The Art of the Transition: A Conversation on Next Steps

August 21, 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Hosted by Danni Gee, SummerStage Dance Curator & former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, with celebrated dancers Alicia Graf-Mack, Desmond Richardson & Bebe Neuwirth.

Join us as we talk with celebrated dancers, Alicia Graf-Mack, Desmond Richardson & Bebe Neuwirth*, about the unique challenges artists face around career transition.

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

* Guest speakers may be subject to change

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

 

Carnival of the Animals (Work-in-Progress Excerpt) with Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph / Film – Restless Creature: Wen

August 21, 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

with Choreography by Francesca Harper

Wendy Whelan- once called “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina” by the NY Times—brings an excerpt of a new work-in-progress inspired by Saint-Saëns’ composition to SummerStage. She’s joined by acclaimed spoken-word artist and playwright, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who will open the show with a solo poetry performance followed by the Whelan collaboration. The evening will continue with a screening of the 2013 documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, which follows Whelan as she struggles to recover from a potentially career-ending injury and reinvent herself as a dancer beyond the world of ballet.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Selena for Sanctuary: Kali Uchis / Cuco / Helado Negro / IV Jay / Ambar Lucio / Jasper Bones / DJ Principe Q / Santuario House Band with Music Direction by Adrian Quesada

August 18, 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Building off the success of last year’s Selena for Sanctuary, a free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights, organizer, artist manager, and activist Doris Muñoz, is bringing the event to SummerStage for 2019. Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship. This year’s party is headlined by Kali Uchis, a Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes and Daniel Caesar. She’s supported by Cuco, an ascendant Chicano bedroom pop star who is set to drop his debut album with Interscope after a prolonged bidding war; Ambar Lucid, an 18-year-old Dominican and Mexican-American singer-songwriter from New Jersey who writes bilingual tunes and wield finger-picked guitars and spaced out electronics with equal aplomb; Principe Q, a DJ and producer who spins R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, kuduro, and dembow; and the Santuario House Band, led by music director Adrian Quesada.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

VP Records 40th Anniversary: Elephant Man / Junior Reid / Estelle / Raging Fyah

August 10, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

It’s been 40 years since Vincent and Patricia Chin set up VP Records in Jamaica, Queens; the success of that shop would prompt them to found VP Records, now one of the most important sources of reggae and dancehall music in the world. To celebrate, VP hosts a showcase with some of its illustrious alumni: Elephant Man, whose 2003 hit “Pon di River, Pon di Bank” and collaborations with Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes helped further blur the lines between dancehall and hip hop; Junior Reid, the former Black Uhuru vocalist whose 1989 classic “One Blood” has spawned countless remakes and interpolations; Estelle, the genre-bending, Grammy-winning English singer best known for her Kanye West collaboration “American Boy” and now has her own album, Lover’s Rock, with VP; and Grammy-nominated Raging Fyah, a five-piece band from Kingston, Jamaica that makes music bound to the roots rock reggae tradition.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Lila Downs / Lido Pimienta / DJ Ripley

August 11, 2019 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The daughter of an American professor father and Mixtec singer mother, the Oaxaca-born singer-songwriter and actress Lila Downs has long been a champion of Mexico’s indigenous populations; For evidence, look no further than the video for her duet with Juanes “La Patria Modina,” which highlights the real-world after effects of NAFTA and the US-Mexico drug war on indigenous Mexicans. While her early work was often jazzy, she quickly evolved into a folkloric style, and eventually would dabble in ranchera, bolero, blues, and soul, singing in indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha on her way to winning a Grammy (Pecados y Milagros, 2010) and three Latin Grammy awards. She’s joined by indigenous Colombian-Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter Lido Pimienta, who pairs traditional indigenous and afro-Colombian rhythms with next-gen synthesizers and electronic compositions—she won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for her LP La Papessa. With DJ Ripley, a Brooklyn/Philly-based border-busting DJ that celebrates people’s stories across race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality with global street bass sounds.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Corinne Bailey Rae / Jose James / Ruth B. / DJ Natasha Diggs from Soul in the Horn

