Harlem Meer Performance Festival: The Chris Black Experience

July 30, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm  

R&B/Soul – The Chris Black Experience combines instrumental and vocal soul, jazz, and funk. They’ve worked with industry greats in every genre of music, from Regina Belle to Les McCann.


Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

110th Street and Lenox Avenue
New York NY 10079 US


Movie Night at the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum

July 27, 2017 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Who you gonna call? Celebrating the totally awesome 80’s in film, come enjoy an evening film on the grounds of the Mansion. Free and open to the public!

Cost: FREE

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace btwn 160th and 162nd and Edgecombe Avenue
New York NY 10032 US


Summer Of Music: We Like It Like That Screening

July 17, 2017 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Summer of Music: We Like it Like That – The Story of Latin Boogaloo

7:00pm – Tribute by DJ Laylo will be spinning Latin Boogaloo, Afro-Cuban and Latin Soul, Salsa and Fania Records.

8:30pm – “We Like It Like That” (film) – Mathew Ramirez Warren, 2015, 81 min

Boogaloo is a vibrant sound that originated on the streets of New York in the 1950s and ’60s. This fascinating piece of musical history is told through rare concert footage and visits to the old neighborhood with living legends Johnny Colon, Bobby Marin, and Joe Bataan.

St. Nicholas Park at 135th St. Plaza & St. Nicholas Ave. Lawn chairs permitted. Rain Location: Maysles Cinema, 348 Lenox Avenue between 127th and 128th Streets.

St. Nicholas Park
St. Nicholas Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY US


Twelfth Night

Bryant Park - Upper Terrace

July 28–30, 2017 | Friday and Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 3 PM

All is not what it seems in this cross-dressing comedy. Lost travelers Viola and brother Sebastian chaotically search for each other after ending up ashore with hilarious results.

Cost: FREE

Bryant Park

41 West 40th Street

New York, NY 10018

Website/More Info: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/all-the-great-and-free-performances-coming-to-bryant-park-this-summer-041817?cid=eml~US_NYC~NL~1401104390~~Title~


Jazzmobile – Antonio Hart

July 19, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Antonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalist of his generation. In recent years he has been recognized as an important jazz educator. In his 20 years as a professional musician, he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, and McCoy Tyner to Dave Holland. Hart’s study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician. Because of the lessons learned at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hart really thought it was important to have a balance between music and academia, so in his sophomore year, he became a Music Education Major. He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove’s first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He even used Hargrove on his first recording “For the First Time”.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Hart also worked on a Master’s Degree at Queens College. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Hart felt blessed and honored when Mr. Heath produced his second recording “Don’t You Know I Care.” His 1997 release, ‘Here I Stand’ Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo’ He has also been in much demand as a guest on over 100 recordings, and seven CDs as a leader. The latest, ‘All we Need’ Chiaroscuro Records. After 12 years at Queens College Hart was promoted to Full Professor. Hart also maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He feels very blessed to have the balance of teaching, as well as, traveling around the world. In his off time, he practices martial arts, and listens to other styles of music for inspiration. Hart is constantly trying to honor his many teachers by continuing to study music and teach to the best of his ability.

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Ola Fresca

July 23, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm  

Tropical Latin Salsa – Ola Fresca brings a Latin sound directly from Brooklyn. The band weaves musical bridges connecting Cuban son, salsa, timba, and funk.


Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

110th Street and Lenox Avenue
New York NY 10079 US


SummerStage: Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore

SummerStage - Vivian Green - June 29 2017

June 29, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

R&B chanteuse and balladeer, Vivian Green delivers feel good upbeat music with GrandWizzard Theodore,  DJ pioneer & inventor of the scratch. There will also be a 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy.

Vivian Green

The musically intrepid and fearless Vivian Green has long been known as a “balladeer,” a soulful, satin-voiced crooner with potent delivery. Her latest album, Vivid, is celebration of her talents, but is notably different than her other efforts. According to Green, it’s “fresh, spirited…sassy and funny at times.” The breakout single “Get Right Back to My Baby” is a playful track that compels you to dance with her siren-like, beckoning call. The Philadelphia born & bred Green grew up in a musically alive home, spurring her appetite for the art. As a teenager she already had a major professional credit to her name, as a co-writer with hometown heroes Boyz II Men. Lighting up jazz clubs throughout Philly, Green would eventually release “Emotional Roller Coaster” and a star was firmly born. Illuminating the silver screen in the Oscar nominated biopic De Lovely as a jazz singer, Green dazzles with her beauty, and advocating for children with special needs, she shines with her heart.

