Posted in comedy | hiphop | music | tour dates on April 21, 2011

Summerstage

"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."
You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.

The ENTIRE 2011 SUMMERSTAGE SCHEDULE is now posted at Summerstage's site.

Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.

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Comments (65)

terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:14 PM

sigh...free shows this summer seem to be lacking.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:17 PM

seriously? that is it?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:21 PM

Yeah, kind of a rough summer for the summerstage. Don't get me wrong, they have a few solid shows but after a really strong lineup last year, its a bit of a let down.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:22 PM

Hunx and his Punx is playing the mensroom next to the stage

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:24 PM

I literally just laughed my dick off, someone help me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:26 PM

I'll be seeing Wavves by mistake at the Guided by Voices show already.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:28 PM

You people are crazy. This is a quality lineup.

Sure, it is lacking an indie darling like The Vampire Weekends or The XX's. And no, The Wavvvvvvvves don't count, nobody actually likes that shit.

But, making blanket statements complaining about this lineup makes one seem ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:32 PM

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Me again, I mispoke. By the time Cults play they will be bonafide indie darlings, and people will be flocking like motherfuckers, waiting in line for 3 hours to see them play a 20 minute set. Just sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:41 PM

Horrible lineup. Not worth the time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:43 PM

woah, awesome!!! seriously guys?! you're bummed about this? I'd pay to see Wavves and Reggie Watts, and I'd be happy to see We Are Scientists and Martin Medeski & Wood for free.
HUMMUS FOR EVERYONE!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:48 PM

Summehstage

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:51 PM

you guys hvae lost your bad hair minds. do you even remember last year's summerstage? the only shows i went to were tinariwen, gil scott heron, and public enemy. it was dreadful. this one's cool. sans wavves.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:53 PM

Seriously with this? Is this some kind of mehstake?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:57 PM

I think it's a good lineup of some non douchebag Williamsburg music that I luckily won't have to see there either.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:06 PM

The tax pool has really dried up--the recession is hitting us hard still.

Posted by Regular reader | April 21, 2011 9:09 PM

Rakim show is the only good one

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:20 PM

Looks like it's another indoor summer.

Posted by Christophe Columbo | April 21, 2011 9:41 PM

sucks as usual

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:45 PM

you people are crazy. tons of great stuff this year. hopefully they won't be too crowded either, now that the bv set has no interest.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:58 PM

LOL who the fuck are those people wow they went from having st. vincent to shit nothing

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:59 PM

Mehme

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 10:02 PM

this is as bad as the seaport shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 10:03 PM

That is a decent lineup. Great to see opera return. Remember when they did three Verdi operas a year for several years straight? Good times. You haters are just dumb.

Summerstage has never been rock heavy. You always had 2-3 free rock shows all summer. Open your mind and you will notice that the lineup is good. Not great (best year award goes to '98. RFTC bus anyone?), but still good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 10:18 PM

when was florence and the machine / twin shadow even on sale?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 10:50 PM

"when was florence and the machine / twin shadow even on sale?"

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/02/florence_the_ma_9.html

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 11:13 PM

WTF WE DESERVE SCOFIELD

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 11:14 PM

yikes. pass!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 11:33 PM

What? No LCD comments yet? Wow.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 11:52 PM

black lips are opening for wavves

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:07 AM

the reason all these lineups always suck now is that the internet hype machine has not built up very many interesting bands the last couple years and instead have been hyping mediocre talented lofi bands that can't bring it live. free shows like this work well when bands are at the verge of breaking it big. now we only have big bands and no one on the verge.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:12 AM

you people are ridiculous. enjoy your summer indoors.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:48 AM

still haven't announced the four-night run of lcd reunion shows in september.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:55 AM

cults suck dick

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:57 AM

Group Doueh! Get excited about this!

The fun thing about the annual free NYC concert series is that it inevitably reminds me that Guster still exists.

Posted by J | April 22, 2011 1:13 AM

Is there an efficient way to look at all the listings? My chief complaint really is navigating the Summerstage site--is there a lack of having all the basic info displayed in a calendar format anywhere on it?

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 2:00 AM

SOMETIMES I RYHME SLOW SOMETIMES I RYHME QUICK

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 6:35 AM

thanks so mutch

Posted by khaled | April 22, 2011 6:39 AM

You fauxhemians. I am sure all of the small towns, from which you transplanted and moved to NYC, just have ROCKING lineups this summer.

Go back to your little towns, hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 7:59 AM

MMW's live shows recently have been phenominal...I will be there!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 8:23 AM

just announced: hunx and his punx playing free midnight show in the ramble on 6/20

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 9:09 AM

Doesn't look like the Guster show is free (unless there's another one in additional to the Central Park).

Posted by Paul | April 22, 2011 9:11 AM

Worse than Hitler.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 9:19 AM

Guster is with Jack's Mannequin like $30 or so...

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 9:27 AM

AIDS to all of them

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 9:43 AM

If you have the time I would strongly recommend attending one of the shows of an artist you know absolutely nothing about.

You just might enjoy yourself and discover something new.

Now get back to work and enjoy your fucking weekend.

Love,

Burg.

Posted by Burg | April 22, 2011 9:59 AM

Really wish some of these shows weren't free. I'm happy to pay the $20-30 ticket price so I don't have to stand in line with a bunch of shitheads for 4 hours.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 10:08 AM

Ok.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 10:09 AM

I love that people are getting free shows in the best city in the world and everyone is complaining!

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 22, 2011 10:16 AM

mehst shitty in the world

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 10:22 AM

it's like they (jelly, governors, summerstage) heard all you assholes whining and complaining and simply decided to not serve your ilk at all this year?

good for them.

have fun complaining at/about wavves, assholes. it's all you're getting.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 10:30 AM

YOU GUYS MUST BE CRAZY!!!!! GROUP DOUEH JULY 3rd 3PM BE THERE!!!....wait.. none of you will go and you'll miss the most amazing thing you might have seen all summer. Sucks to be you. Hipster scum.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 10:36 AM

that is one lame assed lineup
we could get better than that
crossing fingers for Celebrate Brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 10:51 AM

I was watching Ken Burns' Civil War documentary recently & couldn't help but notice how most hipster men look like they are from that era, especially with the moustaches and tight pants.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 10:54 AM

It's the "Ken Burn's effect".⬆

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 11:04 AM

"lo-fi bands who can't bring it live"?


who the fuck are you even referring to? There's plenty of lo-fi shit that can "bring it live". you're just an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 11:09 AM

well i'm just looking forward to istanbul - Live!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:07 PM

celebrate brooklyn, save us now!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:09 PM

GOID scofield?? barf

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:14 PM

Sound always sucks at Rumsey....makes everything else suck too. Yummy hot dogs though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:21 PM

your all a bunch of fucking douchebags.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 2:07 PM

yea, bunch of good hip hop shows, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Budos Band, there are some good shows. but it costs money to put this stuff together, and NYC is broke, thus not as many marquee acts!

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2011 11:16 AM

well we had a blast ;P

Posted by Mimi | May 9, 2011 4:26 AM

I was watching Ken Burns' Civil War documentary recently & couldn't help but notice how most hipster men look like they are from that era, especially with the moustaches and tight pants. Had a blast!

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