Fifth Sugar Hill Music Festival at Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn Returns in 2021

    Fifth Sugar Hill Music Festival Returns to Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn

    Saturday, September 25

    Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn
    Edgecombe Avenue and W. 155th Street Harlem, NY

    Featuring Renowned Artists Performing Musical Tributes to
    The Mizell Brothers and Gil Scott-Heron
    and Reading Across Harlem with Poet Abiodun Oyewole

    (NEW YORK) September 16, 2021 — Karen D. Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of While We Are Still Here – – announced today the heritage-preservation organization’s upcoming 5th Sugar Hill Music Festival taking place on Saturday, September 25, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm EDT, at Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn, 155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue, Harlem, NY. Bring chairs and blankets. COVID mask and social-distancing protocols observed. ADA accessible seating available.

    “Harlem has a rich musical history, so each year, While We Are Still Here honors it. We present world-class jazz, R&B, and European classical music by Black composers. This year, we pay tribute to the Mizell Brothers, who lived at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, during their youth. We are also honoring Gil Scott-Heron, who was a resident of 555 Edgecombe.”

    The Sugar Hill Music Festival features performances by:

    Burnt Sugar In Tribute to the Mizell Brothers- Pioneering musicians who helped produce the signature sound of greats like. . . Marvin Gaye.  Burnt Sugar “honors its deepest inspirations, the first post-modernists of American music – Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.”

    Charenée Wade In Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron – Poet, author, composer, and recording artist who became a global voice for justice. Award-winning vocalist, arranger, educator, and composer Charenée Wade has excited audiences all over the world with her ingenuity and vibrancy. Her latest CD, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, is a powerful reinterpretation of the poet’s musical library.

    The Sugar Hill Quartet, Led by saxophonist, Patience Higgins, the Sugar Hill Quartet carries on the tradition of the high-energy, musical excellence that Harlem is known for. The Quartet was well known for many years as the house band at St. Nick’s Pub.

    Duane Eubanks Quintet, Eubanks studied with the legendary Dr. Billy Taylor at Temple University, then headed to New York to become a hotly sought-after horn player.

    Mistress of Ceremonies is radio host and producer Joyce Jones.

    “Reading Across Harlem” features an interview with legendary poet Abiodun Oyewole, founding member of The Last Poets and self-described “author, musician, mentor, father, lifelong learner.” Oyewole, author of Branches of the Tree of Life: The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole, 1969-2013, will be interviewed by African American studies professor Hank6 Williams whose dissertation is a profile of the early years of The Last Poets, as a case study of how artists engaged as political activists during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s – early 1970s in New York City. Oyewole’s book will be available for purchase, courtesy of 2 Leaf Press.

    While We Are Still Here is dedicated to gathering and sharing the vast history of Harlem. It has been in the forefront of spearheading high-quality programming in the arts and humanities throughout the community.

    While We Are Still Here appreciates the generous support of the J. Rosamond Johnson Foundation and Mélanie Edwards, without whom this event would not have been possible.