2010 Honda Battle of the Bands Is Hottest Ticket in Atlanta

1769219RM180_loveA Hip-Hop Icon, 1,800 student musicians, an aspiring vocalist and more than 60,000 fans will converge in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, January 30, 2010, to celebrate music, community and creative expression at the world’s largest and best-known marching band showdown – the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.

The Invitational Showcase Line-Up

This year’s dynamic three-hour show kicks-off promptly at 3 p.m. on Jan. 30, and features a special guest performance by “Ludacris,” along with performances from the country’s top eight Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Marching Bands. Atlanta’s own Clark Atlanta University opens the show and leads the “great eight” band performances in the following order:

  1. Clark Atlanta University “Mighty Marching Panthers”
  2. Virginia State University “Trojan Explosion Marching Band”
  3. North Carolina Central University “Marching Sound Machine”
  4. Prairie View A&M University “Marching Storm”
  5. Southern University “Human Jukebox Marching Band”
  6. Albany State University “Marching Rams”
  7. Tuskegee University “Marching Crimson Pipers”
  8. Florida A&M University “Marching 100”

Atlanta’s Own Ludacris to Perform

Hip-hop music icon and actor, Ludacris, will be on hand as a special guest performer. The Atlanta native is best known for his extensive musical library and performances in the Oscar-winning film Crash, and the Academy Award-nominated film, Hustle & Flow.

Pictured: The Clark Atlanta University Marching Panthers drumline performs on stage at the Jordan Presents LOVE: In Concert in Atlanta at the AmericasMart (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images).