Summer Stage



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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

City Parks Foundation
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021 USA
Phone: (01) 212-360-1399
Fax: (01) 212-360-8283
Email: info@summerstage.org

Festival Description

Summer Stage assembles some of the finest performing artists in the world. The Festival offers multiple artistic events in parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City — The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island. Summer Stage offers a broad range of free arts, sports, and educational programs on the roster each summer. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is part of Summer Stage's programming. For more information about the jazz festival visit http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/5475.html.

Festival Dates June 4 - August 29, 2013
Festival Links

http://www.summerstage.org/

Festival Events:

Summer Stage (18 parks across the five boroughs of New York) 2011:
  • Mainstage, Central Park
    • Tuesday, June 07: Night at The Caravanserai Tales of Wonder featuring: Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, Silkroad Connect Students and Friends (concert)
    • Saturday, June 11: Blue Note Jazz Festival: Medeski Martin & Wood / Josh Roseman & The King Froopy Allstars / Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis (concert)
    • Friday, June 17: Istanbulive III: Sounds of Civilizations Zülfü Livaneli / maNga and special guests (concert)
    • Sunday, June 19: 9th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil NY: Mart’nália (concert); Screening: “ELZA” (film)
    • Tuesday, June 21: Fête De La Musique: Ben L’Oncle Soul (concert); Screening: “Gainsbourg and His Girls” (film)
    • Wednesday, June 22: Reggie Watts / Natasha Leggero (word)
    • Saturday, June 25: Lee Fields & The Expressions / Fitz & The Tantrums / Andreya Triana / Rich Medina (concert)
    • Sunday, June 26: Hugh Masekela / Freshlyground / Somi (concert)
    • Tuesday, June 28: The Moth, hosted by Andy Borowitz, with stories by Pam Grier, and other special guests (word)
    • Wednesday, June 29: Comedy Central Park starring Jim Gaffigan with special guest John Pinette (comedy)
    • Saturday, July 02: “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” Roy Ayers and The Jazz Mafia Symphony plus special guests (concert)
    • Sunday, July 03: RAM / Group Doueh / Baloji / GlobeSonic Sound System (concert)
    • Wednesday, July 06: Jarabe de Palo / Ely Guerra / Novalima / Mr. Pauer (concert)
    • Saturday, July 09: ChocQuibTown / Rita Indiana / Ursula 1000 / Que Bajo?! (concert)
    • Monday, July 11: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (concert)
    • Friday, July 15: Armitage Gone! Dance and special musical guest Vijay Iyer with Dance Grand Moultrie (dance)
    • Saturday, July 16: Armitage Gone! Dance and special musical guest Vijay Iyer with Dance Grand Moultrie (dance)
    • Sunday, July 17: Pink Martini (concert) Saturday, July 23: Keigwin + Company with Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn (dance)
    • Sunday, July 24: Marcelo D2 / Pitty / DJ Nuts (concert)
    • Wednesday, July 27: Wanda Jackson / Imelda May (concert)
    • Saturday, July 30: Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with Cecilia Marta Dance Company (dance)
    • Sunday, July 31: Yemen Blues / Watcha Clan / Shabate / Awesome Tapes from Africa (concert)
    • Saturday, August 06: Shelebration! A Tribute to the Works of Shel Silverstein, produced by Hal Willner (concert, poetry)
    • Sunday, August 07: Friendly Fires / The Naked And Famous / Cults (concert)
    • Wednesday, August 10: Joe Bataan / Johnny Colón / DJ Turmix (concert); Screening: “We Like It Like That - The Story of Latin Boogaloo” (film)
    • Saturday, August 13: Henry Santos (concert)
    • Sunday, August 14: Gospel Explosion featuring Donald Lawrence and special guests, hosted By Hezekiah Walker (concert)
    • Wednesday, August 17: Sangre By Mando Alvardo Directed by Jerry Ruiz (theater)
    • Saturday, August 20: Tiken Jah Fakoly / Meta and the Cornerstones / Los Rakas (concert)
    • Sunday, August 21: Rakim, EPMD and Funkmaster Flex (concert)
    • Sunday, August 28: Jagged Edge / Avant / Melanie Fiona (concert)
  • Betsy Head Memorial Playground
    • Tuesday, June 07: “Salute to Hip-Hop” featuring EPMD / Funkmaster Flex (concert)
