NEWARK, NJ - The Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) kicked off its first-ever digital edition of the popular outdoor music gathering Thursday.

This year’s fete is called the “Lincoln Park Music Festival 14.2 Edition Virtual Global Soul.” 

LPCCD pivoted to the virtual platform in 90 days during the COVID-19 pandemic after it was confirmed that no permits for large gatherings would be approved in the City of Newark in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.    

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“The plan to extend our arts and culture initiatives into the digital space has been gestating since our 10th Anniversary in 2015.  We’ve been working closely with our lead agency, BRND Marketing Group LLC, to develop innovative ways to extend our brand value proposition, mission and vision, with limited resources” said LPCCD Executive Director Anthony Smith.

“We themed this season ‘14.2’ because we intend to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of the Lincoln Park Music Festival in 2021," Smith said. "We also pivoted our first-ever non-profit fundraising gala to Spring 2021, which will be announced soon.”

“With COVID-19 impacting the arts community’s ability to gather in physical spaces to showcase their art form, we knew it was imperative to actualize the digital platform - the Lincoln Park Music Festival Virtual Global Soul,” said Senior Producer and Festival Director Kim J. Ford of BRND Marketing Group LLC.  

“We had an entire season planned with a kickoff event on April 4th and then the world shut down in March and April due to the global pandemic," Ford said. "In just 90 days, the entire plan was revised and implemented to the virtual space. This content will forever document this moment in time for all talent on the virtual stage, some of whom have never had their performances properly documented.”  

Lincoln Park Music Festival 14.2 Edition Virtual Global Soul launched another first - the Lincoln Park Poetry Cafe - the new festival night dedicated to Newark’s vibrant spoken word scene.  The Lincoln Park Poetry Cafe was curated by partner organization EvoluCulture founded by long-time Newark resident Sean Battle.  

“When living in a city where your Mayor is a poet, it’s only right to have another legend in the Lincoln Park Music Festival having a night dedicated to poetry," Battle said. "It is an honor for EvoluCulture to have our mission of holding space for the arts to be highlighted in such a manner”.

Lincoln Park Music Festival 14.2 Edition Virtual Global Soul is sponsored by a grant from the City of Newark’s pandemic relief Creative Catalyst Fund, Verizon, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, PSEG, United Airlines, Provident Bank and Valley National Bank.

The festival was produced by BRND Marketing Group LLC in conjunction with Red Summer TV.

Watch the virtual festival here.


Lincoln Park Poetry Cafe curated by EvoluCulture
Live from the Cry Out Cave in Newark, NJ an amazing roster of talent from Newark, the State of New Jersey as well as London, UK, Brazil, SA and Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. The Lincoln Park Poetry Cafe appropriately opens with Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s spoken word piece “What We Want”.  

New Jersey
Sean Battle
Treasure Borde
Selah Select/Sir Thelonius
Ashley thee Poet
Ameerah Shabazz
TahZaney DeSmith
Mwikali Words
Dimitry Reyes
K. Desiree Milwood
Yvette Santana
Lyle Omolayo
Lady KAY
The Euphony

Global poets and performers
UMSOH (Bixop, Lena Silva and Johnathas Noh) and Santiago Kuanza of Brazil
Gloria Mwivanda and Kelly Greenlight of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa
Jumi P, AVP International and Stephanie Robinson from London, UK

Lincoln Park Gospel Night “A Celebration of Spirit”
Hosted and curated by Rev. Kevin E. Taylor, Unity Fellowship Church of New Ark
and Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree, Office of Clergy Affairs, City of Newark
The night includes special messages from Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Central Ward Councilwoman La Monica McIver, Newark 2020 | Hire Newark Project Director Della M. Walker, Jr., and Apostol Roberto Comesanas with a message of hope.

Ann Nesby, Grammy Nominated Singer (Sounds of Blackness “Optimistic”)
Anthony Ponder and Ministry’s Desire
Susu Bobien, renown powerhouse vocalist
Sounds of the New Ark Choir
Dale Ciceron and Psalms of Praise
Seychelle Elise
Charles Jerkins
Carl Brister
Ian Johnson

Special film trailer screening and conversation
Rooted And Grounded: The Evolution of Gospel, the documentary film by Derrick Williams
Panelists include: 
Hasan James Executive Producer
Jasmin Botero, Producer
Winsome Sinclair, WSA International Casting

Lincoln Park House Music Day

Mixtape Sessions Music Conference: Day One
The Mixtape Sessions Music Conference is community transformation through artist health & wellness, technology, music & artist entrepreneurship as well as music education for creatives residing in Newark and the surrounding areas.

