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Two free summer concert series are returning to Brooklyn after cancellations

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Taya Kenny

While there is already a free concert worth checking out pretty much every day this summer, your free music agenda is about to get even more booked. 

The Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island and the Martin Luther King Jr. concert series in Flatbush were canceled abruptly in July due to a lawsuit involving the festivals organizers, as reported by Patch. Upon news of the cancellation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stated he was committed to finding a replacement organizer. As of Tuesday, his mission succeeded, and shows will begin as early as this Monday, August 7. 

In addition to finding new organizers, the series were also brought back to life thanks to an allocation of city funds. “New York City is home to the most vibrant and artistic cultural community in the world, and home to a billion-dollar industry in this city," Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivertito said in a statement. "I’m proud to have supported measures that highlight the city’s cultural communities, like the Wingate Concert Series and the Coney Island Concert Series, and recognize their fundamental importance to the cultural fabric of the City.”

Over the last 30 years, the Wingate Concert Series has brought free shows from acts like Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Doug E. Fresh to commemorate the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, while the Seaside Summer Concert Series has brought Cheap Trick, The Go-Gos and the Village People to the Coney Island waterfront. 

The City Parks Foundation will host the Coney Island Concert Series at Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, which is scheduled to begin early next month but has yet to announce a lineup. Globe Star Media-N-Entertainment will host the Wingate Concert Series at Wingate Park, which has announced the following lineup:

Monday, August 7, "Gospel Celebration"

Anthony Brown, Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Ricky Dillard, Jonathan McReynolds, Papa San, Anita Wilson, Brian Courtney Wilson, and the Christian Cultural Center Choir, as well as a tribute to Pastor Timothy Wright.

Monday, August 14, "The Legends of Hip-Hop"

Big Daddy Kane, C+C Music Factory, Chubb Rock, Das EFX, DJ Enuff, DJ Scratch, M.O.P., and Special Ed.

Monday, August 21, "The Soul of R&B"

Will Downing, Full Force, Fred Hammond, MC Lyte, Kelly Price, Jeff Redd, Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley, and James “D-Train” Williams and a "special surprise guest."

Tuesday, August 22, "Afro-Caribbean Flavor"

Dahved Levy, Denroy Morgan, Morgan Heritage, Mr. Easy, Nheon Mark, Rayvon, Red Fox, Rupee, Sting International, and Tanto Metro and Devonte.

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