The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park for its 7th edition on August 27-28 2011. This year has the most stellar line up yet with Cee Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch.
* ADMISSION IS FREE *
There are some very exciting new additions to the festival this year! Over 20 of the NYC area's hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the event.
Also, Afro-punk has invited Harley Davidson and Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians, Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Harley Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed by Darius Vick, which will feature exquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country. In addition, the festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.
*The official hotel for the 2011 Afro-punk Festival is nU Hotel in Brooklyn. For a special rate, call (718) 852-8585 or click here to book online (enter Attendee Code: AfroPunk ).*
Described by the NY Times as putting "rock & rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music," the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn institution, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past 7 years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes & Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs & Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk's stages.