    • Wednesday, June 08: Special Ed (concert)
    • Thursday, June 09: B.T. Express / Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez (concert)
  • Herbert Von King Park
    • Friday, June 10: Passion of Tap (dance) Saturday, June 11: Shlank Squad, Elite Force and Ladies of Hip-Hop with MAWU (dance)
    • Tuesday, June 14: Tye Tribett (concert)
    • Wednesday, June 15: Nice and Smooth and The Awesome 2 (concert)
    • Thursday, June 16: Jon B / Olivia (concert)
    • Friday, June 17: Indomitable: James Brown Featuring Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber and Brandon Victor Dixon (theater)
    • Saturday, June 18: “Indomitable: James Brown” featuring Burnt Sugar / The Arkestra Chamber / Brandon Victor Dixon (theater)
  • Red Hook Park
    • Tuesday, June 21: Talib Kweli (concert)
    • Wednesday, June 22: Ozomatli (concert)
    • Thursday, June 23: We Are Scientists / Milagres (concert)
    • Friday, June 24: Reggie Watts / DJ Stormin’ Norman (concert)
    • Saturday, June 25: Dance Grand Moultrie with Malcolm Low/ Formal Structure Inc. (dance)
  • Soundview Park
    • Tuesday, June 28: “Salute to Hip-Hop” featuring Funkmaster Flex and special guests (concert)
    • Wednesday, June 29: Larry Harlow and Latin Legends Band (concert)
    • Thursday, June 30: Hector Tricoche / Chris Alfinez (concert)
  • St. Mary’s Park
    • Friday, July 01: Pasión y Arte with On Tap (dance)
    • Saturday, July 02: OPUS Dance Theater with Dance IQUAIL! (dance)
    • Tuesday, July 05: Lavoe All Stars Cantando Renzo Padilla / 8 y Más (concert)
    • Wednesday, July 06: Tony Vega (concert)
    • Thursday, July 07: Ray Sepulveda / Chris Alfinez (concert)
    • Friday, July 08: “Sangre” By Mando Alvardo, Directed by Jerry Ruiz, Adapted from Blood Wedding By Federico García Lorca (theater)
    • Saturday, July 09: “Sangre” By Mando Alvardo, Directed by Jerry Ruiz, Adapted from Blood Wedding By Federico García Lorca (theater)
  • Crotona Park
    • Tuesday, July 12: Slick Rick / DJ Brucie B (concert)
    • Wednesday, July 13: Xcstacy (concert)
    • Friday, July 15: “Sangre” By Mando Alvardo, Directed by Jerry Ruiz, Adapted from Blood Wedding By Federico García Lorca (theater)
    • Saturday, July 16: “Sangre” By Mando Alvardo, Directed by Jerry Ruiz, Adapted from Blood Wedding By Federico García Lorca (theater)
    • Sunday, July 17: The Manhattans / Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez (concert)
    • Tuesday, July 19: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (concert)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
    • Wednesday, July 13: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (concert)
  • Queensbridge Park
    • Tuesday, July 19: Kool Moe Dee (concert)
    • Wednesday, July 20: Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes / Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez (concert)
    • Thursday, July 21: “Salute to Hip-Hop” featuring Funkmaster Flex and special guests (concert)
    • Friday, July 22: Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn / Waheed Works (dance)
  • Clove Lakes Park
    • Thursday, July 21: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (concert)
  • Springfield Park
    • Tuesday, July 26: Queens Donell Jones / Olivia (concert)
    • Wednesday, July 27: Hezekiah Walker (concert)
    • Thursday, July 28: Chrisette Michele (concert)
    • Friday, July 29: “Tunde’s Trumpet” By Chisa Hutchinson, Directed By Kristin Horton (musical theater)
    • Saturday, July 30: “Tunde’s Trumpet” By Chisa Hutchinson, Directed By Kristin Horton (musical theater)
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
    • Tuesday, July 26: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (concert)
  • Jackie Robinson Park
    • Thursday, July 28: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (concert)
  • Tappen Park
    • Tuesday, August 02: Sugarhill Gang (concert)
    • Wednesday, August 03: The Budos Band (concert)
    • Thursday, August 04: Andy Cooney (concert)
  • Marcus Garvey Park
    • Friday, August 05: “Henry V” By William Shakespeare (theater)
    • Saturday, August 06: “Henry V” By William Shakespeare (theater)
    • Sunday, August 07: “Tunde’s Trumpet” By Chisa Hutchinson, Directed By Kristin Horton (musical theater)
    • Monday, August 08: “Tunde’s Trumpet” By Chisa Hutchinson, Directed By Kristin Horton (musical theater)
