SummerStage 2019

June-August music festival of free concerts with several benefits at New York City Parks in all five boroughs!

Kali Uchis & Cuco raise money for Immigrants at Selena for Sanctuary

Sunday, August 18, 2019
CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE ~ Support immigrant rights at Selena for Sanctuary SummerStage with Kali Uchis, Cuco, Helado Negro, IV Jay, Ambar Lucid, Jasper Bones, La Doña, Ana Villafañe

The story of La Sonora Ponceña is the story of La Salsa

Sunday, August 18, 2019
CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn ~ One of Puerto Rico’s legendary salsa bands plays a free SummerStage concert at Ford Amphitheater. Dominican salsa singer Jose “El Canario” Alberto joins them.

Cimafunk, the James Brown of Cuba, is the hottest singer in Cuba right now

Sunday, August 25, 2019
CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ ‘Me voy’ for some Afro-Cuban funk, the latest innovation in the timba, Cuban salsa

La India is the Latin Grammy-winning Puerto Rican “Princess of the Salsa.”

Sunday, August 25, 2019
CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ Llega La India, the chart-topping, Latin Grammy and Guinness Book of Records-winning “Princess of Salsa” at Central Park SummerStage

SummerStage 2019

June 1 – August 27, 2019
Summer live music dance theatre festival
NYC PARKS ~ African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE


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SummerStage Tickets

Most shows are free. Tickets to benefit concerts at cityparksfoundation.org

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Central Park SummerStage Directions

The park entrance nearest Rumsey Playfield is at Fifth Ave & 69th St


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Previous SummerStage Performers

Eddie Palmieri is a Puerto Rican salsa and Latin jazz legend

Tue-Sun, August 20-25, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE ~ El maestro plays for a week at The Blue Note. ¡WEPA!

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play New Orleans Jazz at Iguana

Mondays & Tuesdays
TIMES SQUARE, NYC ~ Live music by New York’s specialist in early New Orleans jazz

Jerry Rivera is one of the great Puerto Rican salsa romántica singers

Saturday, August 31, 2019
WOODSIDE, Queens ~ Dance to ‘Amores como el nuestro’, ‘Cara de niño’, ‘Casí un Hechizo’, and ‘Que Hay de Malo’ up close and personal at Mamajuana Cafe Queens

Lila Downs is a Mexican folkloric pop singer who will rattle your humanity

Sunday, August 11, 2019
CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ The multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning, Mexican-American folkloric pop singer who is a champion of Indigenous rights, brings ‘Al Chile’ to SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield. FREE

Garifuna Collective and Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theater Afro-Caribbean Drum

Friday, August 2, 2019
CROTONA PARK, The Bronx ~ If you never danced African drum, you never lived. Indigenous Honduran Garifuna shake things up for SummerStage at the Crotona Park Amphitheater

Alceu Valença brings Pernambuco, Brazil to Central Park SummerStage

Saturday, July 27, 2019
CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ One of the elders of MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) brings the sounds of Pernambuco in Northeast Brazil to Brasil SummerFest at Central Park SummerStage

Buika, the Spanish Queen of Flamenco Soul at SummerStage

Sunday, June 30, 2019
African Spanish flamenco
CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ The queen of Spanish flamenco soul

Flor de Toloache headlines the Afro-Latino Festival

Friday, July 12, 2019
Downtown, Brooklyn ~ The women of Las Flores break the mold of Mexican mariachi in the most beautiful way. 2019 album ‘Indestructible.’ 2017 Latin Grammy Best Ranchero Album.

