Grammy-award winning rap superstar T.I. took the stage Thursday at the Savannah Civic Center as the headlining act for the America's Heroes Celebration.
The concert, billed as a salute to the troops and a benefit concert for all branches of our local military community, included performances from Grammy award-winning singer and actor Ashanti and Grammy award-winning rapper and actor Eve.
One lucky local rapper, Chris "Kidd Salt" Morton, won the coveted spot to open the star-studded event.
Concert sponsors and local hip-hop and R&B radio station, E93 FM, held a contest on Aug. 6 to find the opening act for the T.I. concert, and Kidd Salt won the chance of a lifetime with his song "Go Turkey" which he performed at the concert along with his jam "I Like That."WATCH: Actress and rapper eve discusses her day in Savannah:
An Army Reservist from Fairfax, S.C., Salt was the perfect fit for the rap concert/military tribute show.
"I've been a rapper for 10 years," Salt said. "It means a lot to me to get this chance. I've never been afraid of the spotlight. I've been working and working so hard for the past 10 years and it's great for me to have people notice my talent and to be able to show more than just Savannah what I can do."
Movie producer Ryan Combs ("Wrath of Caine," "Caged Animals," "Mafia") from Spotlight Entertainment Group was also on hand at the concert to film the event for a portion of a documentary-type film he is producing that focuses on our local military and their families. Combs plans to spend three weeks in the Savannah area filming the celebrity appearances, concerts and family friendly events.
He also said he anticipates his film to be sold to a larger distribution company and will most likely make its way to a television network for a salute-to-the-troops type production.
The T.I. and Friends concert is part of the America's Heroes Celebration which aims to salute all the heroes of the military including the spouses, children, grandparents, family, friends and the community.
The America's Heroes Celebration will continue today with the 3rd Brigade Support Battalion's all ranks ball at the Hyatt Regency featuring actor Keith David ("Platoon," "ATL," "Crash," "Armageddon") as the guest speaker and actor Michelle Rodriguez ("Fast & Furious," "Lost") as guest DJ. The event will move down to Jekyll Island on Saturday and Sunday for a beach party (free to military) and concert featuring Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean Torrence, and the Surf City All-Stars. The weekend celebration will end with a concert by country music superstars Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon.
Click here for more information on the event at Jekyll Island.
All proceeds from the events and Combs' film will be distributed to the local military bases.