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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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