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Greetings! The summer of 2014 is going out with a musical bang. Whether you are from the Big Apple, the tristate area or in from out of town, this month’s events remind us why the great Duke Ellington once remarked, “After New York, there are no cities.”
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.
The world premier of “Angela’s Justice,” an adaptation of “Antigone” and an homage to Angela Davis. Set in a fictitious place in 1970, Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. Aug.17-Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets. Call 212- 254-1109.
“Smooth Cruises” sails into a new night with Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, with special guests Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, Aug. 14; Rachelle Farrell Aug. 21; and Boney James Aug. 28. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The “Hornblower Infinity” departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street and West Side Highway. Visit marqueeconcerts.com.
The Blue Note presents Earl Klugh, now through Aug. 17. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.
“Unforgettable Dinah,” a celebration of Dinah Washington, starring Denise Perrier Quintet with Houston Person, now through Sunday, Aug. 17 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, fifth floor, Broadway and 60th Street. For reservations, call 212-258-9595 or visit jalc.org.
The Martin Luther King Concert Series presents “Gospel Night” Aug. 18 with Tamela Mann and the Christian Cultural Center Choir.
“Jazzmobile at 50” presents the Danny Mixon Quartet, Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m., City College Plaza at 136th Street. Coming Monday, Aug. 18, it’s Arturo O’Farrill at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Winard Harper and Jeli Posse in Campbell Park in Cambria Heights Tuesday, Aug. 19. The vendor bazaar opens at 5 p.m. with music 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free concerts featuring Jimmy Heath and Jimmy Pelt return to Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Drive and 122nd Street. “Summerfest 50” is dedicated to Dr. Billy Taylor. For more schedule information and details, visit jazzmobile.org.
City Winery presents the Aaron Neville Duo Aug. 17. City Winery is located at 155 Varick St. Call 212-608-0555 or visit citywinery.com.
The world famous Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night” celebrates “Harlem Week 2014” with the Harlem School of the Arts Jazz Quartet Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 W. 125th St. in Harlem. Call 212-531-5300 or visit apollotheater.org.
Grammy Award winning, pioneering Black rock band Living Colour rocks the New Jersey Performing Art’s Center Prudential Hall, Thursday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., reuniting for a sizzling, free outdoor concert in Theatre Square, One Center St., Newark, N.J. Call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.
The legendary “King of Reggae Lovers Rock” Beres Hammond at the Best Buy Theater, Friday, Aug. 22. Call 718)282-8041 or visit:ticketmaster.com.
The amazing Chaka Khan, featuring 10 stacks of the Sting International Thunder Sound System, Saturday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m at the Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The legendary Isley Bros, featuring Ronnie Isley, at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Conn., Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Funkmaster Larry Graham, legendary bassist of Sly and the Family Stone, is back at B.B. King Blues Club Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. Call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkings blues.com.
Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell, now through August 2014. Visit BRICartsmedia.org or celebratebrooklyn.org for a full schedule of all featured events.
The latest film treatment of the story of “The Godfather of Soul,” “Get on Up,” featuring the music of James Brown, is now playing at select theaters. Check your local listings.
“Finding Fela!,” the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the father of Afrobeat, is now playing at the IFC Center. Visit felaonbroadway.com for more information.
Join master communicator-activist Bob Law for “Night Talk Live” Thursday, Aug. 21 at Mist in Harlem, 46 W. 116th St. (between Malcolm X Boulevard and Fifth Avenue). Guests include New York journalists, attorneys, community activists and police organizations. For information, call 646-688-5886.
Harlem Week in August salutes the 40th anniversary of Harlem Week with “Summer in the City,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” ”Harlem Day” and, Saturday, Aug. 23, the Percy Sutton 5K Run and the “New York City Walk to Salute the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill.” The walk and run Saturday morning will precede and set the stage for the Saturday afternoon “Staten Island March for Justice” (see below). For the full Harlem Week schedule and more details, visit HarlemDiscover.com.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s NAN “March for Justice and Victims of Police Brutality” will take place Saturday, Aug. 23 in Staten Island, with buses and cars forming a “Justice Caravan” traveling from New York City across the bridge into Staten Island and a march to the site where Eric Garner was murdered. For more information, visit nationalactionnetwork.net.
Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with “Imhotep’s On-Air Guide to Black Events” and “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: “The Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.