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

Native Soul Tribute to Clark Terry & Screening: “Keep on Keepin’ on”

August 21, 2019 6:00pm – 7:15pm

6:00 – 7:15PM jazz concert

7:45 – 9:15PM movie screening

Native Soul Tribute to Clark Terry

A hard-swinging collaborative quartet, Native Soul has been a regular on the jazz album charts for over a decade. Featuring Peter Brainin (saxophone), Noah Haidu (piano), Marcus McLaurine (bass), and Steve Johns (drums), they will present a special Charlie Parker Jazz Festival tribute to swing and bebop trumpeter Clark Terry, with whom McLaurine played for more than 25 years.

“Keep on Keepin’ On” (2014)

In this film, Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry mentors blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as he prepares to compete in an international competition. The film features Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Justin Kauflin, Arturo Sandoval and is directed by Alan Hicks.

FREE WITH RSVP

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Location
Hansborough Recreation Center
35 West 134 Street
New York NY 10037 US

Omar / Nakhane / DJ Wildcat

August 14, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

British soul singer Omar Lye-Fook was likely always destined to be a musician. The son of Byron Lye-Fook, a studio musician and drummer who worked with the likes of Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, Omar was classically trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music, and plays the trumpet, piano and percussion. Considered by some to be the ‘father’ of British neo soul, his throwback sound appeared to be ahead of its time, proving to be more influential in the canon than on the charts—he counts India.Arie, Erykah Badu, and his idol, Stevie Wonder among his fans. Since his debut album There’s Nothing Like This (1990), he’s dabbled in ragga, hip-hop, funk, jazz-pop, rock, and Caribbean dance sounds. He’s joined by Nakhane, a London-based Xhosa polymath who has published a novel (Piggy Boy Blues) and acted in a feature film (Inxeba, or “The Wound”) in addition to his musical output. But it’s his music that soars highest, with an unmistakable voice that floats over experimental electro pop compositions with lyrics that—like much of his other work—tackle the subject of queer identity in conservative society, like his recent duet with ANOHNI, “New Brighton.”

Cost: Free

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Location
Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 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

La Sonora Ponceña / Jose “El Canario” Alberto / DJ Lucho

August 18, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

La Sonora Ponceña (“The Ponce Sound”) is one of New York’s longest running salsa bands; Formed in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1954 by Enrique Lucca Caraballo and Antonio Santaella, the group has recorded 32 albums and is still going strong, now directed by Caraballo’s son Papo Lucca. The band is joined by Jose “El Canario” Alberto, the Dominican salsa vocalist who moved from Santo Domingo to Puerto Rico as a young boy and got his name (“The Canary”) on account of his virtuosic whistling ability. Alberto moved to New York in 1977 and got his break with Tipica ’73, going on to start his own band and collaborate with the likes of Sonny Bravo, Mario Rivera, and Leopoldo Pineda. They’re both supported by the Bronx’s DJ Lucho, a mentee of freestyle legend “Little” Louie Vega.

Cost: Free

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Location
Ford Ampitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
3052 W 21st St
Brooklyn NY 11224 USA

Eddie Palmieri / Baby Power / DJ Lucho / DJ Eddie Batiz

August 11, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The legendary salsero Eddie Palmieri is a Bronx music legend. After playing Carnegie Hall by age 11, the Puerto Rican Grammy Award-winning pianist, bandleader, musician, and composer founded the bands La Perfecta and the Afro-Cuban supergroup Harlem River Drive, helping shift the sounds of salsa, incorporating more trombones and flute for a new “trombanga” style.

Cost: Free

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Location
East River Park
420 FDR Drive
New York NY 10019 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

Alceu Valenca / Cordel do Fogo Encantado / Labaq / DJ Grace Kelly

July 27, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

A showcase of Brazilian music from across the spectrum highlighting the unequivocal cultural richness of the country’s Northeast. From the parched hinterlands of Pernambuco to a vast catalog of music that has topped the charts in Brazil, Alceu Valença encompasses modern and tropical sounds without losing his undeniable roots from Brazil’s Northeast. This performance marks his first time in the U.S. since his 1993 SummerStage debut. He’s joined by Cordel do Fogo Encantado, a musical-poetic rock influenced group who have a reputation for dramatic theatrical performances with massive drum sets; LaBaq, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who splits her time between Europe and Brazil and typically writes gentle songs bursting with emotion but has been recently dabbling in electronica dissonance; and DJ Grace Kelly, the Berlin-via-Bahia DJ who presents Afro Brazilian music and Latin American sounds such as Baile Funk filtered through electro and house.

With the Institutional Support of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
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