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"In a city happily inundated with summertime cultural offerings, the SummerStage festival stands alone for its dizzying array of options, its local enthusiasm, and its general aura of awe." The New York Times



July 31 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Smorgasburg is returning to Central Park! After a (too?) successful trial run last fall, the renowned Brooklyn food market is back for one summer night only. Eat and drink specialties from 25 of our favorite food vendors under the evening stars, grab a couple beers or sip a glass of wine, and enjoy some outdoor tunes in the greatest park in the world. …

Mr. Joy peformed by Daniel Beaty

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is disrupted when the Chinese immigrant’s shoe repair shop, a neighborhood pillar for decades, does not open its doors. Nine customers, ranging from 11-year-old Clarissa, a budding shoe designer, to Bessie, a “gangsta granny,” reflect on the shop owner’s impact in this moving exploration of one community’s efforts to heal in order to dream again. Mr. Joy stars actor and vocalist Tangela Large….

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers / Amy Helm

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The legendary Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. …

TKA / Flaco Navaja and the Razor Blades / Tony Touch

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TKA is a dance group that was prominent in the 1980s and early 1990s, primarily in Freestyle epicenters such as New York, Chicago, and Miami. The trio, hailing from New York City, were signed to Tommy Boy Records in the mid-80s, and released their debut album, Scars of Love, in 1987. The album spawned 6 Billboard Top Dance Hits and several pop hits. The success of the album spurred a mini Latin pop explosion as groups like Expose, The Cover Girls and Lisa Lisa stormed the pop charts. By the release of their second album Louder than Love, TKA was traveling the world opening for groups like Boys II Men, Donna Summer and Paula Abdul. Following pressure from their record label to shift their sound, the group split up, but reunited in 2001….

Pre-Show Panel: Chico Science & Nação Zumbi’s Legacy and Continued Influence

August 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Prior to our 20 year celebration of the original 1995 Chico Science & Nação Zumbi concert at SummerStage, City Parks Foundation and Brasil Summerfest will host a panel discussion that will explore the impact in which Chico Science and Nação Zumbi had on Brazilian and international music. …

Nação Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa / DJ sets by Vinil Pompéia

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Twenty years ago, one of the most important groups in Brazil launched its first record, Da Lama ao Caos. The debut album by Chico Science & Nação Zumbi was a milestone for a group of friends, that by creating a scene, started a movement that ultimately destabilized the axis of musical production in Brazil. …


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