Two years after his USA work permit was initially cancelled, controversial DJ Beenie Man, aka Moses Davis will return to the USA for a performance at the inaugural 'Groovin In The Park' concert on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY. Beenie Man was one of five top Jamaican entertainers whose visas and work permits were revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2010.
"I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the dancehall king Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s 'Groovin In the Park' concert on July 1,” and elated Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc., parent company of Groovin In The Park said.
“Music fans in the tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live here in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented entertainer and we are happy that he will be again able to showcase his talents on stage in New York” Roberts said.
R&B crooner R Kelly who was originally booked for the Queens concert will not perform.
"Kelly will no longer perform at the 'Groovin In The Park' concert because of a scheduling conflict with the date of our festival on Sunday, July 1" Roberts said.
"We have added Beenie Man and also plan to add an exciting high calibre R&B artiste to the line up. An announcement will be forthcoming in the media shortly" he said.
Other headline performers for 'Groovin In The Park' are Boyz 11 Men, Jimmy Cliff and Beres Hammond.
'Groovin In The Park' is in part a tribute to three great nations who are celebrating independence anniversaries: the United States celebrating 236, and Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago who are both celebrating 50 this year.