If you love live music, get ready for the second annual Harlem Creates Music Festival, which will take place from August 28-30th at three locations uptown including Riverbank State Park, the Schomburg Center, and Nabe Harlem Underground Lounge.
HCMF 2015 will feature 14 different artists and ensembles, twice as many as last year, spread over three different venues throughout Harlem. This year we will feature a wider variety of genres in hopes that the community of Harlem and NYC at large can experience music they may have never before heard live.
As a part of SummerStage’s 30th anniversary season, the FREE Charlie Parker Jazz Festival begins today, August 20th with a panel on the musical legacy of Charlie Parker at the The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. The extended 3 days of free live music begins on August 21st in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park, and moves downtown on August 23rd to Tompkins Square Park. Highlights this season include The Oliver Lake Big Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Camille Thurman, and Joe Lovano.
Six finalists of the 2015 Miss Harlem Shake contest have been selected, and all Harlem Shake restaurant customers are invited to choose their favorite. This year’s Miss Harlem Shake finalists include a lawyer, a professional dancer, an interior designer, a wellness education specialist, and a former Miss New York USA delegate.
Head over to Harlem Shake at 100 West 124th St. on Lenox Avenue and vote while you order your meal. The winner will be announced on September 13th!
The Miss Harlem Shake contest winner will receive $500 cash and $1000 for the charity of their choice. Look out for the winner in this year’s African American Day parade on September 21st!
From left: Alison, Regine, Amanda, Ijeoma (Miss Harlem Shake 2014), Francesca, Limore, Kristyan
What we’re gonna do is go back….way back. To the days when we used to dance the night away at the Paradise Garage and The loft! The next SUNDAE SERMON event will take us there because DJ Stormin’ Norman and Guest DJ Cosi will be playing classic club music from the 1970s-1990s in this special “Classics Edition” of Sundae Sermon.
It’s happening Sunday, August 9th in Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, from 12-7pm.
DJ Stormin’ Norman Presents Another Stellar Line Up to Keep Uptown Healthy, Fit and Dancing All Day Long – With Performances From Uptown Records’ Jeff Redd and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir, A Pre-Party Fitness Workout, Plus a Surprise Guest Performance
Guest Host Tanya Wright, actor from Orange Is The New Black, with On Air Personality Terry Bello of 103.9FM
Sundae Sermon — The Last Dance! is the final Summer 2015 Sundae Sermon event in Harlem, so grab your dancing partners, make a picnic basket, and don’t forget that towel cause you know you’re going to sweat it out to the music. As always, there will be lots of other fun things to experience at the Sundae Sermon FREE afternoon outdoor music festival, including food, fitness, and more:
As August is health and wellness month, before the dancing begins, there will be yoga by Land Yoga followed by a boxing workout call RAKA provided by two-time golden gloves champion Ngo Okafori starting at noon. Guests will also have an assortment of food and health vendors to choose from, including Simplicious Foods, Island Salads, New Harlem Besame Restaurant, Sylvia’s Restaurant, HAIRiette by Tanya Wright, Harlem Chi Community Acupuncture and Medical Roots Project.
On Saturday August 8th, SummerStage in Central Park will be the place to be as they put on their 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Gilles Peterson, and Quantic – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, in collaboration with Giant Step NYC.
This year, City Parks Foundation SummerStage (NYC’s largest free performing arts festival) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season, and they’ve got a great line-up of shows around the city for you to enjoy. In Harlem, SummerStage takes place in Marcus Garvey Park where you are invited to a nice variety of musical and dance events in August. All shows are FREE, so come on out!
Schedule of SummerStage Shows in Harlem
Marcus Garvey Park – West 122nd St. and Mt. Morris Park West, New York, NY
Rakim / DJ Tedsmooth
August 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Mobile Mondays! Live with Roy Ayers
August 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music
August 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Free
Tinder & Ash / Ephrat Asherie Dance / Kiebpoli & Shine / Claire Parsons Co. / Brooklyn United Marching Band
August 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Oliver Lake Big Band / The King Solomon Hicks Trio / Michela Taps: Bird Lives!
August 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Dr. Lonnie Smith / Andy Bey / Jeff “Tain” Watts / Camille Thurman / Norma Miller / Master Class: Samuel Coleman
August 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Free
Unfortunately, the last Sweetspot Festival was canceled due to rain, but this Saturday August 1st, the sun will be shining when the 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete hits the West Harlem Piers!
Get ready to groove to the sounds of the Rice & Peas Massive! MAX GLAZER + DJ GRAVY + ORIJAHNAL VIBES + MICRO DON AUTOGRAPH + HERBERT HOLLER. Great music and dancing is guaranteed, along with Art for kids, Dance Hall workshops, Food , Vintage and Artisan Vendors.
Come one, come all! Pack a picnic and bring your friends and family!
Sweet Spot Festival – 3rd Annual Jamaican Indepen-DANCE Reggae Fete!
AUGUST 1st, from 2-9PM
West Harlem Pier
125th Street – West Side along the Hudson River.
If you agree that supporting young Harlemites’ academic, social, and emotional development is the collective responsibility of the Harlem community, and that it really does take a village to raise a child, Total Equity Now and Harlem CARES invite caring adults to stop by the Harlem Mentoring Fair this Tuesday, July 28 anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This effort aims to connect you with community-based organizations seeking mentors and other youth-development volunteers for the coming school year. Check out images from last year’s Harlem Mentoring Fair.
2015 Harlem Mentoring Fair
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Center
34 West 134th Street, New York, NY 10037
(entrance on 135th Street between 5th and Lenox Avenues)
It’s that time! Harlem Week events kick-off this Sunday, July 26th with “A Great Day in Harlem,” a full day of family-oriented Outdoor Festival events to enjoy, including a Fashion Show, Gospel,Latin, Rhythm & Blues, and Jazz concerts, Dance, and Theater arts.
Surrounding the main stage at U.S. Grant National Memorial Park on West 122nd St. and Riverside Drive you’ll find stands with arts & crafts, food from around the world, vendors, exhibitions, corporate exhibits, career recruitment and more. Harlem Week features 100 events throughout the months of July and August, which are said to attract about 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world.
Harlem Week promotes and celebrates what Harlem was, is and will be! HARLEM WEEK is a series of events throughout the summer, that bring together all age groups and cultures to celebrate the unique and diverse essence of Harlem. This celebration of Harlems offers over 100 events throughout the months of July and August, attracting approximately 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world.