US: Stage is all set for GITP festival

By Dennis Kabatto – Groovin’ in the Park (GITP) has seemingly become the largest Reggae, Rhythm and Blues concert in New York City.

GITP FEST FLYERFollowing last year’s third successful event, promoters hope the return of GITP experience on Sunday, June 29 at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, New York with a roster of performers that they describe as a “Galaxy of Superstars Concert” is bound to supersede all three previous shows.

Headlining Sunday’s event is Beres Hammond, a romantic lover’s rock specialist and 40-year reggae veteran.

Beres, as he is fondly called will be joined by a star-studded lineup including Australian soft rock group Air Supply, Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths who will celebrate her 50th anniversary in the music industry with friends John Holt, Judy Mowatt, Bob Andy, Tony Gregory, Chronixx; L.U.S.T;  and recently added rising stars Tasha T, Ky-enie, Kamsha, Congo Brainz,  and Faraji.


“We are very pleased with the early response to the promotion this year. The marketing campaign is on schedule and going extremely well.  We have gone to great lengths to package a powerful and memorable event for this summer, and we are indeed very happy with the campaign,” said Christopher Roberts CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of GITP.

Robert went on to say his organization did extensive outreach to commercial and independent radio producers, added to in store promotions, social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the word out to urban African-Americans and the Caribbean Diaspora.

“The plan is to step up our efforts in the remaining days to connect with even more reggae and pop music lovers,” Robert added.

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Children 12 and under are free.