Summerstage Gala 2014 – the Music of the Beatles!

On Tuesday, June 3, City Parks Foundation  presented the 2014 SummerStage Gala in Central Park. Honoring Andrew Tisch with the 2014 People and Parks Award, the evening  helped raise significant funds to support CPF’s year round free arts, sports, and education programs.  The clouds broke right on schedule and the crowd was treated to a brilliant rainbow to start the evenings festivities,  This year’s concert featured the music of  THE BEATLES.  An all star line up of GE Smith and his all star band, Jon Batiste, David Broza, Paula Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Philip Bailey, Southside Johnny, Willie Nile & Teddy Thompson ripped through a fast paced set that immediately had the crowd on its feet dancing the entire evening.

GE Smith kicked off the show with a rocking version of 8 Days A Week and laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the following artists to bring their A game – and they did!  Highlights included downtown music legend Willie Nile‘s killer rendition of A Hard Days Night followed by Israeli singer-songwriter, David Broza’s igniting the crowd with Twist and Shout.   Paula Cole kept the party going with Get Back with Marshall Crenshaw‘s inspired version of a lesser known gem from the Yellow Submarine Album –  It’s All Too Much.  The first half of the show finished with Wille Nile joining Crenshaw on Some Other Guy. 

After GE got the second set started with She Said, She Said Louisiana prodigy Jon Batiste gave Blackbird a bluesy twist, which Teddy Thompson followed with a rocking version of Can’t Buy Me Love (See pic of airborne Teddy below).  Southside Johnny then brought the house down with a classically manic Helter Skelter.  Philip Bailey kept the crowd dancing with I Saw Her Standing There.  The show finished with the entire ensemble singing All You Need Is Love, ending the night way too soon for everyone.

A brilliant production, as always, by the City Parks Foundation, raising a record amount for the cause and kicking off what looks to be the best Summerstage season to date.

Full Set List –

GE Smith & his all star band
8 Days A Week
MARSHALL CRENSHAW
It’s All Too Much
Some Other Guy
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY
Helter Skelter
Drive My Car
WILLIE NILE
Hard Days Night
Revolution
GE Smith & his all star band
She Said She Said
PHILIP BAILEY
l Saw Her Standing There
Got to Get You Into My Life…
DAVID BROZA
In My Life
Twist and Shout
JON BATISTE
Blackbird
Paperback Writer
FINALE
All You Need Is Love
PAULA COLE
Get Back
She’s Leaving Home
TEDDY THOMPSON
And Your Bird Can Sing
Can’t Buy Me Love
Grand Finale

Grand Finale

SummerStage 2013 in New York’s Central Park

SummerStage presented by the City Parks Foundation brings over 100 performances to seventeen parks throughout the five boroughs. Performances range from pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater. Check out the Calendar below for events in Central Park.

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City Parks Foundation Gala presented at SummerStage in Central Park

SINATRA IN THE PARK

Produced by Michael Dorf & City Winery

6.11.2013 | 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

On Tuesday, June 11, City Parks Foundation (CPF) will welcome guests to our Annual Gala presented at SummerStage. The evening will help raise significant funds to support CPF’s year round free arts, sports, and education programs. …

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AskMeAnother_logoJUNE 14

ASK ME ANOTHER FROM NPR AND WNYC

6.14.2013 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar… No, it’s not the start of a joke. It’s the essence of NPR’s and WNYC’s Ask Me Another, a rambunctious show that blends brainteasers…

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THE ZOMBIES / DJANGO DJANGO / ADAM GREEN & BINKI SHAPIRO / DJ SETS BY MODEST P

6.15.2013 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Hailing from St. Albans, and originating in 1961, The Zombies are a legendary English Rock band.  Led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, the band scored US hits in the mid and late 1960s with “She’s…

Forwords Panel Discussion

“THE BRITISH INVASION”

Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, from The Zombies & Jonathan Demme, filmmaker

6.15.2013 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In addition to its impressive lineup, SummerStage is launching “Forewords” a panel discussion series before select SummerStage programs co-curated with The Strand Bookstore. Forewords is a great way to help support SummerStage’s free programming and to get an inside look…

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JUN
16

11th Brazilian Film Festival of NY:

PRETA GIL / DJ SETS BY JUST MARCELO / SCREENING: “RIO 2096: ASTORY OF LOVE AND FURY”

6.16.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Brazilian cinema is celebrating the 11th edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of NY. This annual event honors the best and the brightest of Brazil’s innovative new cinema. As is tradition, the closing night film of the 11th Brazilian Film…

