Put on your parachute pants and get ready to travel back to the glory days of the 1990’s as MC Hammer (who became simply Hammer for a while) will bring his talents to Toad Suck Daze this year. Hammer will be the headlining artist Saturday, May 3, and major country act Sawyer Brown will take the stage Friday, May 2, it was announced at the Conway Chamber Annual Meeting Thursday night.
MC Hammer synthesized the street sounds of African-American and pop culture, earning the respect of his community and creating a global phenomenon. His album, “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” sold more than 20 million copies, and his hit single from the album, “U Can’t Touch This,” was No. 1 on the Billboard Music charts for a record-breaking 23 weeks.
In 1993, “Too Legit to Quit” was released, featuring the triple platinum single and soundtrack hit “Addams Groove” and the explosive selling title track. Media Exposure blossomed with a U.S. television adventure cartoon hero named “Hammerman” and a Mattel Hammer doll. Hammer pants, dance moves, glasses and haircut became pop culture staples.
MC Hammer has won three Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, Image Award and the prestigious Billboard “Diamond Award.”
Sawyer Brown has been cranking out country hits for more than 30 years, releasing 20 studio albums that included three No. 1 singles and more than 50 that entered the Billboard Country charts.
The band was awarded the Music City News Country Music Award for Vocal Band of the Year six years in a row in the mid-90’s. They also received the same award from the CMT Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Sawyer Brown will be joined by special guest Mac Powell, part of the Grammy Award-winning band Third Day. Though Third Day continues to go strong with a new release slated for later this year, Powell has put together a collection of country songs that reach back into the musical influences of his childhood. The rootsy collection of foot-stompin’, hand clappin’ country tunes is a way for Powell to pay tribute to his early musical inspirations while showcasing some music with a bit more levity than Christian music affords.
All entertainment will take place on the McDonald/Crain Kia Main Stage in Simon Park and is presented by: Acxiom Corporation, Conway CVB, Crafton Tull, and Southwestern Energy. More information about Toad Suck Daze will come in the next few weeks.