2002-08-31 / Community

Music Fest 2002: A Celebration of Music, Culture and Love

By Gary G. Toms

Music Fest 2002: A Celebration of Music, Culture and Love

The Pan Ambassadors Steel Band thrilled crowd members with their performance.The Pan Ambassadors Steel Band thrilled crowd members with their performance.
Areas from Beach 9 to Beach 12 Street were filled to capacity with community residents.Areas from Beach 9 to Beach 12 Street were filled to capacity with community residents.
The band "El Moy De La Bachata" added some Latin flavor to the concert.The band "El Moy De La Bachata" added some Latin flavor to the concert.

Members of the Deerfield Area Association and The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) are pictured. Assemblywoman Michele Titus presented the Deerfield Area Association President, Barbara Smith, a citation during the concert.Members of the Deerfield Area Association and The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) are pictured. Assemblywoman Michele Titus presented the Deerfield Area Association President, Barbara Smith, a citation during the concert.
Although thousands attended, there was very little police presence at the event. Concertgoers were orderly and no incidents were reported. Officers from the 101 Precinct are pictured.Although thousands attended, there was very little police presence at the event. Concertgoers were orderly and no incidents were reported. Officers from the 101 Precinct are pictured.

City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. attended the concert with his daughter (right) and a close friend.City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. attended the concert with his daughter (right) and a close friend.
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks spoke about the importance of Music Fest concerts.Congressman Gregory W. Meeks spoke about the importance of Music Fest concerts.

The 2002 World Double Dutch Champions, "Stan's Pepper Steppers", performed at the festival.The 2002 World Double Dutch Champions, "Stan's Pepper Steppers", performed at the festival.
"The Mighty Sparrow" rocks the concert!"The Mighty Sparrow" rocks the concert!

Assemblywoman Michele Titus (left), former City Council member Juanita Watkins, and David Hooks, Jr. enjoyed the food, fun and festivities.Assemblywoman Michele Titus (left), former City Council member Juanita Watkins, and David Hooks, Jr. enjoyed the food, fun and festivities.
Community merchant, Dawud Ali, sold fragrance oils and books near the concert site.Community merchant, Dawud Ali, sold fragrance oils and books near the concert site.

The annual "Wheelchair Race" has become part of the concert tradition.The annual "Wheelchair Race" has become part of the concert tradition.
Police Officer Kelli Cooper (center) poses with "Series", a new R&B duo that was part of the entertainment line up.   Photos by Gary G. TomsPolice Officer Kelli Cooper (center) poses with "Series", a new R&B duo that was part of the entertainment line up. Photos by Gary G. Toms

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