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City Parks Foundation's SummerStage Can't Miss Hip-Hop and R&B Shows in July

City Parks Foundation's SummerStage Can't Miss Hip-Hop and R&B Shows in July

The City Parks Foundation SummerStage Concert Series presents over 100 shows in all 5 NYC Boroughs throughout the Summer. The best part? Almost every show is free and curated specifically for the neighborhood it's presented in. Throughout July, can't miss shows from hip hop and R&B artists like Ginuwine, Joey Bada$$, Young M.A., The LOX, Federation Sound and more will be hitting stages across the city.

Melanie Fiona/DJ mOma

Join singer-songwriter Melanie Fiona as she performs her songs of love and loss for NYC. Not only has she collaborated with some of the most well known artists in hip-hop, but she has received 2 Grammy's for her abilities. She will be joined by Queen's native DJ mOma, the party performer who will be sure to get you up and dancing with his upbeat mixes.

Who: Melanie Fiona and DJ mOma

When: Sunday, July 1 from 7-9PM

Where: SummerStage in Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn

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Kranium/Federation Sound/DJ Polish (King Midas)

Kranium, the hottest up-and-comer in the NY dancehall scene, will be performer in NYC this July. His song "Nobody Has to Know" was a recent smash-hit. He will be joined at this performance duo Federation Sound, known for their collaborations with Shaggy and Sean Paul. The stage will also be shared by expert spinner DJ Polish, who is sure to thrill.

Who: Kranium, Federation Sound, and DJ Polish

When: Saturday, July 7 from 4-7PM

Where: SummerStage in Springfield Park, Queens

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Long Island's own EPMD have been an influence on the hip-hop scene for years. Their clever wordplay and ingenious sampling set them apart from other MC duos, and they are sure to put on an energetic showing for SummerStage! They will be joined at their performance by DJ Sylk, a Queen's native whose name is known from Sound Factory to China Club, where he has become a mainstay.

Who: EPMD and DJ Sylk

When: Sunday, July 8 from 5-7PM

Where: SummerStage in Springfield Park, Queens

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Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era Present: 4th Annual Steez Day

Central Park is thrilled to be hosting the 4th Annual Steez Day this year. The celebration takes place in celebration of Capital STEEZ, who's music and life influenced hip-hop in a tremendous number of ways. The commemoration of the hip-hop icon will be spearheaded by rapper Pro Era and Joey Bada$$. Their performances will pay tribute to the influence Capital STEEZ has had on the hip-hop scene.

Who: Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era Present: 4th Annual Steez Day by The Bowery Presents

When: Sunday, July 8 from 6-10PM

Where: SummerStage in Central Park, Manhattan

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Ro James

New comer Ro James, may not be a household name yet, but he is well on his way to becoming one. The rising R&B star will be showcasing his musical skills and his debut album in Queensbridge Park. His performance will be preceded by a showcase from the CityParks PuppetMobile, who will be putting on their show "The Big Good Wolf".

Who: Ro James

When: Saturday, July 14 from 4-7PM

Where: SummerStage in Queensbridge Park, Queens

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Jungle Brothers and Friends, O.C., Kool DJ Red Alert, with special guests DJ KOOL FLASH and More

The trailblazing Jungle Brothers put together a hip-hop collective known as Native Tongues in the late 80s, including names such as Queen Latifah and De La Soul. Now, years later, the Jungle Brothers are back to continue to influence the hip-hop scene and shape it into something new. They are joined at their SummerStage performance by Kool DJ Red Alert, one of the most revered tastemakers in hip-hop. Newcomers DJ KOOL Flash and MC O.C. will also make an appearance, making this night the place to be for anyone who has ever loved hip-hop.

Who: Jungle Brothers, O.C., Kool DJ Red Alert, DJ KOOL FLASH, and More

When: Sunday, July 15 from 4-7PM

Where: SummerStage in Queensbridge Park, Queens

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Ginuwine / The Ladies of Pink Diamonds / DJ Stacks

Ginuwine, the R&B genius behind the smash hit "Pony", is a force to reckoned with. An actor, singer, and songwriter, he was one of the driving forces behind the 1990's R&B explosion. He will be joined at SummerStage by The Ladies of Pink Diamond; whose mission is to build up young women through "theatrical step" and set them up to be leaders within their community. Staten Island's DJ Stacks, whose residencies at Tao & 1oak have made him a highly desired performer, will also perform.

Who: Ginuwine, The Ladies of Pink Diamond, and DJ Stacks

When: Sunday, July 22 from 5-7PM

Where: SummerStage in Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island

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Pete Rock & The Soul Brothers / Hannah Williams & The Affirmations / Operator EMZ

The Bronx-born producer, DJ, and artist Pete Rock is synonymous with hip-hop. Since the early '90s, the Grammy winner has worked with the likes of Slum Village, Kanye West, Nas, Jay Z, and countless others. But in Central Park, he'll be doing something a little different (though no less illuminating): He'll be performing a special set with the Soul Brothers, an ensemble of some of the best and brightest who's whos of jazz. He'll be joined by the fast-rising soul star Hannah Williams, whose work inspired Jay-Z's 4:44.

Who: Pete Rock & The Soul Brothers, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations and Operator EMZ

When: Saturday, July 28 from 3-7pm

Where: SummerStage in Central Park, Manhattan

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The LOX / Young M.A / Special Guest DJ Funk Flex

Hip-hop's songwriting and production trio The LOX, comprised of Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch, were heavy-hitters in the 90s. Working with the likes of Mariah Carrey and Mary J. Blige, they have greatly shaped the hip-hop world. Now they're back for a performance with MC Young M.A. a Brooklyn native and rising star. Her talent is sure to impress and make her a well-known hip-hop performer.

Who: The LOX, Young M.A. and Special Guest DJ Funk Flex hosted by Torae

When: Sunday, July 29 from 7-10PM

Where: SummerStage at The Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island, Brooklyn

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For the most up-to-date scheduling and lineup for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the social media handles below and visit for all festival information.

The 2018 SummerStage festival is presented by Capital One. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Austin Eastciders, Subaru, Barefoot Wine,Hint Water, Monster Energy, KIND Snacks, Boxed Water, Essentia, United, Disney, Grady's Cold Brew, Luna Park and Whole Foods Market, are all official SummerStage sponsors. Generous private support is provided by The Thompson Foundation, The Jaharis Family Foundation, iStar, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Organization, the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members.

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. Only in Queens Summer Concert is presented by Borough President Melinda Katz with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYC Parks.

Premier Radio Sponsor: iHeart Radio featuring Lite FM, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, and Z100. Media partners include: Big Screen Plaza, Brooklyn Magazine, doNYC, Relix, Time Out New York, WBGO, WFUV, WNET, WNYC, Telemundo, NBC and Zoom Media & Marketing.

In all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve.

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About City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives - located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City - reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.

About SummerStage

SummerStage is presented by City Parks Foundation and is New York's largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents more than 100 performances in 18 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City's summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 33 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. SummerStage is presented by Capital One.

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