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JUN
17

JOAN BAEZ / INDIGO GIRLS

6.17.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs…

Airborn Toxic Event

JUN
18

THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT FEATURING THE CALDER QUARTET WITH ORCHESTRA

6.18.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

The Airborne Toxic Event has gained a lot of attention for their lyrical arrangements, as well as their unique sound that can be described as a blend of Indie Rock music infused with a twist of classic orchestral arrangements. The…

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JUN
21

Fête De La Musique:

IAM WITH SPECIAL GUEST RAKIM

In association with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Bureau Export, French Music Export Office

6.21.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Hailing from France and formed in 1988, IAM began its journey to fame in the city of Marseille. This French Hip-Hop group consisting of 5 members incorporates themes that include the sounds of Ancient Egypt, Africa, China, Japan, India and…

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JUN
22

“Make a Joyful Noise” A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson Featuring:

JOSHUA NELSON, THE PRINCE OF KOSHER GOSPEL AND SPECIAL GUEST DELLA REESE / SCREENING: “MAHALIA JACKSON: THE POWER AND THE GLORY”

In association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation

6.22.2013 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

To mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which called for civil and economic rights for African Americans, SummerStage honors the storied legacy of famed Gospel singer and activist Mahalia Jackson with an evening of music and film.…

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JUN
23

FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE / SINKANE / DJ SETS BY KING BRITT

In association with Okayafrica

6.23.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force have blended Funk, Jazz, and African Folk throughout their 27 year career to create a colorful and distinctive sound in the music world.  The records tell their story: After a short spell at Motown,…

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JUN
24

Blue Note Jazz Festival:

YASIIN BEY (FKA MOS DEF) AND OPENERS TBD

Produced By Jill Newman Productions

6.24.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

One of the most versatile artists of his time, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) has become an international sensation in theater, film, television, and the music industry.  Bey began his professional music career as Mos Def in 1994.  Since that…

Adam DeVine

JUN
26

“COMEDY CENTRAL Stars Under the Stars” hosted by Gabriel Iglesias and featuring performances by:

ADAM DEVINE / ANTHONY JESELNIK / NICK KROLL / JEFF ROSS / AMY SCHUMER

6.26.2013 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Gabriel Iglesias has been described as a witty, electrifying, and talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience.  His first two DVD specials, “Hot & Fluffy” and “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy,” have sold well…

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JUN
29

JOEL PLASKETT / SPIRIT OF THE WEST / BRASSTRONAUT

Presented by: Canada Day International in association with BlackBerry

6.29.2013 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

SummerStage joins Canada Day International and BlackBerry in celebrating Canada’s 146th birthday, presenting a free showcase of top Canadian talent. With countless awards to their credit, Joel Plaskett and his band The Emergency, have performed thousands of tour dates, and…

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JUN
30

BIG STAR’S THIRD: AN ORCHESTRATED LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE LEGENDARY ALBUM

Featuring Mike Mills, Jody Stephens, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney and many more

6.30.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Big Star’s Third is a full performance of the iconic album by an astonishing who’s who of rock music featuring famed vocalists including Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn,  Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark),  Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev)…

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JUL
2

THE FREEDOM DANCE PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUEST CAMEO

7.2.2013 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Join The Freedom Dance Party as they celebrate 10 years of weekly parties with a huge live performance with Funk and R&B legend, Cameo!   The Freedom Dance Party is the longest running, weekly, Friday-night party in NYC history. Winner of…

Nona Hendryx - Sekou Sundiata Tribute

JUL
3

BLINK YOUR EYES: SEKOU SUNDIATA REVISITED – LONGSTORYSHORT: REMIXED FEATURING: NONA HENDRYX / SANDRA ST. VICTOR / TOSHI REAGON AND BIGLOVELY / POETS: FAYBIENE MIRANDA / LENELLE MOISE

7.3.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Presented as part of Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited, a seven-month, citywide retrospective featuring theater, poetry, music concerts and humanities events curated and produced by MAPP International Productions through a major partnership of 17 cultural and educational institutions.  …

JUL
3

Forwords Panel Discussion

“A TRIBUTE TO SEKOU SUNDIATA”

Curated by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

7.3.2013 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Central Park

In addition to its impressive lineup, SummerStage is launching “Forewords” a panel discussion series before select SummerStage programs co-curated with The Strand Bookstore. Forewords is a great way to help support SummerStage’s free programming and to get an inside look…

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JUL
6

Bowery Presents

SHE & HIM / CAMERA OBSCURA

7.6.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs…

JUL
7

Global Family Day Featuring:

