SummerStage 2015 | Full Season Announcement & Complete Schedule

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In June of 1986 Sun Ra and the Omniverse Jet Set Arkestra performed a free concert in the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, and the summer music landscape in New York City changed forever. Today, nearly 30 years later, SummerStage is New York City's largest free performing arts festival, presenting work in all performing arts disciplines, with a focus on New York's unique neighborhoods.  SummerStage has touched the lives of more than six million fans from around the world.

In celebration of this milestone, City Parks Foundation, the independent nonprofit organization that produces the festival, plans to deepen the impact the festival has in neighborhoods throughout New York City.  The 2015 season will feature more shows in Central Park and 15% growth in the number of performances offered in neighborhood parks around the city, creating 6-day "mini-festivals" in 8 parks, featuring music, dance, theater, film, circus and family days. In total this new model will add over 20 performances to the fourteen parks SummerStage presents in, bringing more than 140 unique artists to these stages around the city.

"As an organization we are dedicated to working in traditionally underserved neighborhoods across the city," said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. "By presenting artists and genres that reflect the cultures and communities in these parks, introducing disciplines such as dance or theater alongside musical performances, and providing all of this fantastic art free of charge, we are building new audiences and fostering a broader interest in the arts here in New York City."

SummerStage's artistic mission is to celebrate the cultural legacy and diversity of New York City. In our 30 years, we have presented such legendary performers as Youssou N'Dour, Curtis Mayfield, David Byrne, Max Roach, Patti Smith, Gil Scott-Heron, Lou Reed, James Brown, Pete Seeger, Celia Cruz, Miriam Makeba, Jimmy Cliff, and Hugh Masekela, as well as once lesser-known artists, influenced by these icons, who have gone on to become famous in their own right. Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, The xx, Sarah McLachlan, Thievery Corporation, Jack Johnson, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and Florence & The Machine are just some of those now-famous performers.  

"SummerStage is the festival that truly celebrates New York City," said Director of Arts & Cultural Programs for City Parks Foundation, Ian Noble. "From the iconic to the avant garde, from opera to hip-hop, film to circus, there is no other festival like it. Not only do we select our artists to reflect the nature of each neighborhood, but each park and audience becomes part of the adventure and charm of each and every show."

"Capital One Bank is proud to support SummerStage as it showcases the diversity and artistic vitality of New York," said Michael Slocum, President, Commercial Banking and Northeast Regional President, Capital One. "The arts play an important role in building strong, healthy communities, and we are pleased to help the festival reach new audiences across the city."

The 2015 30th Anniversary Season will open with a free concert in Central Park featuring the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Other notable talents include: Angelique Kidjo, the iconic African singer-songwriter; London's soul-funk collective Jungle; Canadian folktronica artist, Caribou; Franco-Norwegian circus duo, Magmanus; and a special celebration of dance and music from the legendary Broadway musical The Wiz. Additionally, Brazil's pioneering mangue-beat superstars, Nação Zumbi, will return to SummerStage 20 years after their historic and epic U.S. debut. A number of parks will welcome neighborhood heroes to their stages, like Staten Islander Mack Wilds, and a screening of Time is Illmatic, the documentary that  follows Queensbridge prodigal son Nas, as his life leads up to his critically-acclaimed, seminal album, Illmatic. Oliver Lake Big Band will premier a commissioned piece during the expanded Charlie Parker Jazz Festival weekend, and a 30th Anniversary DJ commission with Quantic, Gilles Peterson, and Afrika Bambaataa, will take audiences through the decades of SummerStage.

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

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Time

Artist

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Mon 5/18

6pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Central Park, MN

Tues 6/2

7pm

Lyricist Lounge featuring

Scarface

Red Hook Park, BK

Wed 6/3

7pm

Troy Ave

Phony Ppl

Hosted by Hot 97s 

Ebro, Laura + Rosenberg 

Presented with MeanRed

Red Hook Park, BK

Thur 6/4

7pm

The Felice Brothers

The Barr Brothers

Red Hook Park, BK

Fri 6/5

7pm

Lemon Andersen

#LoveHustle featuring DJ Reborn & J. Keys

Presented with 651 Arts

Red Hook Park, BK

Sat 6/6

7pm

KanKouran West African Dance Company

Pre-Show Master Class

Assane Konte

Red Hook Park, BK

Sat 6/6

3pm

Blue Note Jazz Festival featuring

Meshell Ndegeocello

Roy Hargrove

Gabriel Garzón-Montano

Central Park, MN

Sun 6/7

4pm

Brooklyn Family Day featuring

Unlocking the Truth

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Black Girls Rock

DJ Diamond Kuts

Red Hook Park, BK

Sun 6/7

7pm

BattleFest League Dancers

Screening: Flex is Kings (2013)

