melba moore

Melba Moore

*Newark, NJ  – Lincoln Park Cultural Coast District (LPCCP), a non-­‐profit organization committed to planning, designing, and building a comprehensive arts and cultural district in Newark, NJ, will expand its 9th Annual 3-­ day FREE Lincoln Park Music Festival, taking place July 25th -­ July 27th, 2014, with pre-­festival events leading up to the concerts.

This year, LPCCD fundraising goes digital as it launches it’s first-­‐ever Indiegogo campaign in order to keep the annual celebration of Spirit and Dance free to the public. “As the festival grows in scope and stature, it is our goal to keep the festival a wonderful community-­‐building experience. We are a non-­‐profit, and so in order to ensure that the bulk of the events are free to concertgoers, we launched our first-­‐ever crowd-­‐sourcing campaign on Indiegogo, says Anthony Smith, festival executive producer. “We don’t have a traditional gala event, so the music festival serves as not only a ‘give-­‐back’ to the attendees, it’s our annual fundraising platform also.”

In line with LPCCD’s goals, its first-­ever cocktail fundraiser will be held on July 17th at the Robert Treat Hotel rooftop, overlooking NJPAC’s Sound of the City series where event guests can have a birds-­‐eye view of a live performance by Jamaican reggae band Third World on the plaza below. Tickets for the Lincoln Park Music Festival Rooftop Cocktail Fundraiser are only $25. Tickets go on sale today, July 8th and space is limited and supporters are encouraged to purchase advance tickets here

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Luke James

Following that, a VIP invitation only Festival Kickoff Soiree will take place on Wednesday, July 23rd at a secret location, where invited guests will enjoy a live performance by Grammy nominated, Island Records’ artist Luke James. Luke’s current single “Options” Ft. Rick Ross is available online and his self-­titled debut album will be released September 23rd. Guests will enjoy cocktails by D’USSE Cognac, a new expression of Cognac. Bold, complex and distinctively smooth, D’USSÉ is aged and blended at the Château de Cognac where some of the world’s finest cognacs have been crafted for over 200 years.

Continuing on Thursday, July 24th, Lincoln Park Music Festival will partner with NJPAC to celebrate the Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City featuring Red Baraat. The band’s powerful live performance can be experienced at NJPAC’s Sounds of the City free outdoor concert series. This party jam, led by founder and percussionist Sunny Jain, includes tracks such as “Halla Bol,” a “raise your voice” anthem sung in Hindi, and “Burning Instinct,” which plays like a Quentin Tarantino car chase.

Festival attendees will experience a full day of family friendly fun on Friday, July 25th with the 9th Annual Lunch Time Jazz Concert with NewArkestra Jazz Band Tribute to Amiri Baraka. The award-­‐winning writer of poetry, drama, fiction and essays Amiri Baraka, served on LPCCD’s board of directors at the time of his passing. He was also the former Poet Laureate of the State of New Jersey and father of Mayor Ras Baraka, who is also a big supporter of the arts. “The Lincoln Park Music Festival is close to my heart, and is one of Newark’s cultural highlights. My father, Amiri Baraka, participated in past festivals and treasured the event, as do I. I envision the wonderful Lincoln Park Festival as a model for other neighborhood festivals that I will encourage throughout our city.”

The day continues with the 10th Annual Newark Idol competition. Not your average talent show, these kids shine at this American Idol inspired showcase with celebrity judges and prizes. Newark Idol creator/festival producer Susu Stewart states, “Captivating the 10th Year Anniversary of Newark Idol I knew this year had to be SPECTACULAR! An evening you don’t want to miss as the City of Newark’s most talented high school kids present a showcase of talent that will leave you in complete admiration and even signing a song or two.” Hosting this year’s Newark Idol is American Idol season 6 finalist Sanjaya Malakar. The day ends on a Gospel high with performances by Newark’s own Rev. Stefanie Minatee and Jubilation Choir, among others.

On Saturday, July 26th, the festival continues with its highly attended House Music Day where house music DJs keep the crowd dancing at nothing less than 180 bpm! House Music Day will feature the legendary star of stage and screen Melba Moore, Byron Stingily, CeCe Rogers, DJ Teddy Douglas from the Basement Boys and Newark’s own Naeem Johnson.

Simultaneously, festival partner NJPAC will host Family Fair at Theater Square, from 12:30pm-­4pm, in association with Military Park. Enjoy a summer day filled with performances and activities for the entire family. Admission is free!

Finally, one of the most anticipated days is Sunday, July 27th, Hip Hop Day, produced by legendary hip hop artists and Newark natives Redman and Lords Of The Underground’s Do-­It-­All (Du Kelly), where surprise performances by some of the hottest hip hop artists keep the peaceful crowd hype all day long.