    • Tuesday, August 09: “Salute to Hip-Hop” featuring Rob Base / Funkmaster Flex (concert)
    • Wednesday, August 10: Vashawn Mitchell (concert)
    • Thursday, August 11: Ryan Leslie (concert)
    • Friday, August 12: Forces of Nature Dance Theatre / THE DASH Ensemble (dance)
    • Saturday, August 13: Cecilia Marta Dance Company with Francine E. Ott / The Walk (dance)
    • Saturday, August 27: The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Toots Thielemans / James Carter / Tia Fuller / Cécile McLorin Salvant (concert)
  • Highbridge Park
    • Tuesday, August 16: Bachata Heightz (concert)
    • Wednesday, August 17: Henry Santos (concert)
    • Thursday, August 18: Andy Andy (concert)
  • East River Park
    • Friday, August 19: dre.dance / WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (dance)
    • Saturday, August 20: Step Afrika! / Border Crossing Collective
    • Tuesday, August 23: Tito Rojas (concert)
    • Wednesday, August 24: The Cold Crush Brothers (concert)
    • Thursday, August 25: Wavves (concert)
    • Saturday, August 27: “Henry V” By William Shakespeare (theater)
    • Sunday, August 28: “Henry V” By William Shakespeare (theater)
    • Monday, August 29: “Henry V” By William Shakespeare (theater)
    • Tuesday, August 30: “Oedipus Rex” By Sophocles (theater)
    • Wednesday, August 31: “Seven Against Thebes” By Aeschylus (theater)
    • Thursday, September 1: “Oedipus Rex” (theater)
    • Friday, September 2: “Seven Against Thebes” By Aeschylus (theater)
  • Tompkins Square Park
    • Sunday, August 28: The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Archie Shepp Quartet / Madeleine Peyroux / Ali Jackson / The Gerald Clayton Trio (concert)
Artist feature 2011:
  • Freshlyground
    Performance — Central Park, Sunday, June 26
    • The seven-piece, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic Freshlyground bring together easy-going hipsters and scene veterans, fiery singers and cool production. An unexpected sensation in South Africa, the unlikely pop stars landed on the charts out of the blue. They joined a shimmying Shakira on the 2010 FIFA World Cup theme, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” Beyond eclecticism — Zulu folk fiddle and Xhosa poetry. Rebel reggae bass and Afropop guitar. Thumb piano and vintage delay. Freshlyground-whose name evokes the fresh mix of just-crushed herbs-fearlessly dives into crates of traditional instruments, pointed political critique, poetry notebooks, and well-loved Southern African pop forms. They channel the sunny openness of hip Cape Town and the intense energy of singing ancestors. The mix is catchy, driving, and refreshingly upbeat, even when songs take aim at social ills and the folly of misguided politicians. Now, they explore the full, powerful possibilities of their collective pasts on their latest album, Radio Africa. And the group’s bountiful diversity will hit North America (including New York, San Francisco, DC, Philly, Montreal, Vancouver) for the first time, as the group tours in June and July , in a live show bursting with bold energy, wry humor, and skillful spontaneity. violinist Kyla Rose Smith, raised on folk and Americana, brings maskanda-style fiddling to the table, using traditional Zulu double stops and sonorous intervals with a distinct passion and rootsy verve on songs like “Baba.” “The violin parts sound similar to the maskanda guitar,” Smith says. “The sound is almost Irish, but the harmonies are uniquely South African.” To get seven very different musicians to play in harmony requires an open approach. The band noodles with chords, jams together in twos and threes, or plays around with a box of traditional percussion instruments sent over by a local factory. As the musicians sort out parts, Mahola will often dig into her notebooks of poetry, finding words to tell the stories of township women and distraught lovers, or to critique leaders like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe (“Chicken to Change”). This mix of roots, inspiration, and craft has taken Freshlyground from selling CDs out of their trunks to playing World Cup soccer stadiums in a few short years. Freshlyground has gotten Zimbabwean festival audiences hopping, Japanese shopping malls buzzing, and even gotten dour Eastern Europeans grooving.
    • For more information visit http://www.freshlyground.com/

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