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New York: Scorching mid-summer temperatures in the tri-state didn't take anything away from the resounding success of the inaugural 'Groovin In The Park' concert last Sunday, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. The sizzling one day extravaganza which paid tribute to the independence of three nations - the United States, celebrating its 236th as well as Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago who are both celebrating 50 years of independence was highlighted with solid production and stellar performances, topped by the king of lovers rock reggae Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff who both turned in magnificent sets.
Actors' Playhouse finishes the season with the world premiere of Real Men Sing Show Tunes...and play with puppets, with book, music and lyrics by Paul Louis and Nick Santa Maria. A song-filled comedy for mature audiences, about real men behaving like real men, this manly musical revue will hit the Miracle Theatre. A hilarious romp through manhood, Real Men Sing Show Tunes...and play with puppets offers an inside glimpse of what it takes to be a man in a modern world shared with women, children, and yes, even puppets. The story of Real Men, who make a habit of juggling their balls every day; fatherhood, mid-life crisis, dating, marriage, potency, sexuality, and the lack of it. Men will finally have a musical comedy that speaks to them, while their ladies can gather some comedic material to use against them.
Wayne Wonder, the world-renowned singer known for his velvety vocals, pulsating rhythms and catchy hooks, has announced the release of My Way,his first new album in six years available on September 11. My Way is Wonder’s first album on his own label Singso Music after his departure from VP Records. He founded Singso Music in 2000 and it’s been a launching pad for artists like Ally Cat, Showki Ru, Frankie Sly and Mr. Easy.Recorded in Miami (Wonder’s primary residence) and Jamaica, My Way is the perfect combination of irresistible island rhythms (“This Time,” “Put Your Drinks Up” and “Overall”), sensuous r&b gems (“Anne Lou,” “All About You” and “If I Ever” ft. Mya) and vibrant dance anthems ("Caught Up," “Drop It Down Low“ and “Sweet Dreams”). "The album has some new twists. I make sure my sound is updated like a MacBook Pro, but I’m sticking to what I do best. I’m a lover at heart, so that is what I sing about and why my fans have grown to love me.  I’m all about positivity and creating these vibes," states Wonder.  
Grammy Award-winning artist R. Kelly, who recently released his 11th studio album Write Me Back, performed at the 20th annual Jamaica Reggae Sumfest. Kelly performed hit singles, including “I Believe I Can Fly” during his set. This marked his second appearance at Reggae Sumfest – he first performed at the festival in 1996. Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest, sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, took place at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica from July 15 - 21.
Carmel, NY: Putnam County, New York will come alive for summer 2012 with the staging of the second annual Putnam County International Wine & Food Fest which takes place on Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gypsy Trail Road, Carmel, NY. The festival begins on Saturday at 11 am - 6 pm and commences on Sunday from noon to 5 pm.
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