June 18, 2022
Legacy Music Festival – Tribute to the Harlem Cultural Festival, “Summer of Soul”
Miller Park, 910 Market Street
On Saturday, June 18th the Legacy Music Festival will present “Summer of Soul”, a tribute to the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969. Join your community at Miller Park for an outdoor screening of “Summer of Soul”, an incredible documentary about The Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969. Local musicians will pay homage to artists that performed at the event such as Nina Simone (Keelah), Jimi Hendrix (Rick Rushing), Mango Santamaria (Kofi Mawuko) Mahalia Jackson and others.
“Summer of Soul” is part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten--until now.“Summer of Soul” shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more.