Last year’s Fort Greene Festival was one of the most hands-down fun blips in the 2010 summer show lineup (Common, Q-Tip and Soulive topped the billing), with more than 15,000 partiers crowding Fort Greene Park.
So the 2011 re-up was already on our calendar, and finding out that (Bed-Stuy’s own!) Mos Def is headlining the Fest just sweetens the deal.
The 3rd Annual Fort Greene Festival takes place Saturday, June 25, with a full day of free fun from noon to 10 p.m.
Mos Def is planning a busy summer in his hometown: He’s also slated to play Rock the Bells on Governors Island Sept. 3, where he’ll join forces with Talib Kweli as Black Star, playing their debut self-titled album in its entirety.
Brooklynite (Bushwickite, to be specific) Rosie Perez returns to host what’s been described as an “urban Woodstock” along with writer/talking head/Fort Greene dweller Toure.
Other acts on tap for the non-profit event include Sophia Urista, Navegante and Lifted Crew. Aside from the music — and in keeping with the Fest’s mandate of “celebrating the culture, cuisine and artistic diversity of Brooklyn" -- plenty of neighborhood mainstays will be on hand to feed you, with tables from the likes of Rice, Brooklyn Moon and the General Greene.
Check out highlights from last year's festival below.
3rd Annual Fort Greene Festival, Saturday, June 25, 12-10 p.m. in Fort Greene Park. Free admission. Details and information at fortgreenefest.com.