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Force MDs and U.M.C's with Red Alert / DJ Xcel & DJ Thrilla Hosted by Tariq

Sunday, July 21, 2019

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Corporal Thompson Park

166 Broadway, 1347, Staten Island, NY 10310

This SummerStage performance has been cancelled due to excessive heat. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The story of Force M.D.s has long been touched by tragedy—four of its original members have suffered early deaths. But for a time in the late 80s and early 90s, the Staten Island-based R&B group swirled doo-wop harmonies with hip-hop beats into hits like “Tender Love,” featured in the seminal hip-hop movie Krush Groove, and “Love is a House,” which hit #1 on the R&B charts. The Force M.Ds—”MD” stands for “Musical Diversity”—would even collaborate with Wu-Tang Clan chieftain Rza on his Bobby Digital solo project with “My Lovin’ Is Digi.” Surviving members Rodney “Khalil” Lundy, Stevie D., and Zieme will be joined by U.M.C’s, a memorable but short-lived duo from the Island whose light-hearted raps stood in stark contrast to the gangsta rap scene dominating NYC during their run in the early 90s. Composed of Haas G (who would later produce Lil’ Kim & 50 Cent’s “Magic Stick”) and Kool Kim, the duo would score hits on the Billboard Rap Single chart with “Blue Cheese” “One To Grow On.” On the 1s and 2s is Kool DJ Red Alert, a cornerstone of early hip-hop and NYC radio mainstay who performed with Afrika Bambataa’s Universal Zulu Nation, helped popularize the “mixtape” format, and helped break Boogie Down Productions’ seminal single “South Bronx.”

+ CityParks PuppetMobile presents Bessie’s Big Shot at SummerStage

(This PuppetMobile performance has been cancelled due to excessive heat. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. Come root her on in this free puppet show!

Sunday, July 21, 3PM

Corporal Thompson Park, SI


Food:  L’boe Catering (American food), The Fried Kitchen, and Super Z’s Bake ShopCuisines curated by Bronx Night Market.

Community partners: Maker Park Radio, Friends of Mariners Harbor Park. Census outreach coordinated by the Association for a Better New York.

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