Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm, Rumsey Playfield will host four R&B sensations: Jagged Edge, Melanie Fiona, Chris Walker, and Force MDS. This will be the last free concert in Central Park for the year. The event is un-ticketed so you’ll want to get there early to get a good spot. We’ve put together some videos for you so you can check out some of the artists that are performing:
Jagged Edge has sold over 8 million records, won countless awards and gained impressive nominations while solidifying their place in R&B history with hit singles such as, “He Can’t Love U,” “Let’s Get Married,” “Promise,” and “Where the Party At.” With catchy lyrics and hypnotic beats; numerous albums, including A Jagged Era, J.E. Heartbreak, and Jagged Little Thrill, have held spots at the top of the Billboard charts.
Melanie Fiona shares her passion for music with her debut album, The Bridge which is a collection of soulful songs that highlights her retro sound and combines the traditions of classic soul with modern music R&B stylings. Several of her singles have climbed the charts, including “It Kills Me,” which peaked at number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Song Chart.
Chris Walker has been active in the music industry since his days as R&B/Pop songstress Regina Belle’s musical director. During his tenure, Belle noticed his fine voice and encouraged him to produce his debut, First Time, which yielded two Top Five R&B hits, “Giving You All My Love” and “Take Time.” His follow up album, Sincerely Yours further established his career. With the recent release of his newest single, “I Got That Love,” R&B fans can be sure that Walker’s sultry, mid-tempo grooves are here to stay.
The Force M.D.s began their climb to fame by singing and dancing on Greenwich Village street corners and the Staten Island ferry. Among the first R&B vocal groups to intermix catchy doo wop-affected consonances with hip-hop beats, the Force M.D.s’ versatile mix of credible urban savvy with smooth showbiz pleases both b-boys and traditional soul fans.
SummerStage is located right off the 5th Avenue and 72nd Street entrance to Central Park in New York City. Enter at 69th and 5th Avenue. Admission to all free performances (not benefit concerts) is on a first come, first-served basis, no tickets required. Depending on the show, chairs may or may not be placed on the field. Depending on the show, bleacher seating may or may not be available. E-mail [email protected] for questions concerning specific shows. SummerStage Gates open 90 minutes prior to showtime on weekends and benefit concerts, 60 minutes prior to showtime on weekdays. Shows will not be cancelled in the event of rain. Shows will be cancelled, however, in the event of lightning for the safety of the audience and the performers. Food and beverages are available to purchase at all shows. Menu items include burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian sandwiches, Heineken, Amstel Light and wine. At the free shows, food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. However, glass bottles, coolers and alcohol are not permitted. And yes, the Summerstage support staff will search bags on entry. For more info, you can call (212) 360-2777.