Jammins Entertainment, a Brooklyn-based event production company, is producing the first-ever reggae concert at the all new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.
"It's an exciting time to be a New Yorker," states Joan Patino, a life-long Brooklyn resident who has been watching the building of the stadium since it began over 1 year ago. "I'm happy they are bringing a basketball team but I'm really happy they are also aware of where they are coming to. They got a credible reggae show coming in the first season! That's big and Brooklyn residents will LOVE it."
Jammins Entertainment event producers have been producing Caribbean-driven parties and events over the years. A nightclub known as Pulse 48 (formerly known as C-PAC) has been around for years, hosting some of the biggest DJs in Brooklyn, as well as equally big and credible reggae acts. We asked promoter DJ Shango, who promotes his parties in Brooklyn, told us "reggae is a universal language that people around the world understand. It's a beautiful thing when the big boys recognize the value of our culture and the business side's benfit."
The lineup includes heavy hitters Shaggy, UB40's Ali Cambell ("Red Red Wine"), mainstay Beres Hammond and middle of the road super star Maxi Priest. "We are good with the lineup but thought they could have brought a little more of the roots...but I'm sure they got plans to do other shows once this one goes down so I hope this goes well," stated veteran promoter Steve-O, visiting from Washington D.C. "I plan to get a bunch of tickets and support the movement."
We here at Mix To Go Magazine have watched the concert and event production arm of Jammins Entertainment establish itself as a major player not just in Brooklyn but as a respected business entity that represents Caribbean culture in New York City. Our team will be on hand to cover the event and take you backstage of this magnificent and historical event. Look for current information on our Facebook page. Bless up!
We focus on Manhattan and Brooklyn for this article, but free movies are happening all over NYC in every borough. This has become even more popular over the years; there was a time when Battery Park or Bryant Park were the only places we could find. Now, you can find several parks and outdoor locations that host film series.
All of the films are hits-favorites that people universally like and we'll admit some of the selections aren't progressive at all, but it is a nice way to enjoy the outdoors with family, friends or even alone. Turn your cells a
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
In honor of the midtown park’s
reopening two decades ago, one of New York’s most popular outdoor film series
will screen a variety of fan favorites spanning decades. While not all of the
chosen films are kid-friendly (take a pass on Psycho), they’re likely to garner
a large crowds of classic film buffs, so be sure to arrive early with your
blanket and picnic to snag a prime spot on the lawn. Lawn opens at 5pm, movies
begin after 8pm. Bryant Park (bryantpark.org).
Mon July 30—Rebel Without a
Mon Aug 6—The Adventures of Robin Hood
Mon Aug 13—All About
Mon Aug 20—Raiders of the Lost Ark
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
The Central Park Conservancy Film
Festival has screened a selection of cult favorites rain or shine in the
landscape north of Sheep Meadow for ten years in the heart of Manhattan, and
this year is no exception. Not only is the festival free to attend, but all
movies will also be close captioned. Parents take note: Not all movies are
kid-friendly, so use your best judgement before packing up the picnic. Gates
open at 6:30pm; movies begin at 8pm. The landscape north of Sheep Meadow, behind
Mineral Springs, midpark at 69th St. Enter the park at Central Park West and
72nd St (centralparknyc.org).
Tue Aug 21—Do the Right Thing
Wed Aug 22—Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Aug 23—The Big Lebowski
Fri Aug 24—Animal House
Sat Aug 25—Viewer’s
choice: Coming to America or Clerks
Intrepid Summer Movie Series
Sit atop the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space
Museum’s flight deck to see a set of family blockbusters, featuring old and
modern classic flicks that the tween set will love. Doors open at 7:30pm; movies
begin at 8:30pm. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (intrepidmuseum.org).
Fri Aug 3—Jurassic Park
Fri Aug 17—The Goonies
“Mel Brooks on Film: The Spoof Is in the Pudding”
The only indoor series
of the summer bunch introduces (slightly older) kids to a selection of
hysterical flicks from one of the greatest kings of comedy—Mel Brooks.
