Celebrate Summer with a Vibrant (and Virtual) Summer Block Party

Yellow poster with pink writing with the words "Uptown Bounce", as well as a traffic light, a food card, a donut, and stereo

Tonight, (Wednesday, August 19th), at 7pm, The Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, and The Africa Center collaborate for a virtual version of the annual summer block party, “Uptown Bounce“, which features music, dance and museums.

This event will stream live on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), and on each organization’s Facebook page.

Hosted by Legendary NYC artist and filmmaker Fab 5 Freddy, one of the first Graffiti artist to exhibit his paintings internationally (back in the late 70’s),  “key in getting the art world to realize New York graffiti was spawning an art movement that would eventually pulsate globally until today, and give birth to street art. … He was recently featured in the Los Angeles Museum Of Contemporary Art, ‘Art In The Streets’, the block buster exhibit that was a historical survey on graffiti and street art.”

The night features: DJ AQ, who specializes “in the sounds of the African diaspora; afro-house, afrobeat, gqom and amapiano”, El Museo del Barrio’s artist and educator Carlos Martínez showcasing East Harlem icons and their legacies, dancers Areis Evans and Kahlen Washington who will perform an original piece (Evans, uses dance as a method of engagement with the Movement for Black Lives), and Batalà New York, an all-women, woman-led banda de percussao (percussion-based band), which “promotes Afro-Brazilian culture and women’s empowerment through high energy, visually stimulating performance of Afro-Brazilian music and choreography. Batalà also hosts a percussion workshop, “where participants will learn the basics of Batalà’s Samba-Reggae percussion style.” (“Samba-reggae was born out of the Brazilian Black pride movement that took place in the city of Salvador de Bahia in the late 60s to early 70s, and it continues to celebrate Afro-Brazilian identity and pride today.”)

The event is free, no registration is required, and it’s followed by an afterparty.