Brooklyn Music Festival In Officially Launched: Only 16 Days To Go!

cores of Caribbean music lovers, media, and entertainment industry executives squeezed into Bar 13 in New York’s trendy Union Square area to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month with the launch of the Brooklyn Music Festival this past Wednesday (June 3rd). Only two weeks away, festival performers Dancehall superstar Serani, acclaimed Hollywood actor Leon and his Reggae-Soul band The Peoples, the New Kingston Band, the Brown Rice Family, the original ‘Jew-maican’ Benny Bwoy, NY based Ragga-Ska band The Rudie Crew, and singers Essence and Kendra Granville joined famed festival promoter George Crooks in officially launching what is predicted to be New York’s biggest and best Caribbean music event this year.
 
Slated for Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field on Sunday, June 21st, the Brooklyn Music Festival features the sights, sounds, and taste of the Caribbean with a carnival-styled outdoor family fun day.  Other live performers include Dancehall Giants Mavado, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, and Elephant Man; Hip Hop legends Doug E Fresh and Big Daddy Kane; Dancer Ding Dong, Soca stars Patch and Berbice; Dancehall sirens Spice, Barbee, and Lady G; the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and Ska singer King Django; and roots Reggae crooners Tarrus Riley, Natural Black and Prestige.
 
“The Brooklyn Music Festival isn’t your run-of-the mill Dancehall stage show,” states George Crooks. “This is about celebrating the music and culture of the Caribbean for Caribbean-American Heritage Month. It’s has Dancehall, Reggae, Soca, Ska, and Rocksteady–it even features Caribbean-influenced Hip Hop, R&B, and Soul music. It is about the impact that Caribbean music has had on American culture.”
 
Dancehall artist Einstein, legendary Reggae musician Derek Barnett, Air Jamaica Community Relations team member Derrill Mitchell, and Caribbean Community advocate and Team Jamaica Bickle founder Irwine Clare were among the crowd of supporters as were members of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, the U.S. Census 2010, and sponsors NY1, Time Warner Cable, Ramada, and Power 105.1.
 
The Brooklyn Music Festival will be held at the Aviator Sports and Recreation’s Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday, June 21st. Featured acts include Mavado, Beenie Man, Serani, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Spice, Tarrus Riley, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, Ding Dong, Barbee, Brown Rice Family, Lady G, Patch, Berbice, Natural Black, The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, King Django, New Kingston Band, The Rudie Crew, Benny Bwoy, Leon and the Peoples, Prestige, Kendra Granville, and Essence. General admission tickets are $59 in advance. Children under 12 free.