Mighty Sparrow plays Trinidadian Calypso at Springfield Park SummerStage

Friday, July 5, 2019
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, Queens ~ SummerStage live music by the Grenada-born “Calypso King of the World” is one of the living legends of Trinidadian calypso

Jorge Drexler “Telefonía” Song of the Year, Record of the Year

LAS VEGAS, UNIVISION, Thu, November 15, 2018 ~ “Telefonía” wins Record of the Year and Song of the Year Latin Grammys

SummerStage 2018 FREE Latin concerts in NYC parks

JUNE – SEPTEMBER
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Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Parks across NYC

BaianaSystem + Hamilton de Holanda + Xênia França

Three artists from Bahia showcase the rich variety of Brazilian music.
Brasil Summerfest
Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield
Sunday, August 5, 2018
FREE

‘Wild Style’ is THE classic Hip-Hop movie

Celebrate the first Hip-Hop movie’s 35th Anniversary with original cast members and special guests where the movie’s climax was filmed.
SUMMERSTAGE
East River Park Bandshell
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Systema Solar is a hot electro-cumbia dance collective from Colombia

SummerStage
Queensbridge Park
Queensbridge, Queens
Thursday, July 12, 2018

LAMC 2018 Latin Alternative Music Conference

The Stewart Hotel
Chelsea, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
July 10 – 14, 2018

Mariza sings Portuguese Fado at Central Park SummerStage

CENTRAL PARK, SUMMERSTAGE, Sat, Jun 23, 2018, Portuguese fado live music ~ The biggest contemporary fado star has taken the mantle from Amália Rodrigues, “the queen of fado”

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2018 FREE

June 11 – 29, 2018

Malpaso brings the future of Cuban contemporary dance to The Joyce

Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue
Chelsea
Wednesday-Sunday
January 17 – 21, 2018

Lincoln Center at the Movies

Central Park SummerStage
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Elza Soares is Samba Jazz, Rock, Disco, Punk, Hip-Hop, Pop, and Samba

Samba Legend
Central Park Summerstage
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Brasil Summerfest 2017 is the biggest Brazilian music festival outside Brazil

Central Park Summerstage, Nublu, NaturaBrasil, Brooklyn Public Library, The Archway, David Rubenstein Atrium, Joe’s Pub, Museum of the Moving Image, The Django, Hester St
Manhattan & Brooklyn
August 5 – 13, 2017

Totó la Momposina is Colombia’s Queen of Cumbia

Rumsey Playfield
Central Park
Saturday, July 8, 2017

‘A Bronx Tale’ is an Italian story with a Colombian choreographer

Longacre Theatre
Times Square / Theater District
November 3, 2016 – August 5, 2018

SummerStage 2019 concerts will be announced in Spring 2019.

September 27, 2018

Billboard Magazine reports that Rumsey Playfield, the venue for Central Park SummerStage is being completely renovated for the 2019 Season.

It will get a new stage, cover, sound system, lighting, video and VIP seating.

About a quarter million people enjoy SummerStage every year in Central Park and 15 – 18 parks around New York City.

Bowery Presents books ticketed benefit concerts. Good Morning America also presents its summer concert series at Rumsey Playfield.

SummerStage is produced by the City Parks Foundation.


 

Most SummerStage shows are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get tickets for SummerStage benefit concerts at www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage

Central Park SummerStage

Central Park SummerStage is at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. The closest Park entrance is at Fifth Ave and 69th St.

Subway

  • On Manhattan’s East Side take the (4) to 77th St.
  • On Manhattan’s West Side, take the (C) to 80th St and walk east across the Park.

Other SummerStage Venues (2018)

In 2018, SummerStage held free Latin concerts at these neighborhood parks across New York City:

Manhattan

  • East River Park in the Lower East Side
  • Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem

Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights
  • Coffey Park in Red Hook
  • Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island

Bronx

  • Crotona Park, The Bronx
  • Saint Mary’s Park in Mott Haven
  • Williamsbridge Oval in Norwood, The Bronx

Queens

  • Queensbridge Park in Queensbridge
  • Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City

Staten Island

  • Cloves Lake Park in Castleton Corners
  • Corporal Thompson Park in Port Richmond

June SummerStage 2017

Celebrate the French tradition Fête de la Musique with Wax Tailor, Her, Ayo, and Ali.Ni at Central Park, Wednesday, June 21 from 5-10pm. Free