THE CARPETBAG BRIGADE & NEMCATACOA TEATRO / ELIZABETH MITCHELL

Natural Expression Rhythm Band / ASE Dance Theater Collective / Ifetayo Youth Ensemble

7.7.2013 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Central Park

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Global Family Day, a day dedicated to engaging children and their families through engaging performances! This family affair will awaken the kid in all of us through interactive performances from around the world and…

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JUL
8

Bowery Presents

SHE & HIM / CAMERA OBSCURA

7.8.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

She & Him consists of the pairing of Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward.  For 6 years, She & Him have been taking the indie world by storm as they churn out hits for the world to hear. This unlikely pairing has…

 

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JUL
10

CUARTO PODER / LOS RAKAS AND OTHERS

In association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

7.10.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

**Note: Tego Calderón will not be performing on this date. Stay tuned for artist updates!** One of the biggest names in Latin American Hip-Hop, Cuarto Poder built a reputation in Venezuela as leading MCs before releasing their US debut album In Tha House, which features…

Lila Downs

JUL
11

LILA DOWNS / NATALIA CLAVIER / PAMELA RODRIGUEZ / RAUL CAMPOS

In association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

7.11.2013 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Lila Downs embraces and highlights her origins in the U.S. and Mexico.  Downs’ roots have always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all embedded…

Julieta Venegas

JUL
13

JULIETA VENEGAS / CARLA MORRISON / ALEX ANWANDTER

In association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

7.13.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Julieta Venegas is a renowned Mexican singer, instrumentalist and songwriter.  With over six released albums to date, Venegas has sold more than 9 million copies of her albums worldwide.  The Washington Post describes Venegas as a different sort of artist.…

Fanfare Ciocarlia

JUL
14

FANFARE CIOCARLIA / RED BARAAT / DJ SETS BY JORO-BORO

7.14.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Fanfare Ciocarlia is one of the world’s greatest live bands, their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse.  The National Geographic has said “the music of Fanfare Ciocarlia pulls not only from the…

JUL
14

Forwords Panel Discussion

“THE ASCENT OF GYPSY CULTURE IN AMERICA”

Costel Oprica Ivancea from Fanfare, Ciocarlia and Henry Ernst, Asphalt Tango Production / Moderated by Jakab Orsos, Director, Pen World Voices

7.14.2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Central Park

In addition to its impressive lineup, SummerStage is launching “Forewords” a panel discussion series before select SummerStage programs co-curated with The Strand Bookstore. Forewords is a great way to help support SummerStage’s free programming and to get an inside look…

Erin Morley

JUL
16

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA SUMMER RECITAL SERIES

7.16.2013 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring rising Metropolitan Opera stars Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), and Stephen Costello (tenor), accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore. Erin Morley was most recently heard at the Met as Sister…

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JUL
20

PLANET HEMP / GABY AMARANTOS / EMICIDA / DJ SETS BY GREG CAZ

Presented in Association with Brasil Summerfest

7.20.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Planet Hemp first hit the scene in 1993 when Marcelo D2 and Skunk, founding members, joined together to become a rap duo in Brazil. Soon they were joined by musicians Rafael, Bacalhau and Formigão which fused the groups rap origin…

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JUL
21

OLIVER MTUKUDZI AND THE BLACK SPIRITS / FATOUMATA DIAWARA / KRAR COLLECTIVE

DJ sets by DJ Sirak

7.21.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits, a revolutionary music group originating in Zimbabwe, have been performing since 1979. The Black Spirits members have changed over the years, consisting of over 50 members throughout its time, with Oliver Mtukudzi, both musician…

Trombone Shorty

JUL
22

Bowery Presents

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE & SOULIVE

with Anders Osborne

7.22.2013 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Since the release of their GRAMMY-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Their latest album, For True, offers substantive proof of their explosive…

Martha Graham

JUL
23

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

Special Guest: Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Contest Winner

7.23.2013 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences.  As one of…

JUL
23

Forwords Panel Discussion

“THE LONG-LASTING INFLUENCE OF MARTHA GRAHAM”

7.23.2013 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

In addition to its impressive lineup, SummerStage is launching “Forewords” a panel discussion series before select SummerStage programs co-curated with The Strand Bookstore. Forewords is a great way to help support SummerStage’s free programming and to get an inside look…

Martha Graham

JUL
24

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

Special Guest: Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Contest Winner

7.24.2013 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences.  As one of the most celebrated…

Lianne la Havas

JUL
27

LIANNE LA HAVAS / LP / QUADRON / DJ SETS BY DJ CENTER

7.27.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Lianne La Havas received her first keyboard at just 7 years old, and has been a growing talent ever since then. With popular neo-soul artists as inspiration, such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, her style has traces of jazz,…

