10 SummerStage Concerts We’re Excited About

10 SummerStage Concerts We’re Excited About

The program for the 2018 season of New York’s SummerStage was announced today, with more than 100 free shows across the city. Here, ALL ARTS offers a round-up of 10 concerts that we’re especially excited about. The entire line-up can be found here.

Bowie Symphonic: Ensemble LPR performs David Bowie’s Blackstar with Evan Ziporyn / Donny McCaslin Group

June 9, 7 p.m.; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Free.

Ensemble LPR, an orchestra put together by composer Evan Ziporyn, will perform David Bowie’s final album, “Blackstar,” in full. The Donny McCaslin Group, which worked with Bowie on the album, will also make an appearance.

San Fermin / The Weather Station

June 21, 7 p.m.; Coffey Park, Brooklyn. Free

The indie pop-rock-orchestral band San Fermin, led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, are joined by Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman, a.k.a. the Weather Station.

Mariza / Noiserv / Renato Diz

June 23, 6 p.m.; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Free.

Renowned Portuguese fado singer Mariza performs with fellow Portuguese musicians Noiserv, who plays various traditional instruments, and the pianist/composer Renato Diz.

Nicky Siano’s Hallelujah Disco with Harlem Gospel Choir and Melba Moore / The Illustrious Blacks

June 24, 7 p.m.; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Free.

Legendary Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano hits the stage with “Hallelujah Disco,” featuring performances by the Harlem Gospel Choir and R&B artist Melba Moore. The duo the Illustrious Blacks, who blend music, theater, fashion and art in their celebrated live events, also perform.

Jay Critch / Tony Seltzer and Friends / Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Mums and Aurora  

June 24, 5 p.m.; Coffey Park, Brooklyn. Free.

New York rapper Jay Critch, a rising star on the music scene, is joined on stage by Brooklyn producer Tony Seltzer.

3 Sides of Damien Sneed: Classical, Jazz & Sanctified Soul with Brandie Sutton, Stefon Harris and Keke Wyatt / Jazzmeia Horn

June 30, 7 p.m.; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Free.

Conductor, multi-genre musician and recording artist Damien Sneed, who has worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jessye Norman and Wynton Marsalis, leads performances by Brandie Sutton, Stefon Harris and Keke Wyatt. Jazzmeia Horn, a Grammy-nominated jazz singer, opens.

Northern Beat: Broken Social Scene / Melissa Leveaux / The East Pointers

July 1, 3 p.m.; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Free.  

Indie rock royalty Broken Social Scene makes a tour stop in New York for SummerStage. Fellow Canadians Melissa Leveaux and the East Pointers will also perform. Fittingly, the concert takes place on Canada Day.

Oh Wonder / Sasha Sloan

July 9, 7 p.m.; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Free.

London duo Oh Wonder, who have found commercial success with their layered, atmospheric tunes, are joined by rising pop singer Sasha Sloan.

Gabriel Garzón Montano / Nicola Cruz / Tomasa de Real / DJ Bitman  

July 11, 6 p.m.; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Free.

Brooklyn-born multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón Montano draws on his French-Colombian heritage with songs that fuse the sounds of R&B, funk and cumbia. He’s joined by Ecuadorian and French producer Nicola Cruz, Chilean reggaetón star Tomasa del Real and Chilean producer and composer DJ Bitman.

Jungle Brothers and Friends, O.C., Kool DJ Red Alert, with special guests DJ Kool Flash and more

July 15, 4 p.m.; Queensbridge Park, Queens. Free.

The Jungle Brothers and fellow hip-hop legends Kool DJ Red Alert and O.C. are joined by the 11-year-old record spinner DJ Kool Flash.

 

Top Image: Brazilain soul band Liniker e os Caramelows performing at SummerStage in 2017. Courtesy of Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos