By: Tony McCray
The 2015 Million $$$$$ Birthday Bash on Saturday, December 5th at the Event Center at 3201 Navy Blvd. by C.C. Biggs Productions was a standing room only huge success. The Southern Soul music promoter sponsored his 8th Annual Christmas Party in 2015, 2016 and already included the celebration of his birthday and that of his wife Joann (Baby Jo) Biggs who shares the spotlight at these and other events. An example of how C.C. shares his birthday celebrations with others is depicted in the following comment he made to the Gulf Coast Voice after his 2015 Birthday Bash: Biggs said, “I invited Jackie Broughton, Bo Gables, and Tony McCray to also celebrate their December birthdays along with me. I provided special seating and birthday souvenirs for my birthday guests that added nothing but class to the event”!
The 2016 Christmas event was a “White Party” with Lebrado the Southern Soul performer as the entertainment and 2017 has already been kicked off with the February 4th party with Big Yayo and Lacee. There is always enough class to be shared with all of the standing-room-only crowd as Joanne Biggs, the wife of C.C. Biggs, utilizes her interior decorating talent to transform every party and event at the Event Center on Navy Blvd into a classy party venue like 5th Avenue in New York City. In addition, the production company is partners with Pensacola Caring Hearts and every year sponsors a huge food giveaway in the Veteran Post #193 parking lot on 12th Avenue and Fisher Street.
C.C. Biggs decided to sit down for an exclusive interview with the Gulf Coast Voice to share some of his real life experiences like the night club that his family owned in Moss Point, Mississippi in the early 1950”s. This night club was inspired by the Cotton Club in Harlem. Before that major event in his life he remembers his mother having his father build a community teen center on their property. Born in 1957, Biggs grew up around the Commodores, O.V. Wright, Eddie Floyd, Major Lance, and Ray Charles, which all helped to shape his entrepreneurial pursuits. These were celebrations which included Southern Soul music, live Southern Soul star-studded performances, great food, in an exquisite interior designed party atmosphere. In fact, Biggs has begun to expand his marketing of the celebration from Southern Soul fans and music industry professionals to local community organizations, business owners, civil rights organizations, and grassroots political organizers.
Biggs exclaimed last year that, “2016 is a crucial year for our Black Community to network with one another and we are using our celebration to bring people together for a good time”. Ms. Fannie Finkley, the Founder and President of Pensacola Caring Hearts partners with C.C. Biggs Productions on food giveaways. In a continuation of the exclusive interview with the Gulf Coast Voice, Biggs stated, “I am so grateful to the Pensacola and Escambia County community for the support they have shown my production company that I wanted to continuously collaborate with Ms. Finkley and show my appreciation by sponsoring trucks of food for the community, and at the same time give thanks to the Lord for blessing me”. Pensacola Caring Hearts provides boxes of food including meats, fruits, canned goods, loaves of bread, and dozens of eggs, fruit juices, cookies, and much more. Ms. Finkley commented for this article that, “We try our best to make sure that no family or children go hungry in Escambia or Santa Rosa County.
Biggs held his first Christmas Celebration Party in 2007 at Grotto Hall with the act T.K. Soul. He said that he is thankful for his crew of ten loyal supporters that have been a part of the production company since he launched in 2007. He is especially thankful for the support and expertise of his wife Joann who serves as the production company’s event designer and decorator.
C.C. and Joann attracted visitors from around the Gulf Coast region to participate in a social and business networking event at their Third Annual Cookout Celebration in May 2016 at their home on East Leonard St. The production company’s couple also assisted the Gulf Coast Voice (The Pensacola Voice) with its 50th Anniversary Celebration during the summer of 2015. Biggs shared with the Voice that his company is preparing for a huge 2017 Mardi Gras Celebration with a chartered bus on Fat Tuesday March 4th! For more information on these and many other events planned by C.C. Biggs Productions call (850) 512-8981.