City Parks Foundation Announces SUMMERSTAGE 2017 Season

City Parks Foundation Announces SUMMERSTAGE 2017 Season

City Parks Foundation Announces SUMMERSTAGE 2017 Season

City Parks Foundation has announced the 2017 season of SummerStage, New York City's largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs.

This year's festival, presented by Capital One Bank, will showcase over 150 unique artists performing shows from a plethora of genres and disciplines, including indie-rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, bhangra, poetry, opera, contemporary dance, and theater.

SummerStage will kick off its first free show of the season with performances from the legendary Mavis Staples and contemporary blues artist Toshi Reagon in Central Park on June 3rd. Staples will lead a powerful vocal showcase of rock, blues, gospel and R&B. Digable Planets will reunite to open our citywide SummerStage run with a rare performance in Coffey Park in Brooklyn on June 21st. New Yorkrap icon KRS-One and DJ Chuck Chillout will also perform in Coffey Park on June 25th and dynamic emcee Jadakiss will take the mic at Crotona Park on August 6th. Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA"The Genius" will drop knowledge in Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island on July 23rd. Brasil Summerfest returns featuring iconic samba singer Elza Soares and rising star Liniker e os Carmelows on August 5th in Central Park. Jazz veteran Joshua Redman Quartet will pay tribute to Charlie Parkeras part of the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27th in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park.

This season will also feature benefit shows in Central Park to help support City Parks Foundation's free programs for all New Yorkers. American rock band Gov't Mule, the Grammy award-winning Elvis Costello & The Imposters, progressive rock multi-stylists Umphrey's McGee, avant-rocker PJ Harvey, indie pop singer Regina Spektor, energetic rockers All Time Low, anthemic artists The Revivalists, and indie rock trailblazers Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids have been confirmed with many more to be announced. All benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents.

Other highlights include:

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic along with Main Source, DJ Marley Marl and host Roxanne Shante will bring the funk to Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of the Only In Queens Summer Festival on June 11

Indie-folk pop singer and indie-folk singer rising star Margaret Glaspy performs on June 22ndin Coffey Park

Classic hip-hop innovators Slick Rick the Ruler and GrandWizzard Theodore will team up in Queens' Springfield Park on July 7th

Timeless architect of alternative-rock PJ Harvey will host a benefit show in Central Park on July 19th

Contemporary ballet company BalletX will perform their acclaimed piece "Big Ones" set to the music of Amy Winehouse in Central Park on July 26th

Latin Grammy Award-winning princess of salsa La India will perform in St. Mary's Park in the Bronx on July 28th

Salsa's next definitive voice Frankie Negrón will perform in St. Mary's Park in the Bronx on July 29th

Rock Steady Crew will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their Bronx-conceived b-boy crew in Central Park with a who's who of classic hip-hop performances including the legendary MC Lyte on July 30th

Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band, two generations of blues giants, will take over Central Park on Aug 13th

A performance from the cast of Broadway's new hit musical A Bronx Tale, based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the classic film, will make its way to Crotona Park in the Bronx on Aug 3rd

Alternative rock band, and one of Rolling Stone's "10 Bands You Need to Know," The Revivalists will perform a benefit concert in Central Park on Aug 10th

SummerStage Family Day, featuring performances from They Might Be Giants and Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Radio, comes to Central Park on Aug 12th

The Russell Simmons / Mos Def-backed series Def Poetry Jam will host a reunion in Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan on Aug 20th

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