City Park Foundations Summerstage 2013

"Diablo Love" At Central Park Summerstage, Monday, August 19th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 21, 2013

The staging is minimal in the extreme and compared with, say, “Power Of Trinity” there isn’t much dancing. But “Diablo Love” is powerful stuff and overwhelms and negates its shortcomings. with song and story.

40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture with DJ KOOL HERC At Central Park SummerStage

By Iman Lababedi | August 13, 2013

It all began with Kool Herc as he took the rhythm breaks of Brown thumpers like taking the cream off the top of the milk

"King Kong" At Central Park Summerstage, Monday August 5th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 7, 2013

The audience at Summerstage, and I myself, enjoyed the good will, the smart pace, the willful desire to give pleasure while still feeling as though we had just watched something undernourished

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series At Summer Stage, Tuesday, July 16th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2013

Steamy but lovely

Big Star’s Third: An Orchestrated Live Performance, Summerstage 6-30-13, reviewed

By Robert Ross | July 4, 2013

The words that spring to mind are: powerful, exhilarating, uplifting, emotional. In a word, a joyous occasion – something truly special.

Marshall Crenshaw To Play Box Top's "The Letter" And More At Big Star Tribute At Summerstage On Sunday

By Iman Lababedi | June 27, 2013

“I’m wondering if Big Star fans don’t just love everything, including the artsy quirky Third album”

Femi Kuti And The Positive Force At Central Park Summerstage, Sunday, June 23rd, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2013

Femi is neither a great politician nor a great songwriter but he is a great band leader and he is a great son.

Mahalia Jackson Tribute Featuring Joshua Nelson At Summerstage, Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2013

Mahalia was inversion of Ray Charles, Charles brought Gospel to secular music, Mahalia brought secular music to Gospel. And Joshua Nelson did her proud

Check Out Marla Mase Tonight FOR FREE!!!

By Iman Lababedi | June 15, 2013

Marla is in the heart of her career right now and I am guessing we will be getting plenty of the excellent Speak, with stuff like the lilting “Annarexia” rubadubdub Bill Laswell remix and songs like the howling quasi art freaked out “Scream

City Parks Foundation Annual Gala "Sinatra In The Park" At Summerstage, Tuesday, June 12th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 12, 2013

Tuesday’s concert, produced by City Winery, was a fund raiser and the folks sitting in front of me had paid $25,000 in some cases for the privilege of being there, while the less well heeled fans coughed up $100 for the show. All concerned got their monies worth.

Vote, Vote, Vote For The City Parks Foundation Summerstage App Of 2013!

By Iman Lababedi | May 15, 2013

I performed my civic duty today and voted for the Summerstage App. Not only does it save the city and by the city I mean YOU money, it also connects the city with the most skilled of our entrepreneurs and gives a lucky person the opportunity to have their app used by many people

Sinatra In The Park Naming Names!

By Iman Lababedi | May 1, 2013

And so the longest winter continues with no end in sight. It just goes on and on and on forever and June 11th, the date where Sinatra takes the park, looms like a beacon of hope in the summer wind blowing from the cabarets of New York to the lawns of Central Park

"We Want To Really Engage, Bring It Right To The Audience": Arthur Preisser and Randy Weiner's "King Kong"

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2013

From Macbeth to Haile Selasie, Kings abound, from King Kong to Caligula to Faust, monsters are around and from Al Bowly , Optical, Howling Wolf, Alicia Bridges and Tomas Doncker there is music in the cafes at night and revolution in the theatrics of Randy Weiner and Alfred Preisser

Erika Elliott And Freedome Bradley Discusss Summerstage's Season of Hip Hop

By Iman Lababedi | April 25, 2013

“It started with the celebration of the 40th anniversary but it has moved into the larger community, something broader has evolved.” An answer to what is hip hop.

City Park's Foundations Summerstage Highlights 2013

By Iman Lababedi | April 23, 2013

Yesterday we told you what shows would be available at 2013, today we are gonna tell you what you have to check out! So check en out, folks. Top pick in my book? Femi Kunti. There is more than this worth catching, but not a bad start!

City Parks Foundation Summerstage 2013: Expect Plenty of Hip Hop

By Iman Lababedi | April 20, 2013

My expectations are sky high for 2013 and with days to go, who they will get is anybody’s guess. RZA, I bet he is a real possibility, Pharrel has been busy, Black Hippies? But they just played here so maybe not. Freddie Gibbs? Public Enemy played the other day so not so fast this year.

Must See: Sinatra In The Park, This June

By Iman Lababedi | April 13, 2013

City Parks Foundation are having their annual Fundraising Gala on June 11th and the concert part of it will be produced by Michael Dorf. He will be performing his best trick, getting performers to cover material by a single artist.And this year it will be the greatest singer of the 20th century being tributed