Over­town sings

Mu­sic, food and art at an­nual fes­ti­val.

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Front Page - By Rod Stafford Hag­wood Staff writer rhag­wood@south­florida.com

Mu­sic fans can see Es­telle, Tito Puente Jr., Musiq Soulchild, Gin­uwine, Ayo & Teo, K. Michelle and Jon B. in con­cert for free on Satur­day at the Over­town Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val.

The an­nual street fes­ti­val also will fea­ture food booths, art in­stal­la­tions, crafts and hand­crafted jew­elry ven­dors and a bar­be­cue cook-off. Over­town was the cen­ter of African-Amer­i­can busi­ness and en­ter­tain­ment in Mi­ami dur­ing the racially seg­re­gated Jim Crow era.

Mus­sadiq Muhammed is the fes­ti­val’s food and spe­cial-event co­or­di­na­tor fand owner of House of Wings restau­rant and Mav­er­icks Ton­so­rial Par­lor bar­ber­shop, both in Over­town. He re­cently re­sponded to ques­tions about the fes­ti­val by email.

Why did you cre­ate this event in 2014?

Be­cause we knew the rich his­tory of Over­town, and we wanted to recre­ate and brand an area that gets no pub­lic­ity.

What is new this year with the fes­ti­val?

We have a ma­jor act for the Youth Zone (Ayo & Teo) per­form­ing this year. It’s al­most out­shin­ing or gain­ing more at­ten­tion than the main stage. The growth of our chil­dren’s com­part­ment is some­thing that we haven’t seen be­fore. It’s some­thing to be proud of.

Is there any­thing else you’d like readers to know about the Over­town Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val?

It is free. Ev­ery year we are grow­ing tremen­dously and reshaping the way peo­ple and tourists think of Over­town. Over­town is now re­turn­ing to its rich his­tory of ho­tels, food and en­ter­tain­ment. Over­town Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val will take place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Satur­day in Over­town’s Busi­ness and En­ter­tain­ment District, at North­west Sec­ond and Third av­enues be­tween North­west Eighth and 10th streets. Ad­mis­sion is free. Go to Over­townMu­sic Art­sFes­ti­val.com.


The Over­town Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val re­turns to Mi­ami on Satur­day.

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