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MUSIC/Festivals – #NYC Central Park Summerstage is STILL GREAT! *Summer *nyc

City Parks Foundation Announces SUMMERSTAGE 2017 SEASON 

Presented by Capital One Bank 

Opening Night on June 3rd Featuring Mavis Staples 

Season Highlights Include Digable Planets, BalletX, Khalid, Bob Moses, Slick Rick the Ruler, KRS-One, La India, Frankie Negrón, Valerie June, and many more 

Benefit Concerts Featuring Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor, Gov’t Mule, and more 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary this Season 

Season runs May 17 to September 28
More than 100 FREE and benefit shows across all 5 boroughs of NYC 

City Parks Foundation hosts the 2017 season of SummerStage , New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival, presented by Capital One Bank, showcases over 150 unique artists performing shows from a plethora of genres and disciplines, including indie-rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, bhangra, poetry, opera, contemporary dance, and theater. 

SummerStage kicked off its first free show of the season with performances from the legendary Mavis Staples and contemporary blues artist Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Good Music in Central Park on June 3rd. Staples lead a powerful vocal showcase of rock, blues, gospel and R&B. Digable Planets reunited to open the citywide SummerStage run with a rare performance in Coffey Park in Brooklyn on June 21st. New York rap icon KRS-One and DJ Chuck Chillout  also performed in Coffey Park on June 25th and dynamic emcee Jadakiss will take the mic at Tremont Park on August 6th. Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA “The Genius” will drop knowledge in South Beach in Staten Island on July 23rd. Brasil Summerfest returns featuring iconic samba singer Elza Soares and rising star Liniker e os Carmelows on August 5th in Central Park. Jazz veteran Joshua Redman Quartet will pay tribute to Charlie Parker as part of the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27th in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park. 

This season will also feature benefit shows in Central Park to help support City Parks Foundation’s free programs for all New Yorkers . American r ock band Gov’t Mule, the Grammy award-winning Elvis Costello & The Imposters, progressive rock multi-stylists Umphrey’s McGee, avant-rocker PJ Harvey, indie pop singer Regina Spektor,energetic rockers All Time Low, anthemic artists The Revivalists, and 

 

indie rock trailblazers Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids have been confirmed with many more to be announced. All benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents. 

Other highlights included: 

  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic along with Main Source, Chloe x Halle, DJ Marley Marl and host Roxanne Shante brought the funk to Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of the Only In Queens Summer Festival on June 11
  • Indie-folk pop singer and indie-folk singer rising star Margaret Glaspy performed on June 22nd in Coffey Park
  • C lassic hip-hop innovators Slick Rick the Ruler and GrandWizzard Theodore  teamed up in Queens’ Springfield Park on July 7th
  • Timeless architect of alternative-rock PJ Harve y will host a benefit show in Central Park on July 19th
  • Contemporary ballet company BalletX will perform their acclaimed piece “Big Ones” set to the music of Amy Winehouse in Central Park on July 26th
  • Latin Grammy Award-winning princess of salsa La India will perform in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on July 28th
  • Salsa’s next definitive voice Frankie Negrón will perform in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on July 29th
  • Rock Steady Crew will celebrate the 40t h anniversary of their Bronx-conceived b-boy crew in Central Park with a who’s who of classic hip-hop performances including the legendary MC Lyte on July 30th
  • Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band , two generations of blues giants, will take over Central Park on Aug 13th
  • A performance from the cast of Broadway’s new hit musical A Bronx Tale , based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the classic film, will make its way to Crotona Park in the Bronx on Aug 3rd
  • Alternative rock band, and one of Rolling Stone ’s “10 Bands You Need to Know,” The Revivalists will perform a benefit concert in Central Park on Aug 10th
  • SummerStage Family Day, featuring performances from They Might Be Giants and Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Radio, comes to Central Park on Aug 12th
  • The Russell Simmons / Mos Def-backed series Def Poetry Jam will host a reunion in Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan on Aug 20th
    This year, SummerStage will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved 
    Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, New York City’s annual salute to the eponymous late saxophonist. The festival, which each year coincides with Charlie Parker’s birthday, takes place uptown in Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and downtown in Tompkins Square Park, across the street from the apartment Parker called home. This year, the festival has been extended to four days and will include Emmy Award-winning tap dance virtuoso Jason Samuels Smith, world-renowned A nat Cohen Tentet, jazz master Lee Konitz Quartet, slow-funk Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, reverend drummer Louis Hayes, young American vocalist Charenee Wade, Grammy nominated Joshua Redman Quartet, modern jazz creative voice Lou Donaldson, saxophonist Tia Fuller of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé , vocalist Alicia Olatuja, and more. 

