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August 21 @ 9:00 pm - August 22 @ 9:00 pm


On Wednesday, August 21st, popular showcase Vibes In The City will kick off the unofficial MTV VMA Week celebrations in the City of Newark, NJ by celebrating their 2nd Annual Awards Night at Larouge Restaurant & Lounge Located 972 Broad Street starting at 9PM.

Since launching January 6th 2016, Vibes In The City Open Mic Night has become a Wednesday Night staple of the Newark, NJ independent music/arts scene.  Prominent mainstays from the local scene like R&B songstress Leah Jenea (Fox’s The Four) and Singer/Songwriter MRose (Vh1’s Signed) have mentioned Vibes In The City as their stage away from home. Even Jersey Icons Tap Dance Legend Savion Glover and Dupré DoItAll Kelly of Lords Of The Underground have stopped in to enjoy the talent that comes through.

Last year’s inaugural Vibes In The City Awards Night was held in front of a capacity crowd at Larouge Restaurant & Lounge located in the historic Lincoln Park district walking distance from Newark Symphony Hall and the park.  On the heels of their Lincoln Park Music Festival Hip Hop Culture Day main stage debut on July 28th, both parties are excited to continue this growing relationship at this year’s Awards Night in order to highlight arts, culture and nightlife at the southern end of Broad Street in the Lincoln Park district, downtown, Newark, NJ.

Of this upcoming milestone, Vibes In The City Founder Broadway Blake said “We had no expectations when we started, just hopes of having a hub for the local talent to come. Now we’re approaching our fourth year of a weekly Open Mic series that has only missed two nights in those four years.  It is rewarding that we get to celebrate our 2nd Awards Night by highlighting some of the incredible artists that have helped us build this platform and recognize them for their talents.”   To celebrate the date, Vibes In The City will be inviting several of last year’s winners along with surprise artists, guest hosts and DJs.


About Vibes In The City LLC

Co-founded by Ishmeel “Broadway Blake” Blakewood and Johnell Solomon Vibes In The City Open Mic Night was launched 2016 with the intentions of building a weekly breeding ground for up and coming talent in New Jersey. Since then they have hosted over 150 shows that included 1000+ artists from New Jersey and around the world.  Artists have come from California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, most recently, they booked their first world music artist Brazilian singer Juliana Galdeano.

Connect with @VibesInTheCity on Facebook, IG and Twitter.

For interviews with Vibes In The City and any of its artists or to cover the 2nd Annual Vibes In The City Awards, please contact Vibes In The City, 973-332-1335, vibesinthecityshowcase@gmail.com.



August 21 @ 9:00 pm
August 22 @ 9:00 pm


Vibes In The City


La Rouge Restaurant & Lounge
972 Broad St
Newark, NJ 07102 United States
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(973) 623-2200


For any questions about the arts calendar, please email sindy@newarkarts.org