Central Park SummerStage 2013

Early June to September 2nd

The 2013 season of SummerStage presented by AT&T brings over 100 performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. Performances range from pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater. SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception twenty-eight years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have

Central Park Summer Stage is New York's premier free performing arts festival. Founded in 1986, it brings performances of superior artistic caliber, free of charge, to large and diverse audiences. Through inclusive and eclectic programming, SummerStage provides an important forum for emerging and established artists, and ideas, and exposes its audiences to many different types of artistic and cultural expression. Programming areas include World and American music, modern dance, spoken word, electronic music, and family programming.

2013 Schedule includes:

Run for the Parks
Kids & Adult Races
4.21.2013 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am | Central Park
Join us Sunday, April 21st in Central Park for City Parks Foundation’s annual Run for the Parks! Presented in partnership with New York Road Runners, this 4 mile, NYC Marathon qualifier race is one of the largest single day running events in Central Park. Proceeds help CPF present free, high-quality sports and fitness programs in parks across the city….


SELF Magazine's Workout in the Park

May 11, Saturday, 11:00AM
Marina and The Diamonds - Tickets

May 29, Wednesday, 3:30AM
Sinatra in the Park

Produced by Michael Dorf & City Winery

6.11.2013 | 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

On Tuesday, June 11, City Parks Foundation (CPF) will welcome guests to our Annual Gala presented at SummerStage. The evening will help raise significant funds to support CPF’s year round free arts, sports, and education programs. …


Ask Me Another from NPR and WNYC

6.14.2013 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar… No, it’s not the start of a joke. It’s the essence of NPR’s and WNYC’s Ask Me Another, a rambunctious show that blends brainteasers…


The Zombies / Django Django / Adam Green & Binki Shapiro / DJ sets by Modest P

6.15.2013 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hailing from St. Albans, and originating in 1961, The Zombies are a legendary English Rock band. Led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, the band scored US hits in the mid and late 1960s with “She’s…


Forwords Panel Discussion

“The British Invasion”

Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, from The Zombies & Jonathan Demme, filmmaker

6.15.2013 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

11th Brazilian Film Festival of NY:

Preta Gil / DJ sets by Just Marcelo / Screening: “Rio 2096: AStory of Love and Fury”

6.16.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Brazilian cinema is celebrating the 11th edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of NY. This annual event honors the best and the brightest of Brazil’s innovative new cinema. As is tradition, the closing night film of the 11th Brazilian Film…


Joan Baez / Indigo Girls

6.17.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm >

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs…


The Airborne Toxic Event featuring the Calder Quartet with Orchestra

6.18.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Airborne Toxic Event has gained a lot of attention for their lyrical arrangements, as well as their unique sound that can be described as a blend of Indie Rock music infused with a twist of classic orchestral arrangements. The…


Fête De La Musique:

IAM with special guest Rakim

In association with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Bureau Export, French Music Export Office

6.21.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hailing from France and formed in 1988, IAM began its journey to fame in the city of Marseille. This French Hip-Hop group consisting of 5 members incorporates themes that include the sounds of Ancient Egypt, Africa, China, Japan, India and…


“Make a Joyful Noise” A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson Featuring:

Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel and special guest Della Reese / Screening: “Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory”

In association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation

6.22.2013 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

To mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which called for civil and economic rights for African Americans, SummerStage honors the storied legacy of famed Gospel singer and activist Mahalia Jackson with an evening of music and film.…


Femi Kuti & The Positive Force / Sinkane / DJ sets by King Britt

In association with Okayafrica

6.23.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force have blended Funk, Jazz, and African Folk throughout their 27 year career to create a colorful and distinctive sound in the music world. The records tell their story: After a short spell at Motown,…


Blue Note Jazz Festival:

YASIIN BEY (fka Mos Def) and openers TBD

Produced By Jill Newman Productions

6.24.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

One of the most versatile artists of his time, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) has become an international sensation in theater, film, television, and the music industry. Bey began his professional music career as Mos Def in 1994. Since that…


“COMEDY CENTRAL Stars Under the Stars” hosted by Gabriel Iglesias and featuring performances by:

Adam DeVine / Anthony Jeselnik / Nick Kroll / Jeff Ross / Amy Schumer

6.26.2013 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Gabriel Iglesias has been described as a witty, electrifying, and talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience. His first two DVD specials, “Hot & Fluffy” and “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy,” have sold well…