SummerStage will also expand its family-friendly pre-show workshop offerings this season to include dance classes, beatboxing lessons, and introductions to DJing and Latin percussion. These interactive workshops will take place prior to select SummerStage shows throughout the season, and all ages are encouraged to come out to the park early to participate. To kick off the season, SummerStage will host a DJ lesson from Scratch DJ Academy and a beatboxing tutorial with renowned beatboxer Exacto before the Digable Planets performance in Coffey Park. Other workshops will include salsa dance lessons in St. Mary’s Park and a poetry class in Marcus Garvey Park. 

“City Parks Foundation is dedicated to providing every New Yorker with access to excellent, culturally relevant performing arts experiences in their home communities. Our SummerStage festival brings outstanding artists from genres across the globe directly to city parks across the five boroughs, all free of charge, making those parks community and cultural centers,” said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. 

“This year’s line-up brings together a widely diverse mix that is representative of the cultural mosaic that is New York City, a line-up that pays homage to both the cultural legacy of the city and its communities while celebrating what’s next,” said Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director of City Parks Foundation. 

“Capital One is proud to continue our long-standing support for SummerStage, as the festival once again brings New York’s rich artistic diversity to our local community,” said Michael Slocum, President, Commercial Banking and Northeast Regional President, Capital One. 

The complete SummerStage schedule follows below. For the most up-to-date scheduling and lineup for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the social media handles below and visit www.SummerStage.org for all festival information. 

The 2017 SummerStage festival is presented by Capital One Bank. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company , Austin Eastciders, Disney, Sprint, Boost Mobile, New York Presbyterian, Electric Sky Wine, Hint Water and Deep River Snacks, are all official SummerStage sponsors. Generous private support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Horace Silver Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Shubert Organization, and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. 

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Council. 

Presenting Radio Sponsor: iHeart Media featuring Lite FM, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, and Z100. Media partners include: Big Screen Plaza, Brooklyn Magazine, doNYC, Time Out New York, WBGO, WFUV, WNYC, and Zoom Media & Marketing. 

In all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve. 

Twitter: @SummerStage Snapchat: summerstagenyc Instagram: @SummerStage Official Hashtag: #SummerStage Facebook: SummerStage NYC 

About City Parks Foundation 

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At CPF, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, 

 

 

 

 

 

community development and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities. 

About SummerStage
SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents more than 100 performances in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 32 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. SummerStage is presented by Capital One Bank. 

About Capital One 

CapitalOneFinancialCorporation( www.capitalone.com) isafinancialholdingcompanywhose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $236.8 billion in deposits and $357.0 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2016. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index. Visit the Capital One newsroom for more Capital One news . 

SummerStage 2017 Schedule 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 

Date 

Time 

Artist 

Park 

Boro 

Genre 

Saturday 

6/3/17 

7:00 PM 

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Good Music 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/11/17 

5:00 PM 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic / Main Source / Chloe x Halle / DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante 

Flushing Meadows Corona Park 

QN 

Music 

Monday 

6/12/17 

8:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/14/17 

7:00 

Yiddish Soul: Klezmatics / 

Central 

MN 

Music 

PM 

Zusha / Maccabeats / Cantors Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer with host Nachum Segal 

Park 

Wednesday 

6/14/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Brooklyn Bridge Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/16/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Clove Lakes Park 

SI 

Music 

Saturday 

6/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/17/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/21/17 

