“NYC Homecoming Week” free concert series starts this week

by PDM STAFF

| Image by the New York City Homecoming Week

NEW YORK – The NYC Homecoming Week’s “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” free concert series began its first stop today at Orchard Beach at The Bronx from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. featuring KRS-One Slick Rick, Kid Capri, and Nice & Smooth. Street artists include John “Crash” Matos, Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano, Sotero “BG183” Ortiz, and Hector “Nicer” Nazario, all members of the world-famous art collective known as Tats Cru.

Evan Korn, CEO of IDEKO, welcomed New Yorkers to a great show at the Orchard Park parking lot, where a stage has been set up. “We are thrilled to be a partner in this event series and cannot wait for the first act to hit the stage at 3 p.m. today,” he said before the event, “and help bring the positive energy back to New York City.”

At a meeting with his media availability, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the first 1,000 ticket holders who arrive at the concerts might receive a free, limited edition “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” t-shirt. He said that concert-goers would also enjoy live temporary art installations by local street artists curated by Thrive Collective at all four shows, in addition to food by the Bronx Night Market at Orchard Beach and Hester Street Fair at Midland Beach and Brooklyn Army Terminal.

“NYC Homecoming Week concerts are the celebration we all deserve and tonight’s first concert in the Bronx will be legendary,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are beyond excited for communities across the city to enjoy this free performance followed by incredible lineups with the greatest all-stars of Hip Hop in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens before our historic finale with Clive Davis and Live Nation in Manhattan.”

The four free concerts at outdoor venues will be hosted by iconic Video Music Box host Ralph McDaniels; live-streamed by Behind the Rhyme, a channel on Twitch; all made possible through presenting sponsor Planet Fitness, with sponsor support from Resorts World for the concert in Queens. Tickets can be reserved at: nyc.gov/HomecomingWeek.

“The NYC Homecoming concerts this week will serve not only as great opportunity to come together as a city but to also thank every single New Yorker who kept our city moving forward this past year,” said Daniele Baierlein and Jorge Luis Paniagua Valle, Co-Executive Directors of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring the concert series to every borough, giving all New Yorkers the chance to celebrate and enjoy the summer in the city.”

As part of the “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” experience and emphasizing the historical connection between Hip Hop and graffiti art, Thrive Collective—a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts, sports, and mentoring in and around public schools—has curated a roster of standout New York City street artists that will create live, temporary art installations during the concerts.

The “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” concerts will feature unique food experiences curated by the Bronx Night Market at Orchard Beach and Hester Street Fair in Staten Island and Brooklyn.

To enter an “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” concert, ticket holders must bring:

  • -Ticket as a scannable digital ticket on your phone or a printed copy;
  • -Valid government-issued photo identification such as a drivers’ license, passport, or IDNYC that matches your proof of COVID- 19 vaccination; and
  • -Proof of vaccination that shows you have had at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Following City of New York requirements:

Attendees aged 12 or over must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter an “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” concert. Proof of vaccination includes at least one dose of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

Unvaccinated minors under the age of 12 must:

  • -Be accompanied by a vaccinated adult to enter an “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” concert (The vaccinated adult must present proof of at least one dose of a Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization approved COVID-19 vaccine, which are Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac.);
  • -Present proof of a negative COVID PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 72 hours or take a rapid test prior to entrance, and that test must be negative; and
  • -Wear a face covering if over age two and medically able to tolerate a face-covering.

Persons who are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability will be required to:

  • Sign an attestation to that effect to enter the concert;
  • Present proof of a negative COVID PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 72 hours prior to the event; and
  • If medically able to tolerate a face-covering, wear a mask for the entire duration of the event.

Due to congestion at entry points, staff will bring those signing an attestation to a nearby area to sign and escort them back to the line.

For more information, visit the “Faqs” page at nyc.gov/HomecomingWeek.

In addition to “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC,” NYC Homecoming Week, a citywide celebration of New York City’s resilience, features:

View the full list of NYC Homecoming Week events listed by event type and search by event type, ticket type, date, or borough on nyc.gov/HomecomingWeek.

According to a news release, this celebration of New York City’s resilience will drive support for the mom-and-pop businesses and local organizations that defined our neighborhoods and kept the heart of our city beating throughout the COVID pandemic. — With Jay Domingo/PDM

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