Last night the fam and I attended the AfroPunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn.
The festival, which started yesterday, is a two-day music festival and skate competition, which brought together some of the hottest acts in the afro punk scene (and some of the illest BMX riders and skaters in the game).
The festival line up included Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, The London Souls, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony People, and Body Language, among others.
AfroPunk 2012 was sponsored by Nike, Vitamin Water, and media sponsors The Fader and WNYC.
If you’re not up on AfroPunk, let me give you a short primer.
AfroPunk is a movement devoted to the Black Punk scene in America.
It’s start can be traced to the 2003 cult film Afro-Punk, by James Spooner, whose film highlighted the growing alternative universe that is the Black Punk movement.
Yesterday’s event was particularly special because last year’s concert was cancelled due to hurricane Irene, and even with the sporadic rain fall, cats were not deterred.
By the time we got to the festival, around 6:30 pm, the line to enter the park was almost a mile long!
There were two main festival stages, a skate park, vendors, and food trucks out the wazoo.
The highlight of last night for me, by far, was Erykah Badu, who closed out the show.
Even though I was near the back of the park, and Erykah looked like a plastic figurine from where I stood, her distinctive voice and songs, were all I needed to get my party on.
The park was packed with folks of all sizes, shapes and colors, all grooving to Erykah’s music.
I’ve been attending AfroPunk events for years, and this was, by far, the biggest event they’ve produced to date.
It was really special to see how much this niche brand has grown over the years.
Get your punk on!