Saturday, August 16th is “Summer In The City” taking place along 135th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue over to Malcolm X Boulevard. The day’s theme is “Back On The Block” which is the name of the classic Quincy Jones album that featured the wide range of styles of Black Music. The day’s events take place from 12Noon – 5PM and attendees can enjoy a diverse array of activities including Day 1 of the NYC Children’s Festival with Rides, games, exhibits for children and families plus Basketball and Boxing Exhibitions and entertainment by young people for young people. The day also includes the Historic Black College Fair & Expo with over 50 Historic Black Colleges sharing information on financial aid, special programs and the benefits of attending a Black College and more. Throughout the day attendees can shop to their heart’s content with vendors and exhibitors selling arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, food and much more. Plus there will be a main stage of entertainment featuring line dancing, music from the DJ’S of WBLS-FM, The Fashion Flava Fashion Show and performances from Joyce Sims, The Jeff Foxx Band and Avery Sunshine. The day concludes with the HARLEM WEEK/Imagenation Outdoor Film Festival screening of the classic film “The Wiz” featuring the music of Quincy Jones along with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and Nipsey Russell.
It was 40 years ago that HARLEM WEEK began as HARLEM DAY and Sunday, August 17th marks the 40th HARLEM DAY. It takes place on 135th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue to 5th Avenue with 4 stages of entertainment, Day 2 of The Children’s Festival, The Upper Manhattan Auto Show with over 100 classic, Antique and new automobiles, motorcycles and other vehicles on display, The NYC Health Village providing free health testing and screenings and again a wide array of vendors and exhibitors selling items from food to artwork to jewelry and whatever one can think of. Some of the featured performers on the various stages include 3-Time TONY Award Winner Hinton Battle, The New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Performing Arts Center Jazz for Kids, Hip Hop Legend Melle Mel, The Award Winning CASYM Steel Pan Orchestra, Musical Director of The Tony Award Winning Play “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”Shelton Becton, R&B artists Elle Winston, Jon B., Dave Hollister, Tank and many more.
Over these two days of the HARLEM WEEK festival alone over 80 artists will perform in almost every music genre ranging from Jazz to Hip Hop to R&B to Gospel to World Music. No matter where you are from you can be a “Harlemite”
As the saying goes “You haven’t done this town ‘til you’ve done it Uptown.”
For detailed information on all the HARLEM WEEK events and to register for selected events please visit www.HARLEMWEEK.com, Download the HARLEM WEEK App available for free in The Apple Store for Iphones&