Summer Spirit Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sunday August 7th
No summer is complete without the sonic adventure that is SUMMER SPIRIT FESTIVAL and, returning for its 15th anniversary with another monster event, this year's line-up will once again blend the best of Soul, R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, and GO GO. Featuring superstars Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Method Man & Redman; and more - the lineup is stacked top to bottom. Grab these HOT tickets today! SUMMER SPIRIT FESTIVAL packs a big bang and there is no better time to be had!
The fastest and easiest way to get access to the best reserved seats & tickets is online at TICKETMASTER.COM (click to BUY TICKETS NOW) Tickets are also available at all of the IMP affiliated box offices, including: Merriweather, 9:30 Club, The Anthem, The Lincoln Theatre. Persons requiring accessible seating should call Merriweather at 410-715-5550. Accessible tickets are also available at the Merriweather box office.
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2022 PARKING INFO: All patrons planning to park a vehicle upon arrival to the event NEED to pre-select parking once tickets have been purchased.
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Surviving the test of time, Anthony Hamilton will soon gift his fans with yet another compilation bearing his heart and soul. Millions across the globe have bought his albums, falling deeply in love with raw, passionate notes that tell a story so familiar that it belongs to us all. His new album, "What I'm Feelin'," merges a life-long journey with a musical evolution that never once sacrifices his roots.
"I was an introvert growing up," said the Grammy Award winner. "I had a wild imagination and I would dream a lot." These dreams included earning the world's admiration, dominating the stage with a voice part deep, part smooth, all captivating. With "Charlene" setting the scene in 2003, he became the narrator of "love." His debut LP, "Coming from Where I'm From," created an undeniable connection with fans who related to the yearning, understood the pain, and hoped for a life with "the one."
With seven widely released albums paving the way, the new project stays true to his core yet explores the depths of where this gifted voice can flow. His first single "Amen," produced by Salaam Remi and James Poyser, celebrates the beauty of a woman in true Anthony style. "It's not just about her physical attributes," he noted. "It's about appreciating everything she brings to the table from going to work, cooking for you, praying for you, and loving you from an authentic place."
And it's his authenticity and honest depiction of the average man's woes that keep the audience searching for him year after year. Another track from the new album, "Walk in my Shoes," reminds us that no one is immune to mistakes, trials, and defeats. His vocals perfectly convey a pain so deep, that the song leaves little room for misinterpretation.
With the majority of the tracks produced by Mark Batson, "What I'm Feelin'" has purposeful moments like the up-tempo "Take You Home" fueled by his upbringing in the church. "The lead singer in the choir and the pastor were super heroes because of how they made you feel," he recounted of his early years. "It's a feeling you get when you hear someone lead that just inspires."
Although his voice belongs to the world having worked with icons like D'Angelo and 2Pac, his vocals still serve as North Carolina's soundtrack. Even in the presence of longstanding, global celebration, humility remains his greatest asset. "It means so much that people are still seeking me after so many years without an album coming out," he shared. "They could have moved on." In the five-year span between his last album "Back to Love" and "What I'm Feelin'," Anthony released his first holiday album and even made a guest appearance on the Fox hit show EMPIRE, one of the highest rated episodes of the season.
This spiritual vessel takes nothing for granted and believes that his "heaven sent" talent results from God's plan for his life. He continues to grow while always focusing on what fans want. "There are slight shifts you can make but you just can't leave the people," he said. "If we gon' ride together, we gon' ride together." And oh what a ride it has been.
Junkyard band is one of the most successful Go go bands, performing consistently since the 1970's. They created such smash hits as "Sardines" and "Ruff it Off". They were once the band of Heavy One, one of the greatest drummers in Go Go history, who is now deceased.
Junkyard Band in 1980, a group of kids ages 8 to 11 living in a government housing project in Washington, D.C., were inspired to play music upon continually seeing performances of go-go bands in their neighborhood. Not having resources to buy traditional instruments, the kids scoured "hood" to find what resources they could that would emulate real instruments. The resources they found obviously turned out to be junk - hubcaps, plastic buckets, crates, cans and old pots & pans. The group performed regularly in their housing project named Barry Farm; and after just a few performances the group was dubbed the name "Junkyard Band". In the early '80s (and at an early age for the members) Junkyard began performing on a regular basis as go-go music was increasing in popularity and the kids had perfected the craft of performing. The band played at go-go concerts, schools, recreation centers, for civic organizations, fundraisers and government agencies. The band also performed on the streets of Washington, D.C. which is it's claim to fame. Junkyard undoubtedly became a tourist attraction which led to the band's appearances in a TV commercial and two movies - "D.C. Cab" with Mr. T and "Tougher Than Leather" with Run-DMC. The band's popularity led to a recording contract with Russell Simmon's Def Jam Records.
THE BAD BOYS OF GO GO... (NO FURTHER EXPLANATION NEEDED)
Detroit native, J.Brown, has cultivated a unique sound that continues to shock the world! Brown began his musical career at the age of eight years old with the help of his mother. She encouraged hom to join the church choir and after years of singing, Brown's passion grew. His outstanding vocal talents stood out from the rest to where he was offered to regularly perform at the Pistons and Lions games in his home city/ Brown's voice opened doors that he could never have fathomed. When he graduated fron high school he was granted a full academic scholarship to Grambling State University. This is where his passion for music became his profession!
"I want to bring back music that will ultimately make people fall back in love. I want to take fans to a musical realm where love is light and fun. I want people to say 'This guy has music that is not only good, but timeless!'" - J.Brown
Out of the nations capital emerged DJ Rico. Raised on the streets of a city where the hustle and bustle creates melodic sounds he was destined to fall in love with music at an early age. Fresh out of high school Rico began to pursue any type of job that would provide him with the exposure and experience in the music industry that he longed for. He soon began arranging sound equipment for local bands and while attending Howard University began DJ'ing in the Metropolitan area's hottest nightclubs.
In 1991 DJ Rico took his career to the next level when he became a part-time DJ/Mixer at WPGC 95.5. Under the influence of radio greats, such as Donnie Simpson, Rico's presence at the station grew till he became one of Washington DC's most influential DJ's, on-air personalities and even an assistant producer for Donnie's show. There is not a community within an earshot of WPGC that he has not touched in one way or another. His passion as a community activist has led him to be well known by the youth of the city as a mentor and a role model who speaks on the importance of education and self respect. Rico is also well known for the experience that he offers party-goers while he not only enjoys the music that he plays but has a unique way of keeping the dance floor packed. This has caused his followers to deem him "The Noisemaker".
In such a time where music is especially key in bringing people, communities and even the country together. Rico is ready to make it a "Noisemaker Nation".