Music is often a ubiquitous part of people’s daily lives, but the power of music should not be understated. Music has the commanding ability to alter people’s mood, move their bodies and uplift their spirits. Indeed, music is a universal language that allows the celebration and preservation of various cultures and styles. Camden has a rich legacy with recorded music as the birthplace of recorded sound. Many popular national acts, such as Marc Anthony and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, began their epic careers performing at Camden’s venues. Currently, Camden is home to numerous up and coming musical acts that represent various diverse cultures. During the community planning process, many residents expressed interest in hosting outdoor concerts to showcase this distinct talent inherent in Camden.
Three free outdoor concerts were held at Northgate and Johnson Parks. These concerts were held during Camden’s Third Thursday Arts Crawl. The musical offerings at these concerts were as diverse as Camden’s population and included the sounds of hip-hop, rhythm and blues, soul, Latin jazz, rock, reggae and African drum and dance. These concerts showcased Camden’s up and coming and popular local talent, including Yung Poppa, the Unity Community Center’s African Dance and Drum Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, the Ingram Brothers and many others.
Northgate and Johnson Parks were animated and lively during these concerts. Children’s games and local food vendors provided the perfect setting for families to come out and enjoy these open spaces. In all, over 150 people danced and grooved to the musical stylings of 10 different artists throughout three months.