Screenings start at 6:30pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and require tickets
for entry. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Movies begin at
6:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $5. Museum of Jewish Heritage
Wed Aug 1—History of the World:
Wed Aug 8—To Be or Not to Be
Movies on the Oval
This four-week outdoor movie festival features a
handful of modern and classic films. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs,
picnic blankets and, of course, their friends, and are welcome to spread out on
the Stuy Town lawn for a relaxing evening of cinema. Movies begin at 8pm.
Wednesdays, June through Aug. Stuyvesant Town (stuytown.com).
More movies TBD
Movies Under the Stars
While not all of these films are geared toward the
younger crowd, the movies in this series are sure to delight moviegoers with
tweens and older children. This year’s theme is bicycles; use that as your
inspiration to breeze along the bike lanes on your way to Riverside Park. Movies
begin at 8:30pm. Pier I at 70th St in Riverside Park
Wed Aug 1—Amélie
Wed Aug 8—Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Aug 15—The Triplets of Belleville
RCN Monday Night Movies at Waterside Plaza
The renowned Manhattan
apartment complex welcomes families to lay down a blanket, prop up a lawn chair
and enjoy a bag of free popcorn at its August series of family-friendly flicks.
Be sure to arrive early; seating is limited. Movies begin at dusk, or around
8:15pm. Mondays, Aug 6–27. East River between 25th and 29th Sts
Mon Aug 6—The Goonies
Mon Aug 13—Hook Mon Aug 20—Peter Pan Mon Aug
27—Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
RiverFlicks for Kids
Not only does this annual series feature a gorgeous
view of the Hudson River, but kids can also fill their bellies with free popcorn
as they settle in for a family flick. Movies begin at 8:30pm. Hudson River Park,
Pier 46, West St at Charles St (riverflicks.com).
Fri Aug 3—Puss in Boots
Fri Aug 10—Rango
Fri Aug 17—Back to the
Fri Aug 24—The Smurfs
RiverFlicks for Grown-ups
As the name implies, this Wednesday-night film
series (sister to RiverFlicks for Kids) is aimed at adults (and perfect for a
mom-and-dad date night!). However, on several evenings tweens can catch some of
last year’s PG-13 hits (we’re big fans of Super 8) and snag free popcorn to
boot. Movies begin at 8:30pm. Hudson River Park, Pier 63, Twelfth Ave between
22nd and 24th Sts (riverflicks.com).
Wed Aug 1—Limitless
Wed Aug 8—Cowboys & Aliens
Aug 15—Crazy, Stupid, Love
Wed Aug 22—Horrible Bosses
Roosevelt Island’s Outdoor Summer Movie Series
Take the tram out to
Roosevelt Island for this summer series featuring a nice mix of new favorites
and timeless classics. While the very little ones might not get much out of The
Help or Sherlock Holmes, kids of all ages will have a blast watching animated
adventures like Tangled and The Lion King and singing along to the tunes of
Grease. Movies begin at 8pm. Firefighters Field on Roosevelt Island
Sat July 21—The Help
Sat Aug 4—The Lion King
11—Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The above is our list of movies for people who like to venture out in Manhattan. Although we LOVE Brooklyn and put a lot of emphasis on its greatness through events that take place here, we also realize the average person thinks "Big Apple" when they go out. But our list of free film locations should be interesting enough to get anyone's attention-and they are all family-friendly flicks. Special thanks to Sydney Ramsden and Rachel Brodsky for the additional research.
WE LOVE BROOKLYN!
Habana Outpost Brooklyn’s Outdoor Movie Series
outdoor series caters to everyone from the young to the slightly less young with
its wide array of cinematic options. Among the more kid-friendly flicks are
classics like West Side Story, The Princess Bride and Mary Poppins, but parents
might want to call a babysitter when they go to see Pulp Fiction or Goodfellas.
Movies begin at 8pm. 757 Fulton St at South Portland Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Sun July 29—Coming to America
Sun Aug 5—Fast Times at Ridgemont
Sun Aug 12—The Preacher’s Wife
Sun Aug 19—St. Elmo’s Fire
Sun Sept 2—Mary Poppins
Sun Sept 9—Superman II
Sun Sept 23—Once Upon a Time in America
Sun Sept 30—Pulp
Sun Oct 7—Goodfellas
Sun Oct 14—Major League
Sun Oct 21—Who
Framed Roger Rabbit
Sun Oct 28—Ghostbusters
Narrows Botanical Gardens Movie Nights
While most of these films are
geared toward the adult crowd, parents may consider bringing the older kids to a
select few films in this fest. But the little ones won’t be excluded for
long—they’ll enjoy the gardens’ gorgeous scenery when the series hosts its
family night on July 13. All movies begin at sundown. Shore Rd between Bay Ridge
Ave and 72nd St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (narrowsbg.org).
