The free, summertime Sounds of the City series — an annual tradition at NJPAC in Newark since the performing arts center opened more than 20 years ago — will return in 2021 after being cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic. Performers will include the reggae group Third World, hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, and salsa star Tony Vega.
As usual, the shows will take place in front of the venue, on Thursday evenings.
The series will start in mid-July, shortly after NJPAC begins presenting indoor shows again, in late June.
“While all of us at NJPAC are incredibly proud of the range of virtual events we’ve been able to offer this past year, we know that there’s nothing like the energy and excitement of a live performance,” said NJPAC’s president and CEO John Schreiber in a press release.
“We cannot wait to welcome our audiences back to NJPAC in person, and especially to this wonderful series, which has always been a joyful way for us to connect with and celebrate our Greater Newark community.”
Safety plans for the series currently call for limited capacity, social distancing, temperature checks and more, though obviously the rules could be modified as CDC guidelines change.
Here is the schedule, with all shows beginning at 6 p.m.
July 15: Felix Hernandez’ Rhythm Revue Dance Party
July 22: Eric B. & Rakim
July 29: Syleena Johnson
Aug. 5: Tony Vega
Aug. 12: Le’Andria Johnson
Aug. 19: Brass Against
Aug. 26: Third World
For information and updates, visit njpac.org/series/horizon-foundation-sounds-of-the-city.
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