African American Music Festival
Newark, New Jersey, USA
African American Music Festival
At Military Park, Newark, NJ SEPT. 1ST - 3RD, 2012
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The African-American Music Festival, to be held on Sept.1st, 2nd, 3rd 2012, from 11am to 12:00 am, is a three-day cultural event featuring world class musicians and comedians, in Newark, New Jersey’s beautiful Lincoln Park.
The Coast or Lincoln Park is a neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, bounded by the Springfield/Belmont, South Broad Valley, South Iron-bound and Downtown neighborhoods. It is bounded by Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (High Street) to the west, Kinney St. to the north, the McCarter Highway to the east and South St., Pennsylvania Ave., Lincoln Place and Clinton Ave. to the south. Part of the neighborhood is a historic district listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.
In the early 20th century, the Lincoln Park area was a neighborhood of nightclubs known as The Coast. It was a center of jazz and a red-light district or tenderloin formally called the Barbary Coast, after San Franciscos neighborhood. The area is now home to the City Without Walls gallery (cWOW), Newark Symphony Hall and the Theater Cafe (which has performances by the African Globe Theater Works).
Today, with Newarks redevelopment plans the district is being revitalized as The Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District (LPCCD). LPCCD has just launched Green-CAP, a new green collar job training program for Newark residents, specifically targeted at at-risk youth, parolees, and veterans. Green-CAP is a certification program that trains 100 workers annually in green collar trades like LEED construction, home insulation, and solar panel installation. Green-CAP is a collaboration between LPCCD, Mayor Cory Bookers office, and Van Jones Green for All.
The center of development for the LPCCD area is the Museum of African American Music (MoAAM), just as NJ-PAC was considered the center or the start of Downtowns redevelopment. The museum and much of the surrounding development is being designed by RMJM Hillier Architects, who are also designing the renovations and addition to the Newark Public Library.
Newark in the past has been a large producer of gospel music and continues to produce well-known black artists. The Coast is being redeveloped to pay homage and recreate on a small scale an area with deep roots in African American music. The museum will be a collection of archives of jazz, blues, spirituals, hip-hop, rock nroll, gospel, house music, and rhythm and blues. Help for the construction of the museum and the surrounding redevelopment is coming from the Smithsonian Institution, which has been working with the city. An Arts Park is also in the planning stages in addition to new housing, stores, a restaurant, nightclub, music studio and dancePerformers
Considered the most significant showcase for New Jersey’s talent,” our three stages provide attendees a venue to gather and enjoy outstanding, first-class entertainment – Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Positive Hip Hop and Contemporary R&B. We will have Headliners from six different genres of entertainment hit the stage: Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary R&B, Blues, Comedy, and Hip Hop. Food, arts, crafts, and commercial vendors complete this extraordinary weekend. This is a great opportunity to present your company and reap rewards well beyond the initial investment, aligning your company with an event that supports the moral and social standards of American Society.
This is also the launch pad for New Jersey’s own (New Jersze Got Now!) showcase. The goal of the New Jersze Got Now! showcase is to support the arts education of New Jersey’s residents and abroad while gaining market share in New Jersey by way of branding the event into a progressing franchise. The producers of the showcase have decided to expand its parameters by making it a multimedia event: Both the participating artists as well as the Festival will be filmed. Subsequently, they will create a webisode, featuring the participating artists’ preparation for the event as will as the event itself. The benefits of this multimedia approach to the showcase as well as the Festival are two-fold. One, the artists will be able to promote themselves and their music to an continuously expanding online community. Sponsoring corporations will be able to cross-market their products or services to a wide demographic of decision makers. Venue
VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
From New Jersey, New York City, or points beyond
Take PATH, Amtrak, or NJ Transit trains to Newarks Penn Station. Buses: #70 and #39 will bring you from Penn Station to the corner of Broad and Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is a 15 minute walk from Newark Penn Station. Cabfare to Lincoln Park from Penn Station is approximately $5.00.
VIA NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE
From New York City, North and South Jersey
Take the NJ Turnpike to exit 13A (Newark International Airport). Follow signs for Rt. 1 & 9 and then Rt. 21 North. Take exit for Rt. 21 North. Take Broad street exit & proceed straight. Lincoln Park is 1/2 mile up on the left.
VIA HOLLAND AND LINCOLN TUNNELS
Follow signs for the Pulaski Skyway to Rt. 1 & 9 North Local NOT Express lane. Take the exit for Rt. 21 north to MacCarter Highway.
VIA GARDEN STATE PARKWAY & RT. 280 EAST
From Northern and Southern New Jersey
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 145 (Rt. 280 East). take Rt. 280 east stay to the rAdmission & Parking