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NYC SummerStage Announces Lineup: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lettuce, Parliament Funkadelic, Caribou +mor


New York City’s Summer Stage is a killer concept. Who wouldn’t like epic free concerts in beautiful parks? Does the thought of Tedeschi Trucks Band bringin’ the soul to Central Park not tickle your fancy? Of course it does! And it tickles our’s too.

This year’s Summer Stage lineup is absolutely great. From heavy metal to smooth jazz, there are plenty of reasons to hit up the parks this year and enjoy some music. Here are the events we’re most excited for, all of which are free unless noted otherwise. The full schedule is just below our …

Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Central Park on May 18

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have an incredible band going. With the Allman Brothers retired, these guys are kicking it into full gear for 2015. This should be a great start to the summer!

Mastodon + Clutch @ Central Park on May 19 [Paid Show]

Mastodon have to be one of the best metal bands of all time at this point. They’re blend of sludge, stoner, doom, and thrash will be gnar-gnar in the middle of beautiful Central Park.

The Felice Brothers & The Barr Brothers @ Red Hook Park on June 4

Battle of the brothers? Both of these bands put their own spin on indie-folk music, and it should be a great kick-off for the Governors Ball weekend.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ Corona Park on June 7

If you aren’t going to Gov Ball on Sunday, you have to go see Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at the site of the World’s Fair. This will be a rockin’ soul show!

Lettuce & Soul Rebels @ Central Park on June 13

Shout outs to Lettuce! We’ve been covering these guys for years and couldn’t be more stoked that they get to bring their funktastic jams to Central Park this year. Super sick!

Maxi Priest + Gyptian @ Central Park on June 27

The last reggae show we went to in Central Park was Chronixx and Junior Reid, and it was absolutely INSANE. We couldn’t even get into the show, because it was so packed, but there was a good couple thousand people outside the venue listening to the music, dancing, singing, and lighting up.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ Queensbridge Park on July 15

George Clinton and his funky squadron may be just slightly passed their prime, but I’ve heard they still put on a great show. Since it’s free, you have to go check these legends out.

Bombino + Young Fathers @ Central Park on July 25

Bombino’s blend of world music and American blues makes for a concert that is definitely worth attending.

Ratking + Bishop Nehru @ East River Park on August 5

A couple of upcoming MCs will play a free show in Manhattan, at the East River Park. Support good hip hop!

Father John Misty + Angel Olsen @ Central Park on August 5 [Paid Show]

If hip hop isn’t your thing, maybe Father John Misty’s hilarious blend of folk and indie is. With a full band in tow, and Angel Olsen supporting, this should be worth the money for sure.

Caribou @ East River Park on August 6

Our Love was one of our favorite records last year, so we have to attend this free show in Manhattan!

Glass Animals + Taylor McFerrin @ Central Park on August 9

McFerrin’s Early Riser was a great record of 2014, blending downtempo, jazz, and soul with some really spacey stuff. Glass Animals and Taylor McFerrin makes a great bill for a Sunday afternoon affair.

Charlie Parker Jazz ft Dr. Lonnie Smith @ Marcus Garvey Park on August 22

I first heard of Dr. Lonnie Smith because he was sampled on Jay Z’s “Dead Presidents.” Perhaps more importantly, he’s a legendary jazz pianist.

Complete SummerStage Schedule:

  1. Monday May 18 – Central Park – 6pm – Tedeschi Trucks Band

  2. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Tuesday May 19 – Central Park – 6pm – Mastodon + Clutch + Graveyard

  3. Tuesday June 2 – Red Hook Park, BK – 7pm – Lyricist Lounge with Scarface

  4. Wednesday June 3 – Red Hook Park, BK – 7pm – Troy Ave + Phony Ppl + Ebro, Laura and Rosenberg

  5. Thursday June 4 – Red Hook Park, BK – 7pm – The Felice Brothers + The Barr Brothers

  6. Friday June 5 – Red Hook Park, BK – 7pm – Lemon Andersen + #LoveHustle with DJ Reborn and J. Keyes

  7. Saturday June 6 – Red Hook Park, BK – 7pm – KanKouran West African Dance Company

  8. Saturday June 6 – Central Park – 3pm – Blue Note Jazz Festival with Meshell Ndegeocello + Roy Hargrove + Gabriel Garzón-Montano

