Lots going on this first weekend of Bronx Week(s). In Bronx Foodie, we mentioned the urban farm tour on Saturday and in the Roundup we discussed Sunday’s Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade (set for a 1 p.m. start time), as well as The Rev’s anti-gay marriage rally. But there’s more!
Today, the Borough President will host a Veteran’s Appreciation Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maestro’s restaurant (1703 Bronxdale Ave.). The guest speaker will be William Kraus, acting executive director at the New York State Division of Veteran’s Affairs.
And on Sunday, at about the same time of the PR Day parade (always a huge draw), the BP is putting on a star-studded hip hop block party at the Bronx Museum (1040 Grand Concourse) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Here’s the long list of music acts expected to show up: Prodigy (Mobb Deep/G-Unit), Wu Tang, Lord Finesse, Large Professor, Neek The Exotic, Cuban Link, Grand Daddy IU, Grafh, Ma Barker, GrandWizard Theodore, Pebble Poo, Zulu Nation, Reggae Star Ravon, Wordsmith, Busy B, T-Ski Valley, D Chamberz, NYB, M.cia The Artist, Lynn Carter, Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams, and Chip Fu aka Jungle Rock Jr.
(On a side note: The block party is being billed as a “family-friendly event featuring interactive activities to inspire creativity in youth through the power of music.” One of the artists scheduled to appear is Prodigy, who was recently released from prison where he served time for illegal gun possession and is one half of Mobb Deep. Back in the day, Mobb Deep was one of my favorite rap duos and their album “The Infamous” is considered a hip hop classic. But Mobb Deep’s style and content is extremely graphic and violent. One of their albums is called “Murda Musik,” and another album features a song called “Kill That Nigga.” It’s anything but family-friendly music and apparently Prodigy’s three-year prison stint didn’t blunt his violent, hardcore aesthetic. Having said all of that, I’m planning to attend. Should be a great concert. But I’ll probably leave my daughter at home.)