BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
The New York City Parks Foundation has announced the lineup for the 2018 season of SummerStage—which is the city’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival and includes performances in such genres as indie rock, hip hop, Latin, jazz and R&B.
This year, SummerStage is focusing on bringing international artists to stages beyond Central Park, allowing artists to perform in the neighborhoods where immigrant communities from the artists’ home countries live and gather.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be the first SummerStage Queens stop, kicking off the season with award-winning R&B group Kool & the Gang. The concert will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 17.
Socrates Sculpture Park will host the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, at which rising stars Gerard Schneider, Gabriella Reyes de Ramirez and Adrian Timpau will perform a program filled with opera favorites. The concert will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 29.
Springfield Park will host its own J’Ouvert parade during a jubilant celebration of Haitian music that will feature RAM, Paul Beaubrun and DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry. Held in association with the Afro-Latino Festival, the celebration will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 5.
Springfield Park will host a variety of events during the remainder of the weekend. On July 6, the Legendary Ladies of SKYY and Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez will provide an evening of freestyle dance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On July 7, dancehall star Kranium, DJ Max Glazer and DJ PoLiSH—who is also known as King Midas—will take the stage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. following City Parks’ Puppet Mobile performance of “The Big Good Wolf” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EPMD and DJ Sylk will end the weekend at Springfield Park with a night of classic hip hop on July 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For the first time, SummerStage will present a full lineup of Colombian musicians in Long Island City’s Queensbridge Park. On July 12, Systema Solar and Very Be Careful—in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference—will bring its Colombian and Afro-Caribbean sounds to the park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On July 13, the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will take the stage from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. following a pre-show dance workshop from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. On July 14, a special guest, who will be announced at a later date, is expected to perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. On July 15, the Jungle Brothers, O.C. and DJ Kool Red Alert along with other special guests will take over the park’s stage with hip hop hits from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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