  9. Sunday June 7 – Red Hook Park, BK – 4pm – Brooklyn Family Day with Unlocking the Truth + Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls + Black Girls Rock + DJ Diamond Kuts

  10. Sunday June 7 – Red Hook Park, BK – 7pm – BattleFest League Dancers + Film Screening: Flex is Kings (2013)

  11. Sunday June 7 – Central Park – 3pm – Angelique Kidjo + Emmanuel Jal + Rich Medina

  12. Sunday June 7 – Flushing Meadows / Corona Park, QNS – 4pm – Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + Hollis Brown + Damien Escobar

  13. Thursday June 11 – Betsy Head Park, BK – 7pm – Duck Down BBQ 20th Anniversary with Boot Camp Clik + Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era + Chelsea Reject + Statik Selektah

  14. Friday June 12 – Betsy Head Park, BK – 7pm – Horace Brown + Jeff Redd + DJ Chuck Chillout + DJ Mell Starr

  15. Saturday June 13 – Betsy Head Park, BK – 7pm – Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe with Elaine Del Valle’s Brownsville Bred

  16. Saturday June 13 – Central Park – 3pm – Lettuce + Soul Rebels

  17. Sunday June 14 – Betsy Head Park, BK – 4pm – Brooklyn Family Day with Martha Redbone + Ebony Hillbillies

  18. Sunday June 14 – Betsy Head Park, BK – 7pm – DJ Fulano + Film Screening: Annie (2014)

  19. Monday June 15 – Central Park – 8pm – The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

  20. Tuesday June 16 – Central Park – 7pm – Yiddish Soul featuring Cantorial and Chassidic virtuosos

  21. Wednesday June 17 – Brooklyn Bridge Park, BK – 7pm – The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

  22. Wednesday June 17 – Herbert Von King Park, BK – 7pm – Lyricist Lounge with Biz Markie and Masta Ace

  23. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Wednesday June 17 – Central Park – 7pm – Lindsey Stirling

  24. Thursday June 18 – Herbert Von King Park, BK – 7pm – Taana Gardner + Johnny Kemp + DJ Yoda + TC Izlam

  25. Friday June 19 – Herbert Von King Park, BK – 7pm – Laurie M. Taylor / Soul Movement

  26. Saturday June 20 – Herbert Von King Park, BK – 7pm – Hearts of Men

  27. Saturday June 20 – Central Park -7pm –  Jungle + Ibeyi

  28. Sunday June 21 – Herbert Von King Park, BK – 4pm – Brooklyn Family Day with Laurie Berkner + Something Positive + Brooklyn United Marching Band

  29. Sunday June 21 – Herbert Von King Park, BK – 7pm – DJ Spinna + The Bullitts + Film Screening: They Die By Dawn(2013)

  30. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Monday June 22 – Central Park – 6pm – SummerStage Gala

  31. Wednesday June 24 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 7pm – The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

  32. Wednesday June 24 – Crotona Park, BX – 7pm – Judy Torres + Tony Touch

  33. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Wednesday June 24 – Central Park – 6pm – The Kooks + Atlas Genius + Joywave

  34. Thursday June 25 – Crotona Park, BX – 7pm – Lyricist Lounge with The LOX

  35. Friday June 26 – Jackie Robinson Park, MN – 7pm – The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

  36. Friday June 26 – Crotona Park, BX – 7pm – Hybrid Movement Company + The Incredible Incredible + IMPACT Repertory Theatre

  37. Saturday June 27 – Central Park – 3pm – VP Records 35th Anniversary with Maxi Priest + Gyptian + Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons + Massive B (Bobby Konders and Jabba)

  38. Saturday June 27 – Crotona Park, BX – 7pm – Nuyorican Poets Cafe with Jive Poetic + Jamaal St. John + Pamela Sneed

  39. Saturday June 27 – Brooklyn Bridge Park, BX – 4pm + 7pm – Magmanus

  40. Sunday June 28 – Brooklyn Bridge Park, BX – 4pm + 7pm – Magmanus

  41. Sunday June 28 – Central Park – 3pm – Catalan Sounds On Tour with Oques Grasses + La Iaia + Silvia Perez Cruz + DJ Guillamino