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JUL
28

Rock Steady Crew 36th Anniversary Concert Featuring:

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH AND SPECIAL GUESTS

7.28.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

The Rock Steady Crew celebrates its 36th anniversary of being a true Hip-Hop brand ambassador by bringing its annual free concert to SummerStage in Central Park for the first time.  In typical fashion, RSC will present the who’s who of…

Ben Howard

JUL
29

The Bowery Presents

BEN HOWARD / MICHAEL KIWANUKA

7.29.2013 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs… …

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JUL
31

Rock Steady Crew Dance Celebration

WORLD PREMIERE OF “RSC GHETTO MADE”

7.31.2013 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Originally founded in 1977 in the Bronx, by Jimmy D and Jimmy Lee, Rock Steady Crew has become one of the most well-known and recognizable B-Boy groups in the world.  These pioneers and creators of break-dancing used dance battles as…

Shirley Caesar

AUG
3

WLIB 6th Annual Gospel Explosion Featuring:

SHIRLEY CAESAR / DONALD LAWRENCE / JAMES FORTUNE & F.I.Y.A. / ERICA CAMPBELL / RICKY DILLARD

8.3.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Shirley Caesar is The Undisputed 1st Lady of Gospel Music. In a career that spans over 60 years, Caesar is arguably the most beloved and celebrated Gospel artist of our time. Caesar started out in the early 60’s singing with…

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AUG
4

WBLS 5th Annual R&B Fest Featuring:

RAHEEM DEVAUGHN / LYFE JENNINGS / DONELL JONES / ERICA CAMPBELL AND SPECIAL GUESTS

8.4.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Singer and songwriter Raheem DeVaughn has quickly burst onto the music scene.  His debut album, The Love Experience, was released in 2005 to much critical acclaim.  While reviewing The Love Experience, Allmusic said DeVaughn “is remarkably creative and talented and…

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AUG
5

SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner

“KING KONG”

By Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner / Directed By Alfred Preisser

8.5.2013 | 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Central Park

Acclaimed impresario of non-traditional theater Randy Weiner and director Alfred Preisser team up for a Hip-Hop themed theater remake of the classic story, “King Kong”, a totally original music/dance/comedy spectacle that radically subverts everything you thought you knew about one of…

Disclosure

AUG
6

The Bowery Presents

DISCLOSURE / TNGHT / JULIO BASHMORE

8.6.2013 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs… …

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AUG
7

Live Nation Presents

JIMMY EAT WORLD

8.7.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs…

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AUG
10

40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture with

DJ KOOL HERC AND SPECIAL GUESTS

8.10.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

DJ Kool Herc is considered by many to be the “first hip-hop D.J”. In the early stages of hip hop music, DJ Kool Herc brought his sound system to block parties in the Bronx and began playing the brief rhythmic…

AUG
10

Forwords Panel Discussion

“HIP-HOP TURNS 40” DJ KOOL HERC AND CINDY CAMPBELL

Moderated by Jeff Chang, author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

8.10.2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Central Park

In addition to its impressive lineup, SummerStage is launching “Forewords” a panel discussion series before select SummerStage programs co-curated with The Strand Bookstore. Forewords is a great way to help support SummerStage’s free programming and to get an inside look…

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AUG
11

SHUGGIE OTIS / JOSÉ JAMES / HIATUS KAIYOTE / DJ SETS BY OP! (I LOVE VINYL)

Presented in Association with Giant Step

8.11.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Shuggie Otis is a musician’s musician, a reclusive genius from Los Angeles whose name has been spoken in reverential tones by his peers for more than four decades.  After a long absence, Shuggie returns as a concert headliner with dates across North…

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AUG
16

SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner

DIABLO LOVE

By Mando Alvarado / Directed by Alfred Preisser / Music Direction & Composition by Tomás Doncker

8.16.2013 | 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Central Park

“Diablo Love” is a fantastical love story featuring live music that re-imagines songs made famous by American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Howlin’ Wolf along with original compositions by Tomás Doncker. This production provides audiences with a masterful live soundtrack of Blues/Soul music and sets the…

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AUG
17

Built by meanred

TWIN SHADOW / AUTRE NE VEUT / ELLIPHANT / DJ SETS BY MANO

8.17.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Twin Shadow is the musical child of Dominican-born George Lewis Jr.  The alternative pop style of music that Lewis writes, sings, and produces has been on the rise since the inception of Twin Shadow in 2010.  His most recent album, Confess was released in…

AUG
18

LA MEGA 6TH ANNUAL TROPICAL FEST

8.18.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Details to come!

