The Confluence Music Festival will take place from June 2-4, 2023, at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison as part of the Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented by TicketSmarter race weekend.
Dierks Bentley, a 14-time Grammy nominee, will headline this year’s event, performing a full set on his only visit to St. Louis.
On Tuesday, officials from the festival announced that he would be joined by five-time Grammy nominee Flo Rida, whose 2007 breakthrough single “Low” spent more than ten weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained in the Top 10 for 20 weeks.
The 43-year-old rapper, singer, and composer has sold over 80 million records, making him one of the best-selling musicians. Among his most popular songs are “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me,” “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones,” and “My House.”
Curtis Francois, Owner and CEO of World Wide Technology Raceway, expressed excitement at the prospect of providing racing fans with an exceptional second-year experience as they return to the track.
He stated that there is much to celebrate and that live music entertainment is an important component of its strategy to attract and delight Enjoy Illinois 300 guests.
More Confluence Music Festival performers were announced on Tuesday, with the full list available here.
Flo Rida has had a very successful year.
In January, the rapper won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Celsius, an American energy drink brand.
Flo Rida and his company, Strong Arm Productions, filed the initial action against Celsius in early 2021, alleging breach of contract and unpaid remuneration for an endorsement deal inked with the musician in 2014 and renewed in 2016.
A Florida jury awarded Flo Rida (Tramar Dillard) $82.6 million in damages this week, according to the Law & Crime Network, on January 18th.
Flo Rida, the world-famous rapper and singer, recently visited the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus to speak with students about his career.
The discussion was facilitated by Miami Circuit Court Judge Ellen Sue Venzer as part of the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Judge-in-Residence program.
Through seminar-style courses, University-wide lectures, and structured conversations with famous professionals, the program aims to demonstrate how the United States legal system affects our lives, jobs, and ideals and prepare students for active citizenship.
Venzer enquired about Flo Rida’s experiences with racial identity and implicit bias in the music industry and her South Florida neighborhood during the discussion. He responded that his upbringing in Miami was extremely diverse but had no effect on him because diversity was accepted.
Venzer also asked about the rapper’s childhood and when he “didn’t feel seen” by others.
Flo Rida recalls being a shy seventh-grade student in speech and debate. Despite his reserved demeanor, he was a vocal and involved student. The instructor encouraged him to give up basketball and join the speech and debate team. This change, he claimed, helped him come out of his shell.
The local celebrity thanked his speech and debate instructor for instilling confidence in him and making him feel valued at such a young age.
Following the formal debate, students could ask the rapper questions. There were concerns about mental health and whether record labels encourage social change. Flo Rida stated that he prioritizes his mental health by exercising discipline and reading.
In response to a question, Flo Rida discussed how record labels could do more to support social change and diversity. The musician emphasized that it is an exciting time in the music industry because everyone has a platform, allowing for collaboration and creating synergy, which makes social change and diversity more effective.
Flo Rida has frequently emphasized the importance of his mother in his upbringing and the formation of his principles. She instilled in him at a young age the importance of “treasuring each moment because it can be taken away at any time.”