Dooooo you know what this month issssssss?
IT’S NATIONAL BLACK MUSIC MONTH!
Founded in my hometown of Philadelphia by legends Kenny Gamble + Dyanna Williams and made law in 1979 by Pres. Jimmy Carter, its a time reserved for celebrating black folks in all genres…ya’know, since we created them all and sh*t.
Part party. Part Black history lesson. R’n’B Trivia is back this month family reunion style! Call up Cun’Peete because celebrating black music in her fullness. R&B! Jazz! Punk Rock! Blues! Allllalat.
Ahh yes, my fave pastime. June is an awesome month for live Black music here in NYC because it signals the beginning of the Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn series! That means free concerts, for the uninitiated! Check out my list of must see shows for BMM.
June 2 – Ho99o9, Brooklyn Bazaar
June 5 – Benjamin Booker, Rough Trade
June 11 – Terrance Blanchard, Highline Ballroom
June 12 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Flushing Meadows Park
June 15 – Teedra Moses, SOBS
June 16 – Trombone Shorty, Westbury Theater
June 17 – Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin, Central Park
June 18 – Alice Smith, City Winery
June 24 – The Soul Rebels ft. Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch,Goapele, Prospect Park
June 25 – Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl, Central Park
June 26 – Shabaka and the Ancestors, LPR
June 29 – Vivian Green. Betsey Head Park
June 30 – Ginuwine, Betsey Head Park
After the waterboarding of good music in 2016, I’m happy that we’re getting some breathing room between album releases this year. Doesn’t mean that the music is any less fye. See this month’s releases below and give up your coins to these hardworking musicians! Circle back in July to see my full June 2017 roadtrip playlist.
June 2 – Mali Music
June 9 – SZA | Tity Boi (2Chainz)
June 16 – H.E.R.
June 23 – Vince Staples
June 30 – TLC