Posted in music | pictures on August 25, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest

After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.

It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.

...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.

"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]

The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.

More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...

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Comments (22)

Really? You're gonna wear that shirt at Afropunk?

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/ah/afropunk2014-day1/40.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 6:35 PM

Of course BV'd get a shot of Coco's cleavage

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 6:53 PM

Bad brains still rule ..

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:02 PM

Bad Brains without H.R. again...i dunno...

Did they play a ton of their shitty reggae?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:23 PM

A lot of hefty gals in that dirty city.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | August 25, 2014 7:36 PM

But your headline says: " Afropunk Festival 2014 in pics & videos (D'Angelo, Bad Brains w/ guests)", so where are those?

Posted by ME | August 25, 2014 8:44 PM

Wait, what? Bad Brains has sucked live for years, H.R. being a prominent reason, but how can you call it Bad Brains if he isnt there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:01 PM

3/4 of Bad Brains is still Bad Brains.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:06 PM

The Bad Brains "guest vocalists" were John Joseph of Cro-Mags (he truly sucked...even the bassist Darryl publicly called him out for screwing up "We've Got That Attitude" by singing it way too fast!), MURS (who is a good hip hop artist but his free styling of things like Biggie Small lyrics in an attempt to "remix" BB songs just didn't work), a really good reggae singer who fit their reggae stuff pretty well, and Corey of Living Colour who I'm not a huge fan of but was the absolute highlight and the only vocalist to really do justice to the BB material he sang. The band even played and sounded better when he was on the mic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:26 PM

Where is the photo of Bill De Blasio watching Bad Brains?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:29 PM

Why do they let dogs into concerts like this? The loud music must be painful to their ears...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 11:43 PM

Once again a generally great set of bands wasted on phony spoiled brats who think they get it but they don't. Corporate bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:49 AM

^6:49 is actually a trust fund kid working on wall street

Maybe instead of talking shit you could have just enjoyed yourself like pretty much everyone else at the event. This is one of the few free major concert events left that isn't polluted with basic bitch bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 8:25 AM

Dat thick, juicy ass with the hulahoop fourth pic down! <3

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 9:15 AM

Corey Glover is cool, and a great singer. I bet he would sounded great with Bad Brains. HR is a fucking waste of space at this point.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 9:32 AM

Does the African-American community also enjoy hummus?
I rarely see any chickpea based food sources in Bedstuy, which is a shame, because I bet the energy giving Phyto-Nutrients that are good for rock and roll dance moves (such as the hip-thrust) are also effective for African-American dance styles such as twerking and the roger rabbit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 10:24 AM

ummmmmmm didn't D'Angelo cancel??

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 10:53 AM

do these clowns dress like this every day, or only on special occasions?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:26 AM

Did they even address why HR wasn't there? Can he not perform at all anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:22 PM

if there is anything worse than a hipster, it is african american hipsters and the only thing worse than that is this guy in the middle = http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/ah/afropunk2014-day1/76.jpg

and who the fuck is Eric Garner

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 3:12 PM

eric Garner is the fat black guy who died after an nypd officer put him in a chokehold, allegedly he was selling loosie cigarettes outside a store, look up the video and decide for yourself it's very controversial right now

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 4:30 PM

4:30 - Don't waste your time on 3:12's troll bait.

10:24 - You had me until you mentioned the Roger Rabbit. Dude...you can't be that clueless in 2014.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 7:40 PM

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