7:00 PM 

Digable Planets / DJ Natasha Diggs 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/21/17 

6:00 PM 

Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/22/17 

7:00 PM 

Margaret Glaspy / Alexander F 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/23/17 

7:00 PM 

Just Blaze in association with 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Meanred 

Friday 

6/23/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Jackie Robinson Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

5:00 PM 

Denzel Curry / Kemba / Powers Pleasant in association with Move Forward Music 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

6:00 PM 

The Gift / Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Socrates Sculpture Park 

QN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/25/17 

3:00 PM 

The Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/25/17 

5:00 PM 

KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Monday 

6/26/17 

6:00 PM 

Korea GAYOJE: Year of the Ox / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with the Korean Cultural Center New York 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/28/17 

7:00 PM 

Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/28/17 

6:00 PM 

Freedom Party® NYC 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/29/17 

7:00 PM 

Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/30/17 

7:00 PM 

Ginuwine / Boogie Blind hosted by Torae 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

7/1/17 

7:00 PM 

Everyday People with special guests Kamau & Teedra Moses 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

7/1/17 

6:00 PM 

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks with Catherine Russell / Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band / Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses / Natalie Dessay & Ensemble Matheus lead by Jean-Christophe Spinosi presented by the French Embassy in association with New York Hot Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/2/17 

7:00 PM 

Bob Moses / Poolside in association with Meanred 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/2/17 

5:00 PM 

DJ Premier and Friends in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/5/17 

8:00 PM 

Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company / Pretty BIG Movement 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Dance 

Thursday 

7/6/17 

7:00 PM 

Mobile Mondays! Funkin with Jamaica w. Tom Browne 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Friday 

7/7/17 

7:00 PM 

Slick Rick The Ruler / GrandWizzard Theodore hosted by Torae 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/8/17 

7:00 PM 

Totó La Momposina / Mariachi Flor de Toloache / Prince of Queens 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/8/17 

5:00 PM 

The Jimmy Heath Big Band 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/9/17 

7:00 PM 

Buffy Sainte-Marie / A Tribe Called Red / Iskwé 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/9/17 

5:00 PM 

Ohio Players / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Monday 

7/10/17 

8:00 PM 

UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata 

Central Park 

MN 

Comedy 

Wednesday 

7/12/17 

8:00 PM 

Ladies of Hip Hop Festival with special guest Amirah Sackett 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

7/12/17 

6:00 PM 

Mon Laferte / Princess Nokia / ÌFÉ in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

7/13/17 

7:00 PM 

Judy Torres / Cynthia 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Music 

 

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Friday 

7/14/17 

7:00 PM 

Mr. Cheeks / Large Professor 

Queensbridge Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/15/17 

5:00 PM 

The Legendary Ladies of SKYY / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/15/17 

3:00 PM 

Los Pericos / Chicano Batman / La Vida Bohéme in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/16/17 

3:00 PM 

Fela Tribute with Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Underground System / Rich Medina in association with Giant Step and with the Paris New York Heritage Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Monday 

7/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/19/17 

6:00 PM 

TKA 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Thursday 

7/20/17 

6:00 PM 

Lisette Melendez 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Friday 

7/21/17 

6:00 PM 

Joe Bataan / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Saturday 

7/22/17 

5:00 PM 

Evelyn “Champagne” King / Joey Carvello 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Sunday 

7/23/17 

5:00 PM 

GZA in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series 

South Beach 

SI 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/26/17 

8:00 PM 

BalletX / YY Dance Company 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

7/26/17 

7:00 PM 

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit: Star-Crossed (Los Desdichados) 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music/Sp oken Word 

Thursday 

7/27/17 

8:00 PM 

Made in the Bronx presented by BAAD! 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Dance 

Friday 

7/28/17 

7:00 PM 

La India 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

7/29/17 

5:00 PM 

Frankie Negrn 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

7/29/17 

7:00 PM 

Taiwanese Waves: Fire Ex / Dadado Huang + Berry j / Sangpuy 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/30/17 

5:00 PM 

Lisa Lisa / Marlon B 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Sunday 

7/30/17 

3:00 PM 

Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring MC Lyte 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/2/17 