Dig Portuguese sounds from Fado to Contemporary with The Gift, Dead Combo, Sofia Ribeiro at Central Park, Saturday, June 24 from 5-10pm. Free


July SummerStage 2017

July 1-2

Celebrate French Hot Jazz with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, Avalon Jazz Band, and Aurora Nealand as part of the New York Hot Jazz Festival at Central Park, Saturday, July 1 from 5-10pm. Free

July 3-9

Colombian Cumbia Queen Totó La Momposina and Mariachi Flor de Toloache, NYC’s first all-female Mariachi band, play Central Park, Saturday, July 8 from 6-10pm. Free

July 10-16

Chilean rocker Mon Laferte, Nuyorican Hip-Hop artist Destiny Frasqueri, and Puerto Rican electronic band ÌFÉ play Central Park SummerStage, Wednesday, July 12 from 5-10pm. Free

Latin Freestylers Judy Torres and Cynthia play Queensbridge Park in Queens, Thursday, July 13 from 6-9pm. Free

Argentine reggae-rockers Los Pericos, LA’s Chicano Batman, and Venezuelans La Vida Bohéme play Central Park for the LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference), Saturday, July 15 from 2-7pm. Free

July 17-23

Nuyorican Freestyler Lisette Melendez plays Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island, Thursday, July 20 from 6-9pm. Free

Boogaloo legend Joe Bataan plays Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island, Friday, July 21 from 6-9pm. Free

July 24 – 30

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit: Star-Crossed (Los Desdichados) plays Latin music and reads from Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, at St. Mary’s Park in The Bronx, Wednesday, July 26 from 7-9pm. Free

Bronx-based dancers Nelida Tirado, Bombazo Dance Company, Richard Rivera/PHYSUAL, and Mando/3VXM kick it up with Modern, Folk, Flamenco, and House dance at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, Thursday, July 27 from 7-9pm. Free

Puerto Rican Salsa legend La India plays St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, Friday, July 28 from 6-9pm. Free

Puerto Rican-American Salsa singer Frankie Negrón plays St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, Saturday, July 29 from 4-9pm. Free

Nuyorican freestyle legend Lisa Lisa and Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist Marlon B play St. Mary’s Park in The Bronx, Sunday, July 30 from 5-7pm. Free


August SummerStage 2017

August 1-6

The cast of A Bronx Tale (Italian story with a Colombian choreographer) play Crotona Park in The Bronx, Thursday, August 3 from 7-9pm. Free

Brazilian Samba legend Elza Soares, YouTube success Liniker e os Caramelows, and DJ Teleseen play Central Park as part of Brasil Summerfest, Saturday, August 5 from 6-10pm, Free

August 7-13

Cuban contemporary dance company Malpaso Dance Company, Afro-Cuban Jazz singer Daymé Arocena, and NYC’s own Nickodemus play Central Park, Wednesday, August 9 from 7-10pm. Free

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe presents spoken worders Stacyann Chin, Ntozake Shange, and Sarah Kay at East River Park in the Lower East Side, Wednesday, August 9 from 7-9pm. Free

Legendary Puerto Rican Bolero singer Andy Montañez, “El Godfather de la Salsa” plays East River Park, Friday, August 11 from 6-9pm. Free

The Funkbox in the Park tribute to party promoter Evelyn Santos includes DJs Tony Touch, Danny Krivit, Jellybean Benitez, and D-Train at East River Park, Sunday, August 13 from 4-7pm. Free

August 14-20

Lincoln Center at the Movies screens an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater documentary Central Park, Wednesday, August 16 from 7-10pm. Free

August 21-27

Tel-Aviv born clarinetist and Brazilian Choro master Anat Cohen leads her Tentet for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park, Friday, August 25 from 7-9pm. Free


September SummerStage 2017

Silvio Rodríguez, the legendary Cuban Trova singer, plays a benefit concert at Central Park on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 6-10pm. $65