by Glenn Bermejo
IBU (Inspired By U), Chicago’s multi-awarded R&B/Pop group will return to U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday, September 11, 2011, to join the White Sox in honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. This will be the group’s sixteenth time to perform the National Anthem and fourth time to sing “God Bless America” at the field.
The group performed at eight games in 2005 including one League Division Series game against the Boston Red Sox. The White Sox won the World Series in 2005. Consequently, IBU performed at three more games in 2006, once in 2007, 2009, and 2010. The group was absent from the field in 2008 when they took a self-imposed hiatus to record their 2nd album.
“It’s always exciting to perform in front of a crowd as big as the US Cellular field (which has a capacity of 40,615). At one time, they had a jet fly over as we finished the National Anthem, and another time the Navy Seals carrying flags including the American flag parachuted into the field while we were singing. At our second performance in 2005, right after we sang the National Anthem, a UPS truck drove around the field and stopped where we were and delivered a package. In it was a baseball. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen approached us and signed the ball. We still have it. We even have a legacy brick bearing our name at the Diamond Plaza, in the main entrance (Gate 4). We are honored to be back for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. It should be exciting.”
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