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SummerStage 2017 in Central Park

The City Parks Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival, presented by Capital One Bank, will showcase over 150 unique artists performing shows from a plethora of genres and disciplines, including indie-rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, bhangra, poetry, opera, contemporary dance, and theater. SummerStage will kick off its first free show of the season with performances from the legendary Mavis Staples and contemporary blues artist Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Good Music? in Central Park on June 3rd. Staples will lead a powerful vocal showcase of rock, blues, gospel and R&B. Digable Planets will reunite to open our citywide SummerStage run with a rare performance in Coffey Park in Brooklyn on June 21st. New York rap icon KRS-One and DJ Chuck Chillout will also perform in Coffey Park on June 25th and dynamic emcee Jadakiss will take the mic at Crotona Park on August 6th. Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA? “The Genius” will drop knowledge in Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island on July 23rd. Brasil Summerfest returns featuring iconic samba singer Elza Soares and rising star Liniker e os Carmelows on August 5th in Central Park. Jazz veteran Joshua Redman Quartet will pay tribute to Charlie Parker as part of the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27th in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park.

  • The City Parks Foundation, is dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers.
  • At City Parks Foundation, we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.
  • City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, presents over 100 performances and benefit concerts each year in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs.
  • Since its inception 32 years ago, more than six million people from NYC and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.
  • This year’s festival, presented by Capital One Bank, will showcase over 150 performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoke word, rock, hip-hop, jazz, and theater.
  • SummerStage’s Central Park opening night is on June 3rd with legendary soul icon Mavis Staples.  SummerStage’s opening night for our city-wide shows at neighborhood parks all over New York City, begin on June 21st in Coffey Park in Brooklyn with hip-hop trio Digable Planets.
  • SummerStage 2017 features performances from Elvis Costello, Khalid, Bob Moses, Slick Rick the Ruler, Elza Sores, Seun Kuti, KRS-One, BalletX, La India, Valerie June, Frankie Negron, R0bert Glasper Experiment and many more
  • We sell reasonably-priced tickets to 20 SummerStage benefit concerts in Central Park, produced in conjunction with The Bowery Presents, as a way to keep all of our other SummerStage productions free of charge for all New Yorkers.
  • SummerStage will also celebrate the beloved saxophonist Charlie “Bird”Parker with our annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Our annual celebration of jazz in New York, brings together storied, veteran players and the next generations of jazz artists for four days of performances from August 24-27. The festival, which each year coincides with Charlie Parker’s birthday, takes place uptown in Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and downtown in Tompkins Square Park, across the street from the apartment Parker called home.
  • For a full list of the City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Festival, please visit


Gov’t Mule / Chris Robinson Brotherhood at SummerStage in Central Park

Gov’t Mule celebrated their 2,000th live performance Wednesday night in a smoking set that included several songs from their soon to be released new album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go.  The almost perfect Central Park weather set the stage for an evening night that featured inspired performances and several high profiled guest appearances.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood kicked off the night with a tight set that included “Behold The Seer,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming record. “Shore Power”.  Gov’t Mule followed and hit the ground running with “World Boss,” “Brand New Angel”, “About To Rage” and “Rocking Horse” with Haynes trading licks with keyboardist Danny Louis.

Towards the middle of the set Gov’t Mule focused on new material with help from some friends. Up first was the song “Stone Cold Rage”.  In a recent interview Haynes spoke about the inspiration for the song: “… it’s a little tongue-in-cheek, but I wanted to capture that intensity that’s going on right now. I’ve never seen it like this, ever. I grew up in the South; I’ve never seen people so angry and so divided. And we go all over the country. I’ve been out to California – it’s going on out there, too,”.   The band was then joined on stage by percussionist Bobby Allende and vocalists Jasmine Muhammad and Lauren Dawson for the live debut of “Sarah, Surrender.”

The song “Game Face” featured riffs on a series of classics including The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” Weather Report’s “Birdland” and Donovan’s “First There Is A Mountain”.   Another highlight of the evening was Bruce Willis sitting in on harmonica on “Key To The Highway”, Mr. Willis proving he still has serious blues harp chops.

The SummerStage and Parks Foundation PR Staff were brilliant as always and ran a flawlessly smooth program – looking forward to the rest of this summer’s schedule!

And – Congratulations to Gov’t Mule on 2,000 shows, here’s hoping there’s at least 2,000 more.