Joel Plaskett / Spirit of the West / Brasstronaut

Presented by: Canada Day International in association with BlackBerry

6.29.2013 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SummerStage joins Canada Day International and BlackBerry in celebrating Canada’s 146th birthday, presenting a free showcase of top Canadian talent. With countless awards to their credit, Joel Plaskett and his band The Emergency, have performed thousands of tour dates, and…


Big Star’s Third: An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album

Featuring Mike Mills, Jody Stephens, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney and many more

6.30.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Big Star’s Third is a full performance of the iconic album by an astonishing who’s who of rock music featuring famed vocalists including Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Jonathan Carney (Mercury Rev)…


The Freedom Dance Party with special guest Cameo

7.2.2013 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join The Freedom Dance Party as they celebrate 10 years of weekly parties with a huge live performance with Funk and R&B legend, Cameo! The Freedom Dance Party is the longest running, weekly, Friday-night party in NYC history. Winner of…


Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited – longstoryshort: Remixed Featuring: Nona Hendryx / Sandra St. Victor / Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely / Poets: Faybiene Miranda / Lenelle Moise

7.3.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Presented as part of Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited, a seven-month, citywide retrospective featuring theater, poetry, music concerts and humanities events curated and produced by MAPP International Productions through a major partnership of 17 cultural and educational institutions. …


“A Tribute to Sekou Sundiata”

Curated by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

7.3.2013 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Central Park

Bowery Presents

She & Him / Camera Obscura

7.6.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs…


Global Family Day Featuring: The Carpetbag Brigade & Nemcatacoa Teatro / Elizabeth Mitchell / Natural Expression Rhythm Band / ASE Dance Theater Collective / Ifetayo Youth Ensemble

7.7.2013 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Central Park

The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company is joining forces with the Colombian performing arts company, Nemcatacoa Teatro to present a cross cultural collaboration built and rehearsed in both countries over the last three years. Specializing in acrobatic stilt walking and…


Tego Calderón / Cuarto Poder / Los Rakas

In association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

7.10.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1972 but raised in the U.S., rapper Tego Calderón got the multicultural backbone he’d need to become a star in the genre-mixing world of Reggaeton. Studying percussion set Calderón on the path to creating…


Lila Downs / Natalia Clavier / Pamela Rodriguez / Raul Campos

In association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

7.11.2013 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Lila Downs embraces and highlights her origins in the U.S. and Mexico. Downs’ roots have always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all embedded…


Julieta Venegas / Carla Morrison / Alex Anwandter

In association with Latin Alternative Music Conference

7.13.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Julieta Venegas is a renowned Mexican singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. With over six released albums to date, Venegas has sold more than 9 million copies of her albums worldwide. The Washington Post describes Venegas as a different sort of artist.…


Fanfare Ciocarlia / Red Baraat / DJ sets by Joro-Boro

7.14.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fanfare Ciocarlia is one of the world’s greatest live bands, their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. The National Geographic has said “the music of Fanfare Ciocarlia pulls not only from the…


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“The Ascent of Gypsy CULTURE in America”

Costel Oprica Ivancea from Fanfare, Ciocarlia and Henry Ernst, Asphalt Tango Production / Moderated by Jakab Orsos, Director, Pen World Voices

7.14.2013 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

7.16.2013 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring rising Metropolitan Opera stars Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), and Stephen Costello (tenor), accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore. Erin Morley was most recently heard at the Met as Sister…


Planet Hemp / Gaby Amarantos / Emicida / DJ sets by Greg Caz

Presented in Association with Brasil Summerfest

7.20.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Planet Hemp first hit the scene in 1993 when Marcelo D2 and Skunk, founding members, joined together to become a rap duo in Brazil. Soon they were joined by musicians Rafael, Bacalhau and Formigão which fused the groups rap origin…


Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits / Fatoumata Diawara / Krar Collective

DJ sets by DJ Sirak

7.21.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits, a revolutionary music group originating in Zimbabwe, have been performing since 1979. The Black Spirits members have changed over the years, consisting of over 50 members throughout its time, with Oliver Mtukudzi, both musician…


Martha Graham Dance Company

Special Guest: Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Contest Winner