8:00 PM 

Rennie Harris Puremovement / Philadanco! 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

8/2/17 

7:00 PM 

Ultimate Break and Beats Anniversary / BreakBeat Lou / SPECIAL ED / Camp Lo / hosted by Lord Finesse 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Thursday 

8/3/17 

7:00 PM 

A Bronx Tale 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Theater 

Friday 

8/4/17 

7:00 PM 

Stevie B / Ted Smooth 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

8/5/17 

5:00 PM 

Kid Capri’s Block Party Live 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

8/5/17 

7:00 PM 

Elza Soares / Liniker e os Caramelows / Teleseen DJ Set in association with Brasil Summerfest 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/6/17 

3:00 PM 

Basement Bhangra 20th Anniversary: Apache Indian / Panjabi MC / DJ Rekha / Madame Gandhi / Anik Khan / Horsepowar / Sikh Knowledge / DJ Petra / DJ Shilpa 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/6/17 

5:00 PM 

Jadakiss 

Tremont Park 

BX 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/9/17 

8:00 PM 

Malposo Dance Company / Daymé Arocena / Nickodemus 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance / Music 

Wednesday 

8/9/17 

7:00 PM 

Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Staceyann Chin / Ntozake Shange / Sarah Kay 

East River Park 

MN 

Spoken Word 

Thursday 

8/10/17 

7:00 PM 

Company SBB with Burnt Sugar Arkestra 

East River Park 

MN 

Dance 

Friday 

8/11/17 

7:00 PM 

Andy Monta  ez 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/12/17 

5:00 PM 

Khalid 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/12/17 

3:00 PM 

Family Day: They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond / Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/13/17 

5:00 PM 

Funkbox in the Park: Tony 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Touch / Danny Krivit / Jellybean Benitez / D-Train / honoring Evelyn Santos 

Sunday 

8/13/17 

5:00 PM 

Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band / Jontavious Willis / Dante Ross 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Tuesday 

8/15/17 

7:00 PM 

Stew and The Negro Problem 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Theater 

Wednesday 

8/16/17 

8:00 PM 

Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in association with Dance Films Association 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance / Film 

Wednesday 

8/16/17 

7:00 PM 

Bilal / DJ Reborn in association with Jill Newman Productions 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Step Afrika! 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Dance 

Saturday 

8/19/17 

5:00 PM 

Jim Jones 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/20/17 

5:00 PM 

Def Poets: A Reunion feat. Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas, Toni Blackman 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Spoken Word 

hosted by Asha Bandele in association with Manifesto 

Sunday 

8/20/17 

6:00 PM 

Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/24/17 

7:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed Featuring: Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edward s and Derick K. Grant 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music / Dance 

Friday 

8/25/17 

6:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Anat Cohen Tentet 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/26/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/27/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia 

Tompkins Square Park 

MN 

Music 

Olatuja 

Sunday 

8/27/17 

6:00 PM 

Valerie June / Aloysius 3 / Jalen N’Gonda / DJ Boogie Blind 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

SummerStage 2017 Benefit Show Schedule 

Day 

Date 

Time 

Artist 

Park 

Boro 

Genre 

Wednesday 

5/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Gov’t Mule / Chris Robinson Brotherhood produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/15/17 

7:30 PM 

Elvis Costello & The Imposters produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Friday 

7/7/17 

6:00 PM 

Umphrey’s McGee / Aqueous produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/19/17 

8:30 PM 

PJ Harvey produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

7/27/17 

7:00 PM 

Regina Spektor produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Monday 

7/31/17 

6:00 PM 

All Time Low / 

Central 

MN 

Music 

SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks produced by The Bowery Presents 

Park 

Thursday 

8/3/17 

6:00 PM 

Dashboard Confessional / The All-American Rejects / The Maine produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/10/17 

6:00 PM 

The Revivalists / White Denim produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/30/17 

6:00 PM 

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

9/13/17 

6:00 PM 

Young the Giant with special guest Cold War Kids and Joywave produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