Music With A Message

Music With A Message (MWAM) is more than just music… MWAM captivates people of all ages by delivering powerful messages through soulful renditions of classical songs and innovative original compositions that raise awareness, encourage action and leave audiences inspired. This group is comprised of youth ranging from ages 6-21. This high-energy ensemble has entertained the masses at Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Great Adventures, Hershey Park, Apollo theater and many other venues. Under the leadership of Bervin Harris, accomplished musician and the director and CEO of Renaissance Youth Center, MWAM highlights the center’s dedication to musical expression, education and social and political change by performing for accomplished elected officials including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mayor Bill De Blasio, and United State Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

GrandWizzard Theodore

Needle drops, scratching, and whole bag of previously unheard of deejay tricks: all were developed and perfected by Theodore Livingston. This Bronx native is indeed the sole creator of the vinyl manipulation technique known as ‘scratching,’ the quintessential, original component of deejay expression. Since he debuted this ubiquitously imitated practice, GWT has been regarded as a premier innovator in the hip hop space. His first group, Grandwizard Theodore & the Fantastic Five, are one of the original old-school hip hop ensembles. They released the indomitably funky single “Can I Get a Soul Clap” in 1982, and were soon after featured in the first ever hip hop DJ film, Wild Style, and subsequently the doc Scratch, where Theodore elucidates the origins of his signature move. His track “Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie” contains the line ‘Say turn it up,’ which has become one of the most well-known and sampled phrases in hip hop culture. Playing at shows all over the world, GWT has deejayed for Kurtis Blow, Roxanne Shante, Mele Mel, KRS-One and many more. He now teaches classes on the history of hip hop, and is represented on the small screen in the current Netflix hit The Get Down. 6pm workshop / 7pm show.

Cost: FREE.

Betsy Head Park

865 Thomas S Boyland Street
Brooklyn NY 11212

Website/More Info: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/vivian-green-music-message-grandwizzard-theodore/


KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout

SummerStage - KRS-One - DJ Chuck Chillout

June 25, 2017 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

KRS-One, the Teacher showcases his signature lyrical skill & messages that have made him a legend featuring a 4pm pre-show dance workshop with KwikStep.

KRS-One – A recipient of the Living Legend Award by Urban Music and a Lifetime Achievement Award by BET Hip Hop, KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) is one of the most influential, definitive figures in rap. Born Lawrence Parker in the Bronx, he made his first impressions on the music scene in the 80’s as a charter member of Boogie Down Productions, which he started with DJ Scott La Rock. Their widely successful debut Criminal Minded rang with a powerful, unforgiving sound unlike any heard before, mixing lyrical finesse with imperative messages. By the 90’s, KRS-One was releasing albums under his own name, to much acclaim. His first solo record Return of the Boom Bap contained the track “Sound of da Police,” a catchy, booming anthem. His self-titled follow-up took things further in a political direction, with the song “Free Mumia,” raising heady, probing questions among many in the rap community. He would crank out nine more solo efforts and six collaborative albums before the thunderous Now Hear This dropped in 2015. From early on, he has been a fervent activist, as evidenced by his Stop the Violence project, which he founded and continues to run, and his vocal support of veganism.

DJ Chuck Chillout – Few disc jockeys are as chill as Charles Turner, who adopted the moniker, Chuck Chillout right around the time that a burgeoning new art form known as “hip hop” was developing. He rose to prominence (alongside hip hop initiators Run-D.M.C., Slick Rick and Salt-N-Pepa) as a DJ and producer on NYC’s hit radio station 98.7 KISS FM in the ‘80s. He released a record with emcee Kool Chip named Masters of the Rhythm, an essential hip hop mix, featuring the smash “I’m Large.” Turner would make the transition to ‘on-camera’ as a breakout VJ star on the hugely popular hip hop TV show Video Music Box. In 1995 Chuck became one of the first ever deejays to play hip hop in Japan, which led to a surge in popularity of the art form in that country. On hip hop, Chillout quipped “Japanese people were totally into the culture.” After many years spinning around the globe, with performances at the Essence Music Festival and beyond, DJ Chuck circled back to his origins in 2009 and rejoined the thriving KISS FM team.

