Reggae music takes over Downtown

Reggae band Meta and the Cornerstones performing at Albee Square in Brooklyn Heights on July 28.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Hundreds of music lovers packed Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn to watch reggae band Meta and the Cornerstones perform on July 28. The band was the musical entertainment of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s pop-up beach party — a beach-themed outdoor event at the center of Fulton Mall. The event attracted coastline fanatics, music enthusiasts, and even passerby in the area, said one woman.

“We were actually Downtown to see a movie and when we came out we bumped into the show,” said Ilka Selby, who was with her daughter Mia. “We saw the crowd and heard the music and stayed because the music was really nice.”

It was her first time hearing music from the reggae roots band, and she was amazed with their performance and style.

“I never heard of them before but they sound really good, and I was definitely impressed,” she said.

The event also featured a game of badminton, and other beach-related fun like making sand art, and hula hooping, which Selby says her daughter enjoyed.

Selby says as a frequenter of Downtown, she enjoys the atmosphere of the bustling neighborhood, and hopes to see similar activities in the near future.

“I think it was great,” she said. “There was a mixed crowd of people and I like to see that, and hopefully they have more activities like this.”

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimo[email protected] Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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