BERES HAMMOND HEADLINES ‘GROOVIN IN THE PARK’ MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NYC WITH ICONS R KELLY & JIMMY CLIFF

On Sunday July 1st, reggae’s timeless idol Beres Hammond will ignite New York City with musical flames when he headlines the annual “Grooving In The Park…A day of Reggae Rhythm and Blues” at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Hammond will share the stage with veteran reggae icon, the Hon. Jimmy Cliff OM, Boyz To Men and reigning R&B king R Kelly.

“I am very excited about the lineup. The acts we have booked so far – Jimmy, R Kelly, Boyz II Men and Beres – represents the best of reggae and R&B and I am confident they will deliver a spectacular concert for fans. We are still looking to add more acts to complete the lineup, ” said event CEO Christopher Roberts, of Groovin Inc.

Six years ago – the last time the ‘Boss’ Beres Hammond was in town to perform at an outdoor music festival – fans welcomed him with open arms and thunderous applause continued throughout the duration of his set. Supported by the Harmony House Band, the reggae balladeer ran through hits like “Rockaway,” “In Love With You,” “What On Dance Can Do,” “She Loves Me Not,” “Step Aside” “Double Trouble” and “Putting Up Resistance.” Hammond’s stellar career was launched in the 70’s with the release of his monster hit “One Step Ahead,” which stayed at number one on the charts over for 14 weeks. In the 80’s he scored with “What One Dance Can Do,” “Tempted to Touch” and subsequent albums “Love Affair,” “Full Attention” (1993), “In Control” (1994), “Love From a Distance” (1996) and “A Day In The Life” (1998). His 2001 disc “Music is Life” was warmly embraced by fans globally and included the number one hit “Rock Away.” The success of the album led to a series of high profile sold out appearances at the world famous Madison Square Gardens. Hammond is ripe for another stellar set in NY so fans can fasten their seat belts and be prepared to be ‘Rocked Away’ with some sweet, soulful, reggae music at Hammond’s first and only New York performance this year.

Rhythm and Blues legend R. Kelly is a master producer, composer and performer and he is known for delivering music that is spiritual, inspirational and extremely sexual. He made his mark with smash hits like “I Believe I Can Fly,” “World’s Greatest” for the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta; and a duet with French-Canadian pop diva Celine Dion, which catapulted him to international stardom. He has also enjoyed great commercial success, recording collaboration tracks with Jay-Z’s “Not Guilty” and Kelly’s “Fiesta Remix.” Fans are hyped and ready for an extraordinary performance from the R&B crooner who will be returning to NY for his first performance since his “Best of Both Worlds” concert with Jay Z in 2004.

Jimmy Cliff

Music legend Jimmy Cliff created history in 2010 when he became the first Jamaican performer since Bob Marley to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The talented actor, musician, singer, songwriter, music producer and businessman is arguably the most celebrated reggae act alive on the international stage. He regularly plays stadiums and arenas in Africa, Brazil and parts of Europe and has an equally impressive following in the USA where he is best known for songs like “Sitting in Limbo,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Wild World,” “I Can See Clearly Now” and “Many Rivers to Cross.”

Boyz II Men

Grammy award winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men are regarded as one of the most successful of all time. The group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies, gained international notoriety with their 1992 hit single “End of The Road” which remained at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 13 weeks. The group reaped further success with hits “I’ll Make Love To You,” “One Sweet Day (with Mariah Carey) and On Bended Knee.” Their most recent studio album, “Twenty” was released in 2011.

With the event taking place on Sunday, July 1st during the American Independence celebrations and with Jamaica and Trinidad both celebrating 50th anniversaries this year, concert organisers say the festival will serve as a tribute to these three great nations. Detailed plans of the tribute will be announced soon.

Caribbean Media Network at Atlanta Carnival for Media Room Launch

The 2010 Caribbean festival season has begun in grand style.  Atlanta’s Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association hosts the 2010 Atlanta CarnivalThe annual parade will start on West Peachtree Street, and goes through the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The festival village, will be on historic Auburn Ave.

Inaugural– For the 1st time in USA Caribbean festival history, the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Association, in conjunction with Caribbean Media Network will host an official media room. This interactive lounge will feature over 25 media outlets, and Caribbean artists. ACCBA is the 1st to host this official room, which will highlight Caribbean artists and their achievements.  Also, the parade will be broadcast live over the internet, in full color and splendor, on Kalallo.com through live video streaming. The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival has set the pace for USA Caribbean festivals in 2010 and beyond!


The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Soca giant Machel Montano returns to Atlanta,Georgia, with his HD family. There are some unique facts about this Soca king, who started singing Calypso from a very young age. Machel Montano has sold out Madison Square Gardens, TWICE! in one weekend. The following year of his return to the Square, his concert trumped the Jay Z and Mary J Blige national tour. His arrival and performance to Atlanta, GA, is already international news, and it is much anticipated, since his hiatus from 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival this past February!   He is schedule to perform on Friday May 28, 2010, at Club Obsession, on Glenwood Drive, Decatur, GA  For more information  Click Here

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3 of the Hottest Signature Events to Attend

The Events

Jouvert::defined by most West Indians as the official warm up to Carnival! MUSIC, FETE, DANCE, are some of the words which come to mind in this colorful celebration. In its 6th year of production, this signature event hosts over 12 DJs, plus live appearances by some of the Caribbean’s own Soca artist! The event annual attendance of 3,000+ is notable, and plans to be a force to compete, due to his historical reference and a guaranteed enjoyment by attendees.

There are so many events,taking place this weekend, however  there is an event for everyone attending. To view more events, Go to www.peachcarnival.com to learn more

THE CARNIVAL

VERSE- The host of this year’s parade is Virgin Islands own Interscope recording artist “Verse”. He is known by his hit single “Buy You a Round” which has been in heavy rotation on USA and Caribbean radio stations for the past year..Also scheduled to perform is Problem Child, Burning Flames, Rudy, Daddy Chess, Iwer George, Denise Belfon, and much more…

This years events are sure to be well attended and the talk of the town for weeks to come. The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival is in its 22nd year of operation.

The theme of the festival this speaks wonders, since its transitional years: ITS MINES,ITS YOURS, ITS CARNIVAL!,shares the philosophy that people may fight, complain, and disagree, however this historical celebration, which dates back to slavery days, is here to stay! Its Carnival!

To learn more about the parade and the festival, you may visit the official website:www.atlantacarnival.org

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