Get Your Summer On In Central Park
Ready to enjoy all the best NYC summer concerts of 2017? This year’s SummerStage in New York City’s famed Central Park is quite simply jam-packed with exciting shows and can’t-miss performances. Celebrating 32 years, the popular series sponsored by the City Parks Foundation is known for showcasing everything from local New York area artists to nationally and internationally known names, as well as highlighting genres from gospel to hip hop.
Get ready to tap your feet, bob your head, dance to the music, and enjoy one of the best experiences NYC has to offer! Almost all SummerStage concerts are free on a first-come basis, with the exception of a few big-name benefit concerts. Here are just a few of this summer’s upcoming highlights.
June 24th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Portuguese indie-rock band, The Gift, provides audiences with a memorable medley of pop, rock, electronica, alternative, neo-classical, and folk music. Singing in Portuguese and English, vocalist Sonia Tavares provides a sultry voice that lifts you to highs and drops you to dark places during emotional performances backed by an incredible band. The Dead Combo, first formed in tribute to the passing of popular Portuguese guitarist Carlos Paredes, features Tó Trips and Pedro V. Gonçalves, who soon began creating folk-rock film scores for movies including Focus, and released six albums, bringing their vibrant music to the world stage. Sofia Ribeiro brings effervescent, moving musical tones and an astounding vocal range fusing classical and contemporary jazz – with a hint of her country’s traditional fado. Sofia has garnered numerous international vocal awards and released eight albums, teaching at Carnegie Hall and worldwide on the art of voice and her specialties in Portuguese, Brazilian, and international jazz music.
June 25, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Grammy winning jazz and R&B artist Robert Glasper has a history of merging gospel, jazz, soul, and even funk and hip-hop to create moving, original compositions and inventive versions of well-known classics. Rising Brooklyn soul collective Phony Ppl offers up an innovative mix of vintage funk, soulful R&B, and classic hip-hop – creating their own distinctive genre. Tank and The Bangas have deep roots in New Orleans combined with a unique artistic flair all their own. Their energetic performances have filled everything from major concert venues to gospel tents with rhythmic soul, gospel, spoken word, rock, funk, and folk styles.
July 30, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrating over forty years of the Bronx-born B-Boy crew, this annual showcase of classic hip-hop performers features Brooklyn’s own Grammy-nominated female rap artist Lana Michelle Moorer, AKA MC Lyte. The first female hip hop artist to release a full-length solo album, 1988’s Lyte as a Rock, she is known for memorable singles like “Paper Thin,” “10% Dis.,” “Cha Cha Cha,” “Cappucino.” “Ruffneck,” “Keep On, Keepin’ On” (featuring Missy Elliot) and “Ride Wit Me.” You’ll find that Lyte still crushes the mic.
August 5, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Samba sensation Elza Soares is a unique vocalist sending Brazilian soul to new heights. A superstar for more than 60 years, known throughout South America with sold-out tours throughout Europe and the US, her hallmark impassioned, husky tones make her a living icon. YouTube sensation Liniker e os Caramelows is headlined by the bubbly Liniker Barros, their incredible transgender vocalist. With songs inspired by his personal letters, the band’s up-beat songs have gathered more than 10 million views, leading to performances at festivals from São Paolo to Rio in their native Brazil.
Of course, these are only a few of the many shows scheduled for Central Park and the outlying New York City parks this summer. For more information on what’s playing when you’ll be in town, simply contact the friendly concierge at The Time New York hotel. We’re always happy to share insider tips to help make your stay with us unforgettable!