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Female acts to rock Groovin’

Female acts to rock Groovin’

Promoters of the June 24 Groovin’ In The Park have gone for some woman power one month before the show at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.

They have recruited singers J C Lodge, Pam Hall and Marcia Aitken, who will make their first appearance on the annual event.

Christopher Roberts of promoters Groovin’ Inc, told the Jamaica Observer that the move is strategic.

“Ever since we booked Marcia Griffiths to celebrate her 50th anniversary with Judy Mowatt and others a few years ago, fans have requested that we book more female acts for Groovin’ In The Park. We have since booked Queen Ifrica, Tessanne Chin and numerous R&B acts including Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, who have all delivered strong performances. This year, based on fan requests on our radio programmes and our social media pages, we decided to book a strong female package,” he said.

Aitken, who made her name with a handful of hit songs in the late 1970s including I’m Still in Love With You Boy, is an interesting selection.

“She actually lives here in Brooklyn and is a big fan of Groovin’. She got on our radar when Beyonce used the original version of her song to announce her On The Run II tour with Jay-Z. Once we started to look at her catalogue and we did speak with her, the choice was easy,” said Roberts.

This is the eighth staging of Groovin’In The Park, which is one of the most popular West Indian events in the tri-state area.

It consistently attracts over 20,000 fans and Roberts is expecting the gate to run true to form.

“We are extremely pleased with how things are going so far. We are actually ahead in terms of ticket sales at this same time last year and expect a big bump from announcing the Women in Reggae package,” he said.

Busy Signal, Romain Virgo and Capleton are co-headliners for Groovin’ In The Park.

— Howard Campbell