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Goodbye Summer! 4TH Annual R& B Fest 2012 – WBLS Presents Eric Benet & More

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Goodbye Summer!

Fall officially begins September 22nd, however most Americans (especially in the North) are saying “Goodbye summer” because the celebration of Labor Day (September 4th) is the symbolic end of the summer.

Summer in New York City is known for special outdoor events, and one of the most memorable of this summer was the 4th Annual WBLS Radio R&B Festival on August 12th at the Central Park Summerstage featuring Eric Benet, Salt-N-Pepa, Christopher Williams, Kenny Lattimore, and Q Parker from the group 112.

It was a four hour old school party as Chubb Rock pumped up the crowd with his 1991 hip-hop hit “Treat ’em Right” and DJ Bent Rock kept the classics flowin’ on the 1s and 2s.

Kenny Lattimore opened the show crooning for the ladies and setting a romantic mood with his 1997 hit “For You.”

Q Parker (112)

Q Parker from the group 112 followed Lattimore and performed songs from his upcoming solo CD The Manual. Parker has a fitness calendar and takes pride in his physique, and the women screamed their approval when he ripped off his shirt and enthusiastically displayed his six-pack.

Just as the women were calming down, they were driven to a frenzy by the unexpected appearance of Denzel Washington who introduced his long time friend, Christopher Williams. Denzel sat at the back of the stage as Williams performed with a full band and four female dancers. He brought back memories of “NewJackCity” as he kicked off his set with his 1991 number soundtrack hit “I’m Dreamin’.” Williams also sang several songs by his late idol Teddy Pendergrass including “Love T.K.O.”

The party continued with Salt-N-Pepa, who after 27 years in the music business, still knows how to work the crowd. It was a family affair as Salt shared the stage with her children and her husband Gavin Wray. Pepa, who looks “sex-sational” at the age of 47, boasted that she’s still single and ready for the right man. They brought out another hip-hop star from Queens, New York, Dres from Black Sheep, who turned the crowd out with his 1991 classic “The Choice Is Yours.” Salt-N-Pepa returned to perform all their hits, leading up to their grand finale, “Push It.”

Headliner Eric Benet set an erotic tone when he confessed, “My two addictions are chocolate and women, but not in that order,” before singing “Chocolate Legs.” He lived up to his reputation as a lady killer, seductively using his falsetto throughout his set including his songs “Spend My Life With You”, “Sometimes I Cry” and a powerful “Femininity” from his 1996 debut CD True to Myself. Benet’s latest CD The One is now in stores.

(Ken Simmons)

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SummerStage 2012 Schedule

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SummerStage brings over 100 free performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs.

 R&B duo Groove Theory has released only one album, 1995’s silky, self-titled chart topper. Both members, Amel Larrieux and Bryce Wilson, went on to solo careers, each notable in its own right, but never matching the power of hits like “Tell Me” and “Baby Luv.” Groove Theory, Soulive, Rioq & Raz with Strings (Black Thought & Rahzel with Strings) performed at Central park SummerStage on Father’s Day. The Roots drum whiz Questlove deejayed between sets. 

Free Concert in June 2012 

Brand Nubian

Brand Nubian

Wednesday, June 20 7 – 9 pm
Old School Hip Hop
Brand Nubian/Game Rebellion

@ Red hook Park, Brooklyn 

Free Concert in July 2012

 Tuesday, July 10 7 – 9 pm
Old School Hip Hop
Chubb Rock/Kurtis Blow/DJ Bent Roc

@ Crotona Park, Bronx

Sunday, July 15 7 – 9 pm
Oldies Soul
Blue Magic/Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

@ Crotona Park, Bronx


Tuesday, July 17 7 – 9 pm

Oldies Doo Wop/Soul
Chi-Lites/Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

@ Queensbridge Park, Queens

Big Daddy Kane

Wednesday, July 18 7 – 9 pm
Old School Hip Hop
Big Daddy Kane/Marley Marl

@ Queensbridge Park, Queens

Thursday, July 19 7 – 9 pm
Oldies Soul
War/Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

@ Queensbridge Park, Queens

Tuesday, July 24 7 – 9 pm
Old School Hip Hop/R&B
Full Force/Force MD’s Johnny Kemp/Jeff Redd/Meli’Sa Morgan

@ Springfield Park, Queens

Tamia

Thursday, July 26 7 – 9 pm
R&B Pop
Tamia

@ Springfield Park, Queens

Tuesday, July 31 7 – 9 pm
Old School Hip Hop
Keith Murray/Beatnuts

@ Tappen Park, Staten Island

Free Concert in August 2012

Wednesday, August 1 7 – 9 pm
Old School Hip Hop
Rob Base

@ Tappen Park, Staten Island

Thursday, August 2, 7 – 9 pm
R&B Disco
GQ/Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

@ Tappen Park, Staten Island

Sunday, August 5,  4 – 8 pm
Gospel
Hezekiah Walker & Friends/Vashawn Mitchell/Le’Andria Johnson/James Fortune & F.I.Y.A.

@ Central Park, Manhattan

Thursday, August 9 7 – 9 pm
R&B Hip Hop
Jon B/Jagged Edge

@ Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan

Eric Benet

Sunday, August 12 4 – 8 pm
R&B
Eric Benet & More

@ Central Park, Manhattan

Tuesday, August 14 7 – 10 pm
Neo Soul
Goapele/Yolanda Zama/Screening: “Come Back Africa”

@ Central Park, Manhattan

Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier

Wednesday, August 22 7 – 9 pm
Old School Hip Hop DJ Play
Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier

@ East River Park, Manhattan

For more info; visit summerstage.org