SummerStage in the Bronx: Funk, Mambo, Hip-Hop and WAR

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The Ghetto Brothers will be performing on July 13 at Crotona Park at 7 p.m.

Photo by: City Parks Foundation

The Ghetto Brothers will be performing on July 13 at Crotona Park at 7 p.m.

New York’s largest free performing arts festival is back in the Bronx for its 23rd season. SummerStage, which is produced by the City Parks Foundation, is hosting over 100 free performances in 17 parks throughout the five boroughs this summer. Performances range from American pop, Latin and World music to dance, comedy and theater. In the Bronx, events will be held at St. Mary’s Park, Soundview Park, Crotona Park and The Point. The festival began on June 25 and runs until August 10.

DJ Kool Herc
(Part of the “This is __ Hip-Hop” series)
Crotona Park
Wednesday, July 10
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

DJ Kool Herc is considered by many to be the “The Founder of Hip-Hop Culture.” His music along with his announcements to his dancers, called B-Boys and B-Girls, helped pave the way to what everyone now knows as Hip-Hop.

WAR / DJ set by DJ Afro
(In association with Latin Alternative Music Conference)
Friday, July 12, 2013
Crotona Park
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

WAR’s long-hailed musical virtuosity and influences, which include Jazz, Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B and Latin, have impacted their fans, as well as other musicians, regardless of race, generation or genre. With over forty years in the music industry, WAR has had a profound influence on contemporary American music and continues to provide stellar live performances for today’s audiences.

DJ Afro (A.K.A. Jose Luis Pardo) is the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for the GRAMMY-nominated and the Latin GRAMMY-winning disco Funk stars Los Amigos Invisibles. He h has released remix compilations and an original album, Free, as a solo producer.

The Ghetto Brothers
Screening: From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale
(In association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation and Latin Alternative Music Conference. Part of the “This is __ Hip-Hop” series)
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Crotona Park
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The Ghetto Brothers formed in the 1960s in the Bronx streets and uplifted their NYC community through hip-hop music, helping to eradicate pushers from their neighborhood, cleaning up parks and garbage-strewn empty lots, and enlisting interest in community involvement. In 1972, The Ghetto Brothers released their debut album, Power Fuerza, which was a beautiful, innocent audio snapshot by three brothers, their friends and a powerful gang of musical energy

From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale is an hour-long documentary that tells the story about the creative life of the South Bronx. Directed by Henry Chalfant, the documentary features interviews with numerous famed musicians and dancers that showcases the history and diversity of Hip-Hop’s reach.

Mambo to Hip-Hop Part 3: The Graffiti Movement and the Media it Inspires
(Part of the “This is __ Hip-Hop” series)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Point CDC
940 Garrison Ave
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Graffiti Movement and the Media it Inspires is the third part of The Point CDC and City Lore’s “Mambo to Hip-Hop” series and it takes a closer look at the connection between the modern graffiti movement and the media that has proliferated from this movement.

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Crotona Park
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series will feature arias and duets by up-and-coming Met artists Ying Fang (soprano), Mario Chang (tenor), and Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore.

“King Kong”
By Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner
Directed By Alfred Preisser
(SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner. Part of the “This is __ Hip-Hop” series)
Tuesday, August 6 & Wednesday, August 7, 2013
St. Mary’s Park
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

“King Kong” is Hip-Hop themed theater remake of the classic story that radically subverts everything you thought you knew about one of the most famous love stories of all time. Set in the “Bronx is Burning” era of the late 1970s, SummerStage’s “King Kong” celebrates the nascent forms of Hip-Hop music and graffiti art that grew out of the economically stressed South Bronx and went on to become one of the defining, most powerful and profitable artistic movements in the world.