Here’s a reminder that the inaugural HARLEM FASHION WEEK kicks off uptown this week at the Museum of the City of New York on 5th avenue and 103rd street. Some tickets are still available for several shows and events.
Harlem Fashion Week will be an explosion of culture that will bridge the Downtown fashion hub to the Uptown vibe for a rich community experience. Our goal is to produce an event that will showcase the fashion industry, provide business education for emerging designers, grow Harlem businesses, create a cultural platform and just have fun!
The inaugural HFW will kick off with an opening night celebration on September 7th and culminate with Runway Shows on September 9th at the historic Museum of the City of New York on 5th avenue and Central Park. The four-day event will be hosted at restaurants, businesses and cultural centers all throughout the Harlem community and looks to attract 5,000 guest including, fashion industry professionals, members of the media, artists, entertainers, buyers and a host of VIPs
A portion of the proceeds from Harlem Fashion Week will be donated to the Junior Scholars Program at the Schomburg Library in Harlem and the Big Goree Project to restore the Slave Museum on Goree Island in Senegal, West Africa.
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem has partnered with NYC Parks and The New York Public Library in launching “inHarlem” site-specific art projects around Harlem.
On view August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017, inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd presents four site-specific installations in four historic Harlem parks—Morningside, Marcus Garvey, St. Nicholas and Jackie Robinson—and is organized by The Studio Museum in Harlem in partnership with NYC Parks along with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.
The Studio Museum in Harlem invites you to celebrate the opening of inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Remarks at 5:30 p.m.
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem
Enter on Madison Avenue and 123rd Street
Rain or Shine
Open to All
Honoring the legendary Jazz musician Charlie Parker’s contribution to jazz, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is once again set to entertain audiences at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. This year, the Jazz festival is more of a celebration than ever as it’s around the centennial of the term “jazz,” and what would have been the 100th birthdays of late jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.
In Marcus Garvey Park on the 26th, audiences can enjoy performances from Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground, the electrifying 11-piece band led by keyboardist Jason Lindner and jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague, accompanied by Jazzmobile friends.
Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet will play jazz infused with influences of African culture, while jazz pianist and gospel musician Cory Henry will wow audiences with his full band sound on the 27th.
Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground
Antoinette Montague and Jazzmobile Friends
DJ Greg Caz
Friday August 26, 2016
7 pm – 9 pm
Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn
Charles Turner 111
Saturday August 27, 2016
3 pm – 7 pm
It’s time for the 1st Harlem Havana Music & Cultural Festival, which is set to bring Cuban artists to Harlem, New York City in August for a week of live music, visual arts, dance, film, food and more during HarlemWeek festivities.
The Harlem Havana Music and Cultural Festival (August 15 – 21) was created to celebrate the artistic connection between Harlem and Havana, and now that relations between the U.S. and Cuba have been re-established for the first time since they were suspended in the 1960s, it is time to get the party started in Harlem.
Cuban musicians, visual artists, dancers, filmmakers, chefs and educators will be highlighted during this years Harlem Week from Aug. 15-21. They include saxophonist César López and his Habana Ensemble, and pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco, a young lion who was selected by Wynton Marsalis to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra during the New York big band’s trip to Havana in 2010.
Next year, some American artists with Harlem connections, including Smokey Robinson will return the favor and travel to Havana, Cuba in a similar effort of cultural exchange in February 2017.
It’s time to come out and enjoy some live music and performances in Harlem as City Parks Foundation’s 2016 season of SummerStage concerts at Richard Rogers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park through August will feature reggae singer Alpha Blondy, a night of powerful words and song with renowned poet and performer Saul Williams, and more. All concerts are FREE!
Harlem SummerStage Concert schedule in Marcus Garvey Park:
Tuesday, Aug 16. 7:00 p.m.: Alpha Blondy
Wednesday, Aug 17, 7:00 p.m.: Saul Williams / Kimberly Nichole
Thursday, Aug 18, 7:00 p.m.: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Collective / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
Friday, Aug 19, 7:00 p.m.: Nathan Trice Rituals / HAS Dance Ensemble / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
Saturday and Sunday, Aug 20-21, 7:00 p.m.: Kalabantè Circus / Iron Skulls & Quim Moya / Sxip’s Hour of Charm
Friday, Aug 26, 7:00 p.m.: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / Antoinette Montague and Jazzmobile Friends / DJ Greg Caz
Saturday, Aug 27, 3:00 p.m.: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman
Having highlighted hip-hop music and culture in 2013 and salsa and Latin music in 2014, the festival is thrilled this year to honor another distinctly New York musical form: Jazz. The 2016 season of SummerStage will both showcase exceptional performing artists from around the globe, and will also feature more jazz performances than ever before, with nearly half a dozen planned for Central Park and many more in neighborhood parks across the city. The focus on jazz this season coincides with the upcoming centennial of the musical dawning of the term “jazz,” as well as what would have been the 100th birthdays of late jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.
“Capital One is proud to once again support SummerStage as it celebrates New York’s artistic energy and creativity,” said Michael Slocum, President, Commercial Banking and Northeast Regional President, Capital One. “The artsbuild communities and enrich lives, and this remarkable festival embodies our commitment to investing for good in the diverse communities where our associates live and work.”
UPDATE: Due to expected rainy weather, this event will take place on SUNDAY, August 7th!
The Sweet Spot Festival is back this Saturday, August 6th, from 2PM-9PM at West Harlem Pier/ 125th St + West Side Highway. Presented with Large UP, the 4th Annual JAMAICAN INDEPEN-DANCE! A celebration of all things Caribbean with a Reggae & Dancehall Bashment! -With music by Father German NYC Champion Sound RICE + PEAS Deejay Gravy, Max Glazer, Orijahnal Vibez, Micro Don & more surprise guests. This will be the place to be for great vibes under the sun Saturday so pack a picnic and come have some fun.
The event also includes:
FREE dancehall workshop by international choreographer
BLACKA DI DANCA
Selecting, Dancing, Art for the little ones,
Good Food, Vintage & Artisan Vendors
HARLEM WEEK 2016 is about to begin a month long schedule filled with a series of events for all age groups uptown. To start things off, the HarlemMusicFest Gospel Caravan Celebrates “A Great Day in Harlem” this Sunday (7/31) from 3:00pm-4:30pm with performances by Grammy Award winning gospel performer, Donnie McClurkin featuring McDonalds Gospel SuperChoir, Harlem Heritage United Choir (Korea) and Bishop Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir. Sunday evening, get ready for “Concert Under The Stars,” with performances by Eddie Levert from The O’Jays and bandleader Ray Chew. This event will take place at US Grant National Memorial Park on West 120th Street to 124th Street on Riverside Drive.
Twelve finalists have been selected for the Uptown Battle of the Bars 2016: The Art of the Mix, and organizer Harlem Park to Park has announced details for the SHOWDOWN FINALE EVENT, which will take place MONDAY, JULY 18TH at MIST HARLEM -46 W. 116TH ST from 6 PM – 10 PM. There will also be a DJ Battle with guest Judge DJ Red Alert. If you would like to join the festivities RSVP Now!