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City Parks Foundation announces NYC SUMMERSTAGE 2016 Season Lineup

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 free performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Yiddish Soul, and Taiwanese music to dance, comedy and theater, SummerStage will feature more than 200 unique artists, filling a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts landscape, ensuring that New Yorkers will have access to exceptional cultural experiences, free of charge. Since its inception 31 years ago, SummerStage has benefited more than six million people from New York City and around the world.

Having highlighted hip-hop music and culture in 2013 and salsa and Latin music in 2014, the festival is thrilled this year to honor another distinctly New York musical form: Jazz. The 2016 season of SummerStage will both showcase exceptional performing artists from around the globe, and will also feature more jazz performances than ever before, with nearly half a dozen planned for Central Park and many more in neighborhood parks across the city. The focus on jazz this season coincides with the upcoming centennial of the musical dawning of the term “jazz,” as well as what would have been the 100th birthdays of late jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald

Living jazz legends McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Roy Haynes will kick off the festival in Central Park on June 4, with the first free show of the season. Other notable performances will include the acclaimed Kamasi Washington, also in Central Park; jazz trumpeterTerence Blanchard in Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park performing Breathless, a work based on the final words of borough native Eric Garner; pre-eminent soul jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves in Queensbridge Park; and Stefanie Batten Bland presenting an interdisciplinary dance collaboration with jazz ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber also in Queensbridge Park. The annual, three-day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, New York City’s annual salute to the late saxophonist, will feature performances from Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground, Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet, and DeJohnette – Moran – Holland. The final free show of the 2016 season will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit Jazz Age Broadway musical, Chicago, with performances from the current cast.

SummerStage is thrilled to welcome Comedy Central back to the festival for a guaranteed laugh-filled evening of stand-up from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Accompanying a screening of A Ballerina’s Tale, the 2015 documentary on African-American principal ballerina Misty Copeland, award-winning choreographer Jeremy McQueen will present “The Black Iris Project,” a premier ballet collaborative celebrating diversity in art and dance. Roger Guenveur Smith will perform his one-man show, Rodney King, which explores the very timely and sensitive issues of police brutality. Other highlights include reggae sensation Alpha Blondy in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park; Latin soul icon Joe Bataan in St. Mary’s Park in the South Bronx; the return to Central Park of the folk rock duo Indigo Girls, whose last performance at SummerStage took place using generators during the 2003 blackout; hip-hop greats Public Enemy in Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park, and electronic rockers Neon Indian in East River Park.

“At City Parks Foundation, we believe culture should be convenient and affordable for everyone. Our SummerStage festival removes the barriers to culture, bringing world-class artists, topical and popular, to neighborhood parks across all five boroughs, free of charge,” said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. “SummerStage brings together New York’s diverse communities in authentic and meaningful ways, making high quality performing arts — from music to spoken word, circus and contemporary dance — truly accessible. We are thrilled to bring another season, filled with exceptional artistry, to communities across the City.”

“The SummerStage festival celebrates the rich cultural fabric of New York City,” said Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director of City Parks Foundation. “This year, we’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of jazz, with both emerging and master musicians, who will highlight the long legacy jazz has in the city and its continued impact on New Yorkers.”

“Capital One is proud to once again support SummerStage as it celebrates New York’s artistic energy and creativity,” said Michael Slocum, President, Commercial Banking and Northeast Regional President, Capital One. “The arts build communities and enrich lives, and this remarkable festival embodies our commitment to investing for good in the diverse communities where our associates live and work.”

The complete SummerStage schedule follows. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all SummerStageprogramming, follow SummerStage via the below links and visit cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage for festival information.

