Greetings! A wall-to-wall crowd gathered uptown for the Harlem Week 2016 “Summer in the City” salute to the late Vaughn Harper, brilliant captain of the Quiet Storm for decades over WBLS-FM. Eric Bene was outstanding, along with special touching words from Vaughn’s longtime partner and wife, Sandra and his lovely daughter, Dionnee. WBLS was in the mix with personalities Jeff Fox and Jeff Foxx Band, DJ Mitch, Shaila, Fred “Buggsy” Buggs, Dr. Bob Lee, Lenny Greene, current host of the Quite Storm, Debi Jackson and myself. Sail on brother.
“Sistas the Musical,” a celebration of African-American women’s history, blends your favorite songs with a touching story of family, strength and perseverance. By the end of this musical, you’ll be up on your feet singing and dancing along. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212- 947-3499 or visit www.broadwaybox.com/shows/sistasthe-musical.
“The Color Purple,” a Tony winner on Broadway, featuring Heather Headley, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit colorpurple.com.
“Hamilton: An American Musical,” the multiple Tony Award winner continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.
“Two Trains Running,” a play by August Wilson, Friday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fulton Park,
70 Chauncey St., Brooklyn, N.Y., and Saturday, Aug. 26., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Herbert Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Directed by Sabura Rashid and featuring Malik Ali, De’Marcus Woods, Nanji Scott, Tracey Remarais, Guy Barfield, Michael Ealy and Carleton King.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series. Free to the public. Monday nights, 7:30 p.m. at Wingate Field, Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street, opposite Kings County Hospital. Hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Oleta Adams, Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Smooth Cruise: Freddie Jackson and Eric Darius, Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, Pier 40, W. Houston St. at West Side Highway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Beyoncé: The Formation World Tour 2016, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., MetLife Stadium, One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, N.J. For information, call 201-559-1300 or visitwww.metlifestadium.com.
Jeffrey Osborne, Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Angie Stone, Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Jeffrey Osborne, Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m., The Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Aretha Franklin, Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Gladys Knight, Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit ticketmaster.com.