Last weekend found us in the big apple for one of the biggest events in the Jamaican Diaspora
Groovin in the Park.
The day before it came alive, Sunday June 26, at Roy Wilkins Park in queens, there was a general vibe in the community with Barry G and Ras Klem co hosting; Dwayne Stephenson was their first presentation of the billed line-up who had trouble rising to the occasion so much that hardly anyone could tell it was the biggest billing of his budding career.
Tessanne Chin moved the proceedings into high gear with deliveries of new releases sprinkled with old favorites.
Unleashing gems from his timeless catalogue with mastery of stage craft Toots had the full attention of the swelling crowd for all his stay.
Pebo with support from Regina Bell wowed with big sing-a-longs and then the park erupted with the coming of Beres Hammond and no one rested their feet, hands or voice until he was gone. There were moments after moments including one where Brian McKnight had closing honors.
He has been putting up resistance for many years, but there was no resistance from audience members when Beres Hammond took to the stage at the Groovin' In The Park concert in New York on the weekend.
With a record number of patrons in attendance, Hammond took patrons on a stroll down memory lane with hits such as Feel Good, Can't Stop A Man and No Goodbye.
The sea of umbrellas which had shielded many from the scorching sun instantly disappeared, as patrons grooved to his melodious voice. Hammond played host to his audience as he went through the uptempo One Dance and She Loves Me Now.
Spotting fellow artiste Tessanne Chin in the audience, who had performed earlier in the show, Hammond had her join him onstage for a duet of Step Aside.
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By: Davina Henry
Beres Hammond once again cemented his mark proving to reggae and music lovers around the world that he is indeed the legend of lover’s rock.
The more than twenty thousand gathered at the Roy Wilkins Park, in Queens, New York for the recently concluded Groovin in the Park were mesmerized by the soulful singer.
Beres Hammond and Tessanne Chin
Hits after hits, Beres Hammond could do no wrong as patrons were “grooving in the park” to classics such as One Dance, She Loves Me Now and countless others. The large crowd erupted when Beres asked Tessanne Chin who was in the audience to join him on stage for her version of his infectious hit, Step Aside Now.
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by K'Shema Francis
Wanna thank Peabo Bryson & Regina Bell for coming to Southeast Qns yest and performing at Groovin In the Park! pic.twitter.com/RQgEMcMsQE— NYPD 113th Precinct (@NYPD113Pct) June 27, 2016
Groovin In the Park, the largest international reggae and R&B festival will be even more exciting this year with the addition of the Caribbean Food Delights World Jamaican Beef Patty Eating Championship.
“Groovin in the Park is excited to partner with Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) for the World Jamaican Beef Patty Championship, which is sanctioned by Wisconsin’s based All Pro Eating Promotions governing body,” said Groovin Executive Producer, Christopher Roberts.
*This is probably the first time that a professional competition of this kind is being held at a reggae/ R&B festival in North America, which will provide Groovin In The Park patrons a unique opportunity to experience the competition first hand. I am confident they will enjoy it” Roberts noted.
GROOVIN' IN THE PARK 2016 COMMERCIALS
NY: Grammy Award winning R&B legend Regina Belle has been added to the powerful lineup for the 2016 'Groovin In The Park' concert which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 26th. The news was recently announced on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5 FM in New York City.
"Regina is a powerhouse singer who has recorded many R&B hit songs in her illustrious career. We are excited and sincerely grateful to include her on our lineup this year," Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of 'Groovin In The Park' said.
New York: A past winner and an enduring favorite of NBC's smash television series The Voice, Tessanne Chin, will join the company of Grammy Award winners Brian McKnight, Peabo Bryson and reggae luminaries Beres Hammond and Toots Hibbert as headline performers at Groovin In The Park 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
The annual summer concert takes place on Sunday June 26 and the Jamaican songbird took to twitter to announce her glee saying "can't wait !!! #GroovinInThePark."
Duane Stephenson's Groovin Radio interview for his Groovin In The Park 2016 appearance
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New York: Veteran reggae superstars Toots Hibbert, who recently reached a court settlement for the injury he sustained in 2013, is now officially confirmed as a headline performer alongside Beres Hammond at New York's Groovin In The Park 2016. The event unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
This year's festival promises to be a ravishing treat for music lovers who will have the opportunity to see the Jamaican icon and former lead singer of The Maytals in concert.
“We here at Groovin Inc are extremely happy Toots has fully recovered from his injury and is ready to grace the stage again" Groovin Inc CEO Chris Roberts disclosed.
Toots was originally booked to perform at the festival in 2013 but was pulled after sustaining a head injury at an outdoor festival in Richmond, Virginia.
Reggae's timeless idol Beres Hammond, who has performed at the annual "Groovin In The Park at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on two previous occasions, has been invited to be one of the headliners for the annual festival on Sunday, June 26, 2016.