We kicked off the music festival on Friday July 25th with "An Afternoon of Jazz" which paid tribute to the late Amiri Baraka. The program featured performances by "The NewArkestra" which included: Director Alfred Patterson, Adegoke Steve Colson, Rene McLean, Gene Ghee, James Stewart, Carlos Francis, Anthony Nelson, Calvin Hill, Vince Ector and vocalist Pat Tan.
YOPAT’s founder, Susu Stewart and the 1st Newark Idol Winner Nicole Vanessa Ortiz. The judges for the program were:
Ending the opening night was "An Evening of Gospel" which was hosted by: Toya Beasley. The program featured an evening featuring local, regional and national recording gospel artists including Stefanie Minatee and Jubilation Choir, Kevin Fulmore & Praise Works, Kenny Bobien, Shaun L. Mills, Vincent Walker & Tyrone Ellis and River of Living Waters.
An Artist Showcase featuring the fabulous Ms. Melba Moore, Byron Stingily, CeCe Rogers, Chinah Blac & Tia Holt. Live percussionists throughout the day.DJ Teddy Douglas from Basement Boys, DJ Naeem Johnson, DJ Lou Gorbea, DJ Pookey, and DJ Barry B.
Kazzie Pop, DJ Wallah of Hot 97, DMC Champion the legendary DJ Cheese, Dupre’ Kelly aka “Du It All”, of Lords of the Underground & 211 Media Group. In addition, Allhiphop.com presented the ’Breeding Ground” which included Chris Skillz, JY, Soul Khan, Audible Doctor, Brown Bag AllStars, Senica Da Misfit, Rasheed Chappell, Final Outlaw, Jasiri X, Joyner Lucas, Mitch Littlez, Silent Knight & Rebel Dia