SummerStage in Manhattan: 2016 Lineup

NYC Summer Arts Festival Offers Free Citywide Concerts, Theater, and More

Photo Credit: City Parks Foundation

Now in its 31st year, the lineup for SummerStage 2016 has been announced, proposing the most exciting roster of free-of-charge summer cultural events in the city. Run by the nonprofit City Parks Foundation since 1986, the SummerStage performing arts festival proposes an eclectic program of more than 100 alfresco concerts, dance performances, theater productions, comedy, and more, spanning various genres and cultures (with a special emphasis on jazz this year), and representing both established and emerging artists.

The events are scheduled to unfold at 16 parks across NYC's five boroughs, with the biggest blockbuster happenings planned at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. SummerStage 2016 kicked off May 16 and wraps up on September 23; read on for a rundown of the remaining events unfolding in Manhattan.

CENTRAL PARK'S RUMSEY PLAYFIELD

  • June 4: The Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner / Ron Carter ft. guest Wallace Roney / Roy Haynes [MUSIC]
  • June 11: Cymande / KING / Deva Mahal / DJ Parler [MUSIC]
  • June 15: Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Superstars [MUSIC]
  • June 18: Kamasi Washington [MUSIC]
  • June 21: Fete de la Musique: CharlElie Couture / Yael Naim / General Elektriks / La Femme [MUSIC]
  • June 22: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series [OPERA]
  • June 25: Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars [MUSIC]
  • June 26: Comedy Central presents: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park [COMEDY]
  • June 27: Indigo Girls / Lucy Wainwright Roche [MUSIC]
  • June 29: Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale / Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project [FILM & DANCE]
  • July 2: Freedom Party NYC 13 Year Anniversary [MUSIC & DANCE]
  • July 3: King Sunny Adé / Orlando Julius and The Afro Soundz / Rich Medina MUSIC]
  • July 6: Mexrrissey / Los Cafres / La Dame Blanche [MUSIC]
  • July 8: León Larregui / Rodrigo Amarante / Grenda [MUSIC]
  • July 10: Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players / Mister G / Finding Neverland / Purelements / Gizmo Guys [MUSIC]
  • July 15: Taiwanese Waves: Anpu / Wonfu / Sunset Rollercoaster [MUSIC]
  • July 17: Paulo Flores / Herencia de Timbiquí / Monsieur Periné / DJ Greg Caz / DJ Manny [MUSIC]
  • July 18: The Feelies / Beach Fossils [MUSIC]
  • July 27: Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Carolyn Dorfman Dance [DANCE]
  • July 30: Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Empress Of [MUSIC]
  • July 31: Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia / Doug E. Fresh and more [MUSIC]
  • August 6: Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos [MUSIC]
  • August 7: Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music [MUSIC]
  • August 10: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Nathan Trice RITUALS [MUSIC & DANCE]
  • August 14: Mbongwana Star / Batida / Young Paris / Okayafrica Electrafrique feat. DJ Underdog [MUSIC]
  • August 17: DJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs Presents: Behind The Groove with The Ladies of SKYY / Soul Connected / Raphael Xavier [MUSIC & DANCE]
  • August 18: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Master Class: Calvin Wiley [MUSIC & DANCE]
  • August 21: Sweet Micky / MHD / Erick La Peau [MUSIC]
  • August 28: GoldLink / Backyard Band / DJ Spicoli [MUSIC]
  • August 31: Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert [THEATER

A handful of ticketed benefit concerts, requiring paid admission, will also be featured in Central Park, including:

  • June 13: Barenaked Ladies / OMD / Howard Jones [MUSIC]
  • July 20: Ryan Adams & The Shining [MUSIC]
  • July 24: Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords / Eugene Mirman [MUSIC & COMEDY)
  • July 25: Mass Appeal: Live at the BBQ; lineup TBA [MUSIC]
  • August 1: Garbage / Kristin Kontrol [MUSIC]
  • August 3: Phillip Phillips / Matt Nathanson / A Great Big World [MUSIC]
  • August 8: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes [MUSIC]
  • August 13: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour with Best Coast and Kaya Stewart [MUSIC]
  • September 23: Lucius / JD McPherson / Big Thief [MUSIC]

MARCUS GARVEY PARK

  • July 8–31 (excluding Mondays): The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Macbeth [THEATER]
  • August 16: Alpha Blondy [MUSIC]
  • August 17: Saul Williams / Kimberly Nichole [MUSIC]
  • August 19: Nathan Trice Rituals / HSA Dance Ensemble / Master Class: Calvin Wiley [DANCE]
  • August 20–21: Kalabanté Circus / Iron Skulls & Quim Moya / Sxip’s Hour of Charm [DANCE & MUSIC]
  • August 26: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg Caz [MUSIC]
  • August 27: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman [MUSIC]

    JACKIE ROBINSON PARK

    • July 9: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series [OPERA]

    EAST RIVER PARK

    • August 9: Neon Indian [MUSIC]
    • August 10: “We Play For You, Butch Morris” featuring Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February [MUSIC]
    • August 11: Tony Vega [MUSIC]
    • August 12: Roger Guenveur Smith “RODNEY KING” [THEATER]
    • August 13: Carolyn Dorfman Dance / Master Class: Theresa Lavington [DANCE]
    • August 14: DJ Spinna celebrates Earth, Wind, and Fire / Shine and the Moonbeams [MUSIC]

    TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK

    • August 28: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: DeJohnette – Holland – Moran / Allan Harris / Donny McCaslin / Grace Kelly [MUSIC]

    For the full citywide SummerStage lineup, along with ticketing for benefit concerts, visit cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage.