Newark native Faith Evans delivered a rousing free concert at Newark Symphony Hall last night to commemorate the opening day of Newark Celebration 350’s Founders Week festival, which runs through Sunday, May 15th.

Today, the main stage at Military Park will emceed by Rah Digga and headlined by Naughty by Nature, with Robert Glasper, Angela Johnson, Hot 97’s DJ Bobby Trends, and the Shabazz High School Marching Band taking the stage. See below for the full two-day schedule of performances on the Main Stage and Youth Stage, as well as Community Expos and Artists Village activities that will take place throughout the park.


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Emcee: Rah Digga
1 p.m.: Malcolm X Shabazz High School Marching Band
1:30 p.m.: Soul singer and songwriter Angela Johnson
2:45 p.m.: Random Test Reggae Band. The sounds of the Caribbean, direct from Asbury Park.
4 p.m.: The Airmen of Note with special guest Stefon Harris presented by the Institute of Jazz at Rutgers University. The multi-Grammy-nominated vibraphonist, who also is NJPAC’s Artistic Director of Jazz Education, appears with the U.S. Air Force’s premier jazz band from Washington, D.C.

5:30 p.m.: Robert Glasper Experiment. The Grammy-winning artist brings his critically acclaimed, breakthrough fusion of R&B, jazz and hip-hop to Newark.
7 p.m.: Naughty By Nature. A triumphant hometown return! One of hip-hop’s legendary and most enduring groups (“Hip Hop Hooray,” “O.P.P.”) made history as the artists to win the first Grammy for Rap Album of the Year in 1996.
8:30-10:30 p.m.: Hot 97’s DJ Bobby Trends


Emcee: Sheila Anderson
1 p.m.: Them Cloud Kids: Epiphany and YB the Brand. Them Cloud Kids offers a dynamic selection of artists who portray current musical vibes, positivity and a reflection of Ubuntu culture. Through spoken word, art and live music, Them Cloud Kids places an emphasis on uniting and empowering Newark youth.
2 p.m.: The Newark Boys Chorus
3 p.m.: Jazz House Kids
4 p.m.: Teen singer and songwriter Alexis Morrast with her trio
5 p.m.: Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens. A program titled The Soul of Newark journeys to the intersection of jazz and soul during the heyday of the city’s music scene.


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Emcee: Cherry Martinez
1 p.m.: A musical tribute to Newark’s “Divine One” – jazz singer Sarah Vaughan – with Wincey Terry, Janet Van Kline and Jackie Jones
2:30 p.m.
: Blues singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi and his band
4 p.m.: The Rev. Stef & Jubilation chorus with special guest Cissy Houston. The double Grammy-winning, soul-gospel singer with a six-decade career shares the stage with Newark’s prestigious choir.
5:30 p.m.: India. “The Princess of Salsa” is considered to be one of the world’s top Latin music recording artists with hits like “La Voz de la Experiencia” (The Voice of Experience) and “Sobre el Fuego” (Over the Fire).
7 p.m.: Power 105.1’s DJ Reymo



Emcee: Sheila Anderson
1 p.m.: Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira. Students demonstrate the Afro-Brazilian martial art, which combines dance, game and ceremony and is based on respect and integrity.
1:30 p.m.: Them Cloud Kids: Leah Jenea
2 p.m.: Charger Rock Alliance
3 p.m.: Them Cloud Kids: Shane Fuller and Leigh Soriano
4 p.m.: The Brick City Jazz Orchestra performs a tribute to Sarah Vaughan.

Other Founders Weekend Festival Area Grounds and Activities (Open Saturday, 1-6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.):

Community Expo: A meet-and-greet setting for the city’s institutions, corporations, non-profits and outreach services to interact with the public. Information about government programs, health screenings, voter registration, cultural interests, recreation and more is available from exhibitors such as New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Museum, Greater NewarkConservancy, Newark Public Library, La Casa de Don Pedro, Ironbound Community Corporation/Newark Riverfront Revival, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Gallery Aferro Mobile Portrait Studio, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center/Barnabas Health, New Jersey Historical Society, WBGO, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark Happening, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Panasonic, Abbott Leadership Institute/YMS College Success, Newark Arts Council, Newark Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Gateway Project Spaces, Muslim League of Voters, Omega Psi Phi, Urban League of Essex County, Barat Foundation, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, Guy Sterling, Mayor Sharpe James and more.

Designers and Artists Village: A showcase of artwork and handcrafted items by some of Newark’s acclaimed artists—look for renowned visual artist Jerry Gant’s commemorative NC 350 T-shirts. The current Portals Newark installation in the park, which repurposes shipping containers with audio-visual technology to connect passers-by worldwide, is also open to visitors. Along Park Place, bordering Military Park, a public art menagerie of the Barat Foundation’s colorful giant Animodules™, Newark’s “Official Peace Ambassadors,” are custom-made to attract children, who are encouraged to help create and paint one of the 3-D, jigsaw-like sculptures.

Kidz Korner: Family fun activities area with face painters, balloon sculptors and more. Highlights include PSEG with Sesame Street, Playworks’ “Switch and Double Tag,” representatives of the New Jersey Devils’ sponsored games for prizes,K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers shoe decorating area activity with children’s shoes donated by BOBS by Skechers, an obstacle courseby Child’s Play Challenge Course, FloydLittle’s Double Dutch instruction and demos, Glassroots’ bracelet making and more.

North Ward Food Truck Place: A fleet of eateries-on-a-roll, serving barbecue, smoothies, cheesesteak sandwiches, tacos, ice cream and more along Park Place.

Suggested parking areas near Military Park: Gateway Parking 268 Market St.; Star Parking 23 Edison Place; Welcome Parking LLC 1160 Raymond Blvd; Laz Parking 100 Mulberry St.; Icon Parking 111 Mulberry St.; Newark Center Parking (Belle) 42 Mulberry St. and Edison Properties 14-20 Central Ave. (opening 11am) and 40 Central Ave. (open only Saturday).  Parking lots will be open near the Prudential Center as well. Park Place between Raymond Blvd and Center Street will be closed.

Festival Rules: Coolers, glass containers or alcohol will not be permitted. Chairs or picnic blankets on the inner oval lawn in front of the mainstage are not allowed though they are permitted in the outer oval (outside of the path). No smoking, bicycles and dogs in the park. Bags and backpacks are subject to search.

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