East New York’s Fusion East Caribbean Soul and Jig Media are launching a new live music series, titled “Soul Sets,” starting April 16.

Fusion East owner Andrew Walcott, a lifelong East New York residents who opened his restaurant in 2015, is setting out to help develop the live entertainment scene of the neighborhood, East New York News reports. 

“Live entertainment is an important positive attraction for any neighborhood,”  said Walcott. “We welcome music lovers to come down to enjoy the shows. The upcoming event on April 16, is just the beginning. This is going to be a great spring and summer of live music in East New York.”

Artist and TV show host Kym Swain will host the new series. Photo credit: Kym Swain/ FB

The series will feature local jazz, reggae and R’n’B artists and will be hosted by TV personality and musician Kym Swain.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist  Bart Tesoriero will kick off “Soul Sets” on Tuesday, April 16. The Brooklyn native has gained notoriety for his jazz-, folk- and gospel-infused soul sounds. Mainly an acoustic act, his music is reminiscent of artists like John Legend, Allen Stone, Donny Hathaway, Robert Glasper and Ray Lamontange.

As Walcott shared, Fusion East will also be participating in the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival on April 30. Presented by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, the festival will present several site performances and opportunities for the community to embrace the tradition of jazz from a local and global perspective.

A complete lineup of performances at East Fusion will be finalized in the coming weeks. 


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“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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