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Cage the Elephant / Portugal. The Man / Broncho

May 16 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Although chart success in England was an unlikely first step to fame for a band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, mainstream rock band Cage the Elephant achieved just that. Formed by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion,Lincoln Parish, and Daniel Tichenor, the group earned a contract with the Relentless label and released the “Free Love” single late in 2007. A support slot for the Pigeon Detectives beckoned in early 2008, and follow-up single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” reached the Top 40 in June. …

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$45 - $50

Cage the Elephant / Portugal. The Man / Broncho

May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
Cage Web 2

Although chart success in England was an unlikely first step to fame for a band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, mainstream rock band Cage the Elephant achieved just that. Formed by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion,Lincoln Parish, and Daniel Tichenor, the group earned a contract with the Relentless label and released the “Free Love” single late in 2007. A support slot for the Pigeon Detectives beckoned in early 2008, and follow-up single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” reached the Top 40 in June. …

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$39.50 - $40

Rudimental / Gorgon City

May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Bursting out of London’s underground music scene with its thrilling world of pirate radio, crude DJ set ups, improvised studios, and bleeding edge beats come Rudimental…

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June 2016

The Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner / Ron Carter / Roy Haynes

June 4 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
McCoy web

McCoy Tyner’s blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists….

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Cymande / KING / Deva Mahal / DJ Parler

June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
Cymande WEB

Cymande emerged as innovators of the funk music scene during early 1970s. Influenced by their Caribbean heritage, Cymande combined reggae and Rastafarian rhythms with rare groove, funk and jazz to create a new and exciting sound. They made history in 1973 by becoming the first British-based band to perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. …

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$52

Barenaked Ladies / OMD / Howard Jones

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
Barenaked Ladies

“I think it would be fair to say if the band was collectively known as Stella, then this record would indicate the reality that Stella had indeed got her groove back.” states Ed Robertson of Toronto’s Barenaked Ladies. …

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Free

Hard Hittin’ Harry / screening: Afripedia with Q&A

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saratoga Park
Halsey St. bet. Howard Ave. and Saratoga Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 12866
Hard Hittin Harry WEB

Haiti-born DJ, Hard Hittin Harry (Harry D’Janite) is a Brooklyn, NY resident by way of Montreal, Canada and New Jersey. DJ Hard Hittin Harry entertains his audience blending unique styles of the latest and classic Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Soca, Afrobeat, Haitian Kompas, Zouk, Kwaito, House, Techno, and much more….

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Free

Chairlift

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Hook Park
Bay Street between Henry Street and Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
Chairlift WEB

Critically acclaimed pop duo Chairlift has released new music in the form of the infinitely danceable “Ch-Ching.” The R&B laced, vibrating drum infused pop track served as the first musical offering off their album Moth, which was released in January 2016 via Columbia Records….

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Free

Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Superstars

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Featuring Cantorial and Chassidic Stars: Netanel Hershtik, Yanky Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer, The Maccabeats, Zusha, and special guest Dudu Fisher…

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Free

Just Blaze and Friends

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Hook Park
Bay Street between Henry Street and Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Over the past 15 years, Just Blaze has become a fixture in Hip-Hop music and culture. He began producing for well-known artists in the late 1990s, leading to a breakout role in producing the majority of Jay-Z’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia and his follow-up opus The Blueprint….

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Free

Blonde Redhead

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Hook Park
Bay Street between Henry Street and Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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New York City based Blonde Redhead has always been a band that innovates with each album. Formed in 1993, Kazu Makino (vocals, rhythm guitar) and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace (drums and lead guitar/vocals, respectively), challenge themselves with each recording situation, and the results have been stunning every time. …

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Liza Jessie Peterson / LuQuantumleap

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Hook Park
Bay Street between Henry Street and Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
Liza Jesse Peterson WEB

Liza Jessie Peterson is a renowned actress, poet, playwright, educator and activist who has been steadfast in her commitment to incarcerated populations both professionally and artistically for seventeen years. She has written several plays, including, “The Peculiar Patriot,” which she performed excerpts of in over 35 jails and penitentiaries across the country and as the opening act for Angela Davis at Columbia University’s conference on mass incarceration….

