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Beres, Toots, Peabo, Brian go Groovin

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:34 PMDave Rodney
Brian McKnight
Peabo Bryson in performance.
Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals.
Beres Hammond

Jamaican popular music legends Beres Hammond and Toots and the Maytals will join American R & B singers Peabo Bryson and Brian McKnight as headline acts at the 5th annual 'Groovin In The Park' concert. The event unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, on Sunday, June 26th.

Founder and CEO of concert organisers Groovin Inc, Christopher Roberts, said "this is one of our strongest line-ups so far. Brian, Peabo, Beres and Toots are exciting live performers and fans have responded positively."

Peabo Bryson has over 20 albums to his credit, the first one self- titled Peabo. The project included a young Luther Vandross, who sang background vocals. His next full-length set, Reaching for the Sky, went gold.


The single Can You Stop The Rain earned him a 1991 Grammy nomination for Best R & B Vocal Performance by a male. But it was Beauty and the Beast, with Celine Dion and A Whole New World, with Regina Belle, that earned him Grammy awards.

Among Bryson's other duets are We're The Best of Friends, with Natalie Cole, and the album Live & More, with Roberta Flack. Bryson achieved even bigger success with Flack on the album Born to Love that features his signature hit Tonight, I Celebrate My Love.

Brian McKnight's 1992 self-titled debut album included One Last Cry. Among his other popular albums and hit songs are Remember the Magic and Back At One, which sold over three million copies, while Superhero secured five Grammy nominations. McKnight was once a popular radio host in New York on 98.7 KISS FM. He appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice with current US presidential candidate Donald Trump, who hosted the TV show.

More artistes are expected to be added to Groovin In The Park 2016.