SummerStage – Gregory Porter / Victory

In association with Blue Note Jazz Festival:

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Last Saturday’s inaugural SummerStage show featuring Grammy Award winner  Gregory Porter and Victory, a once-in- a-generation talent who is a performance mainstay in Central Park, was a huge success.  A packed house enjoyed a near perfect spring night as both performers gave stellar performances to kick off the season of free concerts at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield.


Central Park SummerStage Schedule 2018

The New York City Parks Foundation has announced the 2018 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival, presented by Capital One, will showcase over 200 unique artists hailing from New York City and around the globe, performing shows across a diversity of genres and disciplines, including indie-rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, opera, contemporary dance, and spoken word.

The festival’s season of free shows will kick off at SummerStage in Central Park on Saturday, June 2 with jazz great Gregory Porter and rising star Victory Boyd, serving as a full circle moment for the young soul-folk singer who first garnered acclaim busking in the park, before being signed by Roc Nation in 2016. Other highlights in Central Park include 2017 MacArthur Genius grant recipient and Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder Rhiannon Giddens performing on June 16 with blues musician Son Little, two kings of salsa Eddie Palmieri and Tony Vega joining forces on August 26, up-and-coming electronic musicians Mura Masa and Jessy Lanza lighting up the stage on August 18, and renowned contemporary ballet company Alonzo King LINES Ballet on July 25.  It’s sure to be another amazing year at NYC’s favorite outdoor performance venue.  For more info on the shows and updates on added performances please check the SummerStage website.

SummerStage Benefit Shows

May 16 at 6:30pm
Liam Gallagher / Richard Ashcroft at Central Park

June 14 at 6pm
Jake Paul at Central Park

June 18 at 6pm
Dispatch / Nahko and Medicine For the People / Raye Zaragoza at Central Park

July 19 at 6pm
Dispatch / Nahko and Medicine For the People / Raye Zaragoza at Central Park

August 8 at 6pm
Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Galactic / Preservation Hall Jazz Band / New Breed Brass Band / special guests Cyril Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Kermit Ruffins at Central Park

August 9 at 7pm
Good Vibes featuring Jason Mraz / Brett Dennen at Central Park

August 13 at 6pm
O.A.R. with special guests Matt Nathanson and The New Respects at Central Park

September 8 at 6pm
Mac DeMarco at Central Park

September 26 at 6pm
Blood Orange at Central Park

Free Performances

June 2 at 7pm
Gregory Porter / Victory, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival at Central Park

June 9 at 7pm
Bowie Symphonic: Ensemble LPR led by Evan Ziporyn performs Bowie’s Blackstar for cello and orchestra / solo cellist TBA / Donny McCaslin Group at Central Park

June 11 at 8pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Latonia Moore, Mario Chang and Joshua Hopkins at Central Park

June 13 at 7pm
Yiddish Under the Stars at Central Park

June 16 at 7pm
Rhiannon Giddens / Son Little at Central Park

June 20 at 6pm
Fête de la Musique: Vianney / Chassol / Joakim, in association with FranceRocks and Bureaux Export at Central Park

June 23 at 6pm
Mariza / Noiserv / Renato Diz, in association with Arte Institute at Central Park

June 24 at 7pm
Nicky Siano’s Hallelujah Disco with the Harlem Gospel Choir and Melba Moore / The Illustrious Blacks at Central Park

June 25 at 6pm
Rock Rubber 45s film premiere with live DJ sets from Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong, Spinna & Bobbito Garcia, special performance by lyricist Pharoahe Monch, and appearance by Rosario Dawson at Central Park

June 30 at 7pm
3 Sides of Damien Sneed: Classical, Jazz and Sanctified Soul with Brandie Sutton, Stefon Harris and Keke Wyatt / Jazzmeia Horn at Central Park

July 1 at 3pm
Northern Beat: Broken Social Scene / Melissa Laveaux / The East Pointers at Central Park


July 7 at 6pm
Taiwanese Waves: Soft Lipa / Sheng Xiang Band / Elephant Gym at Central Park


July 9 at 7pm
Oh Wonder / Sasha Sloan at Central Park

July 11 at 6pm
Gabriel Garzón Montano / Nicola Cruz / Tomasa del Real / DJ Bitman, in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference at Central Park


July 14 at 3pm
Jorge Drexler / Trending Tropics / ÌFÉ, in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference at Central Park

July 15 at 3pm
Family Day: Rebirth Brass Band / Big Chief Monk Boudreaux at Central Park

July 25 at 8pm
Alonzo King LINES Ballet at Central Park

July 28 at 3pm
Pete Rock & The Soul Brothers / Hannah Williams & The Affirmations / DJ Emz at Central Park

July 29 at 3pm
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force / Jupiter & Okwess / DJ Geko Jones at Central Park

July 31 at 11am
Special Youth Dance Matinee & Workshop at Central Park

August 1 at 8pm
Special Guest to-be-announced / Movement of the People Dance Company at Central Park

August 4 at 6pm
The Originals (Stretch Armstrong, Clark Kent, D-Nice, Rich Medina, Tony Touch) at Central Park

August 5 at 3pm
BaianaSystem / Hamilton de Holanda Trio feat. Roberta Sá / Xênia França, in association with Brasil Summerfest at Central Park

August 11 at6pm
KOREA GAYOJE: TOKiMONSTA / Kero One, in association with Korean Cultural Center New York and MeanRed at Central Park

August 12 at 7pm
Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, hosted by Richard Barone at Central Park

August 19 at 7pm
Mura Masa / Jessy Lanza, in association with MeanRed at Central Park

August 22 at 8pm
“Mr. Gaga” with GALLIM at Central Park

August 26 at 6pm
Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta / Tony Vega at Central Park

August 28 at 8pm
Voices of A People’s History featuring Staceyann Chin, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Laura Gómez, Celisse Henderson, Viggo Mortensen and more at Central Park

September 27 at 7pm
Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light / Resistance Revival Chorus at Central Park


Liam Gallagher & Richard Ashcroft at SummerStage in Central Park

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:30 pm)
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021


After achieving major success as frontmen for two of England’s most renowned rock bands, Liam Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft have broken from their respective groups to pursue solo careers, welcoming new collaborators, and removing themselves from the limitations of assigned genres. Gallagher, the former lead singer of Brit-pop/rock acts, Oasis and Beady Eye, released his first independent album, As You Were, in October 2017. Applying expertly-crafted melodies to instrumentation reminiscent of 1960s rock music, the album highlights Gallagher’s many years of songwriting experience. Debuting at number one in the UK, As You Were eventually became certified platinum, earning Gallagher the highest single-week vinyl sales in 20 years. Like Gallagher, Ashcroft has been able to use his background as lead singer for British alt-rock band, The Verve to accomplish industry success on his own. With the release of These People in 2016, Ashcroft is now responsible for four solo albums, each one peaking within the 20 top chart positions in the UK. Working with celebrated hip-hop producer, No I.D., and following his love of soul, funk, and gospel music, Ashcroft’s sound continues to evolve.

Mac DeMarco announced for SummerStage 2018!

Mac DeMarco is the first ticketed performer announced for this year’s SummerStage in Central Park.  Tickets for the concert on Sept. 8. will go on sale this week.

DeMarco, whose “This Old Dog” hit number one on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart last year, will perform Sept. 8. Other ticketed performers will be announced throughout the spring, and free shows will be announced in mid-April, according to the City Parks Foundation.  The psychedelic rock, John Lennon-inspired artist has released three albums and is currently on a world tour, stopping in New York City for SummerStage between stints in D.C. and Colorado.

The pre-sale for DeMarco’s show starts Feb. 7, but general tickets go on sale Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. for $45 online. The proceeds make it possible for SummerStage to put on free concerts.

Last year, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Yo La Tengo, Regina Spektor, Jadakiss, Def Poets, among others, performed to packed audiences throughout the summer.

The show on Sept. 8 will be inside Central Park near Fifth Avenue and 69th Street. For more on the concert series, check out

Patti Smith at SummerStage in Central Park

Amazing night with Patti Smith and her band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith honoring Fred Sonic Smith on September 14, 2017.

Patti Smith and their two children, Jackson and Jesse Paris, rocked the house with her band (Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan and Jesse’s friend Rebecca Foon) in honor of the late Fred “Sonic” Smith’s memory.

Smith also paid tribute to Grant Hart of Husker Dü (“Peaceable Kingdom”) and playwright Sam Shepard (“Pissing in the River”). It was a thrilling late summer night’s performance that finished with an appearance by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.


Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve,Banga. Outside Society, and Horses/Horses.  She is a four time Grammy nominee, most recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the spoken word recording of her latest book M Train, and a Golden Globe nominee for the song Mercy Is from the film Noah.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award.  Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence, Collected Lyrics, and the 2015 publication of M Train.

Patti Smith’s art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, Camera Solo, and most recently “18 Stations”.  Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of  “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago.  Patti Smith was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.

February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress.  On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees will present Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers. On November 1, 2014 Patti accepted the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

September 2016 Patti Smith delivered the keynote address at Yale’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize ceremony, in which she delivered a lecture titled “Devotion” which will be published by Yale University Press in 2017 as part of the prize’s “Why Write” series.  In November 2016 she was awarded the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Trinity College, Dublin.

2017 Events feature: February 8–June 4, 2017 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery featuring Patti Smith Photographs in Vanessa Bell 1879-1961 exhibit.  May 5thexhibit Higher Learning in Parma, Italy, where Patti Smith will receive the prestigious Laurea Honoris Causa.  April 2017 Australian tour with her band.

Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. Current tour dates and other information is posted on