The Lincoln Park Music Festival kicks off the season with Mike Phillips on Thursday

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originally published: 05/10/2022

(NEWARK, NJ) — Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) presents the official 15th anniversary of its long and busy Lincoln Park Music Festivalwhich will return to its outer Lincoln Park home on several occasions in July and August 2022. The Lincoln Park Music Festival has evolved over the past 15 years into a season full of music, arts, culture and good -be from April to October every year.

Kicking off the year of the festival’s crystal anniversary is world famous saxophonist Mike Phillips to the acclaimed Jazzy Soul Series, taking place Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the revitalized Medallion Restaurant at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, downtown Newark. Celebrating the release of his upcoming album, Newark will be the exclusive New Jersey tour stop on Mike Phillips’ Summer 2022 Tour. Click here to register for the event.

Mike is the first musician signed by Michael Jordan to the Nike Jordan brand, home of the Air Jordan, and is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary “Big Three” of American soul and pop music: Michael Jackson . , Prince and Stevie Wonder, not only as a member of the band, but as a featured soloist. This Thursday, Mike Phillips will perform his new song “City Lights” and some tracks from hit albums Uncommon denominator (2005); MP3. (2010); Remove the covers (2020); and his first success You reached Mike Phillips (2002), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Opening the show will be incredible Newark musician/singer/composer JANÉ and spoken word poet/artist The Euphony.

“Our flagship arts and culture initiative – the Lincoln Park Music Festival – has weathered many storms, from the economic recession of 2008-09 to the national tragedy of 9/11 and now a global pandemic,” says Anthony Smith , executive director. “Through it all, our annual Lincoln Park Music Festival has been a constant healing space for attendees and performers through dance, expression, food and cultural exchange. For small businesses, our festival is an economic engine for their local brick-and-mortar establishments; a launching pad for new ventures; and place of sale of handicrafts. After two abbreviated years, the return of a full season and an outdoor festival to the park demonstrates Newark’s resilience and a semblance of normality. It will be a spirit filled experience for all who attend.

The annual Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF) is the largest musical experience rooted in the traditions of the African-American and Afro-Caribbean diaspora in the Tri-State area. LPMF has expanded to an audience of 50,000 to 60,000 international attendees who come together, over two weekends, to experience multiple genres of music including Gospel, Jazz, House, Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Kompa and the Latin/Hispanic Diaspora, as well as teaching film, technology and music.

The Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc. (LPCCD) is a non-profit organization actively engaged in the practice of economic development through Creative Placemaking. Its mission is to plan, design and develop a comprehensive arts and cultural district in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of downtown Newark. LPCCD’s major arts and culture programs include the annual Lincoln Park Music Festival, the City of Lincoln Park Music Speaks humanities initiative, the Lincoln Park Jazzy Soul music series, the Lincoln Park Sustainable Living Community Podcast, Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Gallery Without Walls public art initiative.

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