9/14/17 

7:30PM 

Patti Smith with her Band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith Honoring Fred Sonic Smith produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

9/21/17 

6:00PM 

The Head and the Heart / The 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Lone Bellow / The Shelters produced by The Bowery Presents 

Friday 

9/22/17 

7:00 PM 

The War on Drugs 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2017 Schedule 

Thursday 

8/24/17 

7:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music / Dance 

Friday 

8/25/17 

6:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Anat Cohen Tentet 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/26/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade 

Marcus Garvey Park 

July 15, 2017 Posted by | CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance – James Whiteside – Ballet -Summer Tour

James Whiteside, ballet’s most daring principal artist known for his theatrical and technical versatility, will begin an extensive and varied summer tour, with seven appearances worldwide, after the close of the American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House Season.

The bold and irreverent James Whiteside is packing his suitcase and touring around the globe, bringing pieces of his ballet, pop and drag persona with him! Having gained a tremendous fan base over pushing boundaries both artistically and within the LGBTQ community, James will give audiences everywhere a little bit of everything– the classics, the celebrated, and the new works of James himself, produced for the first time under his new production company James Whiteside Presents. He is a dancer, a designer, and a dreamer, and he is coming to a city near you during the next few months.

 

And if you can’t wait until showtime and need a quick fix, here is James’s most recent music video, Piece of MeThis is only a taste of his infectious energy and talent.

 

 

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Whiteside kicks off the summer at Fire Island Dance Festival, followed by an evening of self-choreographed work at Jacob’s Pillow, performances at Joyce Theater with Gemma Bond, BALLETNOW, Vail Dance Festival and Ballet Sun Valley, and lastly a tour to Japan late summer to work with Tokyo Disney. Performances will showcase a variety of dance styles including classical ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, theater jazz and hip-hop.

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Now in its 23rd season, the Fire Island Dance Festival, having nearly raised $5 million dollars on behalf of Dancers Responding to AIDS, will invite James to perform in a new work by musical theater choreographer Al Blackstone. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore? premiering at the festival, July 15 and 16 and set to a soundscape by Prince, centers around a character portrait of a contemporary man, played by James, who has everything—money, power, sex appeal—and the disturbing truth about the lengths he will go to get what he wants.

The following week, James will produce and premiere 5 Dances on Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s “Inside/Out” stage, July 19. A collection of original works in varied styles that he has created over the last few years, Whiteside will perform with American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary, with narration by actor/show maker Jack Ferver. This program consists of Zero Hour, set to Vivaldi’s classic “Winter” and originally co-choreographed by Whiteside and Melissa Hough; On the Water, a pas de deux to Schubert’s “Auf Dem Wasser zu Singen”; and You Rascal You, a solo to Louis Armstrong’s song of the same name and a murder mystery jazz dance; among other works.

 

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On July 25 and 26, James will join Skylar Brandt, Tyler Maloney, Calvin Royal III, Gabe Stone Shayer, Devon Teuscher, and Cassandra Trenary on the Joyce Stage in the world premiere of Impressions, part of an evening with Gemma Bond. With costume design conceptualized and designed on the Joyce stage by James, the work explores the connection between everyday events and the aesthetics of ballet. Bond’s choreography is a study in placing ballet in a less traditional setting—without scenery, without mime and gesture, but through pure dance that creates and inspires emotion and audience connection.

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On July 28- 30, James will join guest curator Tiler Peck and an exciting roster of dance superstars for BALLETNOW, a 3-day dance series at The Music Center, in Los Angeles California. James will dance the pas de deux from both Romeo and Juliet and Rubies with American Ballet Theater principal Isabella Boylston and Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in London.

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To round out the summer, Whiteside will take the stage at the Vail Dance FestivalAugust 4 and 5, and Ballet Sun ValleyAugust 22 and 24 under the direction of Isabella Boylston. There, James will reprise the Rubies pas de deux with Boylston, while also mounting his own You Rascal You. Finally, James will end his extensive calendar of appearances inTokyo to both dance in and choreograph a specially arranged Beauty and the Beast excerpt, Tale as Old as Time for a Tokyo Disney’s release of Beauty and the Beast.

 

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James Whiteside Calendar Highlights:

July 15-16 – Fire Island Dance Festival, Fire Island: How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore? by Al Blackstone

July 19 – Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s Inside/Out, Becket, MA: James Whiteside Presents 5 Dances

July 25-26 – Joyce Theater, NYC: Impressions with Gemma Bond

July 28-30 – BALLETNOW, Los Angeles CA: Romeo and Juliet and Rubies Pas de Deux

August 4-5 – Vail Dance Festival, Vail, CO: International Evenings of Dance

August 22-24– Ballet Sun Valley, Sun Valley, ID: Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, You Rascal You

August Dates TBD – Tokyo Disney, Japan: Beauty and the Beast

 

As for videos, here are a few that show the range of James:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNDvLAca1ME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucj1_XIlMx0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj6kcpys_Tg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0vp9N_MDoA&t=80s

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ABOUT JAMES WHITESIDE

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. He joined ABT in 2012 as a soloist and was promoted to a principal one season later. Prior to ABT, he danced with Boston Ballet from 2002-2009, moving from the studio company to principal over the 7-year tenure. Throughout his professional career, he has performed the works of Balanchine, Cranko, Kylian, Macmillan, Ratmansky, Tudor, and Tharp, originating roles in Ratmansky’s latest ballet, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium, andChamber Symphony for American Ballet Theatre. Whiteside’s dance training began at age nine studying jazz at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance Centre and, later, ballet training at the Virginia School of the Arts. James Whiteside is also known for his theatrical personas JbDubs, pop-dance artist, and Ühu Betch, part of the hilarious drag posse The Dairy Queens.

July 10, 2017 Posted by | #dance, avant-garde, CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE – PERIAPSIS MUSIC AND DANCE PRESENTS “NOESIS”  AT GK ARTSCENTER 6/3-4 *Bklyn

PERIAPSIS MUSIC AND DANCE PRESENTS “NOESIS”  AT GK ARTSCENTER, JUNE 3 – 4

Periapsis Music and Dance presents NOESIS, a new work by resident choreographer Hannah Weber and composer Jonathan Howard Katz, on June 3 at 8:00 pm and June 4 and 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at GK ArtsCenter (aka Gelsey Kirkland Academy), 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn.  Tickets are $24 advance, $30 at the door, with special pricing for students and artists of $15 advance and $20 at the door, available at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11950.

 

 

NOESIS is derived from Greek, referring to the intellect or an awareness of the mind.  Choreographer Hannah Weber said that the work “explores nostalgia and our past relationships. It reflects trying to find the balance between how our memories help us in the present and how they can still hurt us . . . finding a middle ground between letting our memories and experiences hold us back or push us forward.”

The company’s work emphasizes collaboration between choreographer and composer.  Artistic director Jonathan Howard Katz said of NOESIS, “There’s been a lot of back-and-forth in the process for this piece in particular—in some places the dance came first and, in other places, the music.  Hannah [Weber] and I had been discussing the piece for a while, and the concept has developed over time, but our concepts also change as we see each other’s work and then respond to meet it.”

Also on the program are two works from last year’s The Portrait Project, which involved six guest choreographers in collaboration with composers, exploring ways to combine one dancer and one musician on stage.  The company will present Twine, by choreographer Manuel Vignoulle working with Katz as composer; and The Heaviness of Air, by choreographer Helen Simoneau and composer Mary Kouyoumdjian.

Several guests will perform as well, as part of the Periapsis Open Series service program:  DoubleTake Dance Co with composer Eugene Marlow (Saturday and Sunday evening shows); Samuel Asher Kunzmanwith composer Steve Kunzman (Saturday evening and Saturday afternoon shows); and Maleek Washingtonwith composers Jack Fuller and Paul Wilson (Sunday shows).

