Ok, so today’s plan was to go mining in the record stores and vintage shops in El Raval, but I dropped everything when I saw that this year’s Afro-Punk festival lineup was announced! Plus it gave me an excuse to dig up this photo from the fest in 2009. It all goes down August 28th and 29th in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. The movement at the core of the event is fascinating in its cultural relevancy, especially when you learn it started with a message board! Now AP is by far one of my fave highlights of the season for multiple reasons, and this year I hear they’re adding gourmet food trucks to the melee of BMX and skate battles (so everyone wins). AND IT’S FREE! Friends of VML’s Reggie Watts and Rocky Business will be holding court with Santigold, Jay Electronica, Toro y Moi and Cee-Lo! See the entire roster plus video of Ms. Monae breaking it down and crowdsurfing during that set after the jump.
(She breaks it down and crowdsurfs around 3 minutes and 30 seconds in)!