Bilal, Rakim, Avery*Sunshine to perform at NJPAC’s free Sounds of the City series

Bilal will headline at NJPAC's free, outdoor Sounds of the City's series, Aug. 25.

Bilal will headline at NJPAC’s free, outdoor Sounds of the City series, Aug. 25.

Bilal, who stole the show at the June 26 BET Awards show in Los Angeles with his dynamic performance of the late Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” (see video below), has just a few shows currently scheduled for this summer, and one of them will be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. And there will be no admission charge.

He’ll be performing outdoors, at NJPAC’s Theater Square, Aug. 25, as part of the venue’s annual Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City series.

The series will start on July 7 with its traditional opener, DJ Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue Dance Party, and will also feature performers such as Afro-Caribbean group Tiempo Libre, July 14; the legendary hip-hop MC Rakim, July 21; a version of the great reggae group The Wailers led by Junior Marvin, Aug. 4; and singer-songwriter Avery*Sunshine, Aug. 11.

Here is the schedule; all shows begin at 5 p.m. For information, visit

July 7: DJ Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue Dance Party
July 14: Tiempo Libre, The Nicki Denner Trio
July 21: “Universal Hip Hop Museum: The Peace, Unity & Love Show,” with Rakim, Renée Neufville of Zhané, T-Ski Valley, Original B Fats, Reggie Reg of the Crash Crew, Lakim Shabazz, Chip Fu, Antonius The Realist, Milwaukee Lateef, Grand Wizard Theodore, Cutman LG, Miranda Writes. Hosted by Roxanne Shanté
July 28: Kamasi Washington, DJ Jihad Muhammad
Aug. 4: Junior Marvin’s Wailers, DJ Lumumba aka Revolution
Aug. 11: Avery*Sunshine, Bradd Marquis
Aug. 18: Tortured Soul, Andre Davis
Aug. 25: Bilal, Walter Christopher



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