Veteran reggae superstars Toots Hibbert, who recently reached a court settlement for the injury he sustained in 2013, is now officially confirmed as a headline performer alongside Beres Hammond at New York’s Groovin In The Park 2016. The event unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
This year’s festival promises to be a ravishing treat for music lovers who will have the opportunity to see the Jamaican icon and former lead singer of The Maytals in concert.
“We here at Groovin Inc are extremely happy Toots has fully recovered from his injury and is ready to grace the stage again” Groovin Inc CEO Chris Roberts disclosed.
Toots was originally booked to perform at the festival in 2013 but was pulled after sustaining a head injury at an outdoor festival in Richmond, Virginia.
“It was heartbreaking for the team when we heard about Toot’s injury in 2013 and doctors informed us he would not be able to perform at the festival. His health was our utmost concern, Toots is a friend for over 20 years and is like family” said Andrea Bullens of Bullzii Marketing /Groovin Inc, who had negotiated the deal.
Fan were left with Patti LaBelle, Tank, Ginuwine, Tyrese, Sanchez and Queen Ifrica. It took 2 entertainers – Half Pint and Steel Pulse to fill the void. Now that Toots is back, New York music fans are looking forward to seeing the veteran star in concert.
Toots comes to the sizzling one day reggae and R & B festival with superb credentials. He is responsible for some of the biggest hits in reggae’s history, including ‘Pressure Drop,’ ‘Sweet And Dandy’ and ’54-46′ (That’s My Number)” In 1968, Toots & the Maytals’ released the hit single ‘Do the Reggay,’ which gave the burgeoning genre its name. By 1971, the Maytals were stars in Jamaica. The group was featured in the landmark reggae film The Harder They Come in 1972, which introduced an international audience to the Maytals’ appeal.
Toots & The Maytals released True Love in 2004, a retrospective all-star collaboration featuring rock’s upper echelon (Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and Trey Anastasio), country icons (Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt), modern ska rockers (No Doubt), new folk-rock disciples (Ryan Adams and Ben Harper) and dancehall star Shaggy.