Neighborhood gears up for Heart & Soul Fest

Pieces of A Dream will appear at Heart & Soul Fest, set for April 16 in West Palm Beach’s Northwest Neighborhood.

BY JANIS FONTAINE
pbnews@floridaweekly.com

If you’ve been meaning to explore the historic Northwest Neighborhood considered ground zero for much of our local African-American culture, here’s an idea.

The Heart & Soul Fest will jazz up the streets of this West Palm Beach area from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 16. Live music, arts and crafts, vendors, food and dancing are planned, plus you can visit the local businesses that are part of this neighborhood rebirth.

The northwest neighborhood, centered on the historic Sunset Lounge, runs from Banyan Boulevard to Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard between Tamarind and Rosemary avenues. Its ongoing growth and improvements are made with the support of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), known for its branding and marketing expertise.

The focus of the Heart & Soul Fest is on the African-American jazz history of the destination. Now in its fourth year, the festival brings out residents, business owners and visitors who want to share and discover the significance of this area.

The featured headliner, Pieces of A Dream, brings contemporary jazz sounds from Philadelphia, marked by smooth grooves and compelling vocals. Drummer Curtis Harmon and keyboardist James Lloyd founded thegroup in 1976 with bassist Cedric Napoleon. It has seen its members change over the years, but the core remains the same, with a few modernizations.

Also performing are local performers — and fan favorites — N2 Nation, a band that celebrates the magic of Motown, as well as the Faith Place Band, Lil Tweet Da Raw and K.E.W. This neighborhood knows food. You’ll find barbecued ribs and pulled pork, fried chicken, and mac and cheese. For the kids, there’s a bounce house and face painting.

A free shuttle will run from the festival to the Palm Beach County Judicial and Governmental Center parking lot, on Banyan Boulevard at Rosemary Avenue, through 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Get to know the true heart and soul of the city during this day of music, food, art and sunshine. For more information, call 822-1550 or visit WPBhistoricnorthwest on Facebook.

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