SummerStage: Gil Scott-Heron

Thursday, August 5, 2010 7:00 PM

Marcus Garvey Park
124th St. & Mt. Morris Park W
New York, NY

Widely acknowledged as the matrix from which hip-hop and neo-soul emerged, the poetry, music and performance of Gil Scott-Heron was a guiding force throughout the late ’60s and ’70s. Scott-Heron’s transgressive, politicized, spoken-word-meets-jazz recordings, including “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” “Whitey on the Moon,” “The Bottle” and “Small Talk at 125th and Lennox,” have been covered, sampled, referenced, deified and parodied by generations of artists, including Labelle, Public Enemy and Talib Kweli. 2010 saw the release of I’m New Here, Scott-Heron’s first release in thirteen years. SPIN called I’m New Here, “not so much a comeback as a testament to spiritual resilience.” That resilience will be on full display with a set featuring material from the new album and classic songs from Scott-Heron’s 1970s catalog.