The 2019 lineup for SummerStage is officially here, so prepare your lawn chairs and sunglasses for a summer of free outdoor music.
The concert series will kick off June 1 with Emily King as well as Durand Jones and the Indications in Central Park at the debut of the park’s renovated venue. Nearly 100 shows and 200 artists are scheduled in more than 17 parks in the five boroughs through Sept. 24.
Music festivals and celebrations are included in the lineup, including the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in celebration of the 100th birthday of the Harlem Renaissance, special performances for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and performances for the 40th anniversary of Queens-based, women-powered record label VP Records.
Most shows will be free, but tickets for other shows, including George Clinton, Kurt Vile and the Violators and Guster, must be purchased before the show. The full lineup of shows is available at cityparksfoundation.org.
Acts to look out for:
June 1 at Central Park: Emily King with Durand Jones and the Indications
June 8 at Central Park: Parquet Courts
June 10 at Central Park: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
June 23 at Flushing Meadows: Only in Queens Festival with Sheila E. and Musiq Soulchild
July 20 at Corporal Thompson Park: Ana Tijoux with L’Unicorns and DJ Shame
July 25 at Central Park: Kurt Vile and the Violators with Dinosaur Jr. and Cate Le Bon
July 26 at Soundview Park: Lalo Rodriguez with Los Hermanos, Moreno and DJ Lucho
July 27 at Soundview Park: Slick Rick with DJ Chuck Chillou
Aug. 3 at Ford Amphitheater: The 70s Soul Jam with The Stylistics, The Manhattans and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
Aug 8 at Central Park: Corinne Bailey Rae
Aug. 10 at East River Park: Mountain Goats
Aug. 18 at Marcus Garvey Park: The Wailers featuring Julian Junior Marvin with DJ Queen Majesty
Sept. 16 at Central Park: MARINA
Sept. 20 at Central Park: Bloc Party with Silent Alarm
Sept. 24 at Central Park: The B-52s with OMD and Berlin