Topic: “I Don't Own the Rights to This Music: How Streaming is Blocking the Music We Love"
Join us for this important conversation as we discuss updates related to content ID, copyright infringement and social media policies on Facebook, Twitch, YouTube and Mixcloud. What's the future of live streaming? We’ll also be discussing “Reed Smith’s Guide to Live Streaming”.  

Adam Cruz, Founder, Mixtape Sessions Music Conference
Josh Milan, Grammy Nominated Songwriter
Nico Perez, Co-Founder, Mixcloud

10th Anniversary of Honeycomb Music
Josh Milan and Adam Cruz Co-Owners, Honeycomb Music
Performances by Dawn Tallman and Lamone Andrews
The Reunion feat/ Diviniti, Tracy Brathwaite, and Dres Ramos (of Ritmo Y Tumbao)

The Buttermilk Bottom, a tribute to Newark’s bygone nightclub era
Hosted and curated by
DJ Mark Francis and DJ Naeem Johnson
Performances by Koffee Paige, Aaron K. Gray and Felicia Graham

DJ Lou Gorbea, Live From The Crossroads
From the Island of Puerto Rico, DJ Lou Gorbea

Lincoln Park Hip Hop Culture Day

Mixtape Sessions Music Conference: Day Two
The Convo:  Jersey X London UK
The Mixtape Sessions Music Conference is community transformation through artist health & wellness, technology, music & artist entrepreneurship as well as music education for creatives residing in Newark and the surrounding areas.

Topic: “Can’t Knock The Quarantine Hustle"
Inspired by writer Brian Penick's Forbes magazine article, entitled "Post-Pandemic Music Industry Predictions: The Great Divide between Embraced and Impacted," join us for this important and informative virtual talk. Are you an "Embraced" or "Impacted" artist? We will discuss how quarantined artists continue to make money, tips and best practices, and resources for support during this uncertain time.

Adam Cruz, Founder, Mixtape Sessions Music Conference
DJ Longers, AAA Seminars, London, UK
Miranda Melendez, Associate Counsel, Audible Legal
DJ Cool V, Rock The Bells Radio
DJ Ollie Twist, Hip Hop LDN
DJ Rich Medina,
Bernard Achampong,
Brian Penick,
Dev Patel aka DJ Illatek

The Hip Hop Day Line Up
Vibes In The City hosted by Broadway Blake
The best of long-running weekly showcase captured for the virtual stage!

Video Mix Party hosted by Ralph McDaniels
The legendary NYC party goes virtual with DJ Teddy Tedd (Awesome 2), DJ Wiz (Kid and Play) and DJ Vern.

AAA Seminars London, UK Presents
Take a trip to London and experience these amazing Hip Hop artists! Featuring Abla Davies, El-Emcee, Gracious, Posh and Y.O.U.N.G.

Art4Change provides supportive services and access to spaces for creatives within our artistic community. The mission driven arts collective light up the HIp Hop Day stage for the second year!

Khalil Jibran
Local Newark dynamo and founder of his own recording label - New Jerusalem Records - is ready to take on the world! The winner of the first-ever Lincoln Park Music Speaks Narrative Music Video Category Award at 2017’s Newark International Film Festival (“F-12”), Khalil Jibran is an introspective, conscious poet/MC/lyricist and a powerhouse performer. Don’t miss it!

People of Color International Film Festival
Curated by Harlemwood Entertainment
People of Color International’s aim is to promote films worldwise about people who represent the terms “Black”, “Brown”, “Tan”, “Yellow” as well as marginalized people who may identify as a Person of Color.  The curated films have a progressive perspective on cultures that are often stereotyped or overlooked in mainstream media.

Lincoln Park Caribana: The Preview
A sneak preview of Lincoln Park Caribana, the celebration of the music, food, and culture of the Caribbean diaspora in the Greater Newark area and around the world.