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July 2016
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Nuyorican Poets Cafe featuring Paolo Javier and Maria Lisella host a night of Queens poets

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Queensbridge Park
Queensboro Bridge, 41 Rd., 40 Ave. bet. The East River, Vernon Blvd., and 21 St.
Queens, NY
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Paolo Javier’s musical collaboration with Listening Center (aka David Mason) will appear as a limited edition book, Ur’lyeh, and cassette, Aklopolis, published by Flugschriften in spring 2016….

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Free

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Macbeth

July 29 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park
W. 122nd St. and Mt. Morris Park West
New York, NY United States
(l-r) Roslyn Ruff, Ty Jones in CTH's MACBETH (c)Jill  Jones

The free, family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s classic, Macbeth, directed by Carl Cofield, and starring Classical Theatre of Harlem Producing Artistic Director, Ty Jones, will run from July 10th through 31st with preview performances July 8th and 9th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park….

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Free

Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Empress Of / Klaus Johann Grobe

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
UMO

The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align….

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Free

Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / Master Class: Karisma Jay

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Queensbridge Park
Queensboro Bridge, 41 Rd., 40 Ave. bet. The East River, Vernon Blvd., and 21 St.
Queens, NY
SBB Company WEB

Stefanie Batten Bland is a choreographic artist who creates performances rooted in community, highlighting the delicate threads that connect us to one another and to our planet….

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Free

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Macbeth

July 30 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Marcus Garvey Park
W. 122nd St. and Mt. Morris Park West
New York, NY United States
(l-r) Roslyn Ruff, Ty Jones in CTH's MACBETH (c)Jill  Jones

The free, family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s classic, Macbeth, directed by Carl Cofield, and starring Classical Theatre of Harlem Producing Artistic Director, Ty Jones, will run from July 10th through 31st with preview performances July 8th and 9th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park….

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Free

Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Doug E. Fresh / Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia and more

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Nice & Smooth was an East Coast hip hop duo from New York that consists of Greg Nice (Greg Mays) and Smooth B (Daryl Barnes). The duo released four albums from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. …

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Free

Marc Cary: The Harlem Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz featuring Brianna Thomas and The Jazz Travelers

July 31 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Queensbridge Park
Queensboro Bridge, 41 Rd., 40 Ave. bet. The East River, Vernon Blvd., and 21 St.
Queens, NY
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Jazz pianist, keyboardist, producer and composer Marc Cary holds tight to his roots in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, but they represent only one element among the myriad. Cary’s interests run from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop….

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Free

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Macbeth

July 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Marcus Garvey Park
W. 122nd St. and Mt. Morris Park West
New York, NY United States
(l-r) Roslyn Ruff, Ty Jones in CTH's MACBETH (c)Jill  Jones

The free, family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s classic, Macbeth, directed by Carl Cofield, and starring Classical Theatre of Harlem Producing Artistic Director, Ty Jones, will run from July 10th through 31st with preview performances July 8th and 9th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park….

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August 2016
$54.50 - $59.50

Garbage / Kristin Kontrol

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Chart-topping rock group of the ’90s that blended slick, shimmering electronic pop with Shirley Manson’s emotive vocals….

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Free

Jon B / Dee Wiz

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
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Jon B is an accomplished musician, noted songwriter and producer who combined 1970s Soul with Hip-Hop influences in his debut album, Bonafide. A soulful album that highlighted his dulcet tenor, it earned him both critical and commercial success, especially with the GRAMMY nominated song “Someone to Love” featuring Babyface….

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$46 - $50

Phillip Phillips / Matt Nathanson / A Great Big World

August 3 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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With his latest album, Matt Nathanson isn’t just saying Show Me Your Fangs — he wants to show you his fangs too. The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most darkly honest work yet, Show Me Your Fangs finds Nathanson digging deeper than ever before and sharing a powerful and modern-sounding set of new songs that are easily his sharpest and most biting to date….

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Free

Screening: Kirikou and the Wild Beasts / Orisha’s Journey / DJ Djib Sayo

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
Family Day: Wycliffe Gordon & Friends / B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove / Karisma Jay & AbunDance / Master Class: Samuel Coleman

Tiny Senegalese hero Kirikou is back in this sumptuous follow-up to the universally beloved Kirikou and the Sorceress….

