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Flo Rida to headline Hammond's Festival of the Lakes

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Flo Rida to headline Hammond's Festival of the Lakes

Flo Rida, seen here performing on the today show, will headline Hammond's Festival of the Lakes.

You might get a good feeling to find out rap star Flo Rida is going to headline one night of Festival of the Lakes, Hammond's popular summer festival at Wolf Lake.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott‏ announced on Facebook and Twitter Flo Rida and Chicago rap star Twista would perform at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake on Saturday, July 22. 

The popular Florida-based rapper Flo Rida, whose name is derived from his home state, has repeatedly charted on the U.S. Billboard 200, reaching as high as No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He's collaborated with a slew of big-name musicians, including T-Pain, Timbaland, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Akon, Gucci Mane, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and Nelly Furtado. He's known for hits like "Whistle," "Good Feeling," "Club Can't Handle Me," "Low," "Wild Ones," "My House" and "Cake."

"People who know live music know that Flo Rida is an awesome performer, as well as a monster on the hip hop/rap scene," McDermott said on Faceook. 

His often poppy, upbeat, danceable music has been featured in movies like "Step Up 2: The Streets," shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "America's Got Talent" and high-profile events like WrestleMania.

Also playing that night will be Chicago rapper Twista, who's best known for the hit "Slow Jamz" and was once named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest rapper in the world.

"Opening up for Flo Rida on Saturday night will be the World's Fastest Rapper, Chicago's very own, Twista," McDermott wrote on Facebook. "He will be playing his second show in Hammond within the past year, following his hugely successful 2016 concert at the Hammond Civic Center."

Festival of the Lakes, which started as AugustFest in 1984, is a popular five-day festival celebrating Lake Michigan, Wolf Lake and George Lake that draws more than 50,000 attendees annually. It's filled with carnival rides, grilled foods, fishing derbies and free concerts. 

Typically, it has themed nights that showcase rap, rock, country and Latin music. Festival of the Lakes has brought in musicians like Ludacris, L.L. Cool J, Blues Traveler, BOSTON, The Charlie Daniels Band, Alien Ant Farm and Boyz II Men to play free shows, though parking has cost $20 to $25.

More details about the 2017 Festival of the Lakes are expected to be announced when the 2017 website is launched in a few days at festivalofthelakes.com

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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