SummerStage returns to New York City parks at reduced capacities.
On Thursday, SummerStage announced its return to New York City parks this summer and fall with its 2021 festival lineup. In addition to Central Park and Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, there will be free shows at Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Brooklyn’s Coney Island Ampitheatre.
“We are so thrilled to bring SummerStage back for all New Yorkers to enjoy in-person, outside, in parks again this summer,” Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director of SummerStage, said in a statement. “The artists performing this summer represent a true sense of resiliency in their own art and deep connection to New York City. While we continued to present artists of all genres for the past year with SummerStage Anywhere digitally, we are eager to provide artists the platform to perform to a live audience and to bring communities together to enjoy the live, spirited experience that is truly unique to our city and festival.”
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Wynton Marsalis gets the summer started on June 17th with the Lincoln Center Orchestra at Central Park. On June 19th, Questlove and friends will screen the Summer of Soul documentary at Marcus Garvey Park. On August 7th at the Coney Island Ampitheater, Ginuwine and friends will perform at Funk Flex’s birthday concert. On August 14th, DJ Premier will hit the stage at Central Park. The next day, Armand Hammer and the Alchemist will be joined by Moor Mother, Fielded, and KAYANA at Central Park.
“The last year has been enormously difficult for our city, but New York City’s parks have provided needed respite,” said Heather Lubov, executive director of the City Parks Foundation. “Now, our parks will help us re-engage with one another, generating the unique energy that is sparked only by experiencing live performance collectively. This year’s SummerStage line-up reflects our city’s tenacity and spirit, its vibrancy and creativity. We are thrilled to be back.”