SummerStage in New York City is a prized event, appreciated by Gotham’s own who pay so much in metro card tickets, rent and utilities on a monthly basis. In short, New Yorkers deserve free entertainment at the least!
With that said, the lineup for the 2017 edition of SummerStage has just been announced, including shows featuring George Clinton, Laura Mvula, Taylor McFerrin and countless others across all five boroughs. From Central Park to Von King to Corporal Thompson Park, New Yorkers and its visitors will have a chance to see what’s happening from the Boogie Down to Bed-Stuy and all parts in between.
More than 100 shows in 16 parks will make this summer one for the history books. Some choice cuts start off with R&B icon Mavis Staples starting things off at Central Park on June 3rd to master funkateer George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic performing at Flushing Meadows—Corona Park on June 11. Local hip-hop legends KRS-One (June 25), Slick Rick (July 7), Capone-N-Noreaga (July 16), MC Lyte (July 30) and Jim Jones of Diplomats fame (Aug. 19) are just a few who will be representing the hometown with live performances.
For the jazz and soul lovers, Robert Glasper will play Central Park on June 25 as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, while godfather of Ethiopian jazz Mulatu Astatke will take over the area on Aug. 20. Bilal, who is gearing up to go on tour, will be performing at Marcus Garvey Park on Aug. 16, as our First Look Friday alum Khalid will be at East River Park on Aug. 12.
Anyone willing to spend some change to see something awesome can attend the ticketed Central Park SummerStage show, which features the talents of Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor and more. Everything kicks off on June 3, so act now, get their early and have a blast!
Below, check out the 2017 SummerStage free show schedule:
CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE – 2017 FREE SHOW SCHEDULE
June 3: Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon – Central Park
June 12: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series – Central Park
June 14: Yiddish Soul featuring The Klezmatics / Zusha / The Maccabeats / Special Guest Cantors: Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer / Emcee: Nachum Segal presented in association with The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene – Central Park
June 17: Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore / Blue Lab Beats in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival – Central Park
June 19: City Parks Foundation Gala Concert & Dinner – Central Park
June 21: Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni – Central Park
June 24: The Gift / Dead Combo / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute – Central Park
June 25: Robert Glasper / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival – Central Park
June 26: Korea GAYOJE: Year of the Ox / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with the Korean Cultural Center New York – Central Park
June 28: Freedom Party® NYC – Central Park
July 1: Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks with Catherine Russell / Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band / Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses presented by the French Embassy in association with New York Hot Jazz Festival – Central Park
July 2: Bob Moses / Poolside in association with Meanred – Central Park
July 8: Totó La Momposina / Mariachi Flor de Toloache – Central Park
July 9: Ohio Players / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue – Springfield Park
July 9: Buffy Sainte-Marie / A Tribe Called Red / Iskwé – Central Park
July 10: UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata – Central Park
July 12: Mon Laferte / Princess Nokia / ÌFÉ in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference – Central Park
July 15: Los Pericos / Chicano Batman / La Vida Bohéme in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference – Central Park
July 16: Fela Tribute with Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Underground System / Rich Medina in association with Giant Step – Central Park
July 17: Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting – Central Park
July 29: Taiwanese Waves: Fire Ex / Dadado Huang + Berry j / Sangpuy – Central Park
July 30: Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring MC Lyte – Central Park
August 2: Rennie Harris Puremovement / Philadanco! – Central Park
August 5: Elza Soares / Liniker e os Caramelows / Teleseen DJ Set in association with Brasil Summerfest – Central Park
August 6: Basement Bhangra 20th Anniversary: Apache Indian / Panjabi MC / DJ Rekha / Madame Gandhi / Anik Khan / Horsepowar / Sikh Knowledge / DJ Petra / DJ Shilpa – Central Park
August 9: Malposo Dance Company / Daymé Arocena / Nickodemus – Central Park
August 10: The Revivalists / White Denim – Central Park
August 12: Family Day: They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond / Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio – Central Park
August 13: Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band / Jontavious Willis – Central Park
August 16: Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in association with Dance Films Association – Central Park
August 20: Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak – Central Park
August 27: Valerie June / Aloysious 3 / Jalen N’Gonda – Central Park