Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens stem from equal parts Alabama soul and inspired gospel fervor, with a singer who has been invigorating the New York R&B scene since the 60s. Fresh from releasing their first full-length album, What Have You Done, My Brother?, Shelton and band put soul in the service of fiery spiritual injunctions, which are as catchy as they are cathartic.
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.