Breese Stevens Field has partnered with Isthmus to curate the music element of the Bodega at Breese Stevens Field for 2016. Today, they announced that F. Stokes will headline the music stage at the first ever Bodega on May 19th. The Chicago, Illinois native will perform two sets, one as his traditional character of F. Stokes, with rap music styled after Kanye West and Patti Smith. The second set will feature Rappin’ Ricky, a character that will empower, educate, and excite kids (and adults) of all ages and is the star of a children’s book written by Stokes.
Stokes, whose real name is Rodney Lucas, appeared as a rap coach on MTV’s Made, which aired in 2013. He has released two studio albums, Death of a Handsome Bride in 2009 and Fearless Beauty in 2013. He is currently putting together an EP of remixed Arrested Development hits, including Mr. Wendal and Everyday People. He has played the Montreal Jazz Fest and Voodoo Fest and has worked with many artists, including Bastille and Jillionaire of Major Lazer.
The Bodega, a free outdoor market, on five Thursday nights this summer will feature a different musical artist at each event in addition to over 50 different vendors including local farmers, artisans, antique dealers, and craftsmen selling locally sourced goods and produce. The Salvatore’s Double Decker Pizza Bus will be on hand along with the Underground Butcher’s Food Truck will be just some of the vendors in attendance. Far from an average farmers market, The Bodega will also feature food carts and kid’s games to ensure a family-friendly event for all. A wide variety of local beers, and wine will also be available for purchase.
In 2016, the Bodega will be from 4-8 pm on May 19, June 23, July 21, August 11, and September 19. For more information on The Bodega, visit breesestevensfield.com.