Nestled by the Hudson in Pier 1 of Riverside Park, the Sweet Spot Festival will be rounding out its summer series with a collection of musicians, food vendors, and a vintage marketplace this weekend. The festival, which began in May and typically has performances at West Harlem Piers park, has moved downtown to Pier 1 for this weekend’s event and will feature performances from dance music pioneers Kevin Hedge, Kervyn Mark, Bradford James, and Herbert Holler.
“Both my partner and I are residents of the neighborhood [Harlem],” Carolyn “CC” Concepcion, the festival’s organizer, said. “We have a passion for community development and bringing people together through unique musical experiences that contribute to the culture of New York City and specifically the culture and spirit of uptown.”
The artists this weekend will be performing a mix of “global soulful house, funk, and classics,” Concepcion said. “All the talent involved are big heavy hitters in the deep and soulful house dance music genre.”
Holler, along with two partners, started the Freedom Dance Party, now the longest running weekly dance party in the city. Hedge hosts the radio show “RootsNYC Live.” Mark and James are involved with Melting Pot Global—“an artists’ collective whose main objective is to enlighten through music,” according to the organization’s website.
For a spot to sit and rest from dancing, visitors can email ahead and reserve picnic tables at the park. Though the music of the festival is an important feature, the variety of activities offered is designed to create a “family-friendly environment,” Concepcion said. “Our main goal was to make something for all.”
The Sweet Spot Festival will run from 2-9 p.m. on Saturday at Riverside Park, Pier 1 (1, 2, 3 to 72nd St.).