Sunday Vibe

Five hours of concerts starting at 4 PM
TIME: 4 PM – 9 PM
LOCATION: The New Haven Green (in-person)

A 5-hour concert on the Green featuring community-led programming and performances inspired by the 2021 Festival’s IMAGINE theme.

Durand Bernarr

Singer. Songwriter. Producer. Skater. Actor. Host.

With a sound that has been coined as "Gangster Musical Theatre" by Qveen Herby, Durand Bernarr is one-part Little Richard, one-part Rick James, plus a heavy dash of powerhouse vocals & witty lyrical storytelling. The result is uniquely Durand - your favorite singer’s favorite singer!  Durand  has  had  the  opportunity  to  sit  under,  collaborate,  &  learn  from  some  of  music’s  leading legends  and  contributors  such  as  Earth,  Wind  &  Fire,  Producer  Yonni  (1st  cousin  on  his  father’s side)  The  Internet,  Anderson.  Paak,  Sam  Sparro,  J*DaVeY,  Teedra  Moses,  Adam  Blackstone, Tweet,  comedian  Rickey  Smiley  &  Erykah  Badu. In  2016,  Durand  released  his  first  EP,    Sound  Check,  prompting  Billboard  to  name  him  an  "artist to  know"  and  Lena  Waithe  to  call  Durand  one  of  her  favorite  singers.  Now  in  2020,  Durand  has made  huge  waves  with  his  self-titled  album ​ DUR& , which  debuted  at  the  #1  spot  on  the  Apple Music  R&B  charts.  Featuring  collaborations  with  the  likes  of  Ari  Lennox,  KAYTRANADA,  Anna Wise,  &  bassist,  “Buddah”  Foster  Jr., DUR& is  as  playful,  witty  &  sonically  imaginative  as  it  is packed  with  infectious  hooks  and  just  plain  GOOD  singing.

The Kennedy Administration

Watch any performance of singer, song writer, Kennedy, and you’ll become a fan for life! 

With incredible range, and a unique vocal texture you will wonder why you are only now hearing of this immense talent. An engulfing voice that is reminiscent of the past, yet youthful and charming Kennedy is one of New York’s great talents.

Hailing from the suburbs of Michigan, Kennedy made her arrival in NYC only a few years ago. Within that time and space she has cultivated her own sound as band leader having a weekly residency in legendary Greenwich Village as the lead and  front women of her namesake, Kennedy Administration. 

Ms. Kennedy has been privileged to lend her brilliant talent to Revive Music’s “Sarah Vaughn Clifford Brown” tribute performed at the Kennedy Center, Christian Aguilar’s NBA All Star performance, drum legend Jojo Mayer’s drum technique dvd, Winter Jazz Fest with Ray Angry, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and James Genus to name a few! Kennedy and Kennedy Administration were honored to be open up for music legend Sir Elton John in the summer of 2018 at the Black Sea Arena, in Batumi, Georgia. 

Josh Brown

AnUrbanNerd has been writing and performing for more than 15 years. He is a Poet, Spoken Word artist and Rap artist with a background in education and engineering. He brings a number of experiences to his craft being able to connect with a wide audience. He spent years suppressing his gift trying to avoid being a stereotypical black man who raps, however he learned that “our gifts are not your own” and now he makes sure to give his gift back whenever he can. He has published several poems and has written and distributed two Music EP’s. He currently Teaches in the New London District where his goal is to provide more opportunities for students to express themselves.

Darlene Kascak

Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke Tribal Nation) is the Education Coordinator at The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut. Her experience as an educator, tour guide, museum assistant and Traditional Native American Storyteller has taught her the importance of educating both young and old about the many misconceptions and stereotypes about her ancestors. Her style of teaching from a Native American’s point of view allows children and adults the opportunity to have a new understanding of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples lives both in the past and in the present.

Paco Godoy

Paco gave his first piano recital at age 5. A musical prodigy, he has recorded numerous CD’s and collaborated with international legendary Latin American artists like Franco de Vita and Bacilos. Having performed in renowned theaters across Latin America, Godoy has also performed organ recitals at the Notre Dame Basilica in Paris, Our lady of Guadalupe Basilica, and performed for Pope Francis on his first visit to Latin America. His compositions have been taught and performed at the Rich Forum and Palace Theater of Stamford, Connecticut and most recently, at the Vienna Conservatory during the 2018- 2019 season. His recent solo tours include Europe and Asia, presented by the Ecuadorian Embassy in France, Singapore, Hungary, Mexico and others.

He is featured in numerous anthologies in Ecuador, Peru and Argentina denoting his contributions to popular and academic music. Paco received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Universidad Autónoma de Quito, in Ecuador and has been INTEMPO’s orchestrator and artist ambassador since 2011.

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Mulan Art Dance Ensemble

Mulan Fitness Art School is a novel and unique oriental fitness art school. It integrates fitness, body, dance and music. The school is located in Hamden, Connecticut, USA.

Alisa Bowens-Mercado

Host

Alisa Bowens-Mercado is the first Black woman in the state to become a craft beer brewer. Her Rhythm Lager is inspired by her grandmothers, who both enjoyed drinking Miller Lite beers. The beer is currently only sold in and around the New Haven region, but it appears that among other brew masters, the beer is a tasty hit. The recipe is Bowens-Mercado’s own, and uses hops imported from South Africa, which connects to some other parts of her life.

WithLoveFelicia

Host

Felicia Webster, artistically known as WithloveFelicia, is an award winning spoken word performance poet, TedX Speaker, arts-educator, self-love activist and the CEO of WithloveFelicia Enterprises, LLC. As a multi- disciplinary creative, Felicia manifests connection through the power of the spoken word and artistic expression.