Gregory Porter, Son Little, Dej Loaf & More To Kick Off The Summerstage 2018 Season
City Parks Foundation announces the 2018 season for this year’s Summerstage festival. Over 200 unique artists will perform across New York City.
The 2018 Summerstage festival in New York City is a treasured tradition for audiophiles, adventurers, and all-around awesome people. The free outdoor performing arts extravaganza is a boon to anyone looking to experience great moments in sound throughout the five boroughs. Did I mention free? With more than 100 performances taking place from Central Park and across 17 neighborhood parks around NYC, this year’s festival is one not to miss.
Jazz great Gregory Porter, Detroit’s own Dej Loaf, and blues musician Son Little are just a few of the shows being performed around the city. Other genres and disciplines include indie-rock, Latin (Eddie Palmieri and Tony Vega on Aug. 26), contemporary dance (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater), electronic (Mura Masa) and more getting busy for $free.99.
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SummerStage is what makes living in New York City great. Warm weather, great food, family, friends and a chance to witness some of the stellar minds and important voices from multiple generations perform here, some for the very first time. Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo, will perform on Sept. 27, with New York’s own Resistance Revival Chorus, and musician and activist Femi Kuti will bring the riddims with him on July 29 with Congolese band Jupiter & Okwess. With a focus on bringing international artists into the neighborhoods where you and I live, this year’s SummerStage will present a full lineup of Colombian, Haitian, and Senegalese musicians in Queens and Harlem.
Brooklyn will definitely be in the house as Big Daddy Kane, Talib Kweli, and Young M.A. will rep for the home team all across the borough.
The five-month-long SummerStage will also continue its tradition of giving back to the community through City Parks Foundation’s free programs for all New Yorkers. With so many names across the board coming into the Big Apple to perform, put on a show, and stimulate eardrums — SummerStage is shaping up to be another one for the history books.
“New York is the quintessential global city, and the place SummerStage has been proud to call home for more than three decades,” said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. “SummerStage brings the best music from around the world to New York’s many and varied communities, using local neighborhood parks as gathering spaces in which to experience world-class culture. From iconic performers to the latest up-and-coming artist, we present everything from indie to Afrobeat, Latin trap to soul, reggae to contemporary dance, fado to EDM, and everything in between.
Peep the complete SummerStage schedule below, circle your favorite dates, and let us know where the party at @Okayplayer. For the most up-to-date news about SummerStage, follow them via socials and visit SummerStage for all festival information.
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