Auntie Karen Foundation Celebrates its 18th Legends of Concert

“Empowering, Enlightening & Educating through the Arts”

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(Columbia, SC) – The Auntie Karen Foundation will showcase its 18th Legends of Concert on Friday, February 25, 2022, at the Koger Center for the Arts. The Legends of…2022 Concert will feature Grammy-nominated recording artist Jeffrey Osborne and 5 time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway.

The Auntie Karen Foundation created the Legends of…series to pay tribute to the contributions African American music has made to history and is returning after a one year hiatus. Each year during Black History Month, the series profiles a jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel or blues artist who has made significant contributions to the history of music.

The Legends of…Concert series serves as the signature fundraiser for the Auntie Karen Foundation, which strives to keep the legacy of African-American music alive.  For the third year, the series will feature an International Grammy-winning artist.  The inaugural concert In 2004 featured Roberta Flack followed by Dianne Reeves in 2005,  Al Jarreau (2006), Patti Austin (2007), Joe Sample & Take 6 (2008), George Duke & Rachelle Ferrell (2009), Ashford & Simpson (2010), Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (2011), Ramsey Lewis (2012), Patti Austin (2012) Gladys Knight (2013), “A Tribute To George Duke” featuring Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway and Jonathan Butler (2014), Chaka Khan (2015),  Al Jarreau (2016) and Sheila E. with Morris Day,  The Isley Brothers (2019), Peabo Bryson and Stephanie Mills (2020) and Vanessa Williams (2021).

The Auntie Karen Foundation is a global, non-profit 501(c)3 charitable corporation in the state of South Carolina. The foundation’s mission is to create and implement a series of reproducible community outreach programs designed to empower, enlighten and educate through the arts. These programs include: Artpreneur/Technopreneur classes, an annual Young Entrepreneur Conference, and Hugs from Carolina, a partnership with City Lights featuring Auntie Karen’s International Character, Olivia the Octopus.

Tickets prices range from $67-$127  [ticket prices include $2 Koger Center Restoration Fee]. Special pricing is available at the box office only for AARP members and students with valid student ID.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling (803) 251-2222. VIP orchestra level tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at Online credit card payments on the AKF website incur a processing fee (2.9% + $0.30 USD). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To learn more about the Auntie Karen Foundation and for Sponsorship opportunities and tickets visit

Sponsorship opportunities: Karen Alexander at (803) 748-7124 or

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