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AUG
19

SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner

DIABLO LOVE

By Mando Alvarado / Directed by Alfred Preisser / Music Direction & Composition by Tomás Doncker

8.19.2013 | 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Central Park

“Diablo Love” is a fantastical love story featuring live music that re-imagines songs made famous by American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Howlin’ Wolf along with original compositions by Tomás Doncker. This production provides audiences with a masterful live soundtrack of Blues/Soul music and sets the…

bobby mcferrin

AUG
20

BOBBY MCFERRIN: SPIRITYOUALL

8.20.2013 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new…

Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys Deliver on the Great Lawn in Central Park

NEW YORK , Central Park –  Neil Young and Crazy Horse did not disappoint, and neither did any of the big-name bands leading up to the rockers’ thunderous performance in a packed Central Park last Saturday Night.  Young, the Black Keys, the Foo Fighters, Band of Horses and K’Naan wowed the 60,000-plus fans who turned out Saturday night for a free concert in Central Park to call attention to extreme poverty.

Neil Young in New York's Central Park

Neil Young in New York’s Central Park

The Black Keys and Foo Fighters delivered raucous, loud, riff-heavy sets, and John Legend made a surprise appearance, playing “Imagine” at a piano on the Great Lawn stage, a short walk from where the song’s author, John Lennon, once lived, and died.

But it was Young, with his on-again off-again band Crazy Horse, that brought the night’s trancendent performance, starting with a 14-minute barrage of distortion and harmonies in the song “Love and Only Love” from the album “Ragged Glory,” and ending with the Young anthem “Keep on Rockin in the Free World,” backed by the night’s previous performers, all wide-eyed and smiles as they performed with a true musical legend still at the height of his uncanny powers.

The concert was scheduled around the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week and organizers used an innovative approach to ticket distribution so that many concert-goers were forced to learn about an array of global problems, such as polio, malaria, child mortality, and polluted drinking water, in order to get a ticket.

Anyone wanting free tickets had to register at globalcitizen.org, which then required users to watch videos or read information about poverty-related issues. Each time material was consumed, users could earn points toward a drawing for tickets. Points were also accumulated by sharing information by way of Twitter or Facebook.

“Our social media campaign has been off the charts,” said Hugh Evans, CEO and co-founder of the Global Poverty Project. The approach demonstrates a new model for harnessing digital tools that may be repeated for other big events with political or social messages.

Organizers said more than 71,000 people had signed up online, resulting in more than 3.5 million page views. On average, they spent just over six minutes consuming content or sharing information. Nearly 200,000 pieces of information were shared on Facebook, and just a bit more than that on Twitter. About 170,000 people signed petitions via the site, and there were 98,000 videos viewed to completion.

Evans said the project achieved its goals, set out last year, of getting more than 100,000 people to take action related to extreme poverty while telling a new story about the challenges. To that end, the site conveys information in detailed, documentary-like accounts and uses an array of video, graphics and stories that are friendly for mobile and digital consumption.

Financially, he said, the project also achieved its yearlong goal — working with an array of organizations like the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Earth Institute and Rotary International — of garnering $500 million in commitments to help fight poverty.

So now what?

Evans said that he’s hoping the audience, built online and at the concert, will continue efforts by tweeting President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to halve extreme poverty by 2015, which is the key U.N. anti-poverty goal. And Evans is working on an announcement in October or November about “a major rock band” getting involved with the anti-poverty efforts.

 

Central Park SummerStage 2012

The NY City Parks Foundation works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, & education programs, & empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Check out all upcoming events at Central Park below.

JUN 5

ANNUAL SUMMERSTAGE GALA HONORING THE MUSIC OF JIMI HENDRIX

Produced by Michael Dorf & City Winery

6.5.2012 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

JUST ANNOUNCED: WYCLEF JEAN
Featuring performances by Karl Denson / G. Love & Special Sauce / Bebel Gilberto / Amel Larrieux / Living Colour / The Roots / John Scofield / Soulive (house band) / Keller Willams and other very special guests. This annual fundraising benefit supports CPF’s free year-round arts programming. The night begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail party for Platinum and Gold table purchasers held in the Pergola Area at SummerStage. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m., followed by the concert at 8:00 p.m….

JUN 7

Presented in Association with: Giant Step

BOBBY WOMACK / WILLIS EARL BEAL – DUE TO ILLNESS, THIS PERFORMANCE IS BEING RESCHEDULED. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.