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Kamasi Washington

June 18 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
Kamasi Web

At the age of 13, Kamasi Washington started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. One night, his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano. Kamasi, filled with curiosity for all the beauty he heard from the instrument, picked up his father’s horn. Even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone – in fact, never even touched one – he played Wayne Shorter’s composition “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On,” his favorite song at the time….

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Dance on the Lawn Co-Presentation / Master Class: Calvin Wiley

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Hook Park
Bay Street between Henry Street and Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
Dance on the Lawn WEB

“Dance on the Lawn” celebrates dance in New Jersey and aims to increase exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around New Jersey together in a community setting that is free and open to the public. …

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Rich Medina / RAAA / Urban Word NYC & Hi-Arts: Journal to Journey / Ziearre

June 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Red Hook Park
Bay Street between Henry Street and Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
RAAA WEB

For over two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as a world class DJ. Outside the club, he’s a father, educator, platinum-selling record producer, poet, designer, public speaker and journalist….

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City Parks Foundation Gala Concert & Dinner

June 20 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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GALA CONCERT & DINNER HONORING RON DELSENER Performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Idina Menzel, David Sanborn, Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Paul Shaffer and the Park Rangers and other surprise guests MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016 Under the stars at SummerStage Central Park 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue Cocktails at 6:30 pm Dinner & Concert Performance at 7:30 pm Cocktail Party Attire Rain or Shine (Tented Venue) Please RSVP by Friday, June 3, 2016 View full invitation here. RSVP here. For further…

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Screening: In My Father’s House with Q&A with Che “Rhymefest” Smith

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saratoga Park
Halsey St. bet. Howard Ave. and Saratoga Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 12866
Family Day: Wycliffe Gordon & Friends / B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove / Karisma Jay & AbunDance / Master Class: Samuel Coleman

Documentary exploring the reunion of rapper Rhymefest and his absent father, Q&A with the rapper himself…

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Free

Fete de la Musique: CharlElie Couture / Yael Naim / General Elektriks / La Femme

June 21 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Born in Nancy, France, in February 1956, and graduate of the Fine Arts school, CharlElie is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work covers the exploratory fields of image, writing and music. Since his signature on Island Records by the notorious Chris Blackwell, the success of his poetic-rock-blues music albums has not stopped him from continuing his exploration in painting, sculpture and photography….

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Public Enemy / DJ Tedsmooth

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park
Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.,
Brooklyn, NY
Public Enemy WEB

Public Enemy have spent over 25 years delivering socio-political messages that give voice to those who have long been ignored, are unafraid to question institutional injustices and challenge both leaders and laymen alike to work for change. Their musical and lyrical intensity, eloquence and depth are matched by few, an explosive combination that that feeds both mind and soul. …

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The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars….

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Angie Stone / DJ Chuck Chillout

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park
Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.,
Brooklyn, NY
Angie WEB

A singer, MC, self-taught keyboardist, and prolific songwriter, Angie Stone’s first claim to fame was her membership in Sequence, an all-female trio that recorded for pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill, beginning with the 1979 single “Funk You Up.”…

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Free

Duck Down BBQ

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park
Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.,
Brooklyn, NY
Duck Down WEB

Duck Down Music is a 21-year old, iconic NYC Hip-Hop label with over 4 million records sold from various acts, such as Talib Kweli, KRS-ONE, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Sean Price, Boot Camp Clik, Black Moon, Statik Selektah, Pharoahe Monch & more. For more information follow @DuckDownMusic….

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The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Furman St.,Water St. and John St. bet. Atlantic Ave.,Old Fulton St.,Main St.,Adams St., & Jay St.
Brooklyn, NY
Web-Event_MetOpera

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars….

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Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Mahogany Browne’s Redbone and reg e gaines’ The Last Celebrity

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park
Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.,
Brooklyn, NY
Mahogany L. Browne WEB

Both a Cave Canem & Poets House alum, Mahogany L. Browne is the Poetry Program Director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, MFA Candidate for writing & activism at Pratt Institute, an activist, publisher & educator. …

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Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars

June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
BB and the Hot 9 WEB

Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 is an artistic collaboration destined to happen. Ever since New Orleans singer and pianist Henry Butler settled in Brooklyn, it was only a matter of time before the gifted pianist and vocalist hooked up with retro-futurist trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein. Master musician, pianist and vocalist Henry Butler tells stories through the rise, swing, and rumble of his fingers as they channel sounds as diverse as his Louisiana birthplace:…

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