The award-winning and globally-acclaimed British band Steel Pulse has officially been added to the star-studded line-up for New York City’s R&B and reggae music festival, Groovin In The Park. Steel Pulse will be joining Patti LaBelle, TGT (Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese), Sanchez, Barrington Levy and Queen Ifrica for this annual one-day concert held on Sunday June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
Over the weekend, NY1 News spoke with Christopher Roberts, the festival’s founder, to give Queens a sneak peak of what is in store.
Steel Pulse will be filling in for Toots & The Maytals, who unfortunately had to withdraw from the line-up due to the lead singer Toots Hibbert’s continuing medical issues. Mr. Hibbert was reportedly hit in the head with a vodka bottle on May 19 at his show in Richmond, Virginia. The injury has led Toots to cancel all remaining summer tour dates. “This unavoidable decision was made by Toots’ medical team as it has been determined that any performances at this time could seriously compromise his health and well-being,” according to a statement from Toots Hibbert’s management team. Despite these circumstances, Steel Pulse has come on board to spread their iconic music to the masses.