SummerStage: Midnite / DJ Carter Van Pelt

Wednesday, June 6,  7:00 PM

Betsy Head Memorial Playground
Brooklyn, New York 11212


Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of “old school”roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening experience. “Roots Reggae” is an apt description for Midnite’s musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements. The group’s vigorous, weighty sound, driven by punchy bass lines is on the cutting edge of modern roots music. Their debut album, Unpolished which included such classics as “Don’t Move” and “Love the Life You Live” was released in 1997 to much acclaim. For their second release, Ras Mek Peace, songs like “Hieroglyphics,” in which graffiti is likened to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, showcases the intelligent songwriting that pervades all of Midnite’s works.

Head DJ of Eastern Standard Time on WKCR 89.9 FM in New York City, DJ Carter Van Pelt is a true student of Jamaican music of every era, from ska to dancehall. His focus on 70’s reggae will set the mood for Midnite’s hypnotic brand of VI (Virgin Island) roots. His WKCR program has earned a worldwide reputation for bringing artists to the studio for historic interviews, augmented with deep cuts, all played from vinyl. Van Pelt is also the founder/producer of the Coney Island Reggae Soundsystem Series, held each summer on the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk.


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