A free community concert celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Newark Downtown District (NDD) will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16. Presented in partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the event will feature live music by The Commodores and Eric Benét, and a session with DJ Felix Hernandez. The event will be co-hosted by radio personalities Shaila Scott of WBLS 107.5 FM and DJ Wallah of HOT 97.
The event will start at 5 p.m. at NJPAC’s outdoor Chambers Plaza, 1 Center St., rain or shine. The music gets under way with Felix Hernandez, whose broadcasts of “Rhythm Revue” are heard on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and stations throughout the metro area, and who kicks of NJPACs Sounds of the City concert series every year.
Hernandez will be followed by the Commodores and Benét.
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About half a dozen food trucks will be on hand selling cuisine ranging from cheesesteak sandwiches and empanadas to chicken-stuffed pastry puffs and ice cream. NICO Kitchen + Bar at NJPAC will be also be open throughout the concert, and its outdoor grill will serve burgers, hot dogs and barbecue chicken. A beer garden will be open for beer, wine and mixed drinks.
The NDD was established by municipal ordinance in 1988 to “service the downtown community in formulating, promoting, and implementing the economic revitalization” of the Central Business District.
Today, the organization provides supplemental cleaning and safety services, as well as physical improvement, marketing, and event programs. NDD’s ambassadors are easily recognizable by their bright yellow uniforms. The organization is funded through a special assessment commercial and residential properties in the district, which is billed and collected by the city’s tax collection department and turned over to the NDD for operation management. The NDD is overseen by a Board of Trustees consisting of business and property owners downtown, representatives of non-profit organizations, and city officials and staff.