6.7.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Due to an illness, R&B music legend Bobby Womack’s concert performance scheduled for June 7th is being rescheduled for mid to late July. Please stay tuned here for details….

JUN  9

BOTECOELETRO / SCREENING: RAUL

6.9.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Inffinito’s mission is to promote and disseminate Brazilian culture and film across the world. Cine Fest Brasil in NYC is made possible by the diligent work and valued support of the Government of New York City, City Parks Foundation, Itamaraty,…

JUN 11

Bowery Presents

FOSTER THE PEOPLE / TOKYO POLICE CLUB / KIMBRA

SOLD OUT!

6.11.2012 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs…….

JUN 12

THE NEW YORK POPS WITH OZOMATLI

6.12.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. …

JUN 15

JOEY ARIAS

6.15.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Iconoclastic singer and genre-bending performance artist Joey Arias teams up with award-winning bassist, composer Ben Allison and his band for a concert that’s sure to ruffle some feathers (or make you sprout new ones). …

JUN 16

DAWES / KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS

6.16.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

A self-described “American rock ‘n’ roll band,” Dawes represent everything pure and true about that genre, four talented friends making music together, fueled by a shared belief in the power of their songs.

JUN 17

Blue Note Jazz Festival:

GROOVE THEORY / SOULIVE / RIQ & RAH WITH STRINGS (BLACK THOUGHT AND RAHZEL WITH STRINGS) / DJ ?UESTLOVE

Produced by Jill Newman Productions

6.17.2012 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

At the age of 18, urban chanteuse, Amel Larrieux wrote and demoed a song, which led to her pairing with musician/producer Bryce Wilson to form the duo Groove Theory. The duo’s tunes, saturated with sounds of romance and sensuality were…

JUN 20

Comedy Central: Indecision in the Park

“THE DAILY SHOW’S” RORY ALBANESE / WYATT CENAC / ADAM LOWITT / AL MADRIGAL / JOHN OLIVER / KRISTEN SCHAAL

Hosted by: John Hodgman

6.20.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

“Indecision in the Park” is this year’s presentation of “COMEDY CENTRAL Park.” The event will feature stand-up from The Daily Show including performances by correspondents Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, John Oliver, contributor Kristen Schaal, executive producer Rory Albanese, co-executive producer Adam Lowitt and hosted by John Hodgman. This marks the sixth consecutive year COMEDY CENTRAL has participated in this hugely successful SummerStage event….

JUN 24

ALABAMA SHAKES / DIAMOND RUGS / ROBERT ELLIS

6.24.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

The story of the Alabama Shakes begins in a high school psychology class in Athens, Alabama when Brittany Howard approached Zac Cockrell and asked if he wanted to try making music together. …

 

JUN 25

Bowery Presents

CHILDISH GAMBINO  / DANNY BROWN / SCHOOLBOY Q

SOLD OUT!

6.25.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs….

JUN 26

Workmen’s Circle Yiddishfest 2012 – Singing for a Better World featuring:

THE KLEZMATICS / SOCALLED / DANIEL KAHN AND THE PAINTED BIRD / JOSHUA NELSON / NYT-FOLKSBIENE’S “SOUL TO SOUL” / YIDDISH PRINCESS

Presented in association with: The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring

6.26.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

SummerStage celebrates the musical legacy of Eastern Europe with a day dedicated to Yiddish music celebrating traditional klezmer and modern interpretations that fuse the traditional with everything from rock to hip-hop influences. …

JUN 30

LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY WITH SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST PAQUITO D’RIVERA

6.30.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Join SummerStage as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the José Limón Dance Company and the “Summer of Limón” series. The company will premiere Come With Me, a specially commissioned dance piece set to live music by world-renowned GRAMMY® Award winning, Cuban composer, Paquito D’Rivera and choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazil’s Grupo Corpo. This new work is Pederneiras’ first commission for a U.S dance company and D’Rivera’s first dance commission. …

JUL 1

LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY WITH SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST PAQUITO D’RIVERA

7.1.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Join SummerStage as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the José Limón Dance Company and the “Summer of Limón” series. The company will premiere Come With Me, a specially commissioned dance piece set to live music by world-renowned GRAMMY® Award winning, Cuban composer, Paquito D’Rivera and choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazil’s Grupo Corpo. This new work is Pederneiras’ first commission for a U.S dance company and D’Rivera’s first dance commission. …

JUL 3

NORAH JONES / JIM CAMPILONGO TRIO

7.3.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs….

