Lalah Hathaway, The Last Poets & More: Celebrate 20 Years of Okayplayer with a Free Lincoln Center Concert
On July 24th, Lincoln Center, in association with Okayplayer, will kick off the annual Out of Doors season with a concert honoring Ellis Haizlip and SOUL!
In 1968, PBS started airing a pioneering all-black variety TV show called SOUL! The show, which ran from 1968 to 1973, was created and hosted by Ellis Haizlip. It was a place where you could catch well-crafted interviews, as well as live funk, jazz, and soul performances. In 1972, Haizlip, in association with Lincoln Center, held the Soul at the Center, a groundbreaking concert featuring Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ike & Tina Turner, and Patti Labelle.
This summer Lincoln Center and Okayplayer are presenting an evening that will honor the effort of Haizlip and his pioneering program. On July 24th, Lincoln Center, in association with Okayplayer, will kick off the annual Out of Doors season with a concert honoring Ellis Haizlip and Soul! The concert, called Soul at the Center, will be headlined by Grammy Award–winner Lalah Hathaway, who will perform songs from her father, Donny Hathaway. Underneath Hathaway will be The Illustrious Blacks, R&B singer Baby Rose, gospel singer Roosevelt André Credit, and hip-hop forefathers The Last Poets. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will also be on the scene.
The evening is going to be a special one for us: we will be continuing to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Okayplayer. The best part about it all is that it’s absolutely free and is open to all ages. Yes, all you need to do is show up to Damrosch Park at West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam, on July 24th. Doors open at 6:00PM and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. See you there!