Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s beloved outdoor performing arts festival, is continuing with their summer performances this week.
Upcoming ticketed benefit shows in Central Park on August 20th and 21st features The Wild Hearts Tour: Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, and Julien Baker with Special Guest Spencer.
Upcoming free shows in Marcus Garvey Park include on August 18th, The Last Poets with Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Band of Resistance/ Impact Repertory Theatre/ The Harlem Bomb Shelter/ DJ Greg Caz, on August 19th, Omar Edwards | Tap Master/ Latasha Barnes: Excerpts from the Jazz Continuum, on August 20th, Maroons & Suffragettes: A Greg Tate Tribute Concert Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Burnt Sugar/Danz A Tate Family Program Featuring Burnt Sugar/Danz, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Harriet Tubman, Resistance Revival Chorus, Bardo Steppers, and DJ Reborn, and on August 21st, Red Alert & Friends Featuring Case and Will Traxx.
On August 20th and 21st, The Wild Hearts Tour: Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, and Julien Baker with Special Guest Spencer will come to Central Park for ticketed benefit shows at 6:00 PM ET (doors open at 5:00PM ET). With a star-studded lineup of some of the most powerful women voices in indie rock, the Wild Hearts Tour brings the crunchy riffs, heartfelt lyrics and towering vocals of Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, and Julien Baker to SummerStage. Van Etten and Olsen are likely to perform their soaring duet “Like I Used To”; Baker is touring in support of her 2021 LP Little Oblivions. They’ll be supported by Spencer., whose latest LP Are You Down? explores a relationship and longing in lockdown. More information for both shows at:
On August 18th, The Last Poets with Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Band of Resistance/ Impact Repertory Theatre/ The Harlem Bomb Shelter/ DJ Greg Caz will come to Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem for a free show at 6:00PM ET. The Last Poets are the forefathers of hip-hop, wielding poetry’s rhythmic and political power years before the first MC picked up a mic to move a crowd dancing to breakbeats. They formed in 1968 on Malcolm X’s birthday in Harlem as just three poets and a drummer, drawing their name from South African poet “Little Willie” Kgostile, who declared his era to be the last age of poets before the complete takeover of guns. After their self-titled debut cracked the US pop charts, they were targeted—along with other political agitators—by the FBI’s COINTELPRO, but continued to influence culture at the margins, releasing more than a dozen albums and inspiring and collaborating with multiple generations of hip-hop artists. Their current lineup includes Umar Bin Hassan, Baba Don, and founding member Abiodun Oyewole with Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), Ronnie Burrage (drums), and Kelvyn Bell (guitar). The IMPACT Repertory Theatre draws from the Harlem-based program for 12-19 year olds that uses performing arts and leadership training to empower underserved New York City youth, creating a safe space for young people to explore the issues they face through current events and their own personal experience. Harlem’s Bomb Shelter is a monthly retreat for young adult poets to unplug from every day life and express their experiences, thoughts, and ideas through poetry, song, and spoken word. SummerStage alum Greg Caz, a diehard Last Poets fan and record collector, DJs. More information at: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/last-poets/?date=20220818
On August 19th, Omar Edwards | Tap Master/ Latasha Barnes: Excerpts from the Jazz Continuum will come to Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem for a free show at 6:00PM ET. Born in Brooklyn and inspired as a boy by the Broadway and Hollywood exploits of his cousin Savion Glover, tap master Omar Edwards studied with masters like Henry Letang, Jimmy Slyde, and Marie Brooks and appeared in both Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk and Showtime At The Apollo. He coined the unique tap dancing style he developed “Afro Feet.” LaTasha Barnes is known for her joyful presence, musicality and athleticism, with which she carries the cultural dance traditions in which she practices: House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. As a dancer, choreographer, educator, performer, and cultural ambassador, Barnes bridges the gaps between these distinct movement styles, making visible the connections between them and generations of dancers and artists. More information at: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/omar-edwards/?date=20220819
On August 20th, Maroons & Suffragettes: A Greg Tate Tribute Concert Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Burnt Sugar/Danz A Tate Family Program Featuring Burnt Sugar/Danz, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Harriet Tubman, Resistance Revival Chorus, Bardo Steppers, and DJ Reborn will come to Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem for a free show at 6:00PM ET. Burnt Sugar/Danz was founded in 2002 by writer/musician/conductor Greg Tate and dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Gabri Christa as a radical melding of Christa’s profound relationship to movement and Tate’s equally rigorous approach to music. The collaboration they formed was rooted in the work of Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, the sprawling band of virtuosos that Tate founded and co-led – a multi-generational ensemble inspired by Butch Morris’ CONDUCTION system for improvising orchestras. Burnt Sugar/Danz, which made its debut at SummerStage in Central Park that same year, draws upon the cream of the crop in New York City’s music, choreographic, and dance-performance talent to create innovative, never-before-seen works, live, and in real time. Adopting Morris’ baton gestures and hand-sign vocabulary to dance, Burnt Sugar/Danz presents an alchemical blend of spontaneously composed music and choreography. This 20th-anniversary celebration, held in tribute to Tate, includes guest appearances by Harriet Tubman, the avant power trio known for its deep fusion of soul, rock, and jazz; the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers; the Bardo Steppers, a deep-funk second-line procession of drums and horns led by bassist Melvin Gibbs; and DJ Reborn, a trailblazing international DJ, sound collage artist, and arts educator, also the resident DJ for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s world tour and the founder of DJs for Justice. The performance by Resistance Revival Chorus for SummerStage is supported by the Omomuki Foundation. More information at: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/greg-tate-tribute/?date=20220820
On August 21st, Red Alert & Friends Featuring Case and Will Traxx will come to Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem for a free show at 4:00PM ET. Kool DJ Red Alert is a cornerstone of early hip-hop and NYC radio mainstay who performed with Afrika Bambataa’s Universal Zulu Nation, helped popularize the “mixtape” format, and helped break Boogie Down Productions’ seminal single “South Bronx.” He brings his friends to SummerStage, including the Platinum-certified 90s R&B powerhouse Case, whose hits “Touch Me, Tease Me” and “Missing You” dominated the charts and featured prominently in Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor and its sequel; and uptown party rocker Will Traxx, who cemented himself with club anthem, “Let Me See Some Footwork.” More information at: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/red-alert-friends/?date=20220821
Capital One is the title sponsor of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage. Supporting Sponsors include iStar, National Grid, Subaru, Bloomberg Philanthropies, BABE, Sixpoint, Fiddlehead, Wolffer Cider, Two Robbers Seltzer, and Lewis Brisbois. Generous private support for SummerStage is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, The Jaharis Family Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco Series, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, FACE Foundation, The Shubert Organization, J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, Garcia Family Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Omomuki Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; the Consulate General of Brazil. Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members. Additional benefit shows produced by The Bowery Presents.
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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Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is one of New York’s most beloved, broadly accessible, free outdoor performing arts festivals. SummerStage presents free concerts in parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances in genres that represent the cultural fabric of New York City ranging from jazz, hip hop, Latin, global, indie and contemporary dance, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. In 2020, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere was launched in response to the global pandemic, presenting free digital performances, spanning all genres, available to viewers around the world.
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