July just got hotter with the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York taking place on Sunday July 22nd at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY. The eighth staging of the tri-state’s “Biggest Caribbean Food and Music Festival” will take place from 12pm to 8pm, and this year will have no shortage of delicious jerk food vendors, entertainment and fun for all ages.
This year, the mainstage will also offer a new genre to the traditional reggae and soca music roster the festival usually provides. Popular West African artist Patoranking will represent for the afro-beats, as the Nigeria born artist will perform hits like “My Woman, My Everything,” which is sure to make his fans come out in droves as well as introduce him to a new audience. African media conglomerate Aflik TV will be there to capture it all. Energy God, Elephant Man who led the recent DC Jerk Festival held on June 10th, will be back for another astounding performance in New York. Fresh off the success of her single “Walking Trophy,” Hood Celebrityy will be back for the second year in a row to now headline and present the audience with some of her other big hits, representing for modern Caribbean women. Other performers will also include reggae band L.U.S.T., young dancehall artist Jahmiel and the group New Kingston who also performed recently in DC.
Entertainment on the main stage will begin at 12pm and will feature a variety of traditional and folk performances which will keep patrons entertained as well as enlightened. Patrons are encouraged to come out early to enjoy all the performances such as Braata Productions, which comprise performances by the Braata Folk Singers, the Jamaican Junkanoo Masqueraders along with the talented singer, Andrew Clarke and some Ring Ding (children’s games) with Dianne Dixon.
Also performing are the Divine Divas, a group of young models/dancers from Washington DC, Asoso International Ensemble (Afro Caribbean drummers and dancers) and a “Kolors in Bloom” fashion show by Kolor Mania Urban Wear.
Tickets are on sale now at www.jerkfestivalny.com and at authorized retail outlets in the New York tri-state area.