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.
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 cityparksfoundation.org for any ticketed shows.
|Aug-22||Sunday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Common / Rapsody / Pete Rock||Central Park|
|Aug-24||Tuesday||6:00PM||7:00PM||Lake Street Dive / Allison Russell / Zia Victoria||Central Park|
|Aug-25||Wednesday||6:00PM||8:00PM||30 for 30: Once Upon a Time in Queens World Premiere, presented by ESPN Films & Rooftop Films||Central Park|
|Aug-27||Friday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Jazzmobile 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 Ector||Marcus Garvey Park|
|Aug-28||Saturday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Go Brooklyn! Stetsasonic & Friends – 40th Anniversary Show||Coney Island|
|Aug-28||Saturday||4:00PM||6:00PM||CPJF – Charlie Parker with Strings: The Donald Harrison Quartet and The Harlem Symphony Orchestra||Marcus Garvey Park|
|Aug-29||Sunday||4:00PM||6:00PM||CPJF – 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 Center||Marcus Garvey Park|
|Aug-29||Sunday||5:00PM||7:00PM||INVINCIBLE: A Glorious tribute to Michael Jackson / DJ KS 360||Coney Island|
|Sep-1||Wednesday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Yo La Tengo / Mountain Movers Rooftop Films Presents: “Date. Interrupted” & “Sousaphone”||Central Park|
|Sep-4||Saturday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Dom 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-11||Saturday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Erica 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-12||Sunday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Valerie June / Hollywood Anderson Rooftop Films Presents: “More Happiness,” “The Criminals (Les Criminels),” & “To Know Her (母 • 緣)”||Central Park|
|Sep-13||Monday||6:00PM||7:00PM||Machine Gun Kelly “Tickets to My Downfall” Tour with jxdn and KennyHoopla||Central Park|
|Sep-15||Wednesday||TBD||TBD||Reggae Gold meets Soca Gold in association with VP Records||Coney Island|
|Sep-17||Friday||6:00PM||7:00PM||Dawes with special guests Bonny Light Horseman & Erin Rae||Central Park|
|Sep-18* *NEW DATE||Saturday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Antibalas Rooftop Films Presents: “Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss” & “Red Taxi”||Central Park|
|Sep-19||Sunday||5:00PM||7:00PM||Patti Smith and Her Band||Central Park|
|Sep-21||Tuesday||6:00PM||7:00PM||Indigo Girls / Ani DiFranco||Central Park|