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NJPAC Expands Free Summer Concerts

  (June 21, 2012)

Newark, NJ (PRWEB) June 21, 2012

This summer, NJPAC is busier than ever, kicking off with the previously announced hit NBC alternative series "America's Got Talent" broadcasting live two nights a week beginning July 2. With the nations spotlight on the Center, NJPAC offers more free events all week long, including the new concert series Friday Night Live and a star-laden lineup for the Newark summer tradition Sounds of the City. Both summer concert series are free and open to the public and feature musical genres that give audiences a taste of whats coming to the Arts Centers mainstage in the new season.

NJPACs Friday Night Live, a new series of four Friday night concerts (July 6, July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17), features funk royalty The Family Stone with founding members Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico, and the greatest horn band ever, Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as two nights co-presented with TEMPO Networks, featuring some of the hottest names in Caribbean music, including New Jersey-born reggae songstress Alaine and roots reggae singer Luciano. Through Friday Night Live, NJPAC is able to offer additional free concerts to thousands in the community and the surrounding metro-area, further activating the Downtown Arts District.

Sounds of the City, NJPACs free, outdoor concert series, has been expanded and reimagined as a community event that gives attendees a taste of what they can expect to see on NJPACs mainstage in the upcoming season. With reggae, Latin music, hip hop, soul and R&B on the bill, Thursday evenings (5-10pm) at NJPAC between July 5 and August 30, 2012 will showcase some of the hottest artists in various genres each week in Theater Square. The always-popular Rhythm Revue Dance Party with Felix Hernandez jumpstarts Newarks favorite festival on July 5, complete with a dance floor and all the grooves that listeners to Hernandez popular weekly radio show know and love. On July 12, The Wailers, the legendary reggae band that backed Bob Marley, headlines an evening of Jamaican sounds along with the return to NJPAC of Brooklyn-based soul reggae group Judah Tribe. Latin and Caribbean sounds are featured all summer long, with performances by Latin Jazz legend Ray Mantilla Space Station (July 19), Afro-Cuban producer/pianist Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band featuring Luisito Rosario, Alfredo de le Fe and Emo Luciano with special guests Bobby Sanabria and others (Aug 23), as well as two Sounds of the City nights co-sponsored with TEMPO Networks, the Pan-Caribbean media and entertainment company, featuring Kevin Lyttle, Kerwin Du Bois and others. Also on the bill for the series are two nights of hip hop, headlined by industry pioneers Big Daddy Kane (Aug 2) and Rakim (Aug 16). The R&B/neo-soul husband and wife group Kindred the Family Soul (Aug 9) brings its smooth songs and celebration of family and love to the Theater Square as well. Each Sounds of the City concert features one or more bands and an extended DJ set from 8-10pm to keep the party going. Featured DJs include Rich Medina, DJ Rey-Mo, Selector Kay Gee, Tony Touch, and DJ Spinna, among others.

For the most up-to-date performance information on the two series, patrons may visit the NJPAC Web site at

Sounds of the City and Friday night Live are sponsored by Chase, Berkeley College, Richmond County Foundation, BD, Verizon Wireless, Remy, Heineken, Newark Downtown District, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Discover Jersey Arts. WBGO Jazz88.3 FM is a media partner for the July 5 and 19 concerts. TEMPO Networks co-presents four nights.

NJPACs Sounds of the City (SOC) & Friday Night Live (FNL) Concert Calendar

Thursday, July 5, 2012 (SOC)
Rhythm Revue Dance Party with Felix Hernandez and Special Guests
Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue Dance Parties are New York's biggest and longest-running classic soul events. Felix's mix of classic soul, disco and funk consistently draws thousands. WBGO Jazz88.3 FM is a media partner for this performance.

Friday, July 6, 2012 (FNL)
TEMPO presents Caribbean sounds with Alaine, Laza Morgan and Jamere Morgan
Reggae singer/songwriter, Alaine Laughton released her first single, No Ordinary Love in 2005 which topped the charts in Jamaica and the UK. Jamaican-American reggae singer and rapper, Laza Morgan is best known for his single "This Girl" which was featured in the film Step Up 3D. Most recently, Laza released two viral music videos on YouTube for his singles "Ballerina" and "Ya Sey Mi." Jemere Morgan, the 16-year-old son of Gramps Morgan, balances school and music, recently releasing his first two singles First Kiss and Sunshine Glow.

Thursday, July 12, 2012 (SOC)
Reggae with Judah Tribe, The Wailers and DJ Rich Medina
The Wailers, best known for their work with Bob Marley, have sold 250 million albums worldwide. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaicas reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable tours after working with Marley, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. Brooklyn-based Judah Tribe returns to NJPAC with their blend of soul and reggae that is often compared to sounds from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse and Peter Tosh. The bands members come from Cameroon, Africa, Jamaica, France, Haiti and America. DJ Rich Medina has taken multi-ethnic crowds on a sonic journey through hip hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul for almost 20 years.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 (SOC)
Latin Jazz with Nicki Denner Latin Jazz Trio, Ray Mantilla Space Station/ Good Vibration Band and DJ Rey-Mo
Leader of the Space Station/Good Vibration Band, Ray Mantilla describes his music as "Latin jazz with authentic Latino rhythms." He has played with everyone from Max Roach to Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente to Charles Mingus, and can be heard on over 200 albums. Pianist/composer/arranger Nicki Denner has been a part of the New York Latin and jazz music scene since 1999. Since 2001, she has led her own trio featuring Jennifer Vincent on bass, and Willie Martinez on drums. In 2006, the trio released their debut recording, "Moliendo Café," named one of the "Top Ten Picks of 2006" in Latin Beat Magazine. Spinning records across the globe while utilizing todays technology to showcase his impact is just one way New Jerseys DJ Rey-Mo keeps his stock on the rise. His energetic presence behind the microphone and eclectic mixing style earned him induction into the elite DJ circle of the Heavy Hitters, the only New Jersey DJ to bear this title. He also deejays on Power 105.1 on weekends. WBGO Jazz88.3 FM is a media partner for this performance.

