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Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Savannah Music Fest '09 (Savannah Grandfather)
Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the 2009 season schedule of its flagship free performing arts festival, Central Park SummerStage. Internationally acclaimed for presenting world-renowned and emerging talent from around the globe and New York City's own backyard, the Central Park SummerStage season promises to be as electrifying as ever with a calendar chock-full of culturally diverse programs in multiple disciplines including music, dance, word, film, and comedy.

The 2009 Central Park SummerStage season is marked by innovative collaborations and will open on Friday, June 12 at 8:00 PM with a performance by the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and his band for the evening, The New York Pops.

City Parks Foundation also welcomes The Metropolitan Opera for the first time ever to Central Park SummerStage as The Met launches its free Summer Recital Series of outdoor concerts in neighborhood parks on Monday, July 13 at 8:00 PM with a special performance of opera arias and popular songs headlined by the Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot and featuring Lisette Oropesa (soprano), Alek Shrader (tenor), and Vlad Iftinca (piano).

Central Park Summerstage will host 31 free programs this summer. Musical highlights include M Ward, Josh Ritter, Juana Molina, Q-Tip, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Bettye Lavette, Béla Fleck and Toumani Diabaté. The whole schedule is below...

Friday, June 12, 8pm - Josh Ritter and The New York Pops

Saturday, June 13, 3pm - Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett & G.A. & Ruben Studdard

Wednesday, June 17, 7:30pm - Wally Lamb & Zoë Heller (reading)

Thursday June 18, 7:30pm - Sharon Olds & Thomas Sayers Ellis

Friday, June 19, 8pm - Comedy Central Park w/ Gabriel Iglesias & Pablo Francisco

Saturday, June 20, 3pm - Definitely Poetry Hosted by Majora Carter
Earthdriver, Staceyann Chin, Jennifer Johns, Artbattles, Urban Word NYC

Join urban green pioneer Majora Carter and friends in celebration of our planet through innovative and powerful spoken word artists, musicians, and visual art
Sunday, June 21, 3pm - Fête de la Musique, Yannick Noah, Coralie Clément & Mayra Andrade

Saturday, June 27, 3pm - Istanbulive: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey
Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan w/ Painted on Water featuring Sertab Erener & Demir Demirkan & NY Gypsy All-Stars with Hüsnü ?enlendirici and special guests

Istanbulive: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey is an unprecedented event aimed at introducing Turkish music to the popular American consciousness. The event marks the first time Central Park SummerStage has presented a day devoted to the culture of Turkey. The afternoon festivities will feature major Turkish artists including Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan, a.k.a. MFÖ (pop music), Painted on Water featuring Sertab Erener & Demir Demirkan (jazz/folk/rock) and Hüsnü ?enlendirici (gypsy music). The program celebrates the colorful Turkish culture with food, art, and visuals, while underlining the musical richness of Istanbul and the extraordinary virtuosity and diversity of Turkish music today.
Sunday, June 28, 3pm - Ledisi / Esperanza Spalding, Jonathan Batiste (Two leading ladies of jazz unite in this dynamic co-bill.)

Sunday, July 5, 3pm - Oumou Sangare, Les Nubians, A?a

Wednesday, July 8, 7pm - Juana Molina, Curumin & El G (ZZK)

Saturday, July 11, 3pm - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs & Eric Bobo

Sunday, July 12, 3pm - Family Day! w/ DJ Lance Rock & Brobee (of Yo Gabba Gabba!), Surprise Guest TBA, Iza Trapani & Sleeping Beauty puppet show

Monday, July 13, 8pm - The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Featuring Paulo Szot

The Metropolitan Opera launches its free Summer Recital Series with a special performance of opera arias and popular songs headlined by the Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot and featuring Lisette Oropesa (soprano), Alek Shrader (tenor), and Vlad Iftinca (piano).
Saturday, July 18 - Q-Tip, Chester French, Little Dragon & Benji B

Sunday, July 19, 3pm - Alpha Blondy & The Solar System , Lee "Scratch" Perry & Dubblestandart, and Subatomic Sound System

Friday, July 24, 7pm - Bettye Lavette, Budos Band & Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue

Saturday, July 25, 3pm - Jerry Rivera and special guests & N'Klabe

Sunday, July 26, 3pm - Ginuwine, Joe & Chico DeBarge

Friday, July 31, 8pm - Dance w/ RIOULT & Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions

Saturday, August 1 - M. Ward & Mike Watt & Nels Cline +

Sunday, August 2, 7pm - CineFest Brasil w/ If I Were You 2 (Se eu fosse você 2) directed by Daniel Filho & Silvia Machete

Monday, August 3, 8pm - Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabaté

Wednesday, August 5, 7pm - I Am Cuba directed by Mikhail Kalatozov and The Pedrito Martinez Project

Thursday, August 6, 7:30pm - Asbury Shorts: An Evening of the World's Best Short Films & Mingus Dynasty Quintet

Asbury Shorts, New York City's longest running exhibition of award-winning independent short films presents "An Evening of the World's Best Short Films," featuring live music, celebrity guests, and noteworthy, festival award-winning short films compiled over the past ten years. Films to be featured include: Super Powers - Best Short Film, 2007 Tribeca Film Festival; Yours Truly - voted best animated short film at over five international festivals; Gulp - Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner; Tanghi Argentini - Audience Prize, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival; plus other classic shorts.

