SummerStage – Bowie Symphonic

BOWIE SYMPHONIC: ENSEMBLE LPR PERFORMS DAVID BOWIE’S BLACKSTAR LED BY EVAN ZIPORYN WITH CELLO SOLOIST MAYA BEISER / DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP

Amazing show last Saturday night on a perfect evening in Central Park!

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The cultural influence that the late musician, iconoclast, and actor David Bowie had on millions of people can’t be overstated. The late British star, who called New York his home, recorded his final album Blackstar in secret. A star-studded orchestra arranged by Evan Ziporyn and featuring solo cellist Maya Beiser, will perform the album in full, along with a special performance by the Donny McCaslin Group, whose ensemble worked with Bowie on Blackstar.

Named after and headquartered at the acclaimed New York City venue Le Poisson Rouge, Ensemble LPR is an assemblage of New York’s finest musicians. The group personifies the venue’s commitment to aesthetic diversity and artistic excellence. This event is presented as part of the venue’s 10th anniversary season, LPR X.

 

SummerStage – Gregory Porter / Victory

In association with Blue Note Jazz Festival: GREGORY PORTER / VICTORY 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.

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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

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Liam Gallagher & Richard Ashcroft at SummerStage in Central Park

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

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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.