Giant Step Resident: All Points West with Jay Z, Q Tip, The Pharcyde & more

libertyBy Mawuse Ziegbe


The 2009 All Points West Music and Arts Festival in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park was kinda like an open-air high school lunchroom where shaggy rockers, glittery rappers, and freewheeling artsy kids all held court in their respective corners. Spotty showers soaked the first day of the weekend-long festival which left dedicated (a.k.a. fool-headed) fans tramping through glutinous mud to the sounds of Vampire Weekend, The Knux and Peanut Butter Wolf. The Pharcyde rocked loopy hits like “Runnin’” and “Passin’ Me By.” The original line-up was in full effect – including a formerly dreadlocked Tre sporting an appropriately Jersey Corleone hat – and showed love to J. Dilla by playing Slum Village jams like “Raise It Up.” Q-Tip deployed his trademark energy, grooving through Tribe’s hits and busting out a quirky yet charming cover of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.”

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All Points West

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All Points West Music & Arts Festival returns to Liberty State Park on the weekend of July 31-Aug 2. The second Annual Festival features a crazy lineup of 65 artists and comedians on three stages, plus a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline and plenty of beer gardens. In response to concerns from last year, festival producers are making extra changes to improve the experience for ticket holders, from increasing the frequency and size of the Manhattan ferry to improving the concert grounds with shorter lines, shade tents and more.

Click here for the official line up and ticket info.