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The beloved hip hop innovator and Renaissance man shares the day with musical trailblazers from around the globe.

Presented in association with Giant Step.

Q-Tip is an American hip hop artist, singer, and occasional actor from Queens, perhaps best known as the leader of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. After Tribe disbanded in 1998, Q-Tip pursued a solo career. His first singles "Vivrant Thing" and "Breathe & Stop" exemplified his move towards more pop-oriented recordings, closely followed by his solo debut LP Amplified. As of late, Q-Tip has been very active, touring with the full line-up of A Tribe Called Quest as well as continuing to work on his own solo career.

Named after sculptor Daniel Chester French, Chester French is an American pop band anchored by founding members Maxwell Drummey and D.A. Wallach. The two met as college students at Harvard University and quickly realized their strong musical chemistry after playing various campus functions and impromptu jam sessions. Influenced by genres ranging from Motown and swing to power-pop, country and rap, Chester French is constantly reinventing their style and sound.

Gothenburg, Sweden-based Little Dragon consists of Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano and friends Erik Bodin (drums), Källgren Wallin (bass), and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), all of whom met in high school. In 2007 the band signed with large British indie label Peacefrog Records and released their self-titled debut album. Since the release the band has been busy playing live shows throughout Europe, gaining new fans, and garnering positive attention on music blogs on both sides of the Atlantic.

British DJ and radio host of “Deviation” on BBC Radio 1, Benji B spins the best in jazz, funk, hip hop, house, broken beats, and more.

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Added by city_parks_foundation on May 13, 2009