Each summer for the last 8 years, the Lincoln Park Music Festival audiences have enjoyed brilliant and memorable artistic performances in the historical Lincoln Park area in Newark, New Jersey. None of this would be possible without the commitment of our sponsors and partner. Sponsors already on board include the City of Newark New Jersey, County of Essex, NJ PAC, Greater Newark Convention Visitors Bureau (GNCVB), Panasonic, United Way of Essex and West Hudson, New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA), United Airlines, Fedway, SEIU, NJPAC, Red Bull, PNC Bank, Investors Bank, City National Bank, Essex County College, Prestige Tours, Robert Treat Hotel, Marriott, C.P Rising, LLC, and PSE&G. Joining this year’s festival as media partners are WBLS, the Star-­Ledger, Cablevision, Bleu Magazine and

The Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF) aims to bring together entertainers performing Jazz, Gospel, House, and Hip Hop. For children, the festival offers games, story telling, skateboarding, basketball and a host of other family friendly activities. (LPMF) also features the Health and Wellness/ Sustainability Village with free health screenings, massages, yoga, and, fresh organic produce from the Lincoln Park Community Farm and more. “The Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival has become a huge success. With over 50,000 people attending the event over the four days, it is now the largest event in the City of Newark and the largest event highlighting African American artists in the State of New Jersey. The artists who perform each year are incredible and the diversity of ages and complexions that attend the event -­‐ dancing, singing and laughing with friends and family members -­‐ make it a joy-­‐filled weekend,” said LPCCD Founder Baye Adofo-­Wilson.

The festival is free and fun and offers something for everyone both young and old, so come out and support. More sponsors and artists to be announced! Creator of Newark Idol, Producer of Lincoln Park Music Festival Susu Stewart adds, “Newark Idol is turning 10! Captivating on the 10 Year Anniversary I knew this year had to be SPECTACULAR! An evening you don’t want to miss as the City of Newark’s most talented high school kids present a showcase of talent that will leave you in complete admiration and even signing a song or two. Come out in support Newark’s number one singing competition where special guest judges and performers salute this year’s competitors. I look forward to seeing you there!”

Enjoy a summer day filled with performances and activities for the entire family. Admission is free! See below for the LPMF Program Schedule:

July 17th Lincoln Park Music Festival Rooftop Fundraiser at Robert Treat Hotel 6pm-­‐9pm

July 19th Lincoln Park Music Festival presents GET DOWN Campaign’s No More Stigma Film Screening Event at Coffee Cave 2pm-­‐7pm in Conjunction With Yendor Productions

July 23rd Lincoln Park Music Festival Official VIP Invitation Only Kickoff at “Secret Location” 6pm-­‐9pm

July 24th Lincoln Park Music Festival Celebrates Sounds Of The City at NJPAC 5pm-­‐9pm

July 26th Lincoln Park Music Festival Celebrates NJPAC Family Day Lincoln Park Music Festival Celebration of Spirit and Dance 12:30pm-­‐4pm

July 25th-­‐27th 12pm-­‐8pm Featuring Jazz, 10th Annual Newark Idol, Gospel, House Music Dance Party and Hip Hop



About Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF)
Attracting over 50,000 visitors yearly, the Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF) is a cultural ambassador and signature event in the City of Newark. LPMF is part of the economic development led by Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) in Newark, New Jersey’s historic Lincoln Park section. Dedicated to revitalizing the area, LPCCD provides this free event in celebration of the spirit of the community. The 9th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival will be held from July 25th – July 27th. Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and its partners will present programs. The Festival will include a range of entertainers performing a wide range of musical forms including Jazz, Gospel, House and Hip Hop and sounds from the African Diaspora; Youth performance showcase, green vendors, arts and craft vendors; local restaurants, organic farmers markets produce, and a health and wellness/ sustainability village. For youth the Festival will offer games, storytelling, golf clinics, and skateboard clinics and a host of family oriented activities. Our corporate and community partners sponsor the Festival.

About Lincoln Park Cultural Coast District (LPCCP)
Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District, Inc. (LPCCD) is a non-­‐profit 501C (3) organization with a mission to plan, design and build a comprehensive arts and cultural district in the Lincoln Park/Coast area of the City of Newark, New Jersey.

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) is transforming Lincoln Park, an 11-­‐acre, four-­‐block site dominated by brownfield site into a “green” arts and cultural district. Plans for the arts and cultural district include sustainable mixed-­‐ income housing units, annual music festivals and historic restoration projects. LPCCD is creating a sustainable community with sustainable housing, cultural programming, urban agriculture and green job creation.

LPCCD emerged out of meetings with local residents, civic leaders, business people and the city administration that were coordinated in the late 1990s by the Regional Plan Association. This process identified a desire to develop and pursue a vision for the neighborhood that would build upon its rich cultural heritage and open space. A charette held in 1999 gave more shape to this vision and ultimately lead, in 2002, to the independent establishment of LPCCD. LPCCD submitted a redevelopment plan to the City of Newark for creating a cultural district. This plan was approved by the Newark City Council and has guided the pursuit of a set of programming and redevelopment projects that are underway today.


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