Second Annual OZY FEST at SummerStage in Central Park

OZY Media announced today the second annual OZY FEST to take place Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at Rumsey Playfield in New York City’s Central Park (

OZY FEST, described by The New York Times as “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair,” features entertainers, innovators, and thought leaders on the cutting edge. This year’s lineup includes pop star Jason Derulo, comedian Samantha Bee, authors Malcolm Gladwell and Ta-Nehisi Coates, NFL linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, HBO’s Issa Rae, celebrity chef Eddie Huang, award winning journalist Katie Couric, and many more.

OZY FEST gives you a delicious taste of all the things you care about,” says Carlos Watson, OZY co-founder and CEO. “When else can you be in the heart of New York City, in Central Park with the biggest stars, best chefs, and brightest thinkers. Come ready to eat, think, and rock, and you’ll come away smarter, fresher, and better than before.”

OZY FEST is something you experience — not something you just attend. Last year’s inaugural event attracted nearly 5,000 guests who interacted with art, engaged with provocative speakers, tasted inventive food and partied to live music, all in one place. In 2016, the festival featured music headliners, Wyclef Jean and Andra Day; a conversation with Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer; panel discussions with Senator Cory Booker, Karl Rove, Malcolm Gladwell; art exhibits with Kazuhiro Tsuji; and food from celeb Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.  Watch a recap video here:

Tickets to OZY FEST 2017 will be available for limited purchase on starting Monday May 8.  General admission tickets are $50.00, and VIP passes are $125.00 and include an exclusive viewing lounge, beer, wine, and snacks.

Performances and Conversations with Musicians, Comedians and Entertainers:

  • Jason Derulo; singer songwriter
  • Issa Rae; actress, writer and star of hit show ‘Insecure’ on HBO
  • RuPaul; Emmy award winning TV star of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ on VH1
  • Zara Larsson; singer songwriter
  • Talib Kweli; hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist

Thought Leadership Presentations, Panels and Discussions From:

  • Samantha Bee; host of ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee‘ on TBS and comedian
  • Malcolm Gladwell; journalist and best-selling author, The Tipping Point, Blink
  • Katie Couric; Award winning journalist and Yahoo! Global News Anchor
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates; author and journalist; National Correspondent for The Atlantic
  • Adam Grant; professor at UPenn’s Wharton School of Business; best-selling author, Originals and Give and Take
  • Van Jones; CNN political contributor, author and social activist
  • Von Miller; linebacker for the Denver Broncos, 2015 Super Bowl MVP
  • Whitney Wolfe; Founder & CEO of Bumble, Co-founder of Tinder
  • Grover Norquist; Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform
  • Michael Moe; Founder, Chairman, and CEO of GSV Asset Management

Mouth-watering food inventions and demonstrations From:

  • Eddie Huang; world renowned restaurateur, chef, food personality, and author

Outrageous Live Performance Art and Exhibits From:

  • London Kaye; street artist and crochet artist

To learn more visit:

About OZY Media
With 25 million monthly unique users and 2 million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new and the next,” offering 100% original content, with a focus on the future, via unique OZY News, OZY Magazine, OZY TV and OZY Events products. Called “the new media magnet for the news hungry” by Fortune magazine, OZY’s in-depth and high-quality journalism has attracted a number of high-profile media partners including The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post and many more, as well as guest editors including Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Founded in 2013 by Emmy award winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, the OZY team is based in Mountain View, CA and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, Larry Sonsini and Dan Rosensweig and a significant investment from publishing giant Axel Springer.

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Central Park’s SummerStage 2017 lineup announced with Regina Spektor, Elvis Costello and more

SummerStage in Central Park kicks off on June 3 with a performance by R&B and gospel singers Mavis Staples and Toshi Reagon.  The mix of free and ticketed events will give you an excuse to stay outside and enjoy the summer nights around the city. The shows will run through August.
For the full lineup of shows, head to


Here are some of the notable acts hitting the stage:
June 3: Mavis Staples and Toshi Reagon at Central Park.
June 12: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series in Central Park.
June 15: Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Central Park.
June 17: Laura Mvula, Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore and Blue Lab Beats will perform at Central Park as part of The Blue Note Jazz Festival.
July 10: UCB All Stars featuring SNL’s Sasheer Zamata in Central Park.
July 17: Yo La Tengo and Ultimate Painting at Central Park.
July 19: PJ Harvey at Central Park.
July 27: Regina Spektor at Central Park.
July 30: Rock Steady Crew’s 40th anniversary show, featuring MC Lyte at Central Park.
July 31: All Time Low at Central Park.
Aug. 10: The Revivalists and White Denim at Central Park
Aug. 16: “Lincoln Center at the Movies” featuring the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Central Park.
Aug. 20: Def Poets reunion, featuring Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman and more, at Marcus Garvey Park.