2006-07-13 / Arts & Entertainment

Free Summer Concerts Making Music In Brooklyn

Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack Free Monday concerts enter their 24th summer in Central Brooklyn, highlighting the best in R&B, classic soul, gospel, hip-hop, calypso, and reggae. And that means another exciting edition of Brooklyn's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field in Central Brooklyn, hosted by Borough President Marty Markowitz.

This year, Brooklyn plays host to a star-studded lineup of musical acts: LL Cool J, Roberta Flack and Stephanie Mills, and calypso & reggae with The Mighty Sparrow and Toots and the Maytals. The series kicked off on Mon-day and continues each Monday through August 21.

+ July 17 - Sweet Summer Soul: Stephanie Mills, The Whispers, and Melba Moore

+ July 24 - Annual Gospel Night: Mighty Clouds of Joy, Tye Tribbett, and Lexi

+ July 31 - Classic Soul Night: Roberta Flack and James Ingram

+ August 7 - Hip Hop Legend LL Cool J

+ August 14 - The Carlos Lezama Caribbean Music Festival: The Mighty Sparrow - The King of Calypso; Reg-gae Sunsplash: Toots & The Maytals, Third World, Maxi Priest, and Rik Rok

Maxie Priest
Maxie Priest + August 21 - Motown in Brooklyn: The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Jack Ashford & The Original Motown Sound, and The Con-tours

Wingate Field is located on Winthrop Street, between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues, opposite Kings County Hos-pital. The public is encouraged to bring chairs because seating is limited. Per-formers are subject to change without notice. For updates at 1-718-469-1912, or visit www.brooklynconcerts.com.

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If you love music, you're in luck, because the annual Seaside Summer Concert Series - hosted by Borough Pre-sident Marty Markowitz at Asser Levy Seaside Park in Brighton Beach-Co-ney Island - is kicking off its 28th season this evening with the incomparable Al Green. The fun continues each Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. through August 24. All performances are free and open to the public.

+ July 13 - Sweet Sounds of Soul: Al Green, with special guest Funk Bro-ther Jack Ashford & The Original Mo-town Sound.

+ July 20 -Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli & The Four Sea-sons-back for the 5th time-with special guest Stewie Stone.

+ July 27 - Enjoy the Romance: An Evening with Julio Iglesias

+ August 3 - "Hippiefest" with Dr. Hook, Country Joe McDonald, Rare Earth, Terry Sylvester, Mitch Ryder, Joey Molland, and Mountain featuring Leslie West and Corky Laing.

+ August 10 - The B-52's, the world's greaest party band.

+ August 17 - Back by Popular Demand: An Evening with Liza Min-nelli.

+ August 24 - Salsa by the Sea: Victor Manuelle and Ivy Queen, "The Queenz of Reggaeton."

Asser Levy Park is located at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue, opposite the New York Aquarium. The public can bring their own chairs or rent chairs. Performers are subject to change without notice. Call the concert hotline at 718-469-1912, or visit www.brooklynconcerts.com.

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