Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

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Tuesday, January 16
9:30 a.m.
Meet at City Hall, 8401 W. Monroe St.

Join community members for a short walk from City Hall to Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Ave.
Guest speakers after the walk.



Free Lawn Concert Featuring


 Tuesday, January 16
Gates open at 6 p.m.
Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Ave.

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the city of Peoria is bringing Alex Boyé to the Centennial Plaza stage.

Food available for purchase.

YouTube's 2014 Cover Artist of the Year, Alex Boye’ is known for his dynamic African-infused songs and named 2017 Artist of the Year and grand prize winner in a music contest sponsored by Pepsi & Hard Rock Cafe, he will be performing a half-time show for NFL's Monday Night Football this December in Miami.

He is a uniquely versatile artist with a style that appeals to all ages.  He has shared the stage with many notable artists including, Jay-Z, Tim McGraw, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, The Beach Boys, and opened for Olivia Newton John at the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall, fulfilling a life-time dream.  As an innovative YouTube artist, Mr. Boye’s unique and creative videos have been featured on Good Morning AmericaJimmy Kimmel Live!, and several Internet outlets.

Of Nigerian descent, Alex Boyé was raised in London, and upon suggestion of his several remarkable viral videos, film appearances, and solo performances led to his unforgettable first audition on NBC’s America’s Got Talent where judge Howie Mandel stated, “In my six years here, this is my favorite music act ever—it really is!”

Embracing his rich heritage after years of successful recordings as a gospel artist, the charismatic, London born, U.S. based vocal powerhouse is having a breakthrough year as a mainstream pop artist, scoring over 63 million views for “Let It Go” and another 35 million views for “Peponi,” the “Africanized” version of Coldplay’s “Paradise” with ThePianoGuys; and most recently with the runaway viral hit cover of Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” which has garnered over 3 million views in just 5 days. In addition to that, Alex recently made his debut at the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall, opening for Olivia Newton John, and realizing a childhood dream.  

“Both of my parents were born in Nigeria, and I lived there for several years of my early childhood,” says Boye. “But even with that strong Nigerian background, I never focused on the African culture in any of my music before. As a singer and artist, I’ve always been this British guy who has lived in the U.S., recently became a citizen and so in essence I’m also African American. For years, my mother urged me to put some African influence into my music, but I kept insisting that it wasn’t a commercially viable genre.

“I’ve done everything else—jazz, pop, hip hop, gospel, heavy metal, even emo—and then I got a phone call from ThePianoGuys wanting me to be in their video singing Swahili,” he adds. “The resulting success of the ‘Peponi’ video had been the biggest response to any of the music I had ever done up to that point, and it’s exciting to see so many people responding to pop with an African twist. I’m humbled by this opportunity to expand my musical scope and reach so many people who are enthusiastic about my new journey.” The success spawned by that single video has since been eclipsed by the release of “Let It Go,” among others

Boye’s original musical journey began during his early years in the Tottenham neighborhood, where he was influenced in his teen years by Motown (particularly Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye) and other soul greats like James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Otis Redding. He launched his professional career in 1995 as the lead singer of the European boy band Awesome. The band performed at local dances and other small venues until 1996 when they won a vocal competition on Capitol Radio, London’s largest radio station. Awesome signed to Universal Records Europe and released three singles from their debut album Rumors which made the Top Ten on various pop charts throughout Europe. Selling over half a million CDs, they performed shows alongside numerous superstars, including Bryan Adams, The Backstreet Boys, George Michael, Simon and Garfunkel and MC Hammer.

“What I’m doing now is taking those big arena type songs I sang with Awesome and mixing them with the joyful vibe of African music. The ultimate goal is to make people feel good and give them a few moments of uplift, which as I’ve discovered over the years, can have transforming and even lifesaving potential. I’m glad I finally listened to my mom, and it feels good to be home.”   

Check out Alex's top 10 videos:


Bill Moss, Special Events Supervisor
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Tonia Edmundson, Special Events Coordinator
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