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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


Lyricist Lounge featuring Scarface

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As a solo artist and member of Geto Boys, Scarface has always made sure to tell the stories he feels the world needs to hear. Whether it is speaking out against injustice, reflecting on his struggles with depression and his own mental health, or just telling the stories of the streets, he is one rapper you can always rely on to give you the real deal. …

Troy Ave / Phony Ppl hosted by Hot 97s Ebro, Laura, and Rosenberg

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roland Collins, better known as Troy Ave (the name of the block he grew up on in Brooklyn), has been buzzing in New York since 2006. Bringing heat in the form of hype songs with real lyrics, this high energy MC has made music by and for the streets. …

The Felice Brothers / The Barr Brothers

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Felice Brothers began in 2006 by doing what any youths, lost in upstate New York with dim job prospects would do: become obsessed with traveling the world and playing extremely loud rock ‘n’ roll. After settling on minor matters like who plays what (Ian Felice – vocals/guitar, James Felice – accordion/keys/vocals, Greg Farley – fiddle/vocals, Josh Rawson – bass/vocals, and recent addition David Estabrook – drums), the band procured instruments and cans of sardines, packed up tents, and devoted their lives to studying the art of songcraft, from Hoagie Carmichael to Kurt Cobain. The band headed to NYC where they busked their way to small restaurant gigs and eventually, major festival dates at Coachella, Bonnaroo and the like….

Lemon Andersen / #LoveHustle featuring DJ Reborn & J. Keys

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lemon Andersen’s new play ToasT, commissioned by The Public Theater in New York City and the Sundance Institute, will debut in April 2015. For a decade, Lemon’s performances have rocked iconic venues including San Francisco’s Theatre On The Square, Gammage Performing Arts Center in Arizona, Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, New Haven’s Arts & Ideas Festival, the Chicago Theatre and the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2009, Spike Lee produced Lemon’s coming-of-age autobiographical memoir County of Kings at the Public Theater. His performance received an acclaimed review from Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Published in 2010, the play’s script was awarded the New York Book Festival’s Grand Prize. …

Blue Note Jazz Festival: Meshell Ndegeocello / Roy Hargrove / Gabriel Garzón-Montano

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself….

KanKouran West African Dance Company / Master Class: Assane Konte

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

KanKouran West African Dance Company was founded for the purpose of contributing to the extension of the arts by introducing the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to audiences; enriching American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African performing arts; and promoting intercultural understanding through education and the performing arts. KanKouran was formed in 1983, in Washington, DC, byArtistic Director Assane Konte and former Director of Music, Abdou Kounta, who grew up together in Dakar, Senegal. Throughout the last 30 years, KanKouran has established itself as a premier center for the study and performance of traditional West African dancing and drumming. KanKouran’s annual African dance and drum conference is the largest, longest-running gathering of student- through master-level African dancers and drummers in the U.S….