SummerStage: George Clinton and; Parliament Funkadelic/Main Source/DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante

SummerStage - George-Clinton and Parliament

June 11, 2017 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic -The granddaddy of funk! Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, George Clinton, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, is credited as one of the principal engineers of funk, a groovy mix of soul, R&B, disco and rock elements. Clinton started off his prolific career as a staff songwriter at Motown Records in the 1960’s. He later orchestrated the construction of two of the earliest bands in the funk classification, Parliament and Funkadelic, which would eventually merge under the name P-Funk (which later morphed into the P-Funk All-Stars). Their sound was a magnificent union of influencers Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Brown (The Godfather of Soul), and would earn them over 40 R&B smash singles (with three #1’s) and an impressive three platinum albums. The 80’s saw Clinton’s solo career launch (still performing with numerous members of P-Funk), as well as a delving into producing, for hot acts Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bootsy Collins and more. With wildly named tracks like “Loopzilla,” “Atomic Dog,” and “Do Fries Go with That Shake?” (that perfectly mirrored his kaleidoscopic sound), Clinton continued to top the charts. Clinton delighted as rap artists sampled his music, enjoying the compensation. As he put it, “Aint a better time to get paid than when you’re my age.” With sixteen albums to his name, Clinton continues to tour and set the stage afire with original funk.

Main Source – One of the only hip hop groups in history to unite artists from New York City and Canada, Main Source’s diversified sound is due in no small part to their border-crossing origins. The original lineup included two Toronto-based DJ/producers, Sir Scratch and K-Cut, and one Queens-native MC/producer, Large Professor. The aforementioned Professor would eventually vacate the group and be replaced by New York local MC Mikey D, keeping the Queens contingency intact. The unit’s first album, 1991’s Breaking Atoms, was well received, with thought-provoking singles “Looking at the Front Door,” “A Friendly Game of Baseball,” and “Watch Roger Do His Thing” getting the most traction. A brief derailment for the group followed, but with Mikey D supplanted into the reformed trio, they were able to release 1994’s (Expletive) What You Think. The group was propelled to an even wider audience as Madonna sampled the bassline track from “What You Need” for her hit “Human Nature.” All of the group’s members (past and present) continued to enjoy success in the industry, with K-Cut breaking out and producing music for the likes of Big Pun, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Fu-Schnickens, Queen Latifah, and Shaquille O’Neal.

DJ Marley Marl – Hosted by Roxanne Shante.

Cost: FREE

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Expressway

btwn 111th St & College Point Blvd, Park Drive East
Queens NY 11368
Phone: 718-760-6565

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SummerStage: Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely

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Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Mavis Staples – Born in the Windy City, a green yet uncannily talented Mavis would join the family gospel group, The Staple Singers, at the tender age of 11. Throughout the 1950s, they toured all over America, led by the group’s patriarch “Pops,” garnering a reputation as the most sought after spirituality-based group in the country. During the mid-60s, The Staple Sisters came to be known as the melodious voice of the civil rights movement. With message songs such as “Long Walk to D.C.” and “When Will We Be Paid,” Mavis and her soulful siblings were making quite an impact on the political fabric of the rapidly changing nation. After recording two blowout #1 singles in the ‘70s, “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again,” Mavis fully began her illustrious solo career. Prince would provide direction over two of her most acclaimed albums, Time Waits for No One and The Voice. With plentiful hit records and collaborations with a host of the world’s greatest R&B, jazz and soul artists, Mavis has continued to dazzle crowds with her mighty voice and unrelenting contributions to social causes.

Toshi Reagon – Toshi Reagon is a talented, versatile singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana– from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House & Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you’ve been lucky enough to be in Toshi’s presence, you know you can’t walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less.

Cost: FREE. Doors 6pm/Showtime 7pm

Central Park – Rumsey Playfield

72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10021

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Carnegie Hall presents a Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble Connect

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Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Ensemble Connect’s trademark virtuosity and versatility is showcased in a program that features two masterworks of the Classical era by Mozart and Beethoven. Mozart adds a second viola to the traditional string quartet in his String Quintet in C Major, K. 515, a mature work that includes one of the composer’s most sublime slow movements and a joyous finale. Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, is an effervescent delight that looks back to the lyrical wind serenades of Haydn and Mozart.

Program: BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 and MOZART String Quintet in C Major, K. 515

Performers: Ensemble Connect
·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet
·· Remy Taghavi, Basoon
·· Nicolee Kuester, French Horn
·· Mari Lee, Violin
·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin
·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin
·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola
·· Maren Rothfritz, Viola
·· Madeline Fayette, Cello
·· Julia Yang, Cello
·· Elizabeth Burns, Double Bass

Contact: Carnegie Hall
Phone: 212-903-9600
Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church
178 Bennett Avenue at 189th Street
New York, NY 1004
Location Phone No: 212-923-5757

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Summerstage Benefit Concert: Gov’t Mule/Chris Robinson Brotherhood

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May 17, 2017 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Gov’t Mule

When you’re a fundamental part of one of the most renowned rock bands of all time, it’s a pretty clear indication that you are an exquisitely talented musician. Such was the case for not one, but two members of Gov’t Mule: Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, who contributed to the Allman Brothers Band. This duo put together a side project in the early 90’s, and with the addition of drummer Matt Abts, the “power trio” of Gov’t Mule was forever formed. With a sound steeped in their rock roots (and a touch of grunge – prevalent at the time they were spawned), they released three impressive albums. The sad passing of Woody in 2000 shook the group up significantly, but with Danny Louis on board in 2001, and Jorgen Carlsson teaming up in 2008, Mule has been a 4-piece ever since. In 2016 fans were treated to a re-mastered, premiere-release of the band’s 1994-recorded The Tel-Star Sessions.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

For a chilled-out, bluesy jam band, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is blazingly ambitious. Before they had even laid down a studio track, they were touring all over California, rocking fifty shows in just a few months. This was in 2011, and by 2012 they’d let loose two full-length albums. Their lusciously lunar debut Big Moon Ritual immediately garnered attention, and the successive, trippy The Magic Door didn’t disappoint their growing legion of fans. Rolling Stone would call their next record Phosphorescent Harvest “downright magnetic,” and their swirling, signature live performances are proclaimed as some of the most invigorating in the business. If the name Chris Robinson sounds familiar, it’s because he was the lead singer of the infamous band The Black Crowes (the CRB initially formed while the Crowes were on hiatus). Many believe that the CRB is his singular true calling.

Cost: $48 – $53

Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

New York, NY  10021
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Carnegie Hall presents a Neighborhood Concert: Somi


Monday, May 15, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

East African singer-songwriter, Somi returns to the Neighborhood Concert series with her blend of jazz and R&B. Somi has been praised for her “serious and seductive vocals” (The New York Times), and her 2014 album The Lagos Music Salon reached number one on Billboard’s jazz chart. She has performed with a wide range of artists—including Mos Def, John Legend, and Jennifer Hudson—and is a dedicated activist and founder of the non-profit organization New Africa Live.

Performer: Somi

·· Somi, Vocals
·· Liberty Ellman, Guitar
·· Toru Dodo, Piano
·· Ben Williams, Bass
·· Artist TBD, Drums

Contact: Carnegie Hall
Phone: (212) 903-9600
Cost: Free


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

New York, NY 10037

Tel: (212) 491-2200

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