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City Parks Foundation announces SUMMERSTAGE 2016 SEASON presented by Capital One Bank – The Hype Magazine


Published on June 14th, 2016 | by Jerry Doby


City Parks Foundation announces SUMMERSTAGE 2016 SEASON presented by Capital One Bank

Season runs May 16 – September 23

More than 115 FREE music, dance, comedy, family, film and theater programs in 16 parks across all 5 boroughs

New York, NY– City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 season of SummerStage (@SummerStage), New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 115 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 trumpeter Terence 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.”

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







SummerStage 2016 Schedule


SaturdayJun 46:00 PMThe Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner

Quartet / Ron Carter ft. guest Wallace Roney / Roy Haynes, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central ParkMNMusic
SaturdayJun 113:00 PMCymande / KING / Deva Mahal / DJ

Parler, in association with Okayplayer

Central ParkMNMusic
MondayJun 137:00 PMDJ Hard Hittin’ Harry / Screening:


in association with African Film Festival, Inc.

Saratoga ParkBKMusic & Film
TuesdayJun 147:00 PMChairliftCoffey ParkBKMusic
WednesdayJun 157:00 PMJust Blaze and Friends, in association with MeanRedCoffey ParkBKMusic
WednesdayJun 157:00 PMYiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial

and Chassidic Superstars

Central ParkMNMusic
ThursdayJun 167:00 PMBlonde RedheadCoffey ParkBKMusic
FridayJun 177:00 PMLiza Jessie Peterson / LuQuantumleapCoffey ParkBKTheater
SaturdayJun 187:00 PMDance on the Lawn / Master Class: Calvin WileyCoffey ParkBKDance
SaturdayJun 186:00 PMKamasi Washington, in association

with Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central ParkMNMusic
SundayJun 194:00 PMDJ Rich Medina / RAAA / Urban Word & Hi-Arts: Journal to

Journey / Ziearre

Coffey ParkBKFamily
MondayJun 207:00 PMScreening:

In My Father’s House

with Q&A with Rhymefest, in association with ImageNation

Saratoga ParkBKFilm
TuesdayJun 216:00 PMFête

de la Musique: CharlElie Couture / Yael Naim / General Elektriks / La Femme

Central ParkMNMusic
TuesdayJun 217:00 PMPublic Enemy / DJ TedsmoothBetsy Head ParkBKMusic
WednesdayJun 227:00 PMAngie Stone / DJ Chuck ChilloutBetsy Head ParkBKMusic
WednesdayJun 228:00 PMMetropolitan Opera Summer Recital

Series featuring Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov, and Dan Saunders

Central ParkMNMusic
ThursdayJun 237:00 PMDuck Down BBQBetsy Head ParkBKMusic
FridayJun 247:00 PMNuyorican Poets Cafe featuring

Mahogany Browne’s

Redbone and reg e gaines’

The Last Celebrity

Betsy Head ParkBKTheater
FridayJun 247:00 PMMetropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Angel

Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov, and Dan Saunders

Brooklyn Bridge ParkBKMusic
SaturdayJun 257:00 PMBrooklyn Dance Festival / Master Class: Mr. KidBetsy Head ParkBKDance
SaturdayJun 253:00 PMButler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9

/ The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Joe Saylor and Dalton Ridenhour, in association with the New York Hot Jazz Festival

Central ParkMNMusic
SundayJun 264:00 PMChristian Cultural Center C3 Choir / Mr. Reed / Boots Step

Team / DJ Styff, in association with ARTs East New York Inc.

Betsy Head ParkBKFamily
SundayJun 267:00 PMDJ Gringo / Screening:

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess,

in association with African Film Festival, Inc.

Betsy Head ParkBKMusic & Film
SundayJun 265:00 PMOnly in Queens Summer Festival featuring Ginuwine / Mack

Wilds / Kid ‘n Play / DJ Camilo

Flushing Meadows Corona ParkQNMusic
SundayJun 268:00 PMComedy Central Presents: The Daily

Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park

Central ParkMNComedy
MondayJun 277:00 PMFelix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening:

20 Feet From Stardom,

in association with ImageNation

Saratoga ParkBKMusic & Film
MondayJun 277:00 PMIndigo Girls / Lucy Wainwright RocheCentral ParkMNMusic
TuesdayJun 287:00 PMLisa Simone / Screening:

What Happened Miss Simone?,

in association with ImageNation

Herbert Von King ParkBKMusic & Film
WednesdayJun 298:00 PMScreening:

A Ballerina’s Tale

/ Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project / Pre-Show Panel

Central ParkMNDance & Film
WednesdayJun 297:00 PMSoul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta

Brown, Marcus Machado / Kendra Foster / DJ Natasha Diggs. Hosted by DProsper.