August 4, 2019 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Corinne Bailey Rae’s brand of soulful R&B has won her multiple Grammy and MOBO awards; gentle music with heart and nuance, over the past decade she’s written about love and intuition as her soul-jazz sound has evolved. The Guardian named her latest studio album The Heart Speaks In Whispers “the best R&B of 2016”; It was also featured on President Barack Obama’s summer playlist. She’s joined by the American singer Jose James, who wields a rich baritone and blends modern jazz, with cross-generational references that dabble in traditional and contemporary jazz and soul.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Why Aren’t There More Women On Festival Stages?

August 4, 2019 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Hosted by Vanessa Reed, founder of Keychange and CEO of New Music USA, with R&B artist Corinne Bailey Rae and Fabiana Batistela, Director/Founder of SIM São Paulo.

Did you know that women made up less than 30% of the biggest multi-genre festivals line-ups in 2018 and some festivals still have no female headliners? Keychange is an international campaign for better gender equality at festivals. Come and find out more from its founder and panelists from SIM São Paulo, the largest music convention in Latin America, which has  signed the 50:50 gender balance Keychange pledge alongside SummerStage. www.keychange.eu

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Taiwanese Waves: Wan Fang / Tizzy Bac / A Bao / 9M88

August 3, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

For its fourth consecutive year, promoter Mia Min Yen’s Taiwanese Waves showcase collects some of Taiwan’s most inspiring talents for Summerstage. This year’s edition features an all-woman lineup from the island’s Mandarin music scene: The delicate ballads of the singer, radio DJ, and actress Wan Fang (萬芳), best known for singing the original theme for the 1993 romance film C’est la vie, mon chéri; The veteran guitar-less piano-rock band Tizzy Bac; The Paiwan singer A Bao (阿爆), and the Taipei-raised, New York-based emerging artist that has been on everyone’s radar 9m88.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Mighty Sparrow / Casym Steel Orchestra

July 5, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Before he became the “Calypso King of the World” or even the Mighty Sparrow, Slinger Francisco was first dubbed “Little Sparrow” on account of his wildly energetic performance on stage. Ever since his first hits “Jean and Dinah” (1956) and “Carnival Boycott” (1957), the Grenada-born Trinidadian calypso vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist has balanced both romance and politics, carrying the torch for Trinidadian Calypso for more than 60 years. He has been recognized by songwriters including Bob Dylan and Van Dyke Parks for his genius as a political and romantic wordsmith. Sparrow is presented in association with Rolling Fork Music. He’s supported by the CASYM Steel Orchestra of a East Flatbush, Brooklyn multi-cultural, multi-ethnic program (Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement) founded in 1983 that educates young people of all backgrounds on the Steel Pan (steel drum) art form through academic, recreational, social and cultural activities.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Ralph McDaniels Soul Jam ft. Blue Magic and DJ Hollywood

July 6, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

“Uncle” Ralph McDaniels is a hip-hop mainstay with more than 400 credits as a music video director to his name (Nas’ “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”, Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, and Black Moon’s “Who Got The Props”, among others), but he’s likely best known as the longtime host of Video Music Box. McDaniels created the long-running music video program in 1983, and for the past three decades he’s documented New York’s hip-hop scene with the wisdom and reverence of a hip-hop lifer who’s seen it all. At this year’s SummerStage festival he’s hosting a “Soul Jam,” joined by two acts from the 1970s that ooze style and swagger. The Philly soul quintet Blue Magic is known for its choreographed dance moves, smooth ballads like the lovesick anthem “Sideshow” (1974), and their 1989 collaboration with Big Daddy Kane, “To Be Your Man”; DJ Hollywood came to fame as a disco DJ whose call-and-response style of performance pre-dated hip-hop music in the mid-70s. As the first to string together rhymes into a “flow,” the glitzy downtown DJ is credited as one of hip-hop’s earliest forefathers, even though he resisted association with the burgeoning scene in the gritty South Bronx.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US