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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.

Grizzly Bear @ Williamsburg Waterfront in 09 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Grizzly Bear

tonight in NYC
* Winger @ BB King's
* Baby Gramps @ Jalopy Theatre
* Sunday Best w/ Fred P @ 400 Carroll St
* Timetable Percussion @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Rooftop Films w/ Hank & Cupcakes @ Solar One
* Mutant Supremacy, At War, Midnight, Crucifist @ Europa
* Reigning Sound, The Goodnight Loving @ Maxwell's
* Cooper-Moore Trio, Peter Evans Group Trio @ Zebulon
* Christy & Emily, Secret Cities, Invisible Circle @ Pianos
* The Sharpest, Last Stand For Lucy, Eagle Scout @ Party Expo
* Salif Keita, Tabou Combo, Lo'Jo @ Central Park SummerStage
* Dwarves, The Turbo A.C.'s, Psycho Charger @ Bowery Electric
* Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Statik Selektah, DJ Eque @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Punk Island w/ D.O.A., Negative Approach & many more @ Governors Island
* The New Pornographers, The Duke and the Dutchess @ The Bell House
* The Poison Control Center, Boy Genius, Knight School @ Bruar Falls
* Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear, Karen Elson @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* The Most Serene Republic, Annuals, What Laura Says @ Mercury Lounge
* HEALTH, Indian Jewelry, Gold Panda, Robin @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jeffery Lewis, Jimmy Lloyd & Friends, Laura Warshauer @ Highline Ballroom
* Strike Anywhere, Bane, Touche Amore, Lowtaker @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Punk Island, with D.O.A., Negative Approach, Blanks 77, Hub City Stompers, Star Fucking Hipsters, Hellcat Burlesque and many, many more, takes over Governors Island today. A full schedule (with ferry times) is here. Even though it's happening a day earlier, Punk Island is a part of Monday's Make Music NY festivites, which will be spread across the city.

Indian Jewelry open for HEALTH at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and play their own show at Mercury Lounge on Monday.

Grizzly Bear open for Band of Horses at the first Williamsburg Waterfront show of 2010 tonight. Grizzly Bear headline at Governors Island in August.

Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock and Greg Nice played a show in Herbert Von King Park on June 16th. Videos from that show below...

What else?

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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...

Continue reading "Summerstage (Central Park & elsewhere) - full 2010 lineup "

SummerStage 2009's last show of the year (more by Chris La Putt)
SummerStage 2009

"On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, City Parks Foundation will welcome guests to the SummerStage 25th Anniversary Celebration in association with Michael Dorf & City Winery, an annual fundraising benefit, to support CPF's free year-round arts programming. This year's benefit will feature the songbook of Simon & Garfunkel with unique duets performed by Shawn Colvin, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joan Osborne, Stephen Kellogg, Dean & Britta, Cory Chisel, The Holmes Brothers, John Forte, Valerie June, John Roderick, Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nile, Paula Cole, Alejandro Esovedo, Ollabelle (house band) and many more.
Tickets for this benefit will run you from $1000 to $25,000. Tickets to the other "benefits" (aka regular old ticketed shows) at the venue, are much cheaper. Those include John Butler Trio / State Radio, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, Hot Chip, Gov't Mule and Pavement.

The 2010 SummerStage series has also expanded its free shows outside of Central Park to include parks in all five boroughs. Look for free "Summerstage" music, theater and other events this summer in Brooklyn's Von King Park and Betsy Head Park, Bronx's St. Mary's Park and Crotona Park, Queens' Springfield Park, and Marcus Garvey Park East River Park in Manhattan, and others. Those parks have always had free shows, but for whatever reason, they are now "Summerstage".

The free-show lineup is 100% ANNOUNCED being slowly released (we're posting it all day today) (also check out the full free Celebrate Brooklyn lineup). Some of the Summerstage lineup, along with the list of theater productions (happening in all of the above-mentioned parks), is posted below...

Continue reading ""SummerStage" expands into other parks, theater events, annual fundraising benefit & some other shows announced"

Whodini

Von King Park
Tompkins Ave. btwn. Lafayette Ave. & Greene Ave.
Thursday, July 3rd: Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review
Thursday, July 10th: Whodini
Thursday, July 17th: 21:03 / Kurt Carr
All three shows are 7-9pm and FREE (and happening Summer 2008).

There are also three free shows in Red Hook.