  42. Sunday June 28 – Crotona Park, BX – 7pm – The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

  43. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Monday June 29 – Central Park – 6pm – Ingrid Michaelson + Jukebox the Ghost + Secret Someones

  44. Tuesday June 30 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – 7pm – The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

  45. Thursday July 2 – Central Park – 8pm – Un Break à Mozart + The DASH Ensemble

  46. Sunday July 5 – Central Park – 3pm – Global Family Day with Shine and The Moonbeams + The Noel Pointer Youth Orchestra + The Red Trouser Show + Batoto Yetu + Ziporah Roney and Collaborative Artists

  47. Sunday July 5 through Sunday July 26 (Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 8pm – The Classical Theater of Harlem presents The Tempest

  48. Tuesday July 7 – St. Mary’s Park, BX – 7pm – LAMC presents Our Latin Thing + DJ Afro

  49. Wednesday July 8 – Central Park – 6pm – LAMC presents Systema Solar + Compass + Helado Negro

  50. Wednesday July 8 – St. Mary’s Park, BX – 7pm – Ismael Miranda

  51. Thursday July 9 – St. Mary’s Park, BX – 7pm – Cano Estremera

  52. Friday July 10 – St. Mary’s Park, BX – 7pm – Nuyorican Poets Cafe with La Bruja + Patty Dukes + Reph Star + Nene Ali

  53. Saturday July 11 – Central Park – 3pm – LAMC presents Vicentico + Ximena Sariñana + No Te Va Gustar

  54. Saturday July 11 – St. Mary’s Park, BX – 7pm – Hip Hop Dance: From the Streets to the Stage

  55. Sunday July 12 – Central Park – 3pm – Cesária Évora Orchestra + Mayra Andrade + Dino D’Santiago

  56. Sunday July 12 – St. Mary’s Park, BX – 4pm – Bronx Family Day with Mister G + Soul Street Dance + DJ ASHO

  57. Sunday July 12 – St. Mary’s Park, BX – 7pm – Gerardo Contino y Los Habeneros + Film Screening: Celia – The Queen (2008)

  58. Tuesday July 14 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 7pm – The Chi-Lites

  59. Wednesday July 15 – Central Park – 7pm – NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another – SummerStage 30 Year Celebration

  60. Wednesday July 15 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 7pm – George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

  61. Thursday July 16 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 7pm – Lyricist Lounge featuring Large Professor + Marley Marl

  62. Friday July 17 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 7pm – Soul Inscribed & The Spinning Wheel by Baba Israel + Twists & a Bridge by Jennifer Cendaña Armas

  63. Saturday July 18 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 7pm – Rashida Bumbray & Dance Diaspora Collective

  64. Saturday July 18 – Central Park – 7pm – The Freedom Party NYC – SummerStage Anniversary

  65. Sunday July 19 – Central Park – 7pm – Jorge Drexler + Diego Garcia + Danay Suarez

  66. Sunday July 19 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 4pm – Queens Family Day with Wycliffe Gordon and Friends + B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove + Karisma Jay and Abundance

  67. Sunday July 19 – Queensbridge Park, QNS – 7pm – Pete Rock + Film Screening: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

  68. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Wednesday July 22 – Central Park – 7pm – Milky Chance + X AMBASSADORS

  69. Saturday July 25 – Highbridge Park, MN – 7pm – Jose Peña Suazo y La Banda Gorda

  70. Saturday July 25 – Central Park – 3pm – Bombino + Young Fathers + Fantastic Negrito

  71. Sunday July 26 – Central Park – 3pm – The Rock Steady Crew’s 38th Anniversary Concert with Whodini and Big Daddy Kane

  72. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Monday July 27 – Central Park – 6pm – Dawes + First Aid Kit

  73. Tuesday July 28 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – 7pm – Mack Wilds + host Peter Rosenberg

  74. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Tuesday July 28 – Central Park – 6pm – Rise Against + Killswitch Engage + LetLive

