The seventh annual Afro-Punk Festival, held on August 28 and 29 at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, has released its 2011 lineup. Popular acts like Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Santigold and Fishbone are set to perform, and the Nike Battle For The Streets Skate And BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in New York City, will return for its second year. Additionally, the Afro-Punk Bites And Beats Truck Festival, which includes more than 20 trucks and vendors and features cuisine from around the world and the five boroughs, will make its debut.
Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gorgon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business and Straight Line Stitch round out the roster, but they won’t be the festival’s only draws. Top professionals in both skating and BMX riding, including Nigel Sylvester, will judge the amateur competition. The fest will also draw bike-buying enthusiasts with a show of custom bikes, made possible through a collaboration with Harley-Davidson and Brooklyn black bike scene documentarians Denim And Chrome.