Biz Markie, Kool Moe Dee and Rob Base Join Wingate Park Concert Series

By Rachel Holliday Smith on July 21, 2014 1:53pm 

 Hip-hop artist Biz Markie will perform for free at Wingate Park on August 4 as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert series.
Hip-hop artist Biz Markie will perform for free at Wingate Park on August 4 as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert series.
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PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — Beat the Monday blues with some free rhythm and blues.

Every week from now through the middle of August, the neighborhood is invited to Wingate Park for the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert series.

The event kicks off Monday night with a free performance by R&B artist Anthony Hamilton, most recently known for his work on the soundtrack for "Django Unchained." Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be on hand to host the concert, the first of five planned for July and August.

“The tunes will be bumping and the crowd will be jumping!” Adams said in a statement.

The series will include an “Old School Night” on August 4 featuring hip-hop artists Rob Base, Biz Markie, Kool Moe Dee and Roxanne Shanté.

The lineup for the rest of the summer includes performances by Broadway and R&B artist Stephanie Mills and reggae artist Gyptian. On the final night of the series, August 18, gospel performer Tamela Mann and the choir from the Christian Cultural Center in East New York will perform.

This year’s concerts will be dedicated to jazz pianist Horace Silver, who passed away in June at the age of 85, the event’s website said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs for the concerts because seating is limited, organizers said. Each performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings located across the street from Kings County Hospital on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street.

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