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Lalah Hathaway & Ruben Studdard downtown on The New Haven Green

Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard perform in New Haven
Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard perform in New HavenThe Meant to Be tour press photo

'International Festival of Arts & Ideas' is celebrating the city of New Haven in so many different ways this Spring, starting with the first "Pop-Up Celebration" that took place on Saturday May 31, according to VisitNewHaven.com. The celebration spotlights New Haven's rich and vibrant neighborhoods which began over the weekend on Dixwell Avenue, in front of the former Dixwell Community House, known to residents as the "Q House;" and will continue through the month of June with a very special free performance on the Downtown New Haven Green, with music artists Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard.

The pair have been touring together on 'The Meant to Be Tour' which began on April 5 at Detroit’s Garden Theatre, and will continue through cities like, Washington, D.C.'s, The Howard Theatre on June 12, and New York City's, B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill on June 13th, and concluding the Father's Day weekend with a performance downtown on "The Green" in New Haven, Ct, on Saturday June 14 at 7p.

Ruben Studdard, often referred to as "the Velvet Teddy Bear" describes his stage presence with Hathaway as a "a Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell-ish kind of feel." During an interview with the Alabama Media Group headquartered in downtown Birmingham, Studdard further explained what fans can look forward to during their performance.

"We’ll perform together, have a full band, do some songs separately. I think it’s going to be a great show, and people will get their money’s worth..."

However, for Greater New Haven residents, "money's worth" won't be a concern of those planning to attend the concert because it is in fact free, as the Arts & Ideas site specifies "FREE - No tickets required - just show up!" Although with the jazzy soulful sounds of this power pair one could assume that seating room would be more of a concern than the cost.

For more events by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas check out their calendar.