5/25 HISTORY Channel Presents Free NYC Pop-Up #MusicFestival – “Rhythm & ROOTS”

Contributed Article – WHAT:​ ​On Wednesday, May 25 HISTORY® will pay homage to the rich history of music in African culture with a free day of music throughout NYC in celebration of the network’s epic miniseries, ROOTS (premiering Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9 PM ET/PT) – a reprisal of the historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and carry on their legacy despite hardship. ROOTS stars Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”) and Anna Paquin (“Nancy Holt)” plus Grammy Award® winner Tip “T.I.” Harris​ ​(“Cyrus”) and more.

Throughout the day, HISTORY® will feature locally based artists in free performances across the city including parks, public spaces and key transit hubs. The day will round out with an exciting headlining performance by Four-Time Grammy Award® winner Esperanza Spalding, which will take place at the iconic Adam Clayton Powell Plaza in Harlem.

Performances will kick off in Queens and will continue throughout the day across the five boroughs.

WHO:​ ​Four-Time Grammy Award® Winner & headline performer Esperanza Spalding plus locally based artists including:
The Pedrito Martinez Group
Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra
Rasaan “Talu” Green
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew
Heritage O.P. (Organic Percussion)
Marching Cobras
**Interviews available upon request**

WHEN: ​Wednesday, May 25, 2016
**Performances will run from 8am – 8pm throughout the boroughs

Headline Performance Media Check-in: 5pm
Doors Open: 5:30pm Concert Begins: 5:45pm

WHERE:​ ​Headline Performance: Adam Clayton Powell Plaza
163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
(West 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.)

Additional performance lineups include:
The Bronx – Fordham Plaza (East Fordham Road and Webster Avenue)
1:30pm – 2:15pm: Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew
2:30pm – 3:15pm: The Pedrito Martinez Group
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew (second set)
Brooklyn – Willoughby Plaza (Willoughby Street between Pearl and Adams Streets)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: TaluDjembe & theSoundologists
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Soulfolk Experience
3:00pm – 4:30pm: Heritage O.P. (acoustic, two sets)
4:45pm – 6:30pm: Lee Fields & The Expressions (two sets)
Manhattan – Citigroup Center Plaza (601 Lexington Ave and 53rd Street)
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Afrazz
Manhattan – Union Square Plaza (Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets)
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Batala
Manhattan – Washington Square Park (Garibaldi Plaza)
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Heritage O.P. (acoustic, two sets)
2:00pm – 3:00pm: TaluDjembe & theSoundologists (acoustic)
3:00pm – 6:00pm: Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra (two sets)
Queens – Corona Plaza (National Street & Roosevelt Avenue)
7:30am – 9:00am: TaluDjembe & theSoundologists (acoustic, two sets)
Grand Finale: Harlem – Adam Clayton Powell Plaza (W. 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.)
5:45pm – 6:15pm: Marching Cobras
6:15pm – 7:00pm: The Pedrito Martinez Group
7:15pm – 8:00pm: Esperanza Spalding


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