As the heat wave moves through the tristate, the temptation of outdoor live events and physical activities presents a challenge to us all—especially young children, our pets and those of us of a certain age. Doctors advice: drink lots of fluids, but steer clear of alcohol, sugary drinks and caffeine, as these have dehydrating effects. Rehydrate every 15 to 20 minutes if you’re active outdoors, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Have a sports drink on hand to replace sodium and other minerals lost through sweat. Consult your personal care physician about strategies to protect yourself, your loved ones and enjoy! The “Smooth Cruises” might be a cool option. (See “Music” below)


“Toni Stone” written by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Tony Award winner, Pam MacKinnon and featuring April Matthis in the title role, is a baseball story for the ages. Toni Stone is the first woman baseball player to go pro in the Negro Leagues, and the first woman ever to play professionally in a men’s baseball league. Roundabout Theatre, 1530 Broadway, Manhattan. Through Aug. 11 only. For information, call 212-719-1300 or visit: www.roundabouttheatre.org

“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Written by three time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, choreography by 2019 Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com.

“Native Son” Richard Wright’s groundbreaking novel of oppression, freedom and justice in South Side Chicago of the 1930s comes to life onstage in this timely adaptation. Playwright: Nambi E. Kelley. Director: Seret Scott. The Duke on 42nd St./Opening: July 28 thru Aug. 24. For information, call 646-223-3010 or visit: www.dukeon42.org


The 2019 season of Capitol One City Parks Foundation “SummerStage” with nearly 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across NYC featuring the best music from around the world. Capitol One City Parks SummerStage presents: For full schedule-location info, visit: cityparksfoundation.org/ calendar/

Coming to Summerstage: “FELA! The Concert,” Fri, July 26, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. (Doors open 7 p.m.) Free. Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn. For information, call 718-954-9933.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams invites all to the Brooklyn Honors Wingate Concert Series, as they honor the career achievements of artists in gospel, hip-hop, R&B and Afro-Caribbean music, many of which were born, raised and still reside in Brooklyn. Free admission for all. Gates open 6 p.m.; Showtime 7 p.m. for more info and full lineup go to www.wingateconcertseries.com.

Jazzmobile’s 55th Anniversary! Jazzmobile’s annual free summer mobile concert series returns to the parks and streets of NYC neighborhoods, in all 5 boroughs! Visit: www.jazzmobile.org

Wednesdays Grants’ Tomb—

Great Jazz On The Great Hill with The Central Park Conservancy.

Saturday Aug.10, Riverside Drive and W. 122nd Street, Friday’s Marcus Garvey Park—Enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and West 124th Street, Manhattan.

Coming: Friday, Aug. 2, Jazzmobile presents in partnership with The City Parks Foundation: 

Free. Visit: Slick Rick/DJ Chuck Chillout Saturday July 27, 6 p.m.—9 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) Free. Soundview Park, Bronx. www.newyorkled.com/event/nyc-summerstage-2019-calendar/.

Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida, Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY.Visit: www.jonesbeach.com/

“The Heart Of hip-hop” artists include: Eric B & Rakim, Dougie Fresh, Slick Rick, Lil’ Cease of Junior Mafia, DJ Marley Marl of WBLS. Thurs, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn. Visit: fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com/2019/events/ford-amphitheater /145-heart-of-hip-hop

Gladys Knight,Fri, July 26 at 8 p.m., Borgata Casino Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ. Visit: www.theborgata.com/shows/events

Natural Wonder: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder, Fri Aug. 2, 8 p.m., Daryl’s House Club, 130 NY-22 Pawling, NY 12564. An epic tribute endeavor that brings real musicianship, a dynamic stage show, and a deep, studious love of the Stevie Wonder legacy. Visit:naturalwondermusic.com

Peabo Bryson with special guest Regina Belle “A Whole New World.” A very special evening with the original artists of the Disney animated film “Aladdin” and No. 1 Billboard smash “Aladdin’s Theme,” Wednesday July 31 6:30 PM—8:30 p.m. (Doors 6 p.m.) Spirit of New York Cruise Ship Pier 61 Chelsea Piers New York, NY 1001.Visit:www.spiritcruises.com/newyork-metro.

Spirit of New York Cruise Ship Pier 61 Chelsea Piers New York, NY 10011 Aug. 7 will feature just the hits from some of the biggest and most influential recording artists in history. The Blue Notes, Heatwave and Blue Magic. Wednesday, Aug. 7 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. Visit:www. spiritcruises.com/newyork-metro.

Anthony Hamilton/Jazmine Sullivan, Friday Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ. Visit:www.njpac.com

Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida Friday Aug. 9, 7 p.m. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY. Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Visit: www.bethelwoodscenter.org


“Harlem Week 2019”: 45th anniversary, July 28—Aug. 24. Theme: “Our local History Creates A Global Impact.” Launch of the “Harlem Jazz & Music Festival” “Memphis-Harlem Bicentennial,” “Recognizing 400 years of African-American History.” Aug. 3. “African Burial Ground” Aug. 13 –“Senior Citizens Day” Aug. 17 & 18 – “NYC Children’s Festival.” Exhibitors and vendors register now. Early registration discounts. For more information, call 212-862-8477 or visit www.harlemweek.com

The Harlem Week Higher Education Fair Sat, Aug. 17, 12 p.m.—5 p.m. Showcasing of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), highlighting SUNY, CUNY, Community Colleges, Technical & Trade Schools. Over 50 colleges, universities and public and private institutions of higher learning will provide information on admissions, scholarships and financial aid. Location: West 135th Street (between Malcolm X and A. C. Powell, Jr., Boulevards) Admission: FREE. Information about sponsorship, vendor & exhibitor opportunities, contact: Mr. Winston Majette. For more information, call 212-862–8477 or e mail: wmajette@ harlemdiscover.com or harlemweek.com/sessions/harlem-week-higher-education-fair/

Listen to Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com, WLIB.com and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 0 p.m. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere, nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.