City Parks Foundation Presents SUMMERSTAGE GALA Motown Meets NYC

City Parks Foundation Presents SUMMERSTAGE GALA Motown Meets NYC

City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the SummerStage Gala, Motown Meets NYC, a special fundraising event taking place in Central Park on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The SummerStage Gala will feature the timeless music of Motown as performed by some of the genre's legendary originators and the most intriguing voices of contemporary soul music, all to music performed by the famed New York Pops orchestra led by conductor and music director, Steven Reineke.


Dennis Edwards of The Temptations - "My Girl"
Martha Reeves of Martha and The Vandellas- "Dancing in the Street"
Percy Sledge - "When a Man Loves a Woman" & "In the Midnight Hour"
* José James * Robert Earl Keen *Amel Larrieux * Deva Mahal * Bettye Lavette * Joan Osborne * Eli "Paperboy" Reed * Ryan Shaw *
Including the New York premiere of an arrangement by New York Pops' Music Director Steven Reineke:
"I Hear a Symphony: Symphonic Sounds of Diana Ross"
Hosted by Colman Domingo
2011 Tony Nominee and Obie Winner
Seated Concert Tickets Available Starting at $49

For event information, including ticket sales, please visit: or contact Shahna Sherwood at 212-360-8170, or by email at

A cocktail party for table purchasers will begin at 6:00 pm. Tables of ten will be provided with a full dinner. Bleacher seats for the concert are available for purchase. Concert will begin at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:00pm for bleacher ticket purchasers. SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield (72nd Street, mid-park).

About SummerStage
In June, 1986, SummerStage was launched with a free performance from Sun Ra and the Omniverse Jet Set Arkestra.
Today, City Parks Foundation's SummerStage is a free city-wide festival showcasing world-renowned and emerging talent from around the globe and from New York City's own backyard. With 300+ performers in the world of music, dance and theater, over 100 performance dates in 18 parks in all 5 boroughs, it is one of the largest, most geographical diverse and thematically broad festivals in the nation. The SummerStage Gala raises funds to support City Parks Foundation's free year round arts programming in parks citywide.

About The New York Pops
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops was founded by former NBC Music Director Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America's rich musical heritage. The orchestra's media projects include performing for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, nationwide radio broadcasts, and numerous recordings.

About City Parks Foundation
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Artist Information

Dennis Edwards
Dennis Edwards began his career as a Gospel singer, later sang with the Contours, and eventually replaced David Ruffins as a lead singer in The Temptations, appearing on the Grammy-award winning hit singles "Cloud Nine" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone."
Singing: "My Girl" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
Martha Reeves
Lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas, which had over a dozen hit singles including "Dancing in the Street" and "Nowhere to Run." Ms. Reeves also served as an elected councilmember for the city of Detroit.
Singing: "Dancing in the Street" and "Nowhere to Run"
Percy Sledge
R&B and soul singer of thirteen Top 100 R&B singles, including the #1 worldwide Motown classic "When a Man Loves a Woman."
Singing: "When a Man Loves a Woman" and one additional song to be determined
Colman Domingo
Obie award winning actor, writer, director and singer Colman Domingo has a long list of theater and film credits, including recent starring roles in The Scottsboro Boys (2011 Tony Nominee) and Passing Strange. He is currently working with Motown record label founder Berry Gordy on developing a Broadway musical on the history of the label.
José James
Jazz and soul singer Jose James is the winner of the Edison Award and L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album of 2010, For All We Know. Recent projects include guest performances with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and touring internationally with McCoy Tyner.

Robert Earl Keen
Country singer Robert Earl Keen has struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits and raucous barroom fun with songs like "Corpus Christi Bay" and "That Buckin' Song." These two song types in Keen's output were unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music.
Amel Larrieux
After having her first single " Tell Me" go certified gold, R&B singer and New York City native Amel Larrieux has gone on to release three solo albums, as well as receiving a Grammy nomination for her collaboration on Stanley Clarke's "Where is The Love."