By: F. Daniel Kent
For the 7th year running Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park on August 27-28. The 2011 festival has the most stellar line up yet including Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi and many more. Keep an eye out here for more acts to be added soon.
If that’s not enough, the Nike Battle for the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester.
On top of that, over 20 of the NYC area’s hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival, which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival. In addition, Chef Marcellus Coleman, Executive Chef of Alias Restaurantin NYC, will provide his eclectic contemporary American cuisine to the festival artists, athletes and VIP’s.
Afro-punk has invited Harley-Davidsonand Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians,Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Harley-Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed byDarius Vick, which will feature exquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country. In addition, the festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.
The focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement, the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettesand Janelle Monae.
Afro-Punk 2011 band line up thus far
Toro Y Moi
Straight Line Stitch