SummerStage 2016 Schedule

Day

Date

Time

Artist

Park

Boro

Genre

Saturday Jun 4 6:00 PM The Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner Quartet / Ron Carter / Roy Haynes, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival Central Park MN Music
Saturday Jun 11 3:00 PM Cymande / KING / Deva Mahal / DJ Parler, in association with Okayplayer Central Park MN Music
Monday Jun 13 7:00 PM DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry / Screening:Afripedia,in association with African Film Festival, Inc. Saratoga Park BK Music & Film
Tuesday Jun 14 7:00 PM Chairlift Red Hook Park BK Music
Wednesday Jun 15 7:00 PM Just Blaze and Friends, in association with MeanRed Red Hook Park BK Music
Wednesday Jun 15 7:00 PM Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Superstars Central Park MN Music
Thursday Jun 16 7:00 PM Blonde Redhead Red Hook Park BK Music
Friday Jun 17 7:00 PM Liza Jessie Peterson / LuQuantumleap Red Hook Park BK Theater
Saturday Jun 18 7:00 PM Dance on the Lawn / Master Class: Calvin Wiley Red Hook Park BK Dance
Saturday Jun 18 6:00 PM Kamasi Washington, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival / Pre-Show Panel Central Park MN Music
Sunday Jun 19 4:00 PM DJ Rich Medina / RAAA / Urban Word & Hi-Arts: Journal to Journey / Ziearre Red Hook Park BK Family
Monday Jun 20 7:00 PM Screening: In My Father’s House with Q&A with Rhymefest, in association with ImageNation Saratoga Park BK Film
Tuesday Jun 21 6:00 PM Fête de la Musique: CharlElie Couture / Yael Naim / General Elektriks / La Femme Central Park MN Music
Tuesday Jun 21 7:00 PM Public Enemy / DJ Tedsmooth Betsy Head Park BK Music
Wednesday Jun 22 7:00 PM Angie Stone / DJ Chuck Chillout Betsy Head Park BK Music
Wednesday Jun 22 8:00 PM Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov, and Dan Saunders Central Park MN Music
Thursday Jun 23 7:00 PM Duck Down BBQ Betsy Head Park BK Music
Friday Jun 24 7:00 PM Nuyorican Poets Cafe featuring Mahogany Browne’s Redbone and reg e gaines’ The Last Celebrity Betsy Head Park BK Theater
Friday Jun 24 7:00 PM Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov, and Dan Saunders Brooklyn Bridge Park BK Music
Saturday Jun 25 7:00 PM Brooklyn Dance Festival / Master Class: Mr. Kid Betsy Head Park BK Dance
Saturday Jun 25 3:00 PM Butler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Saylor and Dalton Ridenhour, in association with the New York Hot Jazz Festival Central Park MN Music
Sunday Jun 26 4:00 PM Christian Cultural Center C3 Choir / Mr. Reed / Boots Step Team / DJ Styff, in association with ARTs East New York Inc. Betsy Head Park BK Family
Sunday Jun 26 7:00 PM DJ Gringo / Screening: Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, in association with African Film Festival, Inc. Betsy Head Park BK Music & Film
Sunday Jun 26 5:00 PM Only in Queens Summer Festival featuring Ginuwine / Mack Wilds / Kid ‘n Play Flushing Meadows Corona Park QN Music
Sunday Jun 26 8:00 PM Comedy Central Presents: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park Central Park MN Comedy
Monday Jun 27 7:00 PM Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: 20 Feet From Stardom,in association with ImageNation Saratoga Park BK Music & Film
Monday Jun 27 7:00 PM Indigo Girls Central Park MN Music
Tuesday Jun 28 7:00 PM Lisa Simone / Screening: What Happened Miss Simone?, in association with ImageNation Herbert Von King Park BK Music & Film
Wednesday Jun 29 8:00 PM Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale / Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project / Pre-Show Panel Central Park MN Dance & Film
Wednesday Jun 29 7:00 PM Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado / Kendra Foster / DJ Natasha Diggs. Hosted by DProsper. Herbert Von King Park BK Music
Thursday Jun 30 7:00 PM Vivian Green / GrandWizzard Theodore Herbert Von King Park BK Music
Friday Jul 1 7:00 PM Maimouna Keita Dance Company / Master Class Herbert Von King Park BK Dance
Saturday Jul 2 7:00 PM Freedom Party® 13th Anniversary Central Park MN Music
Saturday Jul 2 7:00 PM Everyday People Herbert Von King Park BK Music
Sunday Jul 3 3:00 PM King Sunny Adé / Orlando Julius and the Afro Soundz / DJ Rich Medina, in association with World Music Institute Central Park MN Music
Sunday Jul 3 7:00 PM Trouble Funk / Operator Emz Herbert Von King Park BK Music
Tuesday Jul 5 7:00 PM George Lamond / DJ Lucho Crotona Park BX Music
Wednesday Jul 6 6:00 PM Mexrrissey / Los Cafres / La Dame Blanche, in association with Latin Alternative Music Conference Central Park MN Music
Wednesday Jul 6 7:00 PM Fat Joe / Tony Touch hosted by Lyricist Lounge Crotona Park BX Music
Thursday Jul 7 7:00 PM Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin Crotona Park BX Music
Thursday Jul 7 7:00 PM Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders Clove Lakes Park SI Music
Friday Jul 8 6:00 PM Leon Larregui / Rodrigo Amarante / Grenda, in association with Latin Alternative Music Conference Central Park MN Music
Friday Jul 8 7:00 PM Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Craig ‘muMs’ Grant’s “A Sucker Emcee” Crotona Park BX Theater
Varies Jul 8 – Jul 31 8:00 PM Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth Marcus Garvey Park MN Theater
Saturday Jul 9 7:00 PM Acrobuffos / Rob & Miss Jane / Sxip’s Hour of Charm / It’s Showtime NYC Crotona Park BX Circus
Saturday Jul 9 7:00 PM Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders Jackie Robinson Park MN Music
Sunday Jul 10 3:00 PM Justin Roberts & the Not Ready For Naptime Players / Mister G / Excerpts from Finding Neverland / Gizmo Guys Central Park MN Family
Sunday Jul 10 7:00 PM DJ Kool Herc / Little Shalimar / Screening: Rubble Kings Crotona Park BX Music & Film
Monday Jul 11 7:00 PM The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders Socrates Sculpture Park QN Music
Tuesday Jul 12 7:00 PM Johnny Rivera / Joan Català St. Mary’s Park BX Music
Wednesday Jul 13 7:00 PM Joe Bataan Meets Setenta / Joan Català St. Mary’s Park BX Music
Wednesday Jul 13 7:00 PM The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders Crotona Park BX Music
Thursday Jul 14 7:00 PM Tito Rojas St. Mary’s Park BX Music
Friday Jul 15 7:00 PM Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: We Like It Like That St. Mary’s Park BX Music & Film
Saturday Jul 16 6:00 PM Taiwanese Waves: Anpu / Wonfu / Sunset Rollercoaster Central Park MN Music
Saturday Jul 16 7:00 PM Full Circle Souljahs Presents:

