Toni Braxton, NE-YO, Robin Thicke, more set for inaugural Grammy Park

To showcase and celebrate excellence in music across genres, The Recording Academy has partnered with Upsilon Ventures, producer and developer of iconic destinations and visitor experiences and the New York City Mayor’s Office to present GRAMMY Park the first GRAMMY-branded, multi-day live music experience.

Over the course of four days and 10 live concert performances, more than 30 artists, collectively honored with 40-plus GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards, will converge in Brooklyn to celebrate the rich musical diversity of various genres, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel, pop, Latin, and jazz.

Live music performances and signature Artist Spotlights featuring seven-time GRAMMY winner Toni Braxton, three-time GRAMMY winner NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan, and a special evening featuring GRAMMY nominees Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc will take place in two of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations, the Prospect Park Bandshell and the historic Kings Theatre. Additional special events and programs will be held at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.

Ticket prices for GRAMMY Park range from $35 to $175 for VIP packages, and are on sale now GRAMMYPark.com.

Free concert events — open to the public — include a special concert featuring emerging artists and jazz ensembles on Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m. and a Mother’s Day gospel concert on Sunday, May 8th at noon, both at Prospect Park Bandshell. Each concert requires a ticket through GRAMMYPark.com.

“As The Recording Academy recognizes musical excellence every year with our annual GRAMMY Awards, we also celebrate musical diversity year-round through our many events and programs, and GRAMMY Park will do just that,” said Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production & Chief Business Development Officer of The Recording Academy. “We’re excited to offer the public the opportunity to experience various music genres and share the cultural diversity of the GRAMMYs, and there is no better place to do this than the Big Apple.”

SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 5

8 p.m.
Artist Spotlight: NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan
Location: Kings Theatre
NE-YO (three-time GRAMMY winner) with
Jazmine Sullivan (11-time GRAMMY nominee)

Friday, May 6
 
5:30 p.m.
Changing The Game
Location: Kings Theatre
A provocative conversation about hip-hop’s impact on the music world and society, featuring Joey Badass and the groundbreaking artists listed below.

8 p.m.

Hip-Hop Groundbreakers: Concert
Chuck D (six-time GRAMMY nominee)
Just Blaze (six-time GRAMMY nominee)
MC Lyte (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Rahiem
Keith Shocklee
The Kidd Creole
Ray Chew, music director
 
7 p.m.
Latin Mix
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Natalia Lafourcade (GRAMMY winner; seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner)
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
                        (O’Farrill, three-time GRAMMY winner; Latin GRAMMY winner)
Alex Cuba (four-time Latin GRAMMY winner)
Additional performers to be announced
 
Saturday, May 7

10 a.m.
The Next Generation: Emerging Artists – (free and open to the public)
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Showcasing emerging stars of the jazz world; performers to be announced.
 
2 p.m.
Jazz All-Stars
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Monty Alexander – Harlem Kingston Express (Alexander, GRAMMY nominee)
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective (Blanchard, four-time GRAMMY winner)
Kurt Elling (GRAMMY winner)
Christian McBride Trio (McBride, five-time GRAMMY winner)
Cécile McLorin Salvant (GRAMMY winner)
John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet (Patitucci, GRAMMY winner)

8 p.m.
Artist Spotlight: Robin Thicke & Aloe Blacc
Location: Kings Theatre
Robin Thicke (five-time GRAMMY nominee) and
Aloe Blacc (GRAMMY nominee)
 
Sunday, May 8
 
Noon
Gospel Concert – (free and open to the public)
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Hezekiah Walker (two-time GRAMMY winner)
BeBe Winans (six-time GRAMMY winner)
Ray Chew, music director
 
7 p.m.
Big Band & Broadway Remix
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Christian McBride Big Band
Special Guests:
Jonathan Butler (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Andra Day (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Dianne Reeves (five-time GRAMMY winner)
Additional performers to be announced
 
7 p.m.
Toni Braxton
Location: Kings Theatre
Toni Braxton (seven-time GRAMMY winner)

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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