JERSEY CITY, NJ — As it’s grown into two full days of the world’s best jazz and rhythm & blues artists, it’s only natural that Erykah Badu headlines the upcoming Star-Ledger Liberty R&B and Jazz Festival presented by 98.7 KISS-FM. If there’s one person who personifies the two genres of music, it’s this multiple Grammy winner.
The Motown artist fuses jazz, R&B and hip-hop not only with her voice but with her writing, producing, directing, poetry, dance, drama and visual arts. Badu stars with the legendary Aretha Franklin at the 3rd annual Star-Ledger/98.7KISS-FM Liberty R&B and Jazz Festival, September 13-14, 2008 in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.
“Our partnership with 98.7 KISS-FM allows us to offer fans the best artists around,” said Kent Coules of Everything Jersey Events, who is producing the Festival along with Howard Freeman of Promo 1. “Liberty State Park offers us the most unique concert venue of its kind. There is no other place where you can experience the two together.”
Badu joins Franklin, adult contemporary singer-musician Kem, dynamic soul singer Leela James, acclaimed stylist-songwriter Bobby Caldwell, and saxophonist Euge Groove as the artists scheduled to perform on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 12 noon to 10:00 p.m.
The legendary O’Jays, Kool & The Gang, instrumentalist Brian Culbertson, well-respected jazz –R&B artist Roy Ayers, and Grammy nominated guitarist Gil Parris are among the artists scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14 between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. Parris, a Westchester, NY resident, is the only performer to play in each of the Festival’s three years.
Festival attendees can bring their own blankets and chairs for lawn seating or can purchase Club Liberty reserved premium seating near the stage with access to a VIP tent with separate food service and restroom availability. Tickets can be purchased for single or two-day admission and range from $59.50-$125.00 per day. VIP seating is on a first come basis. Special advance ticket buying options are also available at 1-888-556-JAZZ (5299) or online at www.nj.com/rbjazzfest08 or www.987kissfm.com/rbjazzfest08.
The Festival is presented by The Star-Ledger and 98.7 KISS-FM and is sponsored by State Farm, Toyota, New Jersey Travel & Tourism, WIBO, Extra Supermarkets, Jacob Fuchsberg law firm and the NJ Sharing Network.