Rob Base, half of a hip-hop duo from Harlem, N.Y., with DJ E-Z Rock in the late 1980s, will perform during ArenaBowl XXXI’s halftime show, midway through the battle between the Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor on Saturday night.
Base is best known for his hit “It Takes Two,” which earned its rise in 1988 on club dance floors and rode its success into the 1990s, helping influence the rise of house hip-hop. The song, as well as its corresponding album, went platinum, and both Base and E-Z Rock won the Single of the Year award by Spin magazine.
Base also performed at the 2017 NBA Finals.
Grammy-nominated neo-soul artist and Washington, D.C., native Carolyn Malachi is slated to sing the national anthem before the game at Royal Farms Arena.
Fans are also encouraged to arrive early to the game to partake in a litany of other activities before the 7 p.m. kickoff. Face-painting and poster-making stations, as well as a photo booth and balloon artists will line the concourse for children, and for people 21 and older, the Bud Light Fan Zone will serve as in-game tailgating, providing up-close views of the championship game with drinks in hand.
During the game, there will be a dog race between “Barkvell Nelson” and Randy “Yippeard” to predict the outcome of the actual game, as well as performances by the Charm City Kids and professional Simon Says caller Steve Max, who has conducted his game of “Simon Sez” for the NBA and NCAA.