Future (x) Sounds NYC: 50th Anniversary of Black Woodstock

@ SummerStage at Marcus Garvey Park, New York City

August 17, 2019

06:00 PM - 9:00 pm

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Future x Sounds™ Adds New Events, Award-Winning Special Guests and Artists to 50th Year Anniversary Celebration of Black Woodstock at SummerStage.

Co-produced by Future x Sounds and Moon31, the celebration will now begin on August 14th and will culminate in the SummerStage concert on the 17th.

New participants include Academy Award Nominee (and former Black Panther) Jamal Joseph, Felipe Luciano of the Last Poets, Grammy Award-Winning Cory Henry, Alice Smith, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and more.

For a list of all activities taking place from Aug 14th to August 17th visit: https://futurexsounds.com/ 


Future x Sounds™, a new national concert series, announces it’s kick-off concert in tandem with New York City’s City Park’s Foundation’s Summerstage Concerts. The show marks the 50th Anniversary of the Harlem Cultural Festival (aka Black Woodstock) in Harlem, and will be the first of a number concerts taking place across the country that will provide local award-winning,  and socially conscious artists an opportunity to share their creative visions,

Taking place in the summer of 1969, the original festival held a series of concerts in Mount Morris Park (now known as Marcus Garvey Park), to celebrate black pride, empowerment, music, culture, and featured such icons as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, The Staples Singers, Fifth Dimension, Mams Mabley, Hugh Masakela, among many others. Largely unknown, the event attracted nearly 50,000 attendees and took place at the exact same time as Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY.

Curated by Neal Ludevig, a founder of the Harlem Arts Festival, the event will take place on August 17th at the original site of the Harlem Cultural Festival, in Marcus Garvey Park at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater. The concert will be musically led by Igmar Thomas (who has collaborated and led with the likes of Wyclef Jean, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill and Nas), and will be co-hosted by Talib Kweli, the fiercely independent MC known for his incisive, hard-hitting socially conscious raps and for Black Star. Future x Sounds will also feature Grammy Award Winning trumpeter and singer Keyon Harrold (Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna), and a number of surprise special guests.

“Future x Sounds is the result of a collaborative effort between an alike-minded community of producers, promoters, curators and iconic artists across the country,” says founder and CEO Angela Gil. “Our goal is to connect the dots and provide artists with a unique creative opportunity to share their message, elevate their peers and celebrate their communities  while providing a platform for talent discovery and reflection.”

“This is more than just a concert, given what is going on across the country today.” says New York Curator and Co-Producer Neal Ludevig. “This event both pays tribute to an important legacy, and also illustrates how community, activism, and culture can intersect to actively impact our world today.”

Celebrating the 50th Year Anniversary of Black Woodstock at the original location in Marcus Garvey Park, the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage event will feature original songs from the performing artists, as well as tributes to Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Hugh Masakela, and Sly & the Family Stone.

The concert will be musically led by Igmar Thomas (Wyclef Jean, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill and Nas), and will be co-hosted by Talib Kweli, Grammy Award-Winning Artist Cory Henry, Grammy-Nominated Alice Smith, Georgia Anne Muldrow (Erykah Badu, Madlib), Grammy Award-Winning trumpeter and singer Keyon Harrold (Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna) and Braxton Cook (Tom Misch, Christian Scott), and a number of special unannounced guests. 

Details of upcoming Future x Sounds concerts, along with the NYC kick-off can be found at www.futurexsounds.com.

Please note that RSVP at free events does not guarantee admission. Entrance will be granted upon arrival until maximum capacity is reached.

Saturday August 17, 2019

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All Ages

Cover: TBD

Various Cover: Event dependent. Please check details