SummerStage 2015 LineUp



Its that time again – time for SummerStage!  SummerStage is an outdoor festival of the arts held each year at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park -which is right off the 5th Avenue and 69th Street entrance to Central Park. The festival runs during the months of June, July, and August, and mostly performances are free, with the exception of a few big name benefit concerts that help fund the free SummerStage programming. All SummerStage shows go on rain or shine and are only cancelled in the event of dangerous lightning during a performance.   Great performers are lined up for 2015 – take a look at the list below.

What you should know before you go:

-Enter the park on 69th Street and 5th Avenue
-Doors open 1 hr before (weekdays) / 1.5 hrs before (weekends)
-Depending on the show, bleacher seating may be available
-Tickets not required for free events but space is limited
-There are food and beverage stands inside with pizza, hot dogs, sandwiches, ice cream, beer, wine, soda & water
-There is space to listen on the grass outside of SummerStage

Not Permitted at SummerStage:
Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, cans, coolers, flash photography, SLR cameras, video cameras, tape recorders, professional camera gear, chairs, skateboards, bikes, rollerblades, pets, beach umbrellas.

All bags are subject to search. The distribution or sale of unauthorized promotional materials is not permitted.


SummerStageSummerStage 2015 upcoming events are:

6/15 | 7:00 PM The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series Featuring Janai Brugger, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and Pianist Dan Saunders

6/16 | 6:00 PM Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Music

6/17 | 7:00 PM Lindsey Stirling: The Music Box Tour

6/20 | 5:00 PM The Big Quiet – A Meditation in Central Park

6/20 | 6:00 PM Jungle / Ibeyi

6/22 | 6:30 PM Save the Date: City Parks Foundation Gala

6/24 | 5:00 PM The Kooks / Atlas Genius with guest Joywave

6/27 | 2:00 PM VP Records 35th Anniversary: Maxi Priest / Gyptian / Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons / Massive B

6/28 | 2:00 PM Catalan Sounds on Tour: Oques Grasses / La iaia / Silvia Perez Cruz / DJ Guillamino

6/29 | 5:00 PM Ingrid Michaelson / Jukebox the Ghost / Secret Someones

Photo:David Gettens
7/2 | 7:00 PM Un Break a Mozart / The DASH Ensemble

7/5 | 2:00 PM Global Family Day: Shine and the Moonbeams with special guest The Noel Pointer Youth Orchestra / The Red Trouser Show / Batoto Yetu / Ziporah Roney and Collaborative Artists

7/8 | 5:00 PM Compass / System Solar / Helado Negro

7/11 | 2:00 PM Vicentico / Ximena Sarinana / No Te Va Gustar

7/12 | 2:00 PM Cesaria Evora Orchestra / Mayra Andrade / Dino D’Santiago

7/15 | 6:00 PM NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another: Celebrating 30 Years of SummerStage

7/18 | 6:00 PM Freedom Party NYC: Special SummerStage Anniversary Theme

7/19 | 6:00 PM Jorge Drexler / Diego Garcia / Danay Suarez

7/20 | 6:00 PM Guster / Kishi Bashi

7/22 | 6:00 PM Milky Chance / X Ambassadors

7/25 | 2:00 PM Bombino / Young Fathers / Fantastic Negrito

7/26 | 2:00 PM Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Concert: Whodini / Big Daddy Kane & moreSummerStage

7/27 | 5:00 PM Dawes & First Aid Kit

7/28 | 5:00 PM Rise Against with Killswitch Engage & Letlive

7/29 | 7:00 PM PHILADANCO! / TU Dance

7/31 | 5:00 PM Smorgasburg

8/1 | 2:00 PM Dr. John & the Nite Trippers / Amy Helm

8/2 | 2:00 PM Nacao Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa / DJ sets by Vinil Pompeia

8/3 | 7:00 PM Beautiful – The Carol King Musical: Songs in Concert

8/5 | 5:00 PM Father John Misty with Angel Olsen & Summer Moon

8/8 | 5:00 PM 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration: Quantic / Gilles Peterson / Afrika Bambaataa

