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MILWAUKEE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE HIP HOP'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN A MAJOR WAY WITH TRUE SKOOL'S SUMMER PARK JAM


Milwaukee native Speech with progressive Hip Hop group Arrested Development, iconic rapper Wordsworth announced as headliners of celebration


MILWAUKEE (July 12, 2023) – TRUE Skool and Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC) have unveiled their plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop's creation with an incredible two-day celebration in Downtown Milwaukee.


Now, in its fifth year, the 2023 Summer Park Jam will take place August 11-12 at the MPAC Outdoor Grounds and will highlight and celebrate all elements of Hip Hop culture. This landmark event in the history of Milwaukee Hip Hop culture will feature Milwaukee’s own Speech with his Grammy Award-winning group, Arrested Development along with renowned author and iconic rap lyricist Wordsworth.


Fidel Verdin, Co-Executive Director at TRUE Skool, stated, “Hip Hop Culture embodies both education and entertainment, often referred to as 'Edutainment,' as well as entrepreneurship. Our Summer Park Jam weekend encapsulates all of these elements.”


On Friday, August 11, the exact date of Hip Hop's 50th anniversary, the Summer Park Jam, the festivities will kick off with the “CEO Sessions,” a collection of industry-level conversations and networking opportunities for local creative entrepreneurs and educators who are eager to elevate their craft. Renowned author and iconic rap lyricist, Wordsworth, and other professional artists such as cross-branding specialist and graphic designer, Makalya Binter, will provide invaluable tools and resources during this noon to 4pm event. Speakers from various media and music sectors are also set to grace the lineup with panels and pop-up workshops.


On Saturday, August 12, the Summer Park Jam continues at the Peck Pavilion on the MPAC Outdoor Grounds with an all-ages outdoor festival, including live performances, interactive activities, local vendors, a skateboarding area, live Graffiti Art and Breakin' competitions.



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