UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled but Maxwell is touring this fall.
Long-running neo-soul great Maxwell has announced "Black Summer Night: A Concert For Social Justice," an all-day show happening at Queens' Forest Hills Stadium on Saturday, August 11. It's got a great lineup, with Fantasia and Jazmine Sullivan, who have both been combining classic soul and modern hip hop for over a decade, and the newer Drake-affiliated duo dvsn. Maxwell is also promising special guests. Maxwell says:
There has never been a better or more important time to stand up and speak for those whose voices can’t be heard. I am inspired by the lives of Harry Belafonte, Paul Robeson and Nelson Mandela and aim to bring attention to issues such as women’s rights, the disproportionate incarceration of African American men in America, the deplorable situation in Puerto Rico and many others. I will have more details to share in the coming weeks about organizations and other like-minded performers who will come together with me for this special evening.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (4/21) at 10 AM with a West Side Tennis Club presale starting today (4/17) at 10 AM and various other presales after that. A portion of the proceeds will go to Me Too, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and additional TBA organizations.
Maxwell's only other US show at the moment is also in the NYC-area: the 10th annual Mother's Day Music Festival at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on May 12 (the day before Mother's Day) with the legendary Gladys Knight. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Watch videos from everyone on the Black Summer Night concert: