Global Citizen 2017 in Central Park

The Global Citizen Festival 2017, happening in New York City’s Central Park, is here! If you’re in the New York City area, hopefully you’ve already earned your tickets and are planning to join us on the Great Lawn on Sept. 23. (Get tips on what you need to know about attending here .)

If you can’t join us in person, don’t despair! There are lots of ways you can still see all the action, on your TV, the web, and more.


Watch live on MSNBC on Sept. 23. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET. Check listings for MSNBC’s channel in your area. You can also get original articles and video, and a live stream of the Festival, at 

Come back to this page right here and watch the action on our YouTube player, embedded above, starting at 4 p.m.

YouTube, thanks to T-Mobile

Stream live on YouTube, thanks to T-Mobile on Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. ET. You can visit Global Citizen’s YouTube page to set a reminder notification for when we go live (or click “Set Reminder” on the embedded YouTube player above). This is also where we’ll feature highlights from the show, so you can go back and re-watch your favorite festival moments.

Twitter, thanks to T-Mobile

Experience the first ever virtual reality live stream of Global Citizen Festival with Citi and Live Nation. You’ll have unprecedented access and a view like no other. Learn more here.

As You Like It at the Delacorte Theater

With Ato Blankson-Wood (Orlando), Darius de Haas (Duke Senior), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Rosalind), Joel Perez (Touchstone), and Shaina Taub (Jaques)

Community Partners:
Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), DreamYard Project (Bronx), Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), along with alumni partners Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Children’s Aid Society and Domestic Workers United.

Cameo Groups:
Bronx Wrestling Federation, Freedom Dabka Group, Harambee Dance Company, and The Sing Harlem Choir.


ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS: Theater of, by and for the people.

PUBLIC WORKS is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working deeply with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances at The Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.

Under the leadership of Director Lear deBessonet, PUBLIC WORKS deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.

Phil Lesh at SummerStage in Central Park


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 4:30 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Founding member of The Grateful Dead and latest band project fuse together folk & psych rock to perform a set of Jerry Garcia Band music plus a full set of Dead tunes and more


Like so many other musical endeavors that Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead has been a part of, The Terrapin Family Band grew naturally and spontaneously out of something special. In this case, it was the unique environment that he fostered at Terrapin Crossroads, the music venue that he recently opened in Marin County, CA.

Using The Grateful Dead songbook as a springboard for reinterpretation and as an inspiration to create original materal, the TFB musicians were inspired as much by one another as they were by the diverse group of influences that they brought to the table; as a result, the music conveyed friendship, respect, warmth, and companionship for listeners and performers alike.

Featuring Ross James, Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, and Alex Koford with special guests Melvin Seals and Nicki Bluhm

Portuguese Sounds at SummerStage in Central Park

The Gift / Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute

June 24 @ 5:00 pm10:00 pm


An exploration of Portuguese sounds, from fado to the contemporary universe of indie rock, pop & jazz

The Gift

Portuguese DIY indie band The Gift is truly a generous offering, as they bestow a bountifully rich medley of pop, rock, electronica, ambient, alternative, trip hop, neo-classical and soulful Lisboa folk to the world. With a crop of #1 hits in their native land of Portugal, this impassioned ensemble is beloved all over the world, with singles sung in Portuguese and English (with hints and echoes of their initial inspiration from British trip hop threaded throughout). Lead vocalist Sonia Tavares’ sultry tone can take you to uplifting highs, down to dark cavernous places, and back again in a single phrase (as heard on the smirking, satisfyingly deep “Fácil De Entender” and the peppy dance floor gem “Clinic Hope”). Known for their heartfelt stage shows, The Gift has been taking live audiences on breathtaking emotional rollercoasters since they formed in 1994. With six full-length studio albums, a multitude of honors (their initial output Vinyl received Album of the Year by Diário de Notícias, 2004’s AM/FM went gold, MTV Europe declared them Best Portuguese Act), and tours all over the globe (South By South West in the USA, and the biggest stages in Brazil and Spain, where they have a fervent fan base), The Gift is true to their name. Their 2016 single “Love Without Violins” is a matchless confluence of their sundry forms and sonically engaging style.

Dead Combo
with special guest Marc Ribot

The passing of famed Portuguese guitarist Carlos Paredes prompted a sizable group of musicians to coalesce and produce the tribute album Movimentos Perpétuos. It was for this noble event that Dead Combo was formed, as they contributed the track “Paredes Ambience.” The two individuals that comprised this makeshift unit, Tó Trips and Pedro V. Gonçalves, soon realized that they had an instant knack for fashioning ambient folk-rock (the Portugal-specific “fado”) and preterit film scores together. Dead Combo has subsequently been quite prodigious, releasing six studio albums since they formed in 2003. The first record they put out, Vol. 1, introduced the world to their phenomenally distinct sound, a concoction of fado, jazz, alternative, world music and spaghetti western-themed soundtrack motifs. Their music is oft described as “visual,” as it vividly, lyrically depicts the underground art scene of Lisbon in days gone by, and that too of classic cinema. Their latest album,A Bunch of Meninos, reached #1 on the Portuguese charts, and the tracks “Rumbero” and “Lisboa Mulata” found their way onto the soundtrack of the major motion picture Focus; a clear indication that Dead Combo’s dynamic, vibrant sound is rapidly spreading all over the world.

Sofia Ribeiro

The tender tones of Sofia Ribeiro’s pristinely lucid voice recall the classic, true talents of days gone by. With a vocal range that is nothing shy of astounding, this effervescent Portuguese singer/composer prodigy fuses classical with contemporary jazz, sprinkled with traditional ear-pleasing fado. A testament to her pleasantly striking sound, Sofia (a New York transplant) has taken home sundry international vocal awards, such as “Voicingers” (Poland, 2008), “Crest Jazz Vocal” (France, 2010) and “Young Jazz Singers” (Belgium, 2005). Over her career, she has put out eight albums, including 2012’s Ar, which received the aptly-named “Révélation” prize from one of the industry’s premier publications, Jazzman/Jazz Magazine (Paris). Her latest, 2016’s Mar Sonoro, features a title track that is both formidable and subtle, a poignant and crisp proliferation of modern jazz. The album showcases instrumental performances by other leading artists living in New York. Currently an artist in residence at Carnegie Hall, she teaches workshops all over the world, edifying others on the art of the voice and the enthralling, amorous nature of Portuguese, Brazilian and international jazz music.


June 24
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm


SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY

Mavis Staples at SummerStage in Central Park

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely

June 3 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

City Parks Foundation kicked off the 2017 SummerStage season with amazing performances by soul & gospel icon Mavis Staples and musician and soul artist Toshi Reagon laast Saturday, June 3rd at Central Park.

Ms. Staples delivered an electrifying performance to the packed crowd at Central Park, showcasing her impressive vocal range. She performed the classic hit “Respect Yourself” and ended the evening with her legendary hit, “I’ll Take You There”. Ms. Staples is currently touring in support of her latest record, Livin’ On A High Note.  In addition, musician, producer and rock-folk soul artist Toshi Reagon with her band BigLovely brought her hold-nothing-back approach to SummerStage performing her fusion of rock, blues, R&B, country, funk, spirituals and folk music.

City Parks SummerStage showcases over 100 free and benefit shows across all five New York boroughs.