SummerStage announced free shows for their 2021 season. There will be six shows put on between July through September and will take place at the Seaside Park Community Arts Center & the Coney Island Amphitheater.
SummerStage free outdoor festival and a seasonal outdoor venue that’s located in Central Park. It is presented by Capital One City Parks Foundation and annually presents approximately 100 performances in 15-18 parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The six free performances will take place at the Coney Island Amphitheater.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spoke on the return of SummerStage saying, “The return of SummerStage to the Coney Island Amphitheater and other outdoor venues throughout New York City fits the bill for exciting summer activities in Brooklyn. New Yorkers have endured much and contributed even more during one of our city’s darkest periods. Re-opening activities that reiterate what makes New York City great is a welcome addition to any summer ‘to do’ list.”
The six free shows will include GRAMMY-award-winning disco hitmaker Gloria Gaynor who is performing on July 17 with Harlem-via-East London selector DJ Stormin Norman of Disco Sequestered. On July 18 Puerto Rican via the Bronx singer/songwriter and the “Princess of Salsa” La India will take the stage on Sunday. On August 7 Multi-platinum R&B artist Ginuwine will celebrate legendary hip-hop DJ Funk Flex’s birthday with special guests who are TBA. On August 28 SummerStage will present Go Brooklyn! Stetsasonic & Friends – 40th Anniversary Show featuring beat-box, sampling and a live performance mixing R&B, jazz, dancehall and rock with these legendary hip-hop pioneers, starring Prince Paul. On August 29, INVINCIBLE: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson, the number one Michael Jackson tribute show in the world, will feature the world’s most authentic Jackson impersonators with the Bronx DJ KS 360 kicking off the evening. The Coney Island season will wrap up on September 15 with Reggae Gold meets Soca Gold in association with VP Records, a reggae and dancehall showcase presented by the Caribbean and woman-owned record label based in Queens. All performances at the Coney Island Amphitheater will be free and open to the public, no tickets required.
SummerStage also announced the additional free performances in Central Park this summer. On July 14, a Bastille Day Celebration will be presented by the French Consulate in New York, the French Institute Alliance Française and CAFUSA featuring a jazz quintet headlined by GRAMMY-nominated singer Kavita Shah, guitarist Matt Munisteri, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Ferenc Nemeth, and violinist Olivier Manchon performing a selection of beloved French classics, a get-up-and-dance set by star Joachim Garraud. On September 1, critically acclaimed indie rock band and SummerStage alums Yo La Tengo will perform a free show in Central Park with underground rock band, Mountain Movers opening the show. Originally formed 30 years ago in Hoboken, New Jersey, the band has recorded 16 studio albums with their latest release, We Have Amnesia Sometimes, recorded during the peak of the pandemic. On September 12, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and SummerStage alumna Valerie June will bring her mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, Americana, and bluegrass to the stage. Her latest album The Moon and The Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, released in March 2021, has been described by Pitchfork as her “most heavy-hearted” and “far-reaching” record.
On top of announcing it’s upcoming shows SummerStage has also announced that it will no longer require tickets for it’s free performances. All free performances will be open to the public, first come, first served, and accessible to all but will be subject to venue capacity limits and CDC recommendations for health and safety related to COVID-19 with maintaining social distance between audience members.
For the most information about the SummerStage 2021 season visit their website here.