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first ladies of disco

The First Ladies of Disco are Martha Wash (1/2 of The Weather Girls and uncredited vocalist on both Black Box's "Everybody Everybody" and C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make you Sweat [Everybody Dance Now],"), Evelyn "Champagne" King ("Shame," "I'm in Love" and "Love Come Down") and Linda Clifford ("If My Friends Could See Me Now"). Together they released their pro-equality debut single "Show Some Love" this year which was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart over the summer and you can watch the video for that below.

There is also the First Ladies of Disco Show, inspired by James Arena's best selling 2013 book that interviewed 32 of disco's stars, which combines hit songs, positive vibes, stories and, of course, three still powerhouse vocalists. They played Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing in 2014 and will be at NYC's Joe's Pub on October 16 & 17. Tickets are on sale.

While we're on the subject of disco divas, Diana Ross, whose long career includes dancefloor anthems "Sweet Love Hangover" and "I'm Coming Out," played NJPAC Wednesday night. We haven't seen a setlist but you can check out one below from a June show in Hawaii. (It includes a cover of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, who you may have caught in NYC this past weekend.) Ross was not featured in the First Ladies of Disco book, but was shouted out by Carol Douglas (who was in the book). Scherrie Payne, who was in The Supremes after Ross left the band in 1970, and was on their disco-era album High Energy, is in the book. Fun fact: as mentioned above, Martha Wash was in the Weather Girls who sang "It's Raining Men," a hit 1982 song that was famously offered to Diana Ross, Cher, Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer before Martha Wash's group took it. Martha Wash also covered it again in 1997 as a duet with Ru Paul.

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Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

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