Friday, July 20, 2012 (FNL)
Summertime funk with Milo Z, The Family Stone Featuring original founding members from Sly and the Family Stone: Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Martini, and Greg Errico
The Family Stones Jerry Martini is the original founder of Sly & the Family Stone. The other founding members joining Martini at NJPAC include Cynthia Robinson, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and one of the first black female trumpet players in a major American band, and Greg Errico, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and R&B Foundation Pioneer Award recipient, who is a partner and managing director of Unity Music. He has produced several CDs featuring many world class jazz musicians. Together, they are keeping The Family Stone legacy true to its original sound and raw funk groove. Milo Z calls his music Razzamofunka combination between rock, jazz, blues and funk. Milo Z has toured the world.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 (SOC)
TEMPO presents Caribbean sounds with Kevin Lyttle, New Kingston, Selector Kay Gee and King Ramsey Sound System
Soca star Kevin Lyttle is best known for his 2004 hit Turn me On, recorded with dancehall artist Spragga Benz, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts. New Kingston is a young, three-brother, vocal/instrumental group that fuses reggae with modern pop, jazz and R&B music. Trinidad born Selector Kay Gee spins soca music. In conjunction with Lincoln Park Music Festival.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 (SOC)
A night of hip hop with Big Daddy Kane, F. Stokes, and DJ Tony Touch
Emerging during hip-hop's massive creative expansion of the late '80s, Grammy-winning Big Daddy Kane is known for his prodigious rhyming technique and multifaceted interests, using his rhyming skills to speak as an Afrocentric consciousness-raiser versed in the philosophy of the Nation of Islam to a braggadocios MC rhyming about his sexual and lyrical prowess. His hits include Raw, and Aint no Half Steppin. Rapper/poet/spoken wordsmith, F. Stokes has performed all over the world, engaging crowds of all demographics and backgrounds. DJ Tony Touch is an icon in hip hop and in the urban Hispanic genre. From his legendary mix tapes, to his skills on the 1s and 2s, he has become one of hip hops most recognized DJs.

Friday, August 3, 2012 (FNL)
Rock and Pop with Blood, Sweat and Tears and Larry Stevens Duo
Founded in 1967, Blood, Sweat and Tears is known for combining rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into what came to be known as "jazz-rock." Winning three Grammy awards, Blood Sweat and Tears has become known throughout the world. They were the first band to tour behind the Iron Curtain, first to have three hit songs from the same album and the first band to combine rock with jazz. The Larry Stevens Duo is a modern rock pair, comprised of musicians playing everything from rock-pop originals to a variety of cover songs.

Thursday, August 9, 2012 (SOC)
Contemporary soul with Kindred the Family Soul, Candice Anitra, DJ Adam Rios
Dynamic husband and wife duo Kindred the Family Soul has built a devoted following with their unique mix of soulful R&B and hip hop, conscious lyrics and refreshingly honest songwriting. Philadelphia-born R&B vocalist, Candice Anitra attended NYU studying acting and during this time she discovered her voice. In 2008, Candice released her first EP Easier. DJ Adam Rios has built a loyal following in the house music community as one of the resident DJs of famed New York nightclub, The Shelter.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 (SOC)
Funk meets hip hop with Rakim, b.Funk, and DJ Spinna
Rapper Rakim is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time. Rakim was half of a hip-hop super-duo with Eric B, and their classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV. b.Funk takes the style of a funk band and a raw emcee to create an electrifying performance. The group has opened for Slick Rick, Ice Cube, and E.P.M.D. DJ Spinna is a DJ, producer, remixer, and music historian whose work evokes a fresh take on the timeless sounds of soulful music.

Friday, August 17, 2012 (FNL)
TEMPO presents Caribbean sounds with Luciano
Reggae star Luciano emerged as one of the most important reggae singers in decades and the greatest hope for roots reggae's survival in the digital dancehall era. He released his hit CD, Where There is Life in 1995.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 (SOC)
A salsa celebration with Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso, Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band featuring Luisito Rosario, Emo Luciano and Alfredo de la Fe, with Bobby Sanabria, Pete Nater, Louie Bauzo, Chembo Corniel, Lewis Kahn, Ray Martinez, Frank Fontaine, Mac Gollehon, and DJ Lobo
Larry Harlow is a living legend of Afro-Cuban music. He and the Latin Legends have performed across the world. In 2008, Harlow received the Trustees award GRAMMY for his creative 40-plus years in the recording business. Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabrosos distinctive style is the result of the unique and extensive musical backgrounds of the band's individual members. Its debut CD, Baila con Swing Sabroso, received rave reviews and continues to be a favorite with many DJs and dancers. DJ Lobo has played across the world, has a successful radio career and is a member of the world famous DJs crew/club known as The Heavy Hitters.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 (SOC)
TEMPO presents Caribbean sounds with Kerwin Du Bois and Friends, Selector Kay Gee/ King Ramsey Sound System
Singer/songwriter/producer Kerwin Du Bois is a powerhouse of young talent bringing Soca music to the world. His efforts have been acknowledged by some of the other major soca artists who have tapped into the talents of this accomplished hit maker. Trinidad born Selector Kay Gee spins soca music.

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