The beat goes on!

Two free hip hop-style concerts will take place in Springfield Park this weekend as part of the annual, citywide SummerStage 2018 program.

First, Kranium will share the stage with DJ Polish and longtime producer duo Federation Sound on Saturday, July 7, starting at around 4 p.m.

A native of Jamaica’s Montego Bay, Kranium, whose birth name is Kemar Donaldson, is a rising star in the dancehall genre, a faster digital extension of reggae with Jamaica Patois lyrics that gained popularity in the 1980s. The current Queens resident had a smash hit with “Nobody Has to Know” in 2013.

As part of the fun, the CityParks PuppetMobile will perform “The Big Good Wolf,” a modern take on “The Three Bears” during which Goldilocks and Baby Bear join forces to convert the Big Bad Wolf into a force for positive change. Plus, the Edge School of the Arts will present dance and Volunteers for Springfield Park will host activities, starting at about 3 p.m.

On the following afternoon, July 8, the hip-hop duo EPMD will also perform in Springfield Park, which is located in the vicinity of 147th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard, at 5 p.m. DJ Sylk will provide the background music.

Straight out of Long Island’s Brentwood, EPMD, which stands for “Erick and Parrish Making Dollars,” have been in the rap game for more than 30 years. Known for their sophisticated wordplay and heavy sampling, they had their first taste of success with “Strictly Business” and then “Unfinished Business” in the 1980s. After some other hits and two breakups, they reunited with “We Mean Business” in 2008.

The nonprofits Volunteers for Springfield Park and Brooklyn Fishing will host pre-concert activities.

Presented by the City Parks Foundation, SummerStage organizes more than 100 shows in 18 neighborhood parks around the five boroughs from June to September. Already in Queens, Kool & the Gang played in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on June 16 and the Metropolitan Opera performed in Socrates Sculpture Park on June 29. Queensbridge Park will also host events.

Click here for a complete Queens schedule.

Editor’s note: There are two shows at Springfield Park before the pair mentioned above. There’s a celebration of Haitian culture and music with the group RAM, the bluesy guitarist Paul Beaubrun, and DJ Hard Hittin Harry on July 5. Plus, the three Dunning sisters, aka The Legendary Ladies of SKYY, will do soul and disco on July 6. DJ Felix Hernandez will join the Brooklyn-born siblings.

Top image: EPMD; bottom image: Kranium


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