JUL 8

SummerStage Kids Central Park Family Day Featuring:

JUSTIN ROBERTS & THE NOT READY FOR NAPTIME PLAYERS / ILLSTYLE & PEACE PRODUCTIONS / NEW YORK CHINESE CULTURAL CENTER / PERFORMERS FROM BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS

7.8.2012 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Central Park

SummerStage Kids’ Family Day is back for another raucous afternoon of whacky fun. This family affair will awaken the kid in all of us through engaging performance from around the world and around the corner, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, puppetry, music, dance classes, arts and crafts workshops, and magical mayhem!…

JUL 11

MALA RODRÍGUEZ / XIMENA SARIÑANA / PROFETAS / THE SCONEK-T

Presented in association with LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7.11.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Spanish rap star Mala Rodríguez rose to fame quickly, earning plenty of attention with her socially minded lyrics and strong femininity. Arising from the fertile hip-hop scene of Seville during the late ’90s, her debut album, Lujo Ibérico, established her…

JUL 14

KINKY / LOS AUTÉNTICOS DECADENTES / 3BALL MTY / DJ RAFF

Presented in association with LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7.14.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Known for their energetic live shows, Kinky is a Latin alternative group that draws from funk-rock as well as electronic dance music, resulting in a unique hybrid that has garnered them an international following. The five-piece band from Monterrey, Mexico…

JUL 15

GUTHRIE FAMILY REUNION CELEBRATING WOODY’S 100TH

7.15.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

For this special show, Guthrie will offer a rare and special tribute to his dad, Woody Guthrie, in celebration of Woody’s 100th birthday….

 

JUL 16

Bowery Presents

YOUNG THE GIANT

SOLD OUT!

7.16.2012 | 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs….

JUL 17

THE UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE PRESENTS THE ALL STARS OF IMPROV

7.17.2012 | 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

The Upright Citizens Brigade is home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. …

JUL 21

BEBEL GILBERTO / CRIOLO / FLÁVIO RENEGADO / BÉCO DRANOFF (DJ)

Presented in Association with: Brasil Summerfest

7.21.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Join SummerStage as we celebrate the newest generation of musicians making a mark on the Brazilian music scene with up and coming Brazilian hip-hop artists Criolo and Flávio Renegado making their New York City premiere. …

JUL 22

ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO / SMOD / BIBI TANGA & THE SELENITES / CHIEF BOIMA

Presented in Association with: Museum for African Art

7.22.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

The eternal youth of the legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo from Benin, Africa has stunned deejays and African music aficionados with their pure African funky sound for over forty years. …

JUL 23

Bowery Presents

BEACH HOUSE

SOLD OUT!

7.23.2012 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs….

JUL 25

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA SUMMER RECITAL SERIES

7.25.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, first presented in 2009, returns this year with six performances in the parks of all five boroughs, kicking off July 25 at SummerStage in Central Park.

This performance features Met stars Danielle de Niese (soprano), Dimitri Pittas (tenor), and John Del Carlo (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders, in a program of favorite arias and duets. …

JUL 28

GARY CLARK JR. / GIVERS

7.28.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene like 26-year-old singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. when he delivered his incendiary debut performance of his song “Bright Lights” at Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival. …

JUL 29

HÉCTOR ACOSTA “EL TORITO” / DJ LOBO / ALEX SENSATION

Presented in Association with: Globe Star Media and La Mega

7.29.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Say the word merengue and if you’re talking about artists from the Dominican Republic, one voice stands out from all the rest. That voice belongs to Héctor Acosta….

JUL 31

SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner

THE POWER OF THE TRINITY

Written by: Roland Wolf / Adapted & Directed By: Alfred Preisser / Original Music Composition by Tomas Doncker

7.31.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Live global-soul music sets the backdrop for SummerStage’s world premiere of The Power of the Trinity, a riveting, high-energy theatrical concert about Ethiopia’s last monarch, Emperor Haile Selassie and his unbreakable determination to save the kingdom from foreign invasion….

AUG 1

CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS WITH SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST IMANI UZURI / MALCOLM LOW FORMAL STRUCTURE / SPECIAL GUEST: DANCIN’ DOWNTOWN AT THE JOYCE CONTEST WINNER ”

8.1.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Camille A. Brown & Dancers unite with vocalist and composer, Imani Uzuri for a thrilling premiere night of original choreography set to selections from Uzuri’s new album, The Gypsy Diaries, which will be performed live…

 

AUG 4

AMADOU & MARIAM / THEOPHILUS LONDON / JUST A BAND

Presented in Association with: Museum for African Art

8.4.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

The world of Amadou & Mariam is a musical sphere that stretches from the dusty streets of Mali to playing at Coachella and Lollapalooza….