Friday, August 7, 8pm - Dance w/ Dayton Contemporary Dance Company & nathantrice/RITUALS dance theater

Saturday, August 8, 3pm - Boys Noize

Sunday, August 9, 3pm - Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele & Jon B

Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th, 8pm - Dance w/ Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company with musical guest Martha Wainwright

A very special evening of dance and music that will feature a world-premiere by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, set to new music by Martha Wainwright, both commissioned by City Parks Foundation.
Sunday, August 16, 3pm - TBA

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For more information on the above schedule, check Summerstage.org.

The NY Philharmonic is also having a free concert on The Great Lawn in Central Park on July 14th.

Not all shows in Central Park are free. TV on the Radio (sold out), Indigo Girls, Explosions in the Sky/Constantines, and Matisyahu/Umphrey's McGee are on sale at Ticketmaster.

We're still waiting for the full Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park summer schedule, but we already know it kicks off with a David Byrne show and includes a Dr. Dog and Phosphorescent concert.

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Comments (57)

weeeeeeeeeee summer fun!

Posted by Lindsey | April 23, 2009 8:34 AM

No Canada Day?

Good lineup. The lack of Pitchfork approved music is a good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 8:36 AM

Boys Noize????? haaaaa

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 8:41 AM

Q Tip and M Ward are Pitchfork approved, FYI...

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 8:49 AM

Yeah whats up with the no Canada Day?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 8:55 AM

Don't forget about 311 at Summerstage on 6/25

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 8:56 AM

"Yeah whats up with the no Canada Day?"

Maybe they've run out of good Canadian bands to book.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:00 AM

"Boys Noize????? haaaaa"

I assume this lineup will be fleshed out a little?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:02 AM

boys noize at 3pm on a saturday afternoon = awesome

Posted by jason | April 23, 2009 9:02 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations on which world music shows to go to here?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:28 AM

Less dance, more Pitchfork approved bands please

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:29 AM

no not want.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:33 AM

lol @ how the listing is super boring and then they throw in Boys Noize completely out of left field.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:38 AM

SumMEHstage

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:40 AM

Nice. Some good shit on there. Bonus.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:48 AM

i'm going to cuz a raucous during family day

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 9:57 AM

Coralie Clement!

OUUUUIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!

Posted by Oli | April 23, 2009 10:10 AM

MEH Ward

Posted by michaelways | April 23, 2009 10:12 AM

Sunday, July 26, 3pm - Ginuwine, Joe & Chico DeBarge

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:19 AM

josh ritter is good, and that's a nice venue for him. I'll go with some mustache cream.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:19 AM

"In the fall of 2003, Chico DeBarge was stabbed outside a Philadelphia nightclub by South Philly Italian mafioso named John "Johnny Gongs" Casasanto after the two engaged in an argument in which John Casasanto called DeBarge a "tootsuni", the Italian equivalent to the word nigger."

Posted by Wikipedia | April 23, 2009 10:38 AM

I'm really excited about the Bela Fleck / Toumani Diabete show.

The Bela Fleck documentary about him in Africa comes out tomorrow at IFC Center: http://www.throwdownyourheart.com/

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:40 AM

touMEHni diabete

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:45 AM

I can't wait to see Coralie Clement live!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:52 AM

Highly recommend Alpha Blondy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:56 AM

Lame line-up, no really good rock bands and little variety of much else.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 11:06 AM

There's still one show TBA. Could be good?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 11:30 AM

ginuwine and joe?? hahaha 90's r&b flashback!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 11:32 AM

Q-Tip! Hell yea!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 11:54 AM

the comedy lineup is pretty weird too. I guess they are moving away from "indie" there too. No more UCB.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 11:58 AM

Whelp - there's always next summer..

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 12:34 PM

"Whelp?"

Who's on this blog, Skelletor?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 12:51 PM

recession-based line up if i ever saw one :(

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 1:00 PM

have you douchebags ever thought about opening up your horizons a little bit? us chicago folks would be very happy (and are) to see some different acts being booked into a FREE music series.

you see, my friends, free music enables you to expand your horizons without actually paying $$ (yes, i read all the douchebag comments about the throbbing gristle shows - you all suck balls).

lee "scratch" perry & dubblestandart - are you kidding me?!? he's the fucking master. i would be jumping for joy. maybe you won't respect him and he'll decide to pay chi-town a visit next time he plays a free show outdoors.

juana molina, boys noize, budos band, and bettye lavette are also good acts. béla fleck & toumani diabaté is going to be interesting too.

apparently to live in brooklyn/new york means you have to be a little bitch..and bitch and bitch and bitch about everything. didn't you even bitch about the 88drum too? what makes you chumps happy? oh yeah, the act of bitching. you certainly stick with your strengths.

i'm going to enjoy the throbbing gristle shows in chicago this weekend - hooray for good music and people in this town who can actually APPRECIATE IT instead of knocking on it.

p.s. - stay in brooklyn...no one else wants you!

no love for ya,
chicago

Posted by gah | April 23, 2009 1:26 PM

Totally agree with you 1:26pm. I used to live in NW suburb of Chicago and I was fortunate to go see a show or two per month....but now that I'm living in NYC, there's a show I want to go every day practically....

