Music series

NJPAC relaunches free music series Sounds of the City in Newark

New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark will revive its “Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City” free outdoor summer concert series beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, with Rhythm Revue Dance Party by Felix Hernandez.

In-person performances in Chambers Plaza at the arts center will run through August. Other acts scheduled to appear are a hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim July 22; R&B singer-songwriter Syleena Johnson, July 29; salsa musician Tony Vega, 5 August ; gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson, August 12; the New York-based political music collective copper against, August 19; and the Third World reggae group, August 26.

Eric B. & Rakim will perform as part of NJPAC’s Sounds of the City free outdoor concert series on July 22 in Newark.Courtesy of New Jersey Performing Arts Center

“For more than 20 years, this is how the city has celebrated summer,” said NJPAC Executive Vice President and Executive Producer David Rodriguez. “This year, what we are celebrating is not just the season, but also the return of live performances to Newark. Our intention is to make these events not only fun, but safe.

Last year, with the NJPAC campus closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the series was adapted into a weekly live DJ dance party streamed on Facebook. This year, the concerts will be presented with an array of security protocols in a closed venue with limited capacity.

The sounds of the city

NJPAC’s Sounds of the City free outdoor concert series in Newark kicks off July 15 with Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue Dance Party.Courtesy of New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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