While the pandemic has altered how we get it in, rest assured that the city that never sleeps, WILL get it in. For starters the BAM R&B Festival returns for two weekends of free performances at Fort Greene Park, set for Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10. The widely-known festival, which has grown to become one of Brooklyn’s beloved outdoor traditions, brings together the community and groundbreaking artists—from music legends to bold new voices across the genre of R&B. BAM R&B Festival at Fort Greene Park marks BAM’s first live, in-person music performances since the pandemic shuttered arts venues and live performances in March 2020. The concerts will take place outdoors with the most up-to-date safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff.
BAM R&B Festival at Fort Greene Park will boast an impressive and versatile lineup, showcasing musical artists from Brooklyn and around the world, including Memphis singer-songwriter Valerie June, Tony Award-winning playwright Stew with his band The Negro Problem, jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker, and the Grammy Award-winning singer Mykal Rose, formerly of Black Uhuru. The fall concerts also feature dashing jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her band the Soul Squad, Queens-born soul surrealist duendita, and more.
“After the past challenging year, we are thrilled to bring the energy and dynamism of our beloved R&B concerts to Fort Greene Park. The Festival celebrates the versatility and undeniable influence R&B has on other genres by bringing together an eclectic lineup of music legends and bold new voices, each with their own distinctive style and sound,” said BAM Co-Interim President, Coco Killingsworth. “Our beloved concerts will continue to bring free music and incredible talent to Brooklyn. And we can’t wait to welcome you back.”
“It is a tremendous personal and professional delight to continue the 26-year-legacy of the BAM R&B Festival, this year in Fort Greene Park. Our headliners [Matthew Whitaker, Mykal Rose, Stew & the Negro Problem, and Valerie June] are all uniquely creative artists, making deep and lasting impressions on the music scene,” said BAM R&B Festival Producer, Danny Kapilian. “Presenting these free fall concerts is our way of providing positive inspiration and generous spirit for all Brooklyn and NYC communities.”
All concerts are FREE, require no tickets, and take place at Fort Greene Park. The concert stage is located on the lawn at Myrtle Avenue. Visit BAM.org for updates.
In the not-so-distant future, iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1, Home of The Breakfast Club and Angie Martinez, New York’s Hip Hop and R&B, announced the star-studded lineup for its annual live music event, Powerhouse produced by Live Nation. The event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. EST, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Beginning Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. tickets will be available to the general public via Ticketmaster.com. Fans can also purchase tickets by visiting the Box Office at Prudential Center beginning Monday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. EST, or while supplies last. In addition, fans can listen to win tickets and stay up to date on this year’s biggest hip hop and R&B concert on Power1051fm.com. Fans can also tag @PruCenter and #Powerhouse to prepare for Power 105.1’s Powerhouse. The Broadcast Hall of Fame crew, DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God of “The Breakfast Club,” officially announced the all-star performers on-air for Powerhouse which will include Migos, Moneybagg Yo, Polo G, Saweetie, Capella Grey, SpinKing and Friends, with more to be announced.
“We’re beyond excited to give the Tri-State an incredible line-up featuring the biggest names in hip hop & R&B,” said Thea Mitchem, executive VP of programming/program director power 105.1. “It will be an unforgettable night filled with huge moments and big surprises!”
A few days later, November 26th, the same venue, the Prudential Center will play host to the heroic return, albeit a loooonnngggggg overdue 15 year tease, of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel collective known as the legendary hip-hop group the Fugees. This week the trio reunited to announce their first world tour in 25 years to celebrate the anniversary of 1996’s seminal classic “The Score,” one of the greatest albums of all time. Presented by Diaspora Calling and produced by Live Nation, the 12-city international tour kicked off with an intimate pop-up show in New York City, at an undisclosed location. The rest of the tour will commence November 2nd at United Center in Chicago and will make stops across the globe in Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and more, before finishing the tour in Africa, with the final shows taking place in Nigeria and Ghana.
“As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music we would be a movement,” chided Wyclef via a press release. “We would be a voice for the un-heard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”
In a companion statement with the announcement, Hill said, “The Fugees have a complex but impactful history. I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary, and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world.”
Fugees charitable fund will partner with Global Citizen to work on philanthropic initiatives around the tour. Tickets are on sale now.
Before we leave Rest In Power to one of our great songwriters, sister Andera Martin. An Instagram statement on Instagram read. “It is with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of our beautiful Andrea Martin. Her impact will continue to be felt and heard for a lifetime. Andrea will always be remembered for her passion and dedication to her family and friends.” “It Kills Me,” Melanie Fiona, “I Love Me Some Him,” Toni Braxton “Before You Walk out of My Life,”Monica and SWV’s “You’re the One” are a testament to her work.
Over and out ya’ll. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the night life.