One of Newark’s most highly anticipated summer events is celebrating a significant milestone this year: the Lincoln Park Music Festival, scheduled for July 24th through July 26th, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.
In past years, the festival has featured Grammy award-winning acts and an array of local talents that range from jazz to gospel, house to hip-hop. According to organizers, the festival, a tentpole initiative among the several spearheaded by the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, grew from 2,000 attendees its inaugural year to more than 50,000 last year.
To commemorate its decennial, festival organizers are expanding the event’s footprint by holding events around the city in the runup to the official festival dates. Beginning next week and running even after the festival wraps, Newark residents and visitors can look forward to events at venues including Burger Walla, Center Stage Cuts, Hotel Indigo, and Robert Treat.
“I applaud the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District on celebrating this 10th year milestone of providing great music and fun for families and visitors alike,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “This musical experience is near and dear to me as my father, Amiri Baraka, participated in past festivals and treasured this event. The Lincoln Park Music Festival is a true mainstay for this great city,” Baraka continued.
LPCCD is calling this time of year #FestivalSeason, and is also encouraging use of hashtag #LPMF10 to mark pre-festival events leading up to the three-day festival itself. Read below for scheduled pre-festival events, and stay tuned for more event details and the festival lineup as they become available.
Lincoln Park Music Festival Jazzy-Soul Series at Hotel Indigo Newark
When: Every Tuesday in July (July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 5pm to 9pm)
Where: ALVA Tavern @ Hotel Indigo, 810 Broad Street, Newark, NJ
Come grab dinner, drinks and enjoy a cabaret-style intimate performance by a jazz, R&B or neo-soul artist at ALVA at Hotel Indigo. Admission is by dinner reservation at ALVA or two-drink minimum for standing room only. Call for reservations 973-242-0065. Must be 21 years old or over to attend.
LPMF Rooftop Cocktail Fundraiser hosted by singer/songwriter Russell Taylor
When: July 15th, 6pm – 11pm
Where: Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ
Enjoy a warm rooftop breeze, cocktails, appetizers, and live DJ with a view overlooking NJPAC’s Sounds of the City concert. The event will be hosted by singer/songwriter Russell Taylor, a VH1 “You Oughta Know” 2013 winner, who will treat the attendees to a special live performance. Also appearing Newark’s own alternative R&B vocalist, songwriter, Peter Winstead, Jr., who has been touted by BET, DJ Booth, AllHipHop.com, AOL Black Voices, and Centric. There is a nominal admission price of $45 for this amazing night of music that will raise money for the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tickets go on sale June 26, 2015. Call for information 973-242-4144. Must be 21 years old or over to attend.
Featured image via LPCCD’s Flickr account