City Parks Foundation has announced the 2022 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s outdoor performing arts festival, bringing nearly 90 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs.
Citywide parks and venues hosting SummerStage this season include Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Von King Park and The Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, Crotona Park in the Bronx, Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island, as well as the newly refurbished SummerStage flagship venue at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. All performances will be free and open to the public, except for benefit concerts, and select shows will also be live-streamed on SummerStageAnywhere.org.
Opening the season on Saturday, June 11 in Central Park will be a free performance from legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock in association with the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Aussie BBQ in Central Park will welcome indie rock band You Am I, indigenous rapper Baker Boy and Aboriginal electronic music duo Electric Fields on June 18, while Francophiles will say merci to the annual Fête de la Musique lineup on June 21 in Central Park headlined by French hip hop veteran MC Solaar.
Brazilian music fans can enjoy the high-energy modern Carnaval stylings of Monobloco with Trinbagonian Nailah Blackman and Batalá on June 26 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and an K-Pop lineup of Brave Girls, Golden Child and AleXa in association with Korean Culture Center New York at Central Park on July 10. Other global music sensations taking the stages will include and Brazilian Latin Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Awardee Ney Matogrosso with Brazilian-Mexican folk-rock group Francisco El Hombre and queer duo Fado Bicha on July 17 in Central Park; the king of bachata “El Rey Supremo” Luis Vargas with Dominican artist El Gran Alcover and Latin pop group Grupo De Ahora on August 7 in Central Park; and Ghanaian music star Shatta Wale who will bring his dancehall to Crotona Park on August 13.
The 2022 SummerStage festival will also feature benefit shows in Central Park to help support City Parks Foundation’s free performances. Confirmed shows on sale now include American rock band Modest Mouse with indie rock band The Cribs on June 8 and 9; Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown with funk, hip-hop group Tank and the Bangas, rapper Big Freedia, percussionist Cyril Neville and others on June 13; funk legend George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic with rock band Dopapod and soul music band Pimps of Joytime on June 15; Scottish indie-rock band Belle & Sebastian with Los Bitchos on June 16; pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and neo-soul band Fitz and The Tantrums on August 4; The Wild Hearts Tour with indie rock vocalist Sharon Van Etten, indie-folk, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, and singer and multiinstrumentalist Julien Baker on August 20 and 21. Benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents; Blue Note Jazz Festival is producing the George Clinton performances. More benefit shows will be announced throughout the season.
Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter/pianist and former Snarky Puppy member Cory Henry will bring his inspiring compositions to Central Park on July 20, and one of NYC’s longest-running iconic underground dance parties Basement Bhangra helmed by DJ Rekha will return for its 25th anniversary celebrations on August 6 in Central Park. Fans of New York City’s homegrown Latin-infused freestyle sound will enjoy Freestyle king George Lamond and Salsa maestro Tony Vega on August 11 in Crotona Park.
SummerStage will again offer a free outdoor screening of the Oscar and Grammy award-winning documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” for its second year on June 17, commemorating Juneteenth. The film, which also opens the season of shows in neighborhood parks citywide, will be shown in Marcus Garvey Park, where The Harlem Cultural Festival was originally situated more than 50 years ago.
Additionally, SummerStage will pay tribute this season to cultural icons and pioneers with special performances by R&B legends Force MDs & Friends DJ S1 and Bugsy Buggs who will come together to celebrate the life of founding member, Staten Island’s very own Jessie Lee Daniels on August 7 in Corporal Thompson Park; and A Greg Tate Tribute Concert featuring Burnt Sugar Danz, Harriet Tubman, Resistance Revival Chorus and more on August 20 at Marcus Garvey Park honoring the legendary Harlem-based music writer and long-time cultural critic.
Dance will also be a major component of the SummerStage season with a program of women-led companies and BIPOC women leaders. Performances will include New York-based street and Club dance company helmed by Tatiana Desardouin, Passionfruit Dance Company, on July 13 in Central Park along with Art Move Concept from France, making their festival debut; Nai Ni Chen Dance Company with Les Ballet Afrik and Ayodele Casel on July 15 in a co-presentation with ALL ARTS in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; modern dance company Dallas Black Dance Theatre on July 23 in Von King Park; Brooklyn based Maimouna Keita African Dance Company on August 5 in Corporal Thompson Park; repertory highlights from Urban Bush Women in Crotona Park on August 12; Lindy Hop, solo jazz and house scenes company LaTasha Barnes Dance on August 19 in Marcus Garvey Park; and one of America’s premier contemporary dance companies, Hubbard St Dance Chicago on August 28 in Central Park with more performances to be announced.
SummerStage will also bring a six-show series at the Coney Island Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. These free performances will include R&B icons Stephanie Mills, Keni Burke and Ted Smooth on June 25; and Puerto Rican Power, Domingo Quinones with Lower East Salsa on July 10. Additional shows will be announced at a later date.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, New York City’s annual salute to the eponymous late saxophonist, will return in its 30th year for a three-day celebration of live jazz in the neighborhoods near where Parker worked and lived, including Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Running August 26 to August 28, the 30th anniversary will bring together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists including jazz singer and her big band Jazzmeia and Her Noble Force, Brooklyn-born tap dancer Calvin Booker On Tap & Friends; American trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet, NEA Jazz Master bassist Buster Williams featuring his quartet Something More and others; and avant-garde jazz legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp with genre-bending pianist Jason Moran, multi-award winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana, world renowned trumpeter Bria Skonberg, and leader in the field and mentor guitarist Pasquale Grasso with his nostalgic sound. Additional jazz events will also be held across the city to celebrate the festival, more details to be announced on www.SummerStage.org.
SummerStage will once again partner with Rooftop Films to feature international short films prior to Central Park shows this season; films will be announced at a later date.
Capital One is the festival’s multi-year title sponsor (Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage) and its official bank and credit card. Supporting sponsors include iStar, Subaru, Bloomberg Philanthropies, BABE, National Grid, Lewis Brisbois and United Airlines.