SummerStage 2018 lineup: Steven Tyler, Jason Mraz, O.A.R. to play Central Park

Get ready for free shows under the sun — the SummerStage lineup for 2018 has been announced.

More than 100 shows, both free and ticketed, are slated for parks across the five boroughs, with a handful of benefit concerts at Central Park, including a night with Steven Tyler at the City Parks Foundation’s gala, Trombone Shorty, Jason Mraz and O.A.R., among others.

Last year, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Yo La Tengo, Regina Spektor, Jadakiss, Def Poets, among others, took the Central Park stage (near Fifth Avenue and 69th Street). 

Tickets for the benefit concerts, which cost $45 to $75, can be bought at cityparksfoundation.org. The proceeds make it possible for SummerStage to put on free concerts.

For the full lineup of shows, head to cityparksfoundation.org.

Here are some of the notable acts hitting the stage:


June 9: Bowie Symphonic at Central Park

June 14: YouTubers Jake Paul and his Team 10 at Central Park (ticketed benefit)

June 16: Kool & the Gang at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

June 18: Steven Tyler with The Loving Mary Band (ticketed benefit – $250)

June 20: Big Daddy Kane at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island

June 22: “Hip Hop You Don’t Stop” with It’s Showtime NYC, Lil Buck, Passion Fruit Dance Company and more at Coffey Park

June 24: Nicky Siano’s Hallelujah Disco with the Harlem Gospel Choir and Melba Moore and The Illustrious Blacks at Central Park

June 25: “Rock Rubber 45s” film premiere with live DJ sets from Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong, a performance by Pharoahe Monch and an appearance by Rosario Dawson at Central Park

June 28: Duck Down BBQ with Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun with a live band and special guests at Betsy Head Park

June 30:  “3 Sides of Damien Sneed: Classical, Jazz and Sanctified Soul” with Brandie Sutton, Stefon Harris and Keke Wyatt/Jazzmeia Horn at Central Park

July 6: Trey Anastasio Trio (ticketed benefit)

July 7: Kranium, Federation Sound, DJ Polish (King Midas) at Springfield Park

July 8: Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era present 4th Annual Steez Day (ticketed benefit)

July 15: Jungle Brothers and Friends, O.C., Kool DJ Red Alert, DJ Kool Flash and more at Queensbridge Park

July 18-19: Dispatch with world music collective Nahko, Medicine for the People and singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza at Central Park (ticketed benefit)

July 28: Pete Rock & the Soul Brothers, Hannah Williams & the Affirmations and DJ Emz at Central Park.

Aug. 2: The Movement: Messiah, Darell, Young Flow, El Sosa and Nelly Nelz at Crotona Park

Aug. 8: Trombone Shorty will play with Voodoo Threauxdown, the Galactic Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Breed Brass Band in celebration of New Orleans’ 300th anniversary at Central Park (ticketed benefit)

Aug. 9: Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen at Central Park (ticketed benefit)

Aug. 12: “Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s” hosted by Richard Barone at Central Park

Aug. 13: O.A.R. with Matt Nathanson at Central Park (ticketed benefit)

Aug. 28: “Voices of a People’s History” with Staceyann Chin, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Laura Gomez, Celisse Henderson, Viggo Mortensen and more at Central Park

Sept. 8: Mac DeMarco at Central Park (ticketed benefit)

Sept. 27: Angelique Kidjo’s “Remain in Light” and the Resistance Revival Chorus at Central Park

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