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Central Park Summerstage 2012

From a media release:
Central Park Summerstage 2012
June to September 2012

- City Parks Foundation proudly announces the 2012 season of SummerStage presented by AT&T, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing over 110 free performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, comedy and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Cutting edge artists from over 15 countries will perform at SummerStage, presenting the best of what is happening globally in the arts world as well as in the heart of the city. Since its inception twenty-seven years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. The festival runs from June 6th until August 30th.

“Audiences have come to expect the highest-quality, free arts programming from SummerStage and we intend to continue that tradition. We also see the importance of contributing to the arts landscape through supporting artists in their creative endeavors via the funding of these commissioned works,” says City Parks Foundation President, Alison Tocci. “We are delighted that the debut of these exceptional pieces will always be associated with SummerStage.”

Musical highlights from this season include soul legend, Bobby Womack, hip-hop legends Brand Nubian and Big Daddy Kane, contemporary R&B stars J. Holiday and Eric Benet, new generation rockers Dawes, Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr., reggae stars Inner Circle and Midnite, cutting edge comedy troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade, gospel greats Hezekiah Walker and Le’Andria Johnson, a global cast of the best Latin rockers, salseros and bachata singers including Mala Rodriguez, Kinky, Hector “El Torito” Acosta, Toby Love, and Jose Alberto “El Canario”, downtown performance legend Joey Arias, jazz great Roy Haynes, among dozens of other top notch artists.

Check the link for all dates and shows - here's some picks (all free shows):

Tuesday, June 12, 2011 | 8 p.m.
The New York Pops with Ozomatli

The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Blue Note Jazz Festival:
Groove Theory / Soulive / Riq & Rah with Strings (Black Thought and Rahzel with Strings) / DJ Questlove

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 8 p.m.
“The Daily Show’s” Rory Albanese / Wyatt Cenac / Adam Lowitt / Al Madrigal / John Oliver / Kristen Schaal

This marks the sixth consecutive year COMEDY CENTRAL has participated in this hugely successful SummerStage event.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 7 p.m.
Workmen's Circle Yiddishfest 2012
- Singing for a Better World featuring: The Klezmatics / SoCalled / Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird / Joshua Nelson / NYT-Folksbiene’s “Soul to Soul” / Yiddish Princess
SummerStage celebrates the musical legacy of Eastern Europe with a day dedicated to Yiddish music celebrating traditional klezmer and modern interpretations that fuse the traditional with everything from rock to hip-hop influences.

Saturday, June 30 & July 1, 2012 | 8 p.m.
Limón Dance Company with special musical guest Paquito D’Rivera

Join SummerStage as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the José Limón Dance Company and the “Summer of Limón” series.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 | 3 p.m.
CBGB Festival:
Guided by Voices / The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Cloud Nothings & More

Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 3 p.m.
SummerStage Kids Central Park Family Day
Featuring: Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players / IllStyle & Peace Productions / New York Chinese Cultural Center / Performers from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
SummerStage Kids’ Family Day is back for another raucous afternoon of whacky fun.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | 7 p.m.
Mala Rodríguez / Ximena Sariñana / Profetas / The Sconek-T

Presented in association with (LAMC) Latin Alternative Music Conference.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 | 3 p.m.
Kinky / Los Auténticos Decadentes / 3Ball MTY / DJ Raff

Presented in association with (LAMC) Latin Alternative Music Conference.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 | 7 p.m.
Guthrie Family Reunion Celebrating Woody’s 100th

For this special show, famed folk singer Arlo Guthrie and his family will come together to offer a rare and special tribute to his dad, Woody Guthrie, in celebration of Woody’s 100th birthday.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 7:30 p.m.
The Upright Citizens Brigade Presents the All Stars of Improv

The Upright Citizens Brigade is home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today.

Sunday, July 22, 2012 | 3 p.m.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo / SMOD / Bibi Tanga & The Selenites / Chief Boima

Presented in Association with: Museum for African Art

Sunday, July 29, 2012 | 3 p.m.
Héctor Acosta “El Torito” / DJ Lobo / Alex Sensation

Presented in Association with: Globe Star Media and La Mega

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 8 p.m.
SummerStage Theater Presented By Time Warner: The Power of the Trinity

Written by: Roland Wolf / Adapted & Directed By: Alfred Preisser / Original Music Composition by Tomas Doncker

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 8 p.m.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers with special musical guest Imani Uzuri
/ Malcolm Low Formal Structure / Special Guest: Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Contest Winner ”
Along with selections from her exciting repertoire, Camille A. Brown & Dancers will unite with vocalist and composer, Imani Uzuri, as they premiere a work set to music from Uzuri’s new album, The Gypsy Diaries, which will be performed live.

Saturday, August 4, 2012 | 3 p.m.
Amadou & Mariam / Theophilus London / Just a Band

Presented in Association with: Museum for African Art

Saturday, August 11, 2012 | 3 p.m.
Carolina Chocolate Drops / Buckwheat Zydeco / Abigail Washburn

Presented in Association with: Museum for African Art

Sunday, August 12, 2012 | 8 p.m.
4th Annual R&B Fest 2012

Presented in Association with: ImageNation Cinema Foundation

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | 8 p.m.
Koresh Dance Company / BalletX
Special Guest: Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Contest Winner
Dance studios are adjudicated by top names in the dance world with the award winner performing at SummerStage.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 | 3 p.m.
Jamaica's 50th Independence Day:
Inner Circle / Israel Vibration / The Mighty Diamonds / DJ Carter Van Pelt
Celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music.


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