CITY OF NEWARK TO LAUNCH “FAMILY FEST – POSITIVE MUSIC MATTERS” CONCERT PROGRAM
ON THURSDAY AUGUST 11, AT 6 P.M., AT CORNER OF CHADWICK AND HAWTHORNE AVENUES
Concert will open series of outdoor performances across City to entertain residents, showcase young artists, and empower attendees with positive and supportive messages
Newark, NJ – July 28, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Executive Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism Gwen Moten, announced that the City of Newark will launch the “Family Fest – Positive Music Matters” outdoor concert program on Thursday, August 11, at 6 p.m., at the corner of Chadwick and Hawthorne Avenues, in the City’s South Ward.
This five-week concert program will be held at sites in all five of Newark’s wards, to showcase young artists, entertain residents, and empower them with positive and supportive messages and social commentary. A list of concerts follows.
“We are working to use the inspiring power of music to send positive messages to our residents of all ages, which will promote neighborhood unity and to transform the lives of at-risk persons, most importantly our youth, who draw their messages and ideas from these musical forms. It also will showcase our home-grown talent, and their examples of dedication to achieving positive success will inspire our youth to do the same in their lives. I congratulate our partners on developing this initiative and look forward to joining my neighbors at these concerts,” Mayor Baraka said.
There will be performances by jazz, Hip Hop, and House Music artists, as well as comedians and gospel singers. These will include:
- Doitall Du Kelly (host)
- Roxanne Shanté (host/performer)
- DJ Young Fresh (DJ)
- Flipside (band)
- Nucci Reyo (gospel rapper)
- Talent Da Comedian (comedian)
- Dres From Black Sheep (performer)
- Brother Haz (Gospel Rapper)
- Melle Mel (performer)
- Freedom Of C &C Music Factory (performer)
- Smif & Wesson (performers)