Cost: FREE

Coffey Park

85 Richards Street at Verona St. btwn Richards St. and Dwight St.
Brooklyn NY 11231

Website/More Info: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/krs-one-dj-chuck-chillout/

SummerStage: Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rythm Revue

SummerStage - Rare Essence - DJ Kool and Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue - 6 28 2017

June 28, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Patriarchs of Go-go music move crowds with the help of DC’s own Let Me Clear My Throat MC

Rare Essence

If you’re not familiar with “Go-Go,” you’re in for a rare treat. Rare Essence is the nation’s capital’s #1 Go-Go band, with a sprawling 40+ year legacy. Go-Go’s fundamentals include a linking of various songs, over a confluence of percussion styles and formats from all over the planet. Signature Go-Go sounds include congas, cowbells and timbales, all peppered with ecstatic audience participation segments. The Rare Essence squad was assembled in the 1970’s, under the tutelage of the dearly departed Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. The group soon evolved into the leading Go-Go act in the D.C. area, eventually teaming up with the hottest names in hip-hop and soul, including Run DMC, LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Redman, Method Man, KRS-One and a seemingly endless host of rap royalty. The choruses of their timeless hits “Lock It,” “One On One,” “Hey Buddy Buddy,” and “Overnight Scenario” can be heard exuberantly sung by eager audiences, at each and every one of their shows. In 2016, Rare Essence received a tremendous honor, as the tenured troupe of industrious performers were inducted into the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue

Brooklyn resident Felix Hernandez is a college radio-show host turned all-star DJ event and mega concert producer. He launched his career while still at school in the 80’s, with the creation of an independently produced radio series named BluesStage, which was so wildly popular, that NPR picked it up for a six-year run, with a whopping 200+ station distribution. The show gave a platform for both established and nascent R&B and rock artists to deliver live performances, to an ever-widening fan base. By 1986, Felix had carved out such a name for himself in the business, that he was invited to join WBGO in developing the now-famous classic soul & dance program Rhythm Revue. As the show took off to stratospheric heights, it would go on to air on New York’s WBLS, WRKS (“Kiss-FM”), WTJM (Jammin’ 105) and Sirius/XM. Rhythm Revue would metamorphose into a legendary live dance party, held at some of NYC’s most notable clubs. Now an indelible name in the world of party-throwing and concert crafting, Hernandez continues to coordinate acts that light up NYC’s premiere stages, and personally DJ some of the most exalted fests in the metropolitan area.

Cost: FREE

Betsy Head Park

865 Thomas S. Boyland Street

Brooklyn, NY 11212

Website/More Info: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/rare-essence-special-guest-dj-kool-felix-hernandez-rythm-revue/

SummerStage: Digable Planet (workshop and concert)

SummerStage - DIGABLEPLANETS - June 21 2017 - Coffey Park Bklyn NY

June 21, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The poetic hip-hop trio are still cool like dat featuring 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy

Digable Planets – The dynamic, insect-designated crew (Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira, Craig “Doodlebug” Irving and Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler) is back, bringing along groundbreaking hip-hop, soul and jazz fusion. This smooth trio of lyrical wordsmiths hit the scene in ’93 with their sleek mega-hit “Rebirth of Slick” (instantly recognizable by the ubiquitous refrain ‘Cool Like Dat’). This unanimously treasured track, off their debut record A New Refutation of Time and Space, helped bridge hip-hop to a broader listening base. Their second album, Blowout Comb, continued right where they left off; still rife with African American cultural riches and street ethos, but now heightening the game with live instrumentation and more profound political messaging. After that, each member steered their musical journey in different directions with successful solo projects, but they thankfully (even if briefly) reunited in 2005, 2011 and now, once again. 6pm workshop / 7pm show.

Cost: FREE

Coffey Park

85 Richards St at Verona St. btwn Richards St. and Dwight St.

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Website/More Info: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/digable-planets/