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NYC: 20 Must-See Acts At Summerstage 2013

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Okay players, it appears to be that time of year again. Instead of inundating you with clichés about summer in the city and the good things warm weather brings, we'll get right to the good stuff: free music and arts series Summerstage NYC has announced its 2013 lineup, and lucky for the dwelling in the rotten apple (or passing through this summer) it's action-packed with lots of free music and films to enjoy those oh-so-amazing summer evenings with. The best part is, most events are at 7:00PM or earlier, meaning beginning in June, you now have the perfect outdoor pregame situation lined up for your after-work / pre-party shenanigans.

The Underachievers, Yasiin Bey, Shuggie Otis, Femi Kuti are but a few of the names you'll find listed on the following pages of our Summerstage selections and that's not even mentioning the epic DJ Premier vs Pete Rock DJ Battle closing out the summer--in fact there are so many Okayplayer-friendly acts this year we had to make this listing a Top 20. More information on park locations and a full list of all activities and performances can be found here. To find out where and when Okayplayer will be doin' it in the park this summer, check out our list below.

Flatbush Zombies + The Underachievers - June 4 7:00 PM, Red Hook Park

Rakim- June 5 7:00 PM, Red Hook Park

Big Daddy Kane + DJ Scratch- June 10 7:00 PM, Herbert Von King Park

Chubb Rock + Rob Base- June 13 7:00 PM, Herbert Von King Park

dead prez + Screening of 'Soul Food Junkies'- June 16 7:00 PM, Herbert Von King Park

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force + Sinkane + DJ set by King Britt - June 23 3:00 PM, Central Park

Yasiin Bey- June 24 7:00 PM, Central Park

DJ Kool Herc - July 10 7:00 PM, Crotona Park

Screening of 'From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale'- July 13 7:00 PM, Crotona Park

Black Sheep + Das EFX + Marley Marl- July 18 7:00 PM, Queensbridge Park

DJ D-Nice + 25th Anniversary Screening of 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' - July 21 7:00 PM, Queensbridge Park

Lianne La Havas + LP + Quadron + DJ Center- July 27 7:00 PM, Central Park

Pete Rock & CL Smooth + Special Guests - July 28 3:00 PM, Central Park

Raheem DeVaughn + Lyfe Jennings - Aug 4 3:00 PM, Central Park

Jungle Brothers + Zhigge - Aug 6 7:00 PM, Marcus Garvey Park

Bilal - Aug 7 7:00 PM, Marcus Garvey Park

Shuggie Otis + José James + Hiatus Kaiyote + DJ Set by OP! - Aug 11 3:00 PM, Central Park

DJ Spinna & Special Guests + Screening of 'Hotter Than July' - Aug 11 7:00 PM, Marcus Garvey Park

30th Anniversary Screening of 'Wild Style' - Aug 26 7:00 PM, East River Park

Pete Rock vs DJ Premier - Aug 27 7:00 PM, East River Park