  75. Wednesday July 29 – Central Park – 8pm – PHILADANCO! + TU Dance

  76. Wednesday July 29 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – 7pm – Jellybean Benitez + DJ Street Tech + D-Train

  77. Thursday July 30 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – 7pm – TU Dance

  78. Friday July 31 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – 7pm – Mr. Joy by Daniel Beaty with Tangela Large

  79. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Friday July 31 – Central Park – 5pm – Smorgasburg

  80. Saturday August 1 – Central Park – 3pm – Dr. John and The Nite Trippers + Amy Helm

  81. Saturday August 1 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – 7pm – TKA + Tony Touch

  82. Sunday August 2 – Central Park – 3pm – Brasil Summerfest with Nação Zumbi + Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan with Cha Wa + DJ Vinil Pompéia

  83. Sunday August 2 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – Staten Island Family Day with Little Club Heads + Sugar Free Allstars + Hopalong Andrew

  84. Sunday August 2 – Clove Lakes Park, SI – 7pm – The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue + Film Screening: Get On Up (2014)

  85. Monday August 3 – Central Park – 8pm – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical in concert

  86. Tuesday August 4 – East River Park, MN – 7pm – Tito Nieves

  87. Wednesday August 5 – East River Park, MN – 7pm – Ratking + Bishop Nehru

  88. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Wednesday August 5 – Central Park – 6pm – Father John Misty + Angel Olsen + Summer Moon

  89. Thursday August 6 – East River Park, MN – 7pm – Caribou

  90. Friday August 7 – East River Park, MN – 7pm – Nuyorican Poets Cafe with Sarah Jones

  91. Saturday August 8 – Central Park – 6pm – SummerStage 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration with Afrika Bambaataa + Gilles Peterson + Quantic

  92. Saturday August 8 – East River Park, MN – 7pm – Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

  93. Sunday August 9 – Central Park – 3pm – Glass Animals + Taylor McFerrin + BattleFest League Dancers

  94. Sunday August 9 – East River Park, MN – 4pm – Manhattan Family Day with Invincible: A Tribute to Michael Jackson + Marika Hughes and Bottom Heavy

  95. Sunday August 9 – East River Park, MN – 7pm – The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue + Film Screening: Our Latin Thing (1972)

  96. Tuesday August 11 – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 7pm – Rakim + DJ Tedsmooth

  97. Wednesday August 12 – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 7pm – Mobile Mondays! Live: Everybody Loves Roy Ayers

  98. Wednesday August 12 – Central Park – 8pm – The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music

  99. Thursday August 13 – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 7pm – The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music

  100. Friday August 14 – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 7pm – The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music

  101. Saturday August 15 – Central Park – 7pm – Brazilian Film Festival of NY featuring Baby Do Brasil + Film Screening: Samba & Jazz (2014)

  102. Saturday August 15 – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 7pm – Tinder & Ash + Ephrat Asherie Dance + Kiebpoli & Shine + Claire Parsons Co. + Brooklyn United Marching Band

  103. Sunday August 16 –  Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 7pm – Tinder & Ash + Ephrat Asherie Dance + Kiebpoli & Shine + Claire Parsons Co. + Brooklyn United Marching Band

  104. Sunday August 16 – Central Park – 6pm – Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito 25th Anniversary Concert + Film Screening: Stretch and Bobbito – Radio That Changed Lives (2015)

  105. Wednesday August 19 – Central Park – 8pm – ALT MODE + ARCH Dance Company

  106. Friday August 21 – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 6pm – The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Oliver Lake Big Band + King Solomon Hicks + Michela Taps: Bird Lives

  107. Saturday August 22 – Marcus Garvey Park, BX – 3pm – The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith + Andy Bey + Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts + Camille Thurman

  108. Sunday August 23 – Tompkins Square Park, MN – 3pm – The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Joe Lovano + Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls + Myra Melford + Michael Mwenso

  109. Sunday August 23 – Central Park – 7pm – Jazmine Sullivan + Jordan Bratton

  110. Wednesday September 2 – Central Park – 6pm –  Lake Street Dive + Kitty Daisy & Lewis

  111. PAID TICKETED BENEFIT SHOW – Thursday September 24 – Central Park – 7pm – Walk the Moon

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