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SummerStage Shows June 11-20


City Parks Foundation SummerStage Press Release


New York, NY– City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 season of 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.

The SummerStage schedule follows for the next few weeks. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all SummerStageprogramming, follow SummerStage via the below links and visit for festival information.

Twitter: @SummerStage Instagram: @SummerStage Facebook: SummerStage NYC

About City 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.

SummerStage Schedule: June 11-20

Doors for Central Park shows open one hour prior to listed showtimes. Citywide shows do not have door times as they are in open air venues. Show starts promptly at time stated below.

Day Date Time Artist Park Boro Genre
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 / Miles B.A. Robinson Coffey Park BK Music
Wednesday Jun 15 7:00 PM Just Blaze and Friends, in association with MeanRed Coffey 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 Coffey Park BK Music
Friday Jun 17 7:00 PM Liza Jessie Peterson / LuQuantumleap Coffey Park BK Theater
Saturday Jun 18 7:00 PM Dance on the Lawn / Master Class: Calvin Wiley Coffey Park BK Dance
Saturday Jun 18 6:00 PM Kamasi Washington/ DJ Natasha Diggs, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival Central Park MN Music
Sunday Jun 19 4:00 PM DJ Rich Medina / RAAA / Urban Word & Hi-Arts: Journal to Journey / Ziearre Coffey 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

Benefit Show Schedule:

Monday Jun 13 6:00 PM Live Nation presents: Barenaked Ladies / Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark / Howard Jones Central Park MN Music


The 2016 SummerStage festival is presented by Capital One Bank. Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Ommegang, Downeast Cider, Red Hook Winery, Bai Beverages, Lyft, MetroPCS, Disney, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and JWT are all official SummerStage sponsors. Generous private support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Horace Silver Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, The Shubert Organization, and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Rosie Mendez, Council Member Debi Rose, and Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

Media sponsors include: Bandsintown, Big Screen Plaza,, Remezcla, Relix, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, WBGO, WFUV, WNET, WNYC, and Zoom Media & Marketing.

In all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve.


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