Summer of Rouge


The summer may bring a combination of sweltering heat, pesky mosquitoes and hot garbage stench in the air with it’s putrid mask that suffocates the masses, (Yea, I really can’t stand the smell. Lol), but this season also brings an array of events and activities for our active minds to go wild in enthusiastic galore. Yesssss, I love the freedom the warmer weather and months carry. Beach days, lounging by the pool, and cool nights on a rooftop are some of the amazing wonders about this time of year. One thing I definitely enjoy are the concerts. Hearing music float in the air as you watch one of your favorite or a new pleasure perform is always magic. Last week, I was enamored by the sensational Yuna. Spotify put me on to this artist years ago and ever since, I couldn’t let go of her sound. Her music is so pleasant, down to earth and fun. It was a gift to my spirit to hear her live last week at Sony Hall here in NYC. She has such a humbling and filling presence that it just moved me the entire time. You could tell the crowd was enchanted by her aura. She performed some favorites like “Used to Love You,” “Crush , and “Pink Youth.” It was amazing!

Please do yourself a favor and check out her latest album Rouge. This project has a funky, lively, cool vibe to it that’s destined to move the spirit. Meaning red in French, Rouge possesses a fiery energy that lifts the senses into a youthful frenzy of carefree moments in each tune. Yuna’s voice captivates the ears as it playfully glides through each piece majestically.

“Black Marquee” is definitely a time machine run to the 70s from the funkadelic charms of the rhythm and Yuna’s crisp vocals. This one has my body attempting to recreate the moves of decades ago from it’s free and fun uptempo sound. Another favorite of mine,”Like,” has such a dope message about a girl who avoids the pressures of drinking, smoking or showing her skin but still enjoys being herself. The tune also brings attention to the toxic nature of social media. Yuna and rapper Kyle manage to keep me bopping my head while contemplating the nonsense of social media and people’s judgement. However, my favorite from this musical creation is “Forevermore.” The fast paced, flare of sound embedded with her natural home grown flavor entices me continuously. The unique, repetitive, yet unpredictable changes of the beat flow together and grow like a flame beautifully harmonizing with Yuna’s enchanting vocals. This song mesmerizes and keeps me wanting to come back for more.

Rouge is an eclectic combination of sound that delightfully captivates the vivaciousness of youth and being yourself. It is a delectable gift to the ears that one should give to themselves. I was so pleased to provide myself with the honor of being in this incredible artist’s presence last week. The wonders of listening to an artist live is an embodiment of self care in how it enhances the feel good vibes bubbling from within. I’m pleased that these months bring more opportunity to take in the musical sensation of summer concerts. Listening and experiencing Yuna was definitely the seasonal package I was ready for.

Sultry Summer Music

The summer is sizzling with hot talent in this feisty city. Artists, dancers, and singers from all walks of life have taken their time out to please our senses with their wonderful gifts. Yet, it’s hard to always catch a show when there’s so much going on.

Here’s a list of some performers we at Heartbeat thought you would like to see this summer through the free concerts in New York city. The summer is already heating up, but these musical flames aren’t out yet. If you are in the area, enjoy the summer fun as the music attempts to set you free.



Celebrate Brooklyn:

(Venue at Prospect Park Bandshell)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Friday, July 22  at 7:00pm. Gates open 6:00pm

Oumou Sangare

Friday, July 29 at 7:30pm. Gates open 6:30pm

Dr. John & the Lower 911

Saturday, July 30 at 6:30pm. Gates open 5:30pm

Ailey II: Revelations

Saturday, August 6  at 8:00pm. Gates open 7:00pm



Central Park Summerstage:

Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and the Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez

Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00PM in Queensbridge Park

Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn and Waheed Works

Friday, July 22 at 7:00PM in Queensbridge Park

Donell Jones and Olivia

Tuesday, July 26 at 7:00PM in Springfield Park

Chrisette Michele

Thursday, July 28 at 7:00PM in Springfield Park

Ryan Leslie

Thursday, August 11 at 7:00PM in Marcus Garvey Park

Jagged Edge, Avant and Melanie Fiona

Sunday, August 28, at 3:00PM in Central Park/Mainstage