Groovin in the Park 2013 Delivers another winning combination of Reggae and Rhythm and Blues
Photography & Feature by Empress K – Founder & Editor at www.ReggaeReflection.com
The road to Queens on Sunday June 30, 2013 was a well-travelled one, or so it seemed as this writer circled the perimeter of Roy Wilkins Park, ready to enjoy what had for weeks been promoted as the biggest and best park show to hit New York City.
Tradition dictates that ‘upcoming’ artists are the warm-up act and so on this occasion Culture Wise, Princess Menen and Mr. Glamarus had the unenviable task of kicking things off. The show was ably MC’d by Clement Hume aka Ras Clem and Jamaican radio d-j Richie B who introduced the first of the headline acts; Half Pint, a last minute replacement for the previously advertised Cocoa Tea whose lack of work visa meant a very late cancellation. Half Pint’s easily recognizable vocals to ”Greetings” wafting in the air was definitely an indication that the show had started. Dressed to impress in a red brocade jacket and white dress shirt, although a tad hoarse, he warmed up the early crowds who were steadily streaming into the park.
Half Pint brings his Greetings to #GroovinInThePark
Barrington Levy photos (click on each photo to enlarge)
Queen Ifrica, The Fyah Mumma
Photo SlideShow of Queen Ifrica at #GroovinInThePark
As the afternoon wore on and the sky cleared, the anticipation was building as next up on stage came British group, the internationally acclaimed Steel Pulse (added to the roster in place of Toots injured from a bottle thrown by an overzealous fan!) headed by front man David Hinds resplendent in his multi-colored raiment which had the crowd abuzz. Steel Pulse has always enjoyed massive international success and support, but somehow that did not seem to translate in this Queens park setting. After spatterings of applause, they seemed to lose the crowd, and despite the lackluster response their set continued for over an hour.
Sanchez Photos (click on each photo to enlarge)
Steel Pulse Photos (click on each photo to enlarge)
Scenes at #GroovinInthePark
Patti Labelle up next for the Rhythm and Blues segment
Patti Labelle photos (click on each photo to enlarge)
Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese (#TGT) performing for the Ladies as they closed out #GroovinInThePark 2013 (click on each photo to enlarge)
Sheron Hamilton-Pearson was born in London. With a passion for writing, she has had articles published at www.jamlink.com, Where Itz At newspaper and www.imagesnewsletter.com and has provided news stories to www.streethypenewsletter.com.
She currently hosts a weekly magazine-style internet radio program, The Conduit Show every Sunday at www.ustream.tv/channel/reggae-nation.com between the hours of 6 and 9 pm.
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Empress K is the Founder, Primary Photo-Journalist and Editor of www.reggaereflection.com. Reggae Reflection has gained international recognition with quality coverage of premier reggae events in Jamaica, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Barbados, Guyana, and Nigeria as well as numerous completed photography assignments for notable reggae events in the New England area, NY, Alabama, and Florida region. Festival coverage has included Groovin In the Park, Six Flags NJ Caribbean Concert Series, IRAWMA, HangOut Festival Alabama, 9Mile Festival Miami, Rebel Salute, Sunfest FL and more.
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