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Martin Luther King Jr Concert Series
July — August, 2014
Wingate Field, Brooklyn
Monday Nights at 7:30PM — FREE!

Directions to Wingate
July 21st
Anthony Hamilton
July 28th An Evening With
Stephanie Mills
August 4th Old School Night
Roxanne Shante
Biz Markie
Rob Base
Kool Moe Dee
August 11th Reggae Night
special guest Maxi Priest
August 18th Annual Gospel Night
Tamela Mann
Christian Cultural Center Choir


Originated by former borough president Marty Markowitz, and now hosted by current Borough President Eric Adams, this Free Monday Night concert series
is in its 31st season!

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.

  • NO cameras,
  • audio and/or video recording,
  • alcohol,
  • pets,
  • glass bottles (plastic has been OK in the past), or
  • smoking.
You can bring folding chairs; seating is limited.

All persons and packages are subject to search before entry (and yes, they do).

Directions to Wingate


The MLK Concert Series takes place at Wingate Field on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street in the Crown Heights / Wingate neighborhood.
Map of Martin Luther King Concert Series, Wingate Field
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!

   By Subway:
2 or 5 train to Winthrop Street. Walk 2 blocks East.

IMPORTANT: the 5 Train train runs rush hour only, service ends at 8:45pm
To return to an east-side line after the concert, take the Manhattan-bound 2 Train train to Franklin Avenue/Eastern Parkway (3 stops) and change there to the 4 Train 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 2 train train there after the concert (7 stops)
and change to the D Train M Train N Train Q Train R Train 3 Train 4 Train 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 A Train or C Train train.
Important tip for tourists: the Franklin Avenue Shuttle is NOT the same Shuttle you get at Times Square!

Travel Time: on the 2 train 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...

By Car:

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.

By Bus:
B12 to New York Avenue or B44 to Winthrop Street.

Closest Hotel:
Motel6 Brooklyn
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:

Patti LaBelle
Erykah Badu
John Legend
MC Hammer
Lauryn Hill
Boyz II Men
Doug E. Fresh
Jill Scott
Keyshia Cole
Anita Baker
Lyfe Jennings
Machel Montano
Jazmine Sullivan
Robin Thicke
Ruben Studdard
The Mighty Sparrow

2010 Season Appearances:

Toni Braxton
Musiq Soulchild
Chrisette Michele
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Naughty By Nature
Slick Rick
Busta Rhymes
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Fred Hammond
Sean Paul
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.

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