The Bessie Smith Heritage Festival will be held May 22 & 23 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bessie Smith Hall will be a night of outstanding entertainment. The show begins with Ogya World Music Band performing and getting everyone on their feet and dancing. OGYA (pronounced O-jah and means FIRE) brings hot, sultry rhythms of West Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas with high-energy original compositions. Headlining the show that night will be Toia Jones and her band LyriQ. Toia, who most recently was on The Voice 2014, has done shows with R&B great Fantasia, entertained audiences alongside Blues artist Peggy Scott-Adams, currently tours and is featured with Southern Soul artist Bigg Robb, and is soon to opening for the Legendary Diva herself, Ms. Chaka Khan. But it’s when she’s with her band LyriQ that her versatility soars. She’s a movement all by herself but a force when her band is behind her. She mixes various genres of music to form her own unique style. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center or by phone at (423) 266-8658.