Fri Aug 3—I’m No Angel
Fri Sept 7—Forbidden Planet
Red Hook Summer Movies
Screening an array of fan favorites (last
year’s lineup included titles like Men in Black and Wall-E), this ten-week
series takes place on Red Hook’s Valentino Pier. Moviegoers can munch on gourmet
popcorn from Home/Made (available for $1) and wash it down with soda or water,
which is also for sale. (Booze is not permitted.) Movies begin at 8:30pm.
Valentino Pier, Red Hook, Brooklyn (redhookflicks.com). In the event of rain,
movies are moved to Red Hook Bait and Tackle.
Tue July 31—Alien
Tue August 7—Zombieland
Tue August 21—E.T.
Tue August 28—Red Hook Choice: Young Frankenstein
Syfy Movies With a View
Set against a spectacular view of lower
Manhattan, this outdoor Brooklyn movie mainstay seems to garner a larger
following with each passing year. That being the case, be sure to arrive early
to beat the massive crowds—you’ll stay entertained with pre-movie sets by local
DJs as well as a short film to start the show. Note: A lot of the movies in this
lineup are rated R. Music begins at 6pm; movies begin at 8pm. Pier 1, Brooklyn
Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights (brooklynbridgepark.org).
Thu Aug 2—Wet Hot American Summer
Thu Aug 9—Barefoot in the Park
16—The Big Chill
Thu Aug 23—Unforgiven
Thu Aug 30—viewers’ choice
While this Williamsburg-based series is targeted toward
adults, older kids and tweens might enjoy some of the titles, like Dirty Dancing
and The Princess Bride. Tweens can also start earning their indie cred by
rocking out to sets by local Brooklyn bands before the films start. Live music
and “happy hour specials” (not for kids, obviously) start at 6pm. Movies begin
at dusk. McCarren Park Ballfields, corner of Bedford and North 12th Sts
Wed Aug 1—The Princess Bride
Wed Aug 8—Top Gun
Wed Aug 15—viewers’ choice
Mix To GO Magazine is nearly 4 years in print and online...and we are now only publishing 10 issues per year, but with 24-32 pages (24 in the most current issue). This allows us to produce a better quality magazine, better quality mixes and of course, better quality parties and themed events.
We have been "distracted" by other avenues of our business, such as a travel business, a charity arm and an artist booking agency...all great and complimentary, but ultimately, the reason we are still around with 2,500+ subscribers, nearly 12,000 email subscribers and close to 1,000 ACTUAL followers on Twitter (we know most of our supporters!) plus a heavy presence on our podomatic page (nearly 200 DJs!)...we are small and independent but we relish every single person who takes a moment to look at our pages, our posts, our mixes...and we put just as much work into everything our magazine has become so YOU enjoy the quality of every issue.
This issue took longer than our deadline of a week before the launch date to produce-in fact we were finishing the last few articles on artists spotlighted right up until the 4th! Special thanks to DEE HARVEY, AHMIR, DJ STEVE NIEVES and DJ TODD LOVE for allowing us to use their images and share their art with our readers.
A final thought: you'll notice on page 17 an ad for Rhythm & Soul Records. It is our own imprint for original releases to be launched August 8 (inside the next issue). The first release is an EP of 4 tracks, epic in nature for people who love to dance. It is different from a lot of the music we publish in all of our issues, but we are sure the core of our readers will get it. ;)
Until the next issue, thanks again to everyone for supporting Mix To Go Magazine and we hope you'll tell at least one person about us today. We are not funded by any major distributor-every mag is distributed by us. Our PAY PAL account will be reset this week so you'll be able to order a subscription again directly from this website and our Facebook page. Stay cool and as always, stay in tune!
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