Afropunk 2015 Invades Brooklyn With Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill & More [EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS]
The 2015 Afropunk Festival was in full swing at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. over the weekend. The two-day extravaganza was filled with three stages of music that covered a variety of genres as well as food, freebies and a whole lot of fun.
Singer Grace Jones stole the show as she headlined the Green Stage on the first night. With fabulous costume changes and fearless energy, Jones is one of the most vibrant performers you can ever see live. Ms. Lauryn Hill finally took the same stage after a long wait, for a soulful unplugged set -- until her audio was cut off. Thankfully, she performed the fan favorite “Doo Wop (That Thing)” before the technical difficulties.
Other notable acts on the Green Stage included Kelis showing off her baby bump in a bright pink number -- the hot mama also celebrated a birthday of her own onstage complete with a cake. Singers SZA, Lion Babe, Adia Victoria and Kimberly Nichole also showcased their talents on the mic. Over on the Red Stage, Danny Brown and Death Grips took hold. Brace yourselves, that was only day one.
On the second day of Afropunk, Brooklyn’s own Lenny Kravitz came home for a headlining performance on the Green Stage and there were no wardrobe malfunctions this time. In fact, he was flawless onstage. His guitar riffs and anthems like “American Woman,” “Fly Away” and “Are You Gonna Go My Way” echoed throughout the park. The crowd's constant cheers prove his return to the city that raised him was a welcome one.
Fellow guitarist Gary Clark Jr. graced the stage before Kravitz and bluesy band Vintage Trouble had one of the best performances early on. Bass guru Thundercat and the very talented Jesse Boykins III also performed on the Green Stage.
Kaytranada did his thing with an electrifying set on the Red Stage and the illuminating singer Kelela also showed and proved. GoldLink got everyone in the crowd bouncing with his wild performance and 19-year-old artist Raury wowed the crowd early on.
This may have been the first year Afropunk has charged for admission to the festival, but with the line-up and the experience of being a part of Brooklyn’s biggest party this summer, the cost of admission is simply priceless.
Check out photos of some of the artists who performed at the Afropunk Festival in our gallery above.