SummerStage at Central Park Presents Common, Lake Street Dive and more

Update: August 20, 2021 – Due to the likelihood of severe weather expected from Tropical Storm Henri, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage will postpone the Common / Rapsody / Pete Rock show scheduled for Sunday, August 22 at 7 PM in Central Park.

Sunday, August 22, Capital One City Parks Foundation will be presenting SummerStage with two upcoming ticketed benefit performances in Central Park. The performance on the 22nd will feature academy award, Emmy, and Grammy-winning artist, Common with support from grammy-nominated rappers Rapsody and Pete Rock. Then two days later Lake Street Dive will be performing to a sold-out crowd with Allision Russell and Zia Victoria. 

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With dozens of roles over the past two decades (American Gangster, John Wick 2 just to name a few.), Common is as much of a movie star as he is a rapper. The Chicago-bred MC secured his legacy as a pillar of hip-hop with classic LPs like Resurrection, Be, One Day It’ll All Make Sense and Like Water for Chocolate—few performers have balanced both worlds with such aplomb. He’s joined by Rapsody, the MC from North Carolina who’s widely acknowledged as one of the rap game’s preeminent wordsmiths who signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. The show will be opened with a DJ set by Pete Rock, one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth, who helped pioneer the fusion of jazz, funk, and soul with rap, and is responsible for some of the most iconic productions in New York hip-hop.

 Brooklyn’s Lake Street Dive have spent the last 16 years wielding classical chops to craft a sound that’s equal parts pop, rock, jazz, folk, and funk. The group formed in 2004 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, but each of its members—lead vocalist Rachael Price, guitarist/trumpeter Mike “McDuck” Olson, bassist Bridget Kearney, and drummer Mike Calabrese, and their newest member, keyboard and vocalist Akie Bermiss—have been singing and/or playing instruments since the third grade. Now seven albums deep into their recording career, they were recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, performing tracks from their latest, Obviously.

Both shows will begin at 7 pm with doors opening at 6 pm, and unlike most shows during the concert series tickets will be needed. A full list of the concert series will be listed below. Tickets can be bought at for any ticketed shows.

Aug-22Sunday5:00PM7:00PMCommon / Rapsody / Pete RockCentral Park
Aug-24Tuesday6:00PM7:00PMLake Street Dive / Allison Russell / Zia VictoriaCentral Park
Aug-25Wednesday6:00PM8:00PM30 for 30: Once Upon a Time in Queens World Premiere, presented by ESPN Films & Rooftop FilmsCentral Park
Aug-27Friday5:00PM7:00PMJazzmobile and the City Parks Foundation Present: Bird at 100: Featuring Gary Bartz, Vincent Herring & Bobby Watson, with Dave Kikokski, Yasushi Nakamura and Carl Allen / Special Performance by Antonio Hart (quartet) with Miki Yamanaka, Alex Ayala, and Vince EctorMarcus Garvey Park
Aug-28Saturday5:00PM7:00PMGo Brooklyn! Stetsasonic & Friends – 40th Anniversary ShowConey Island
Aug-28Saturday4:00PM6:00PMCPJF – Charlie Parker with Strings: The Donald Harrison Quartet and The Harlem Symphony OrchestraMarcus Garvey Park
Aug-29Sunday4:00PM6:00PMCPJF – Willie Jones III – A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration featuring Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo with Donald Vega and Endea Owens in association with Jazz at Lincoln CenterMarcus Garvey Park
Aug-29Sunday5:00PM7:00PM INVINCIBLE: A Glorious tribute to Michael Jackson / DJ KS 360Coney Island
Sep-1Wednesday5:00PM7:00PMYo La Tengo / Mountain Movers   Rooftop Films Presents: “Date. Interrupted” & “Sousaphone”Central Park
Sep-4Saturday5:00PM7:00PMDom Salvador Samba Jazz Sextet / Screening: “Dom Salvador & Abolition” / DJ Nyack & Eduardo Brechó in association with 25th Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival   Rooftop Films Presents: “The Orphan (O Órfão)”Central Park
Sep-11Saturday5:00PM7:00PMErica Campbell / The Walls Group / Lena Byrd Miles / Jason McGee and Choir   Rooftop Films Presents: “A Ship from Guantanamo,” “Miss Panama,” & “Spiritual First Aid”Central Park
Sep-12Sunday5:00PM7:00PMValerie June / Hollywood Anderson   Rooftop Films Presents: “More Happiness,” “The Criminals (Les Criminels),” & “To Know Her (母 • 緣)”Central Park
Sep-13Monday6:00PM7:00PMMachine Gun Kelly “Tickets to My Downfall” Tour with jxdn and KennyHooplaCentral Park
Sep-15WednesdayTBDTBDReggae Gold meets Soca Gold in association with VP RecordsConey Island
Sep-17Friday6:00PM7:00PM Dawes with special guests Bonny Light Horseman & Erin RaeCentral Park
Sep-18*   *NEW DATESaturday5:00PM7:00PMAntibalas   Rooftop Films Presents: “Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss” & “Red Taxi”Central Park
Sep-19Sunday5:00PM7:00PMPatti Smith and Her BandCentral Park
Sep-21Tuesday6:00PM7:00PMIndigo Girls / Ani DiFrancoCentral Park
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