Mighty Sparrow, aka Slinger Francisco, is the official calypso king of Trinidad, having won the island’s standard-setting Calypso Monarch competition 11 times. An eight-time winner of the island’s Carnival Road March competition as well, Sparrow is best known for the song “Carnival Boycott” and for the outspoken 1956 hit “Jean and Dinah,” both of which perfectly personify the laid-back island spirit while never forgetting calypso’s courageous political roots.
This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries of R&B and world music. Past performers have included Maceo Parker, Los Lobos, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Odetta, Salif Keita, Amadou and Mariam, and The Spinners. These lunchtime performances are held at MetroTech Commons, home to NYU-Poly's Brooklyn campus.