AUG 5

5th Annual Gospel Explosion 2012

HEZEKIAH WALKER AND FRIENDS / VASHAWN MITCHELL / LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON / JAMES FORTUNE & F.I.Y.A.

Presented in Association with: Globe Star Media & WLIB

8.5.2012 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Central Park

For over 25 years, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir have spread the Gospel of Jesus to a variety of audiences, changing the lives of many around the world. …

AUG 6

Bowery Presents

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW / THE LUMINEERS / THE MILK CARTON KIDS

Tickets on Sale Friday, April 27 at Noon

8.6.2012 | 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs. …

AUG 8

Bowery Presents

M83

SOLD OUT!

8.8.2012 | 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs.

AUG 11

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS / BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO / ABIGAIL WASHBURN

Presented in Association with: Museum for African Art

8.11.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

In 2005, three young musicians decided to travel every Thursday night to sit in the home of legendary fiddler Joe Thompson for a musical jam session. When the three students decided to form the Carolina Chocolate Drops, they did it mostly as tribute to Thompson, performing his music in dance halls. …

AUG
12

4TH ANNUAL R&B FEST 2012

Presented in Association with: Globe Star Media and WBLS

8.12.2012 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Central Park
AUG
14

GOAPELE / YOLANDA ZAMA / SCREENING: COME BACK AFRICA

Presented in Association with: ImageNation Cinema Foundation

8.14.2012 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

This year, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress, the leading democratic anti-apartheid party in South Africa, SummerStage and ImageNation celebrates South African culture with a performance by South African soul singers and activists, Goapele and Yolanda Zuma followed by a screening of the film, Come Back Africa a groundbreaking drama that explores the ravages of life under apartheid….

AUG 15

KORESH DANCE COMPANY / BALLETX SPECIAL GUEST: DANCIN’ DOWNTOWN AT THE JOYCE CONTEST WINNER

8.15.2012 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park

In 1991, Artistic Director Roni Koresh founded Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. Twenty years later, the company has become one of the city’s most respected dance companies. …

AUG 18

Australia Day:

EMMA DONAVAN / HIGH HIGHS / GEORGE BYRNE / DJ ASHLEY FERAUDE WITH JONTY HALL

Supported by the Australian Consulate General in New York City

8.18.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

SummerStage celebrates Australia with a program showcasing the hottest acts in contemporary music from Down Under. …

AUG 19

Jamaica’s 50th Independence Day:

INNER CIRCLE / ISRAEL VIBRATION / THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS / DJ CARTER VAN PELT

8.19.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park

Celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music….

The Three Bears Holiday Bash at the Central Park Marionette Theater

Three Bears Holiday Bash

A Musical Variety Production at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.  The  City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of The Three Bears Holiday Bash, a marionette production beginning November 14, 2011 at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bears’ annual holiday show.  Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday season spirit.

“We are very excited to announce the return of The Three Bears Holiday Bash,” said Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation.  “As one of the most fascinating children’s theatres in the country, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park is the perfect place to tell this vibrant seasonal story.”

SHOW TIMES & RESERVATIONS

Show times for The Three Bears Holiday Bash, beginning Tuesday, November 14, 2011 are Monday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm, with an additional performance at 2:30 pm each Wednesday; and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm.  The production will run through December 30, 2011.  Please note the augmented schedule below for specific show dates.

  • November 24th – No performances
  • November 25th – Showtimes are at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • December 4th – No performances
  • December 27-30th – Showtimes are at 11:00am and 1:00pm
  • December 24th-26th   – No performances

Reservations are required.  Tickets are $5/children and $8/adults.  Group rates are available for schools and other large groups.  For reservations, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org. For group rates, and information on birthday parties, please call 212-988-9093.

The Cottage is located in Central Parkat 81th Street and Central Park West, just south of the Delacorte Theater.  For more information, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org.

Generously supported by: The Weininger Foundation; The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Historic House Trust.

ABOUT THE SWEDISH COTTAGE MARIONETTE THEATRE
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the structure, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught the eye of Fredrick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877.

Beginning in 1947, the Cottage served as the home of a marionette theater troupe that traveled across the city performing on playgrounds and school auditoriums. Under the direction of City Parks Foundation, citywide puppet shows in parks continue to this day through the CityParks PuppetMobile.

In 1973 a permanent theater was constructed inside the Cottage, precisely designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original marionette productions. The Theatre’s productions are based on classic fairy tales and offer an enriching theatrical and educational experience for children ages 3-9. The Cottage is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

ABOUT CITY PARKS FOUNDATION

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level.  Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more information, please visit: www.CityParksFoundation.org.