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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings + More Take Afropunk Festival 2014 By Storm

Liz Ramanand, Diffuser

There’s a reason the Afropunk Festival is called one of the most multi-cultural festivals ever. All walks of life showed up to Commodore Barry Park to witness numerous acts across four stages for one memorable weekend (Aug. 23-24).

On day one of the festival, the legendary Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings headlined the Green Stage — and rightfully so. The energy and vivaciousness of Jones is infectious (to say the least). With the utmost grace, she put the youngsters who took the stage before her to shame.

The Green Stage also featured melodic sirens such as Alice Smith, Valerie June and Lianne La Havas. Elsewhere throughout the day, the energy was very different as artists such as Shabazz Palaces, Trash Talk and Body Count stole the show.

The legends of Bad Brains were over on the Black Stage and featured special guest vocalist John Joseph of the Cro-Mags who were set to perform on the same stage the next day. Old school punk rockers showed the new school how it’s done as they moshed and crowd surfed.

Day two featured a special — and very late — performance of D’Angelo featuring the Roots over on the Green Stage. Talented acts such as the Tontons, Tamar Kali and the almighty Fishbone also graced the same stage. Fishbone were one of the most dynamic acts of the entire weekend; because of their eclectic sound, half the crowd was moshing while the other half was dancing.

Iconic punk frontman John Joseph returned on the second day of Afropunk 2014 for a blistering set with the rest of the Cro-Mags. They cranked out fan-favorites like ‘Sign of the Times,’ ‘Show You No Mercy,’ ‘Malfunction,’ ‘Hard Times’ and ‘World Peace.’

Check out our photo gallery of both days of Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival 2014 below:

Day One

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

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Alice Smith

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Bad Brains

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Shabazz Palaces

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Afropunk Crowd

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Day Two

Cro-Mags

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Fishbone

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Meshell Ndegeocello

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Tamar Kali

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The Tontons

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Next: Watch Shabazz Palaces' Official Music Video for '#Cake'

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