Presented with ImageNation

Red Hook Park, BK

Sun 6/7

3pm

Angelique Kidjo

Emmanuel Jal

Rich Medina

Central Park, MN

Sun 6/7

4pm

World's Fair Anniversary Festival featuring

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Hollis Brown

Damien Escobar

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, QU

Thur 6/11

7pm

Duck Down 20-Year Anniversary BBQ featuring

Boot Camp Clik & Friends

Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era

Chelsea Reject

Statik Selektah

Betsy Head Park, BK

Fri 6/12

7pm

Horace Brown

Jeff Redd

DJ Chuck Chillout

DJ Mell Starr

Presented with Zulu Nation

Betsy Head Park, BK

Sat 6/13

7pm

Nuyorican Poets Café featuring

Elaine Del Valle's Brownsville Bred

Betsy Head Park, BK

Sat 6/13

3pm

Lettuce

The Soul Rebels

Central Park, MN

Sun 6/14

4pm

Brooklyn Family Day with 

Martha Redbone

Ebony Hillbillies

Betsy Head Park, BK

Sun 6/14

7pm

DJ Fulano

Screening: Annie (2014)

Presented with ImageNation

Betsy Head Park, BK

Mon 6/15

8pm

The Metropolitan Opera 

Summer Recital Series

Central Park, MN

Tues 6/16

7pm

Yiddish Soul featuring Cantorial and Chassidic Music virtuosos:

Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yanky Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer, Zusha

Music Director: Avremi Gourarie

Music Supervisor: Zalmen Mlotek

Part of KulturfestNYC

Central Park, MN

Wed 6/17

7pm

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Brooklyn Bridge Park, BK

Wed 6/17

7pm

Lyricist Lounge featuring

Biz Markie

Masta Ace 

Herbert Von King Park, BK

Thur 6/18

7pm

Taana Gardner

Johnny Kemp

DJ Yoda

Hosted by TC Izlam

Presented with Zulu Nation

Herbert Von King Park, BK

Fri 6/19

7pm

Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement

Pre-Show Master Class

Karisma Jay

Herbert Von King Park, BK

Sat 6/20

7pm

Hearts of Men

Pre-Show Master Class

Members of Hearts of Men

Herbert Von King Park, BK

Sat 6/20

7pm

Jungle

Ibeyi

Presented with Okayplayer

Central Park, MN

Sun 6/21

4pm

Brooklyn Family Day with 

Laurie Berkner

Something Positive

Brooklyn United Marching Band

Herbert Von King Park, BK

Sun 6/21

7pm

The Bullitts + DJ Spinna

Film Screening: 

They Die By Dawn (2013)

Presented with ImageNation

Herbert Von King Park, BK

Wed 6/24

7pm

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Queensbridge Park, QU

Wed 6/24

7pm

Judy Torres

Tony Touch

Crotona Park, BX

Thur 6/25

7pm

Lyricist Lounge presents

The LOX

Crotona Park, BX

Fri 6/26

7pm

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Jackie Robinson Park, MN

Fri 6/26

7pm

Hybrid Movement Company

The Incredible Incredible

IMPACT Repertory Theatre

Crotona Park, BX

Sat 6/27

3pm

VP Records 35th Anniversary featuring

Maxi Priest

Gyptian

Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons

Massive B:Bobby Konders + Jabba

Central Park, MN

Sat 6/27

7pm

Nuyorican Poets Café featuring

Jive Poetic, Jamaal St. John 

and Pamela Sneed

Crotona Park, BX

Sat & Sun 6/27-6/28

4pm & 7pm

Magmanus

Brooklyn Bridge Park, BK

Sun 6/28

3pm

Catalan Sounds On Tour featuring

Oques Grasses

La Iaia

Sílvia Pérez Cruz

DJ Guillamino

Central Park, MN

Sun 6/28

7pm

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Crotona Park, BX

 

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