was my favorite! Started off with comedy from Sinbad. Till this day he STILL cracks me up! Ms. Jennifer Hudson took the stage and ROCKED it! She sang all of her hits including selections from Dream Girls…you know we were all waiting for that! And you could miss her amazing transformed body in that electric yellow dress with black sequence shorts.Then here came the Ladies of Hip Hop after party with Da Brat, Lil Mo, & Monie Love. So by this time everybody is sweating out their perms! Not to mention this was Da Brat’s first performance and travel date since her “vacation”. And to my surprise, she brought me up on stage to sing with her “What do you like?” which featured Tyreese…I was Geeked and yes I knew all of the words!!
And while all of that is going on, go down the escalator to the main expo room to Laugh Out Loud at the comedy show with Rod Z, Tight Mike, Cocoa Brown, Kier Spates, Shuler King and others.
So Sunday morning….you would of thought it was a church conference at the Gaylord! The spirit was definitely in the air…you can’t go wrong with Big Al, Dr. Bobby Jones, Vashawn Mitchell, Tamela Mann, JC Thompson & Beyond Blessed and none other than Kirk Franklin. There was definitely some praising & shouting going on!
The Tom Joyner Family Reunion weekend is definitely the place to be for family fun and entertainment Labor Day weekend. Venue is amazing, amenities are bar none, friendly staff and volunteers, entertainment…I mean, what can I say, its jammed packed with entertainment…and you never know, you could just run into a few celebs on the way to the bathroom!