Patti Smith, George Clinton, ‘Summer of Soul,’ Many More Headline New York’s SummerStage 2021 Season Lineup

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New York’s City Parks Foundation returns to live, in-person performances this summer with the announcement of the shows planned for the 2021 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage shows will be returning to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, and The Coney Island Amphitheater. Performances will be live-streamed on SummerStageAnywhere.org, artist approval and rights permitting.

The full lineup appears below, but highlights include Patti Smith, George Clinton, Lake Street Dive, Antibalas, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and a free, outdoor screening of the Questlove-directed “Summer of Soul” film, which documents the legendary 1969 concerts that took place in that park, including Sly & the Family Stone. The special advance screening will be followed by live performances at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park featuring Questlove and surprise guests.

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SummerStage will be operating at modified production levels and performances will initially be held at a reduced capacity in all of our venues to abide by social distancing requirements. Free tickets are required for entry to every free SummerStage show this season. Ticket pod requests must be made in advance through our online entry form. Forms will be available three (3) weeks prior to each show. Ticket request forms will open on Mondays at 12:00PM ET on the show specific webpage at SummerStage.org. Requesting a ticket does not guarantee entry, attendees who are selected at random will be emailed their ticket confirmation in advance of the show. Sign up for the SummerStage newsletter here for show information and ticket reservation reminders closer to show dates. As New York State and City safety guidelines for public gatherings are rapidly changing, City Parks Foundation will frequently update our audiences on venue safety protocols. Details will be shared on our website and on our Twitter and Facebook pages in advance of each show. For the most current guidelines, show updates, and additional venue information and restrictions, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage-safety

Capital One is the festival’s multi-year title sponsor (Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage) and the official bank and credit card of the festival. Supporting Sponsors include iStar, Union Beer Distributors, Sierra Nevada, Bell’s Brewery, Wolffer Estate Cider, Archer Roose Wines, Two Robbers Seltzer, Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco Series, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

For the most up-to-date lineup, follow SummerStage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and visit SummerStage.org for festival information.

Date

Day

Doors

Show

Artist

Location

Type of Show

Jun-17

Thursday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Central Park

Free, Tickets Required

Jun-19

Saturday

3:00 PM

5:00 PM

Summer Of Soul Screening with Questlove and Friends

Marcus Garvey Park

Free, Tickets Required

Jun-20

Sunday

1:30 PM

3:00 PM

Chris Botti – Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Jun-20

Sunday

6:00 PM

8:00 PM

Chris Botti – Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Jun-24

Thursday

8:00 PM

8:30 PM

The Queens Drive-In: Monsoon Wedding featuring Falu in association with Rooftop Films and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Free, Tickets Required

Jun-27

Sunday

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

George Clinton – Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Jun-27

Sunday

6:00 PM

7:30 PM

George Clinton – Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Jul-11

Sunday

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

Galactic – Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Jul-11

Sunday

6:00 PM

7:30 PM

Galactic – Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Jul-17

Saturday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Gloria Gaynor / Sundae Sermon’s – Dj Stormin’ Norman of Disco Sequestered

Coney Island

Free,

Tickets Required

Jul-18

Sunday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

La India + More TBA

Coney Island

Free,

Tickets Required

Jul-24

Saturday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Sun Ra Arkestra / Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Jul-25

Sunday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Dance IS! Featuring Artists from Rennie Harris Puremovement, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Parsons Dance, A.I.M, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, special guest Madison McFerrin, and Soles of Duende with guest artist Asha Griffith

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-1

Sunday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Tito Nieves

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-7

Saturday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Funk Flex Birthday Concert with Ginuwine and Friends

Coney Island

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-8

Sunday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Met Opera Summer Recital

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-14

Saturday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Marc Rebillet, DJ Premier and Brady Watt

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-15

Sunday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Armand Hammer & The Alchemist

featuring Moor Mother, Fielded, and KAYANA

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-21

Saturday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Antibalas

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-24

Tuesday

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

Lake Street Dive with Allison Russell

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Aug-28

Saturday

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

CPJF – Charlie Parker with Strings: The Donald Harrison Quartet and The Harlem Symphony Orchestra

Marcus Garvey Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-29

Sunday

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

CPJF – Willie Jones III – A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration featuring Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo with Donald Vega and Endea Owens in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Marcus Garvey Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Aug-29

Sunday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

INVINCIBLE:

A Glorious tribute to Michael Jackson

Coney Island

Free,

Tickets Required

Sep-4

Saturday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Dom Salvador Samba Jazz Sextet / Screening: “Dom Salvador & Abolition” in association with 25th Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Sep-11

Saturday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Erica Campbell

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Sep-13

Monday

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

Machine Gun Kelly “Tickets to My Downfall” Tour with jxdn and KennyHoopla

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Sep-17

Friday

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

Dawes with special guests Bonny Light Horseman & Erin Rae

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

Sep-19

Sunday

5:00 PM

7:00 PM

Patti Smith

and Her Band

Central Park

Free,

Tickets Required

Sep-21

Tuesday

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

Indigo Girls / Ani DiFranco

Central Park

Benefit, Ticket Purchase Required

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