Martin Luther King Jr Concert Series
July — August, 2013
Wingate Field, Brooklyn
Monday Nights at 7:30PM — FREE!
The 2013 Wingate Schedule:
Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds|
Old School Night
Rakim — Whodini|
Big Daddy Kane — Chubb Rock
Annual Gospel Night
Israel Houghton and New Breed
Christian Cultural Center Choir
Annual Caribbean Night
Kes The Band
Final Show of 2013!
Hosted by Borough President Marty Markowitz, this Free Monday Night concert series
is in its
Get There Early! Lines to get in are very long and slow-moving. Start-times are listed as 7:30
but the shows usually don't start until 8.
Performers are subject to change without notice.
If there is rain in the forecast, listen for announcements on WBLS 107.5FM.
It is very rare for them to cancel these concerts due to rain; more often they will call it off mid-concert if the weather gets too rough to continue, or they will delay the start of the show until the weather clears.
If WE hear anything, we'll tweet an update right away. If you're at Wingate and the show gets called off, tweet us @brooklyn_events and we'll help get the word out.
You can bring
folding chairs; seating is limited.
- NO cameras,
- audio and/or video recording,
- glass bottles (plastic has been OK in the past), or
All persons and packages are subject to search before entry (and yes, they do).
The MLK Concert Series takes place at Wingate Field on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street in the Crown Heights / Wingate neighborhood.
|Directions to the Martin Luther King Jr Concert Series at Wingate Field|
|The lines to get into these concerts are notoriously LONG and SLOW. So Get There Early!|
2 or 5 train to Winthrop Street. Walk 2 blocks East.
IMPORTANT: the train runs
rush hour only, service ends at 8:45pm.
To return to an east-side line after the concert, take the Manhattan-bound
train to Franklin Avenue/Eastern Parkway (3 stops) and change there to the train.
You can also get the B48,
B49, or B71 bus at Franklin Avenue.
There is a major subway hub at Atlantic Avenue,
you can take the
train there after the concert (7 stops)
and change to the
trains, or change to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) for service to Far Rockaway, Babylon, Long Beach, West Hempstead, and the Montauk branch.
The Franklin Avenue Shuttle (3 stops away on the 2 train) will get you to the
Important tip for tourists: the Franklin Avenue Shuttle is NOT the same Shuttle you get at Times Square!
Travel Time: on the train it will take you 35 to 40 minutes to get to Winthrop Street from Times Square in Manhattan.
Your wait in line at the gate will usually be much longer...
From Manhattan: Manhattan bridge to Flatbush Avenue. Drive 3 miles down Flatbush Avenue, to Rutland Road. Turn left on Rutland Road, continue on Rutland to Brooklyn Avenue. The park and field are on the right.
From Long Island and South Brooklyn: Belt Parkway to Exit 6N. Flatbush Avenue North. Take Flatbush Avenue 5 miles to Rutland Road. Right turn on Rutland. Continue on Rutland to Brooklyn Avenue. The park and field are on your right.
Parking: It's awful. There is a privately operated parking lot available at Kings County Hospital on Winthrop Street between Albany and Brooklyn Avenues. On-street parking fills up fast. Mass transit is a better option.
For your GPS unit:
Use the address
600 Kingston Avenue Brooklyn NY 11203
latitude: 40.65867 longitude: -73.94384
Here is a full street map of Brooklyn.
B12 to New York Avenue or B44 to Winthrop Street.
599 Utica Ave
(Cross street is Winthrop Street -
about a 20 minute walk from the concert venue)
Telephone: (718) 774-0018
|2007-2009 Season Appearances:|
The following artists
appeared at Wingate Park
in 2007, 2008, & 2009:
Boyz II Men
Doug E. Fresh
The Mighty Sparrow
2010 Season Appearances:|
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Naughty By Nature
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Aretha Franklin was scheduled for 2010 but was forced to cancel due to an injury.
She played Coney Island in 2011.
Beres Hammond last played Wingate in 2008.
John Legend played
at the Seaside Concert Series in 2010, and played Wingate with Estelle in 2008 (that was billed as a "Mystery Show". Rumors flew around the internet that summer that the
mystery guest was going to be Prince, but no such luck).
Did You Know... Wingate is named after George Wood Wingate (1840-1928), a Union general in the Civil War who
is best known as co-founder of the National Rifle Association.
Before George Wingate High School was built in 1954,
this part of Brooklyn was known as Pig Town, because of all the small-animal farms in the area. The park was
previously known as Hawthorne Field and George Wingate High School Park.
Wingate is in the Flatbush area of
Brooklyn, to the north of East Flatbush, east of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, and just south of Crown Heights.
And it's "Wingate" not "Windgate" or "Wyngate".
Creative-Commons licensed photo credits:
others provided by the artists, except as noted.