From The Streets To The Stage/Behind The Groove / Master Class: Kwikstep and Rokafella

St. Mary’s Park BX Dance
Sunday Jul 17 4:00 PM Legacy Women / Recess Monkey / Music with a Message / Double Dutch Dreamz St. Mary’s Park BX Family
Sunday Jul 17 3:00 PM Paulo Flores / Herencia de Timbiquí / Monsieur Periné / DJ Greg Caz / DJ Manny Central Park MN Music
Monday Jul 18 7:00 PM The Feelies / Beach Fossils Central Park MN Music
Tuesday Jul 26 7:00 PM Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun, performing a tribute to Enta Da Stage & Dah Shinin’ Queensbridge QN Music
Wednesday Jul 27 8:00 PM Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Carolyn Dorfman Central Park MN Dance
Wednesday Jul 27 7:00 PM Dianne Reeves / DJ Greg Caz Queensbridge Park QU Music
Thursday Jul 28 7:00 PM Lyfe Jennings Queensbridge Park QU Music
Friday Jul 29 7:00 PM Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Paolo Javier and Maria Lisella host a night of Queens Poets Queensbridge Park QU Theater
Saturday Jul 30 7:00 PM Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / Master Class: Karisma Jay Queensbridge Park QU Dance
Saturday Jul 30 7:00 PM Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Empress Of, in association with Okayfuture Central Park MN Music
Sunday Jul 31 4:00 PM Marc Cary: The Harlem Jam Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Featuring Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers Queensbridge Park QU Family
Sunday Jul 31 7:00 PM Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia and more Central Park MN Music
Tuesday Aug 2 7:00 PM Jon B Clove Lakes Park SI Music
Wednesday Aug 3 7:00 PM Screening: Kirikou and the Wild Beasts / Orisha’s Journey / DJ Djib Sayo, in association with African Film Festival Clove Lakes Park SI Music & Film
Thursday Aug 4 7:00 PM Jungle Brothers / G-Bo the Pro Clove Lakes Park SI Music
Friday Aug 5 7:00 PM Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective Clove Lakes Park SI Music
Saturday Aug 6 6:00 PM Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos, in association with Brasil Summerfest / Pre-Show Panel Central Park MN Music
Saturday Aug 6 7:00 PM Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Master Class: Jamel Gaines Clove Lakes Park SI Dance
Sunday Aug 7 4:00 PM Secret Agent 23 Skidoo / Sierra Leone Dance Troupe / Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, in association with the Staten Island Arts Folklife Clove Lakes Park SI Family
Sunday Aug 7 7:00 PM Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music / Pre-Show Panel Central Park MN Music
Tuesday Aug 9 7:00 PM Neon Indian East River Park MN Music
Wednesday Aug 10 7:00 PM “We Play For You, Butch Morris” featuring Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February East River Park MN Music
Wednesday Aug 10 8:00 PM Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Nathan Trice Rituals Central Park MN Dance
Thursday Aug 11 7:00 PM Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound East River Park MN Music
Friday Aug 12 7:00 PM Roger Guenveur Smith “RODNEY KING” East River Park MN Theater
Saturday Aug 13 7:00 PM Carolyn Dorfman / Master Class: Theresa Lavington East River Park MN Dance
Sunday Aug 14 6:00 PM Mbongwana Star / Batida / Young Paris / Okayafrica Electrafrique feat. DJ Underdog / Pre-Show Panel Central Park MN Music
Sunday Aug 14 4:00 PM DJ Spinna celebrates Earth Wind & Fire / Shine & the Moonbeams East River Park MN Family
Tuesday Aug 16 7:00 PM Alpha Blondy Marcus Garvey Park MN Music
Wednesday Aug 17 7:00 PM Saul Williams / Kimberly Nichole Marcus Garvey Park MN Music
Wednesday Aug 17 8:00 PM DJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs Presents: Behind The Groove / Soul Connected / Raphael Xavier Central Park MN Dance
Thursday Aug 18 7:00 PM Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Collective / Master Class: Calvin Wiley Marcus Garvey Park MN Dance
Friday Aug 19 7:00 Nathan Trice Rituals / Harlem School of the Arts Young Dance Alliance / Master Class: Calvin Wiley Marcus Garvey Park MN Dance
Saturday & Sunday Aug 20-21 7:00 PM Kalabantè Circus / Iron Skulls & Quim Moya / Sxip’s Hour of Charm Marcus Garvey Park MN Circus
Sunday Aug 21 3:00 PM Sweet Micky / MHD / DJ Erick La Peau Central Park MN Music
Friday Aug 26 7:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:

Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg Caz

Marcus Garvey Park MN Music
Saturday Aug 27 3:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:

Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman

Marcus Garvey Park MN Music
Sunday Aug 28 3:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:

DeJohnette – Moran – Holland / Allan Harris / Donnie McCaslin Group / Grace Kelly

Tompkins Square Park MN Music
Sunday Aug 28 3:00 PM GoldLink / Backyard Band / DJ Spicoli, in association with MeanRed Central Park MN Music
Wednesday Aug 31 8:00 PM Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert Central Park MN Theater

 

SummerStage 2016 Benefit Show Schedule

Day

Date

Time

Artist

Park

Boro

Genre

Monday May 16 6:00 PM The Bowery Presents: Cage the Elephant / Portugal. The Man / BRONCHO [SOLD OUT] Central Park MN Music
Tuesday May 17 6:00 PM The Bowery Presents: Cage the Elephant / Portugal. The Man / BRONCHO Central Park MN Music
Wednesday May 18 6:00 PM The Bowery Presents: Rudimental / Gorgon City Central Park MN Music
Monday Jun 13 6:00 PM Live Nation presents: Barenaked Ladies / Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark / Howard Jones Central Park MN Music
Wednesday July 20 7:00 PM Live Nation presents: Ryan Adams & The Shining Central Park MN Music
Sunday Jul 24 6:00 PM AEG presents: Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords [SOLD OUT] Central Park MN Music
Monday Jul 25 6:00 PM Mass Appeal: Live at the BBQ Central Park MN Music
Wednesday Aug 3 6:00 PM Live Nation presents: Phillip Phillips / Matt Nathanson / A Great Big World Central Park MN Music
Monday Aug 8 7:00 PM Live Nation presents: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes Central Park MN Music
Saturday Aug 13 6:30 PM Live Nation presents: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour Central Park MN Music
Friday Sep 23 7:00 PM The Bowery Presents: Lucius / JD McPherson / Big Thief Central Park MN Music

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