The Newark Downtown District is the vibrant setting for a free community concert celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Newark Downtown District (NDD) on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Presented in partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), this special event features live music by The Commodores and Eric Benét, soul and R&B hits with DJ Felix Hernandez, and appearances by radio personalities Shaila Scott (WBLS 107.5 FM) and DJ Wallah (HOT 97) as co-hosts."What better way to celebrate 20 years in Downtown Newark than to jam out with the entire community?" said Anthony McMillan, Chief Executive Officer of the Newark Downtown District. "We can't wait to enjoy a night to commemorate what's been done and to cheer what's to come!"
The festivities start at 5 p.m. at NJPAC's outdoor Chambers Plaza, 1 Center St., rain or shine. The music gets underway with Felix Hernandez, whose broadcasts of "Rhythm Revue" are heard on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and stations throughout the metro area. The Commodores have been releasing chart-topping hits for three decades, among them "Machine Gun," "Three Times a Lady," "Slippery When Wet," and "Brick House." The band, which sold more than 60 million records for Motown, continued onward through the 1983 departure of co-lead vocalist Lionel Richie to earn a Grammy Award for "Night Shift."