Lee Fields & The Expressions / Fitz & The Tantrums / KING / Rich Medina
Central Park Mainstage (mid-park, 72nd St., Manhattan)
Lee Fields is a bona-fide, unadulterated soul singer. While the funk and soul community bestowed “legendary” status upon him due to his series of rare 7″ singles and one LP released on his own labels in the 70’s, he’s never been one to sit in a dusty corner. After linking up with Truth & Soul’s house band The Expressions, he has successfully created a sound that can hold court with the sweet soul bands that came before them.
Six musicians, five dapper suits and irresistible songs are the backbone of Fitz & The Tantrums. With the release of their five-song EP, Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1 and their newest release, Pickin’ UpThe Pieces, the band has begun its quick ascent towards fame. Having performed with bands like Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings and Maroon 5, it’s obvious that their brand of soul-clapping, get-down-on-the-floor music is here to stay.
KING was born out of twins Paris and Amber Strother’s chance meeting with Anita Bias, a young woman with a golden voice and creative styling. The trio’s unique blend of voices, engaging harmony, and detailed songwriting gave birth to THE STORY EP, the group’s debut project. Praised by artists such as ?uestlove from The Roots and Erykah Badu, KING’s SummerStage appearance marks the group’s premiere in NYC.
Rich Medina has taken crowds on a journey through hip-hop, house, funk and soul, for twenty years. From NYC to Tokyo, music lovers know not to miss a night when Medina is manning the decks as DJ.