We need to be more thankful for free music we get every summer...well other season as well but we do get tons of free shows so no complaining!

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | April 23, 2009 1:43 PM

Summerstage used to have one or two "good" free shows per summer, so this isn't very different. In a way it's better this way it used to be something that you would do on a sunday, you'd go to the park, or museum and then you could drop in for a half hour have a beer and listen to some music. This was the good times, before the astroturf, closing off of the park side etrance, the long lines at the entrance, the stupid safety barriers (which only create bottlenecks).

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 1:46 PM

Less dance, more Pitchfork approved bands please
^^
I highly disagree...

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 1:56 PM

Juana Molina and M. Ward are the best outta the bunch. Juana's opening performance for Feist at a rainy prospect last year still resonates w me. Was any one else on this board there?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 2:00 PM

What, no Norwegian Death Metal day???

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 2:02 PM

1:26 - I can almost all but guarantee that most of the people bitching on here are bored midwesterners who hate their own life and live in their parent's basement. Real New Yorkers appreciate diversity in art & culture...that's one of the primary reasons why we live here as opposed to, say, Madison.


Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 2:10 PM

Chi-Town,

The people complaining here generally are not NYers. They might live here in their hip, subsidized apts and think so, but they are not NYers. To that point, I agree with you, and would also suggest that many of the stupid comments you see here are from young, inexperienced, narrow-minded followers who wouldn't know quality music or culture if it took a shit on them.

And there it is,
NYC

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 2:39 PM

People bitch because we remember when Summerstage used to be great. This years lineup is awful. Must suck living in Chicago though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 2:57 PM

Poetry and world music? Give me Dan Deacon any day.

love,

a new yorker

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 3:13 PM

this one is not a problem, the problem is river to river is looking pretty sucky, and there will be no mccarren pool this year which means NYC summer music looks pretty sucky so far, at least compared to last 2 or 3 years...

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 3:16 PM

The Mccarren shows are going to be at the williamsburg waterfront this year

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 3:19 PM

Well, you can take the ferry to Jersey and see Coldplay at All Points West.... "That's why I know you're gay".....

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 3:23 PM

12:51 - hahaha

Posted by 12:34 | April 23, 2009 3:31 PM

when i look at the summerstage lineup, rather than bitch about how lame it is that i haven't heard of music thing X, i instead turn to the internet to look up music thing X. if i still don't want to go, then fuck it, they were free shows anyway, no skin off my back.

it can't be sonic youth every year.

Posted by Aaron | April 23, 2009 4:06 PM

Telepathe sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 4:22 PM

telepathe does suck!

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | April 23, 2009 5:05 PM

"Juana Molina and M. Ward are the best outta the bunch."

Let me guess, it's probably because those are the only two artists the recognize. "I don't know the other ones, and since Pitchfork never wrote about them, they must suck."

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 8:57 PM

"Lame line-up, no really good rock bands and little variety of much else"

You must be a transient hipster transplant. Summerstage never has many rock bands. Most of the free music tends not be rock/pop bands.


"have you douchebags ever thought about opening up your horizons a little bit? us chicago folks would be very happy (and are) to see some different acts being booked into a FREE music series.
...
i read all the douchebag comments about the throbbing gristle shows"

I agree with you half way. Yes, all the haters are pretty much close minded in terms of other musical styles. There is some good music this year. I wish there was more opera. Remember when they did 3 Verdi operas every summer?

However, I believe people have a right to criticize something that is not good. If Throbbing Gristle sucked, then they sucked. I can't super fans that think their favorite band is some sacred cow can do no wrong. Their shit doesn't stink. Sorry, but even the best bands suck every now and then. 88 Drums was a terribly organized event.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:35 PM

I don't know why anyone is surprised that throbbing gristle sucked. The name says it all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2009 10:44 PM

this lineup sucks balls.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2009 3:37 PM

"Note: The Saturday, July 11 LAMC line-up has changed. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs has been replaced by Calle 13 and Bebe. Eric Bobo remains on the bill. "

Posted by brooklynvegan | June 22, 2009 2:34 PM

i'm looking forward to that esparanza spalding show sunday

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 9:14 PM

Amazing song and very well written and i the music is auspicious. Thank you for the post.

Posted by Mark Lewis | September 27, 2010 8:11 PM

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