Going to the Fort Greene Fest? Mos Def!

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In just a few short years, Fort Greene has become home to one of the biggest music events around.

The “urban Woodstock” that is the Fort Greene Festival has boasted some big names, including last year’s headliner, Common, and Q-Tip, to bring out more than 15,00 festival goers to Fort Greene Park.

This year’s main event is not lacking in marquee names, as Bedford-Stuyvesant native Mos Def, known as much for his hip hop as his starring turns in such films as “Be Kind Rewind,” headlines the June 25 event.

And, like the best of its ilk, this outdoor concert is free.

“We just want everyone to come out and have a good time,” said Ray Martin, who helps organize with founder Peter Tulloch.

In addition to Mos Def, local performers include Sophia Urista, Paperdoll, Game Rebellion, Nuttin But Stringz.

“You could walk into a restaurant or the park on any given weekend, and one of these individuals may have passed,” said Martin. “This is to give an opportunity to the individuals around Fort Greene. People are just unaware of how good they are.”

Also getting some love are the area’s restaurants, as iCi, Madiba, No. 7, and Cornerstone, among others, will be selling their goods.

Kicking things off will be marching bands from area schools, which will parade down Vanderbilt Avenue into the park. So just follow the horns.

Fort Greene Festival at Fort Greene Park (DeKalb and Myrtle avenues in Fort Greene), June 25 from noon to 10 pm. Free. For info, visit

Posted 12:00 am, June 20, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Nick from Pk Slope says:
Do I need my bullet-proof vest. Seems every few days a shooting somewhere in Brooklyn...why do people carry guns?
June 20, 2011, 6:49 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Too many thuggish urban yutes wearing clown pants
and packing heat.
June 20, 2011, 9:33 am
Nope-ster says:
I would never attend a blue-grass, wood-stock , hip-hop or lady gaga type of event in NYC. Too dangerous.
June 20, 2011, 10:30 am
Ray from Queens says:
Looks pretty cool, I'll be going. I went to a hip hop festival in Dumbo last year and it was fine. People need to chill, if you don't start anything with anyone, you will be fine.
June 20, 2011, 11:44 am
Julianne from Clinton Hill says:
Can't wait for this!!! Fort Greene is an amazing neighborhood, full of amazing music, food, and people.
(And anyone who says otherwise hasn't spent any time here!!)
June 20, 2011, 1:17 pm
T from Harlem says:
You posters are so corny. I've been several times. Very safe family oriented environment.
June 21, 2011, 10:06 am
Shine I from Harlem / Brooklyn says:
I think that the persons referrinig to the bullet proof vest, and urban youths with baggy jeans are very narrow minded. This is a very diverse area, and just because someone has on baggy jeans does not make them a thug or a guarantee that they are carrying a gun. In addition, unfortunately there is gun violence everywhere. Look at the 4 people just killied on LI in the pharmacy. So no don't come if you feel that there are gun toting thugs, because the way they are dressed. Don't come if you feel you need to wear a bullet proof vest. People like you ruining the vibe and dampen the mood. Stay home with your negative thoughts. Let everyone else enjoy themselves, as they have done in past years, without a single incident.
June 21, 2011, 3:58 pm
Jack from 50 stuy from Brooklyn says:
Yo what's good Mos hit me up.
June 21, 2011, 7:47 pm
TALiB from bklyn says:
Fort Green is ghetto rainbows. don't bring your kids to this show!
June 22, 2011, 10:50 am
iceman from fort greene says:
thats right if you think like that just stay your ass home.
June 22, 2011, 1:11 pm
bkbella from CrownHeights says:
Fortgreene Festival and other Events held there is always Owsome - so like they said if your scared just stay your ass home. Colorfully said
June 22, 2011, 3:37 pm
Mista DO from LES says:
I grew up in fort green. just chill stop being a punk! Enjoy a free concert, just don't go into the projects if you trying to be a hipster doofus!
June 23, 2011, 9:52 am
lafemmenikkita from queens says:
I've never been to the fort greene festival before, but I look forward to going on sat! Are people allowed to bring thier own food/water bottles? or are there certains things they wont let you in the park with? (sorry if thats a dumb question lol)
June 23, 2011, 9:59 am
vanezza from bronx/nyc/the world says:
its so funny reading comments about shoot outs and danger and Brooklyn. you guys are ridiculous. the entire planet is a dangerous place. Brooklyn has changed dramatically and if you are so afraid of being accosted at the fort greene festival, then you should not leave your homes; dangerous things could happen in midtown, the village, 5th avenue or right in front of your building! more fun for those who want to enjoy the festivities and live life to the fullest with out any nonsensical bullhonkey!
June 24, 2011, 2:50 pm
tru hiphop from clinton hill says:
anyone know when Mos will be hittin the stage? an artist timetable would be helpful!
June 24, 2011, 4:57 pm
Brooklyn We Go Hard from Fort Greene says:
You can bring outside food, chairs, blankets, etc.

This is a family friendly safe event, be prepared to have a great time!
June 25, 2011, 4:04 am
fatal from los brujoz says:
chill freaking ass holes the concert is going to be great full of new generation youth educated and very groovy i was there last year it was so peacefull people were really nice especially the so ghetto people u call wait for ——ing rock the bells and pay 100 dollars just like all the new jersy and long island boyz this is brooklyn a whole new vibe peace and love to all se ya there bring food and drinks u can even smoke ur l's.
June 25, 2011, 9:50 am
jamiek from clinton hill says:
seriously people, when is the last time you were in this neighborhood? you're more likely to get hit by a stroller than a bullet while in Ft. Greene Park.
June 27, 2011, 1:01 pm
Ceester says:
they've already been hit with nasty names like "animal" or "thug" orr "menace" or "noise makers" or "project people" or "park destroyer"....or what ever negativity comes to mind. smh.
June 28, 2011, 3:31 pm

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