7.23.2013 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences. As one of…


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“The Long-Lasting Influence of Martha Graham”

7.23.2013 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Martha Graham Dance Company

Special Guest: Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Contest Winner

7.24.2013 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences. As one of the most celebrated…


Lianne La Havas / LP / Quadron / DJ sets by DJ Center

7.27.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lianne La Havas received her first keyboard at just 7 years old, and has been a growing talent ever since then. With popular neo-soul artists as inspiration, such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, her style has traces of jazz,…


Rock Steady Crew 36th Anniversary Concert Featuring:

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth and special guests

7.28.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Rock Steady Crew celebrates its 36th anniversary of being a true Hip-Hop brand ambassador by bringing its annual free concert to SummerStage in Central Park for the first time. In typical fashion, RSC will present the who’s who of…


The Bowery Presents

Ben Howard / Michael Kiwanuka

7.29.2013 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs… …


Rock Steady Crew Dance Celebration

World Premiere of “RSC Ghetto Made”

7.31.2013 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Originally founded in 1977 in the Bronx, by Jimmy D and Jimmy Lee, Rock Steady Crew has become one of the most well-known and recognizable B-Boy groups in the world. These pioneers and creators of break-dancing used dance battles as…


WLIB 6th Annual Gospel Explosion Featuring:

Shirley Caesar / Ricky Dillard / James Fortune & F.I.Y.A. / Donald Lawrence

8.3.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Central Park

Shirley Caesar is The Undisputed 1st Lady of Gospel Music. In a career that spans over 60 years, Caesar is arguably the most beloved and celebrated Gospel artist of our time. Caesar started out in the early 60’s singing with…


WBLS 5th Annual R&B Fest Featuring:

Raheem DeVaughn / Lyfe Jennings and special guests

8.4.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Central Park

Singer and songwriter, Raheem DeVaughn, has quickly burst onto the music scene. Each week Raheem hosts “The Raheem DeVaugh Show” on Blis.fm, where he brings his listeners great music, talk and news that they need to hear. His debut album,…


SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner

“King Kong”

By Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner / Directed By Alfred Preisser

8.5.2013 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Central Park

Acclaimed impresario of non-traditional theater Randy Weiner and director Alfred Preisser team up for a Hip-Hop themed theater remake of the classic story, “King Kong”, a totally original music/dance/comedy spectacle that radically subverts everything you thought you knew about one of…


The Bowery Presents

Disclosure / TNGHT / Julio Bashmore

8.6.2013 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Central Park

Proceeds from this concert help make possible over 100 free SummerStage programs… …


40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture with

DJ Kool Herc and special guests

8.10.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DJ Kool Herc is considered by many to be the “first hip-hop D.J”. In the early stages of hip hop music, DJ Kool Herc brought his sound system to block parties in the Bronx and began playing the brief rhythmic…


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“Hip-Hop Turns 40” DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell

Moderated by Jeff Chang, author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

8.10.2013 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Shuggie Otis / José James / Hiatus Kaiyote / DJ sets by OP! (I Love Vinyl)

Presented in Association with Giant Step

8.11.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shuggie Otis is a musician’s musician, a reclusive genius from Los Angeles whose name has been spoken in reverential tones by his peers for more than four decades. After a long absence, Shuggie returns as a concert headliner with dates across North…


SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner

Diablo Love

By Mando Alvarado / Directed by Alfred Preisser / Music Direction & Composition by Tomás Doncker

8.16.2013 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“Diablo Love” is a fantastical love story featuring live music that re-imagines songs made famous by American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Howlin’ Wolf along with original compositions by Tomás Doncker. This production provides audiences with a masterful live soundtrack of Blues/Soul music and sets the…


La Mega 6th Annual Tropical Fest

8.18.2013 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Details to come!


SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner

Diablo Love

By Mando Alvarado / Directed by Alfred Preisser / Music Direction & Composition by Tomás Doncker

8.19.2013 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“Diablo Love” is a fantastical love story featuring live music that re-imagines songs made famous by American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Howlin’ Wolf along with original compositions by Tomás Doncker. This production provides audiences with a masterful live soundtrack of Blues/Soul music and sets the…


Bobby McFerrin

8.20.2013 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new…

City And Colour - Tickets
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