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Free

Jungle Brothers / G-Bo the Pro

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
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Jungle Brothers are Mike G, Afrika Baby Bam, and DJ Sammy B! The first hip hop group that pioneered the Fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop and House music. …

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Free

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
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Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard breaks the mold with his new quintet, The E-Collective. This project journeys to an exciting realm of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B, and blues colors. …

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Pre-Show Panel: Entrepreneurial Carnaval and Its Impact on Brazilian Culture

August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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The discussion will cover the pioneering history of Monobloco and the emerging business of street Carnaval in Brazil. It will explore the relationship of the “old” and the “new,” samba schools and the contemporary bloco movement, as well as the role of cultural entrepreneurship in promoting traditional Brazilian music. The conversation will start with a drum demonstration by the panel members showcasing the rich rhythmic diversity of Brazil….

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Free

Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos

August 6 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Acclaimed for incorporating diverse rhythms and styles into the samba beat, Monobloco was created in 2000 by C.A. Ferrari, Celso Alvim, Mário Moura, Pedro Luís and Sidon Silva (members of the band Pedro Luís e A Parede) as a result of a percussion workshop. …

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Free

Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Master Class: Jamel Gaines

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
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It is artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic and aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s singular approach to reinventing dance….

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Free

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo / Sierra Leone Dance Troupe / Wahoo Skiffle Crazies

August 7 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
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Combining the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a one of a kind, stand out star in the family music scene. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he and his family band have earned a loyal national following….

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Free

Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music feat. Esperanza Spalding, Bilal and Nicholas Payton

August 7 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Heralded by the Village Voice for having New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz, Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound while pointing to things yet to come for a new era of music….

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$47.50

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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By purchasing tickets to SummerStage Benefit Concerts, you are continuing to support over 100 free performances in parks throughout the five boroughs. Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes This ground-breaking orchestral program – curated by the Garcia Family – features Garcia’s original compositions, as well as classic interpretations of his timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows. Collaborating with a full symphony orchestra, renowned vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead)…

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Free

Neon Indian

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East River Park
East River Park Amphitheater
New York, NY 10002 United States
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Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo)’s long awaited follow up to 2011’s Era Extraña, VEGA INTL. Night School was released in October 2015 on Mom + Pop. The album was conceived during a period of aesthetic reinvention for Palomo, as he retooled the lo-fi and spontaneous writing style he’d developed as Neon Indian by incorporating elements of the cleaner production values and dance oriented approach of his previous recording moniker VEGA, ultimately merging the two into one fast lane. …

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Free

“We Play For You, Butch Morris” featuring Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East River Park
East River Park Amphitheater
New York, NY 10002 United States
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Built around the axis of musicians associated with the Lower East Side club/lounge by the same name, Nublu Orchestra is assembled from the multifaceted range of open-minded musicians that call Nublu home, artists who are brought together to discover a common ground….

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Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / nathantrice/RITUALS dance theater

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Brooklyn born and bred vocalist and composer Tamar-kali is a 2nd generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. Her 5 piece outfit enchants you with its melody, while delivering a swift kick to the gut with its incisive emotional core. As a songwriter and vocalist Tamar-kali has defied boundaries and blended styles to craft her own unique sound….

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Free

Tony Vega

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East River Park
East River Park Amphitheater
New York, NY 10002 United States
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Tony Vega Puerto Rican singer Tony Vega got involved in music while participating in a teenage rock band called City Trash. Nevertheless, the young artist was finally captivated by Afro-Caribbean rhythms, especially tropical music, joining Raphy Levitt’s la Selecta and working along with Willie Rosario soon afterwards. In 1986, Tony Vega moved to New York, teaming up with Louie Ramírez and making an album called Super Banda. He later performed alongside Eddie Palmieri. After signing to RMM, Yo Me Quedo…

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Roger Guenveur Smith “RODNEY KING”

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East River Park
East River Park Amphitheater
New York, NY 10002 United States
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Roger Guenveur Smith adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newtown Story into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm. …

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