Herbert Von King ParkBKMusic
ThursdayJun 307:00 PMVivian Green / GrandWizzard TheodoreHerbert Von King ParkBKMusic
FridayJul 17:00 PMMaimouna Keita Dance Company / Master ClassHerbert Von King ParkBKDance
SaturdayJul 27:00 PMFreedom Party®

13th Anniversary

Central ParkMNMusic
SaturdayJul 27:00 PMEveryday PeopleHerbert Von King ParkBKMusic
SundayJul 33:00 PMKing Sunny Adé / Orlando Julius and

the Afro Soundz / DJ Rich Medina, in association with World Music Institute

Central ParkMNMusic
SundayJul 37:00 PMTrouble Funk / Operator EmzHerbert Von King ParkBKMusic
TuesdayJul 57:00 PMGeorge Lamond / DJ LuchoCrotona ParkBXMusic
WednesdayJul 66:00 PMMexrrissey / Los Cafres / La Dame

Blanche, in association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

Central ParkMNMusic
WednesdayJul 67:00 PMFat Joe / Tony Touch hosted by Lyricist LoungeCrotona ParkBXMusic
ThursdayJul 77:00 PMTribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave ValentinCrotona ParkBXMusic
ThursdayJul 77:00 PMMetropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle

Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders

Clove Lakes ParkSIMusic
FridayJul 86:00 PMLeon Larregui / Rodrigo Amarante

/ Grenda, in association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

Central ParkMNMusic
FridayJul 87:00 PMNuyorican Poets Cafe: Craig ‘muMs’ Grant’s “A Sucker Emcee”Crotona ParkBXTheater
VariesJul 8 – Jul 318:00 PMClassical Theatre of Harlem Presents


Marcus Garvey ParkMNTheater
SaturdayJul 97:00 PMAcrobuffos / Rob & Miss Jane / Sxip’s Hour of Charm / It’s

Showtime NYC

Crotona ParkBXCircus
SaturdayJul 97:00 PMMetropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle

Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders

Jackie Robinson ParkMNMusic
SundayJul 103:00 PMJustin Roberts & the Not Ready For

Naptime Players / Mister G / Excerpts from Finding Neverland

/ Gizmo Guys

Central ParkMNFamily
SundayJul 107:00 PMDJ Kool Herc / Little Shalimar / Screening:

Rubble Kings

Crotona ParkBXMusic & Film
MondayJul 117:00 PMThe Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring

Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders

Socrates Sculpture ParkQNMusic
TuesdayJul 127:00 PMJohnny Rivera / Joan CatalàSt. Mary’s ParkBXMusic
WednesdayJul 137:00 PMJoe Bataan Meets Setenta / Joan CatalàSt. Mary’s ParkBXMusic
WednesdayJul 137:00 PMThe Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring

Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders

Crotona ParkBXMusic
ThursdayJul 147:00 PMTito RojasSt. Mary’s ParkBXMusic
FridayJul 157:00 PMFelix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening:

We Like It Like That

St. Mary’s ParkBXMusic & Film
SaturdayJul 166:00 PMTaiwanese Waves: Anpu / Wonfu / Sunset


Central ParkMNMusic
SaturdayJul 167:00 PMFull Circle Souljahs Presents:

From The Streets To The Stage/Behind The Groove / Master

Class: Kwikstep and Rokafella

St. Mary’s ParkBXDance
SundayJul 174:00 PMLegacy Women / Recess Monkey / Music with a Message / Double

Dutch Dreamz

St. Mary’s ParkBXFamily
SundayJul 173:00 PMPaulo Flores / Herencia de Timbiquí

/ Monsieur Periné / DJ Greg Caz / DJ Manny

Central ParkMNMusic
MondayJul 187:00 PMThe Feelies / Beach FossilsCentral ParkMNMusic
TuesdayJul 267:00 PMBlack Moon & Smif-N-Wessun, performing

a tribute to Enta Da Stage & Dah Shinin’

WednesdayJul 278:00 PMComplexions Contemporary Ballet /

Carolyn Dorfman

Central ParkMNDance
WednesdayJul 277:00 PMDianne Reeves / DJ Greg CazQueensbridge ParkQUMusic
ThursdayJul 287:00 PMLyfe JenningsQueensbridge ParkQUMusic
FridayJul 297:00 PMNuyorican Poets Cafe: Paolo Javier and Maria Lisella host

a night of Queens Poets

Queensbridge ParkQUTheater
SaturdayJul 307:00 PMStefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

/ Master Class: Karisma Jay

Queensbridge ParkQUDance
SaturdayJul 307:00 PMUnknown Mortal Orchestra / Empress

Of,  in association with Okayfuture

Central ParkMNMusic
SundayJul 314:00 PMMarc Cary: The Harlem Jam Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing

Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Featuring Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers

Queensbridge ParkQUFamily
SundayJul 317:00 PMRock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary

with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia / Doug E. Fresh and more

Central ParkMNMusic
TuesdayAug 27:00 PMJon BClove Lakes ParkSIMusic


Aug 37:00 PMScreening:

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

/ Orisha’s Journey

/ DJ Djib Sayo, in association with African Film Festival

Clove Lakes ParkSIMusic & Film
ThursdayAug 47:00 PMJungle Brothers / G-Bo the ProClove Lakes ParkSIMusic
FridayAug 57:00 PMTerence Blanchard Featuring The E-CollectiveClove Lakes ParkSIMusic
SaturdayAug 66:00 PMMonobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins

/ DJ Luiz Santos, in association with Brasil Summerfest / Pre-Show Panel

Central ParkMNMusic
SaturdayAug 67:00 PMComplexions Contemporary Ballet / Master Class: Jamel GainesClove Lakes ParkSIDance
SundayAug 74:00 PMSecret Agent 23 Skidoo / Sierra Leone Dance Troupe / Wahoo

Skiffle Crazies, in association with the Staten Island Arts Folklife

Clove Lakes ParkSIFamily
SundayAug 77:00 PMIgmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band

present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music / Pre-Show Panel

Central ParkMNMusic
TuesdayAug 97:00 PMNeon IndianEast River ParkMNMusic
WednesdayAug 107:00 PM“We Play For You, Butch Morris” featuring Nublu Orchestra

/ DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February

East River ParkMNMusic
WednesdayAug 108:00 PMTamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Nathan Trice RitualsCentral ParkMNDance
ThursdayAug 117:00 PMTony VegaEast River ParkMNMusic
FridayAug 127:00 PMRoger Guenveur Smith “RODNEY KING”East River ParkMNTheater
SaturdayAug 137:00 PMCarolyn Dorfman / Master Class: Theresa LavingtonEast River ParkMNDance
SundayAug 146:00 PMMbongwana Star / Batida / Young Paris / Okayafrica Electrafrique

feat. DJ Underdog / Pre-Show Panel

Central ParkMNMusic
SundayAug 144:00 PMDJ Spinna celebrates Earth Wind & Fire / Shine & the MoonbeamsEast River ParkMNFamily
TuesdayAug 167:00 PMAlpha BlondyMarcus Garvey ParkMNMusic
WednesdayAug 177:00 PMSaul Williams / Kimberly NicholeMarcus Garvey ParkMNMusic
WednesdayAug 178:00 PMDJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs

Presents: Behind The Groove / Soul Connected / Raphael Xavier

Central ParkMNDance
ThursdayAug 187:00 PMTamar-kali with ASE Dance Collective / Master Class: Calvin


Marcus Garvey ParkMNDance
FridayAug 197:00Nathan Trice Rituals /

Harlem School of the Arts Young Dance Alliance /

Master Class: Calvin Wiley

Marcus Garvey ParkMNDance
Saturday & SundayAug 20-217:00 PMKalabantè Circus / Iron Skulls & Quim Moya / Sxip’s Hour

of Charm

Marcus Garvey ParkMNCircus
SundayAug 213:00 PMSweet Micky / MHD / DJ Erick La PeauCentral ParkMNMusic
FridayAug 267:00 PMJason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg CazMarcus Garvey ParkMNMusic
SaturdayAug 273:00 PMRandy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & the

Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman

Marcus Garvey ParkMNMusic
SundayAug 283:00 PMDeJohnette – Moran – Holland / Allan Harris / Donnie McCaslin

Group / Grace Kelly

Tompkins Square ParkMNMusic
SundayAug 283:00 PMGoldLink / Backyard Band / DJ Spicoli,

in association with MeanRed

Central ParkMNMusic
WednesdayAug 318:00 PMChicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary


Central ParkMNTheater


SummerStage 2016 Benefit Show Schedule


MondayMay 166:00 PMThe Bowery Presents: Cage the Elephant

/ Portugal. The Man / BRONCHO [SOLD OUT]

Central ParkMNMusic


TuesdayMay 176:00 PMThe Bowery Presents: Cage the Elephant

/ Portugal. The Man / BRONCHO

Central ParkMNMusic
WednesdayMay 186:00 PMThe Bowery Presents: Rudimental /

Gorgon City / Walker & Royce

Central ParkMNMusic
MondayJun 136:00 PMLive Nation presents: Barenaked Ladies

/ Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark / Howard Jones

Central ParkMNMusic


WednesdayJuly 207:00 PMLive Nation presents: Ryan Adams

& The Shining

Central ParkMNMusic
SundayJul 246:00 PMAEG presents: Flight of the Conchords

Sing Flight of the Conchords [SOLD OUT]

Central ParkMNMusic
MondayJul 25Mass Appeal:

Live at the BBQ

Central ParkMNMusic
MondayAug 17:00 PMLive Nation presents: GarbageCentral ParkMNMusic
WednesdayAug 36:00 PMLive Nation presents: Phillip Phillips

/ Matt Nathanson / A Great Big World

Central ParkMNMusic
MondayAug 87:00 PMLive Nation presents: Jerry Garcia

Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes

Central ParkMNMusic
SaturdayAug 136:30 PMLive Nation presents: The Go-Go’s

Farewell Tour

Central ParkMNMusic
FridaySep 237:00 PMThe Bowery Presents: Lucius / JD

McPherson / Big Thief

Central ParkMNMusic

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Parks Foundation 

City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 300 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across the city — reach 425,000 people each year.  Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.

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