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Grammy Park music festival coming to Prospect Park in May

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Ro Samarth
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The New York summer music festival is already jam packed with another round of GovBall on the horizon and this year's entrance of Panorama into the foray—but get ready for another contender! The Recording Academy is partnering with Upsilon Ventures to bring Grammy Park to Brooklyn, a four-day music event featuring more than 30 Grammy-winning artists across a diverse spread of genres ranging from R&B, hip-hop and gospel to pop, Latin and jazz.

The concerts will take place May 5 to May 8 at two of the borough's most iconic locations—the Prospect Park Bandshell and the historic King's Theatre—with additional special events and programs held at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. Check out the entire lineup below which includes headliners Toni Braxton, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke. Then head over to www.GRAMMYPark.com to grab tickets which range in price from $35 for basic passes to $175 for VIP packages.

Thursday, May 5

8 p.m.
Artist Spotlight: NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan
Location: Kings Theatre
NE-YO (three-time GRAMMY® winner) with Jazmine Sullivan (11-time GRAMMY nominee)

Friday, May 6

5:30 p.m.
Changing The Game 
Location: Kings Theatre
A provocative conversation about hip-hop's impact on the music world and society, featuring Joey Badass and the groundbreaking artists listed below.

7 p.m. 
Latin Mix
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Natalia Lafourcade (GRAMMY winner; seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner)
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (O'Farrill, three-time GRAMMY winner; Latin GRAMMY winner)
Alex Cuba (four-time Latin GRAMMY winner)
Additional performers to be announced

8 p.m.
Hip-Hop Groundbreakers: Concert
Chuck D (six-time GRAMMY nominee)
Just Blaze (six-time GRAMMY nominee)
MC Lyte (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Rahiem
Keith Shocklee
The Kidd Creole
Ray Chew, music director

Saturday, May 7

10 a.m.
The Next Generation: Emerging Artists (free and open to the public)
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Showcasing emerging stars of the jazz world; performers to be announced.

2 p.m.
Jazz All-Stars
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express (Alexander, GRAMMY nominee)
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective (Blanchard, four-time GRAMMY winner)
Kurt Elling (GRAMMY winner)
Christian McBride Trio (McBride, five-time GRAMMY winner)
Cécile McLorin Salvant (GRAMMY winner)
John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet (Patitucci, GRAMMY winner)

8 p.m.
Artist Spotlight: Robin Thicke & Aloe Blacc
Location: Kings Theatre
Robin Thicke (five-time GRAMMY nominee) and
Aloe Blacc (GRAMMY nominee)

Sunday, May 8

Noon
Gospel Concert - (free and open to the public)
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Hezekiah Walker (two-time GRAMMY winner)
BeBe Winans (six-time GRAMMY winner)
Ray Chew, music director 

7 p.m.
Big Band & Broadway Remix
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Christian McBride Big Band
Special Guests:
Jonathan Butler (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Andra Day (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Additional performers to be announced

7 p.m.
Toni Braxton
Location: Kings Theatre
Toni Braxton (seven-time GRAMMY winner)

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