8/9 | 2:00 PM Glass Animals / Taylor McFerrin / BattleFest League Dancers

8/12 | 7:00 PM The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music

8/15 | 6:00 PM Brazilian Film Festival of NY: Baby Do Brasil / screening: Samba & Jazz

8/16 | 5:00 PM Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito 25th Anniversary concert / screening: Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

8/19 | 7:00 PM ALT MODE: a collaboration between RYAT and Kate Watson-Wallace

8/23 | 6:00 PM RCA Summer Concert Celebration featuring: Jazmine Sullivan / Jordan Bratton & more

9/2 | 5:00 PM Lake Street Dive / Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

9/16 | 5:00 PM Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone

9/24 | 6:00 PM Walk the Moon

West Side Community Garden Concert Series

The West Side Community Garden’s 2012 Concert
Series is well underway. Events for the summer series are:
24/6pm      Lew
– Jazz Trio
08/6pm        Michael Braudy, Celtic Fiddle
15/6pm        Michael Walz Quartet, Brazilian
Located on West 89th between Columbus and Amsterdam, the
West Side Community Garden is owned and maintained by the West Side Community Garden
Inc., an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization. The current design for the
garden was developed by the Gardeners working with Artists and the current layout,
incorporating a floral amphitheater and public seating area, was part of the
Gardener’s vision from the very beginning, lending itself to event
presentations such as the concert series.
details can be found at
free concert

In NYC Parks – August 22-24th.

NYC Parks is wrapping up the summer with a busy schedule!! This week has got some great FREE offerings in the boroughs.

The 29th Annual MLK Free Concert Series!
  Monday, August 22, 2011
, 7:30 p.m.
 Wingate Park, Brooklyn

Flicks on the Beach: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
 Monday, August 22, 2011, 
7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
 Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, Brooklyn

Movies on the Waterfront: Saturday Night Fever
 Monday, August 22, 2011, 
1:00 p.m.
 Astoria Park, Queens

Reforestation Stewardship Work Day at Canarsie Park
 Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
 Canarsie Park, Brooklyn

Freshkills Park SI 350 Tour
 Wednesday, August 24, 2011
, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
 Barrett Triangle, Staten Island

Hugh Jackman in Concert

Yesterday I flew to Toronto and saw Hugh Jackman in Concert at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
To preface this post, I have a few things to share. Firstly, I worked at Mirvish Productions when the Princess of Wales was being built in 1993. It was an incredible experience at the time, and a thrill to come back to it last night as an patron. Secondly, my husband has had the pleasure of working with Hugh on Broadway, so we know him – they’re “mates”.
For any of you who saw Jackman on Broadway in The Boy from Oz or in the West End in Oklahoma! you know his passion for musical theatre. Last night the audience learned that this love was started by his father who bought him a VHS of Singing in the Rain for a Christmas present when he was in his teens. Unsure of the gift, he “gave it a go” and wound up watching it non-stop for the following 6 months. It obviously made a profound impression!
Jackman’s concert was a long awaited realization of a dream to have a one-man show, the incarnation of which started this spring in San Francisco and will be playing in Toronto through to July 17th.  The show, about 100 minutes without an intermission, is a collection of some of the best show tunes ever written including Top Hat, Singing in the Rain, Soliloquy from Carousel as well as a selection of Peter Allen songs, supported by a 17-piece band.  Jackman doesn’t just stand and deliver the songs, he performs them, acting his way through the emotions of each piece showing us the beaming wattage of his star power. Added to that, Jackman’s endearing personality is on full display as he interacts with the audience including some into the act as well as sharing personal stories and pictures of his family. At the end of this event, this huge film star has made you feel like you are one of his “mates”.
I look forward to it’s Broadway run, hopefully sometime early next year.
Hugh Jackman in Concert at the Princess of Wales Theatre.  Tara Walton/Toronto Star