NJPAC’s Annual Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City Free Concert Series Kicks-Off July 11th
(June 25, 2013) Newark, NJ – Coming off its most popular summer ever in 2012, with between 4,000 and 6,000 attendees each Thursday night, Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City, New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s free, outdoor concert series, returns to Theater Square in July and August for eight open air concerts. Offering attendees a taste of what they can expect to hear on NJPAC’s mainstage during the 2013-14 season, this year’s line-up features some of the hottest artists from the worlds of hip-hop, R&B, pop, reggae, Latin music, funk, and world music, from 5-10pm each Thursday night.
Leading off the series on July 11 will be the return of the popular Rhythm Revue Dance Party with Felix Hernandez,
(classicsoul.com) complete with a dance floor and all of the classic soul and R&B favorites heard each week on Hernandez’s popular radio show. Rhythm Revue, which airs on both WBGO-FM and WBLS-FM, is now in its 27th year and has been heralded by New York magazine as the “Best Radio Show” in the Big Apple.
July 18th brings to the stage local native sons, Grammy®-winning Naughty By Nature (naughtybynature.com) and their pioneering hip-hop sound. Last summer, group leader Treach whipped the crowd into a frenzy during his cameo appearance at Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City with Big Daddy Kane. Opening for Naughty By Nature will be popular WBLS-FM and Newark figure DJ Antoine Qua (djantoinequa.com).
Composer, keyboardist and founding member of the quintessential funk collective Parliament Funkadelic, New Jersey native Bernie Worrell (bernieworrellorchestra.com)
brings his funk orchestra to Newark on July 25th. Dubbed the “Wizard of WOO” Worrell’s uncanny and eclectic brand of psychedelic funk will entertain all ages at Theater Square. Milo Z (Miloz.com) opens for Worrell with his combination of rock, rap, jazz, blues and funk. DJ Darnell will keep the crowd moving between live music sets.
On August 1, acclaimed percussionist and vocal pop star Sheila E., a former member of Prince’s band, will perform a solo set of songs from her CD The Glamorous Life in addition to other hits. Nominated for both a Grammy® and an American Music Award® Sheila E. (sheilae.com) has toured with some of the world’s greatest musicians in addition to her long-lasting career as a solo artist. Opening for Sheila E. will be New Jersey native and YouTube star, Joanna Burns (joannaburns.com), and celebrated DJ Beverly Bond (djbeverlybond.net) will close out the evening.
Grammy®-winning reggae star Shaggy (shaggyonline.com), whose hits include “It Wasn’t Me,” “Angel” and “Oh Carolina” will bring Caribbean rhythms to downtown Newark, August 8th. Mr. “Boombastic” will be performing all of his most popular hits that have entertained audiences worldwide with their infectious reggae beats. Rounding out the evening will be DJ Mark Francis.
Widely considered the standard bearer of contemporary Latin music, the Grammy®-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra (spanishharlemorchestra.net) returns to Newark on August 15th with its classic versions of New York salsa and Cuban jazz. The night begins with the Latin jazz flavor of Bill O’Connell and Triple Play (billoconnell.net) and will be topped off by DJ Frikkiao.
The Ohio Players (loverollercoaster.com), one of the busiest touring bands in the business, will have concert-goers dancing in the streets on August 22nd to their 1970s street funk and underground R&B hits, including #1 hits “Love Rollercoaster” and “Fire.” The platinum selling band will bring a night of funk and fun to Theater Square as they get Newark to put on their dancing shoes. The night begins with groove/jazz/soul innovators, Big Funk (bigfun-k.squarespace.com) and later DJ Omar Abdallah will keep the crowd moving.
Rounding out the summer series on August 29th will be Cameroonian singer, composer and bass player and bandleader Richard Bona (bonamusic.com) appearing at Theater Square with Mandekan Cubano. Bringing sounds from around the world to the Newark stage, the songs on Bona’s solo album Bonafied reference Latin jazz, tango, African pop and even Parisian cabaret. Kicking off the evening will be Senegalese singer Abdou Mboup (abdoumboup.com) and DJ Adam Rios will end the evening.
This year’s Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City concert series will also offer audiences the chance to sample some of Newark’s best food. In addition to NJPAC’s acclaimed restaurant, Nico Kitchen + Bar, there will also be visits from some of Newark’s most innovative and popular food trucks as well as samples from Whole Foods. 2013’s Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City promises to feed both the soul and the appetite.
2013 Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City
Thursdays Nights, July 11th-August 29th
5:00-10:00pm in NJPAC’s Theater Square
July 11 Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue
July 18 Naughty By Nature
July 25 Bernie Worrell Orchestra
August 1 Sheila E.
August 8 Shaggy
August 15 Spanish Harlem Orchestra
August 22 The Ohio Players
August 29 Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano
Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City is made possible by the generous support of The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, which supports health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.HorizonBlue.com/Foundation. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Both are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Other sponsors include Chase, Newark Downtown District, BD, Verizon Wireless, Remy Martin, and Heineken.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.