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July 9, 2014
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Reggae artistes rock Groovin' In the Park
Dave Rodney, Star Writer


Daneek Miller (second left), from the 27th Council District, Queens, applauds as veteran reggae artistes show their congressional proclamation at Groovin' In the Park. From left: Bob Andy, Tony Gregory, Ken Boothe, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths. - Contributed

Thousands of music lovers took up early positions at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, recently to see Groovin' In the Park, a premium concert featuring an impressive line-up of musical talent mainly from the world of reggae.

A huge magnet for the near- capacity crowd was reggae icon Marcia Griffiths, who is celebrating 50 years in the music business and who took a powerful army of veterans to help her mark this musical milestone. Among her friends were Bob Andy; Judy Mowatt; Ken Boothe, who replaced an ailing John Holt, at the last minute; Tony Gregory, and Lady G.

The show opened with a rising stars section that was followed by a dazzling performance by LUST. Marcia and her friends performed afterwards and blew the audience away with an unending catalogue of popular and cherished classics.

Chronixx, who is still relatively new to the New York audience, was warmly received as he belted out a list of popular hits. The park was transformed into wonderland when reggae luminary Beres Hammond took to the stage and crooned his first note, electrifying the evening with hit after hit. He was joined for a few hot minutes by hit machine Shaggy, and absolute musical magic reigned.

The magic was sustained further into the cool summer night as Australian pop duo Air Supply took over from Beres, pounding the park with their chart-topping sing-along list of love songs.

"This show is simply amazing and it's great to see our Caribbean people enjoying it all in peace, love, and unity," US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who brought congressional proclamations for several of the veteran reggae artistes, said.


US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; her mom, former Brooklyn council member Una Clarke; and reggae hit machine Shaggy chill at Groovin' in the Park. - Dave Rodney


Marcia Griffiths performs her smash single 'Electric Boogie'.


Chronixx rocking the patrons. - Contributed


Beres Hammond could do no wrong. - Contributed


Ken Boothe performing. - Contributed

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