 

 Here are the websites to the other performers on the program:
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http://www.manuelvignoulle.com/English/manuelvignoulle_English/M._Vignoulle.html
http://www.doubletakedanceco.com
http://www.samuelasherkunzman.com
http://www.maleekwashington.com

 

 

May 30, 2017 Posted by | #dance, BUSINESS, CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance/ Music/ Film/ Events — We Recommend BAM Dance Africa May 2017 *bklyn May 20-29, 2017

Make sure you attend the FREE outdoor Bazaar on the weekend!

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar

Dance Africa 2017, Bazaar

Rain or Shine!
May 27—May 29, 2017
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:

Ashland Pl / Lafayette Ave

Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.
Free
Saturday May 27, 2017

12pm

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DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.

Bazaar Hours

Sat, May 27, 12—10pm
Sun, May 28, 12—8pm
Mon, May 29, 12—8pm

(Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.)

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May 26—May 29, 2017

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RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
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Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

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DanceAfrica Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam is the executive artistic director and choreographer of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, which he co-founded in 1981. The company led the historic procession for Nelson and Winnie Mandela on their visit to New York in 1990 and, along with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, received the 41st annual Audelco Award for Excellence in Black Theater Award as the 2013 Dance Company of the Year.

Salaam has directed and choreographed for theater and television to critical acclaim and has been active in the world of the performing and visual arts since 1955. He has served on the faculties of Lehman College, the American Dance Festival in the US and Korea, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the Chuck Davis Dance Academy. He is currently a director at the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature Youth Academy of Dance and Wellness at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. He has received many awards, including the Monarch Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance from the National Council for Arts & Culture (1993), the Silver Anniversary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Teaching and Performance from Lehman College (1994), and Better Family Life Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts (2000). Salaam is a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow and was an artist in residence at the Tennessee Performing Art Center from 2003 to 2007.

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Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

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Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble comprises 17 master drummers, dancers, and instrumentalists, all from their native country of Guinea. They bring with them the vast knowledge of the traditional music and dance from each region and represent more than 15 different Guinean ethnicities. Wula Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura, who has played the djembe drum since childhood, has traveled the world as a performer and teacher and is acclaimed for his high level of mastery of the drum. At age 21, he was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. Since moving to the US in 1992, Bangoura has become an integral part of the drum and dance scene, teaching hundreds of students, many of whom are now teachers themselves. Additionally, Bangoura has choreographed his own works and developed repertory for many dance companies worldwide.

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Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Yao Ababio. With a diversity of artistic skill, this company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists creates unique productions that mine the richness of the African diaspora. The company has appeared in VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Awards; Sing Your Song, a documentary about Harry Belafonte at the Apollo Theater; DanceAfrica; Kente Arts Alliance in Pittsburgh; and the first annual dance festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In January 2013 Asase Yaa opened its own multi-cultural performing arts facility in Brooklyn.

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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company was founded by Executive Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, Executive Managing Director Olabamidele Husbands, and company member Dyane Harvey in 1981. The group has produced ballet and concert pieces and offered dance classes and educational programs in New York and throughout the world for over 36 years.

Forces of Nature performs a unique blend of contemporary modern dance, traditional West African and neo-African dance, contemporary ballet, house and hip-hop forms, and martial arts. The company has performed and toured widely throughout the US and abroad. In addition to annual appearances at Aaron Davis Hall, the Apollo Theater, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the ensemble has also performed at the Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) among others.

Forces of Nature was part of the 12th Annual Festival for Peace in Moscow, the only African-American dance company to engage with members of the Bolshoi Ballet, and had the honor to dance and lead the historical procession for Nelson Mandela during his first appearance in the US in 1990. The company was featured in the three-part PBS series Free to Dance, as part of Great Performances, on the history of black dance in the 20th-century. Forces of Nature was also the featured dance company in the film and Smithsonian exhibition When the Spirit Moves, on the influence of African-American dance in Western culture. And most recently, the company was honored with the 41st annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Best Dance Company of 2013

In addition to performing and touring, Forces of Nature has gained national and international recognition for its work with youth of all ages through workshops, master classes, and training seminars. The company has developed ongoing programs offered to schools, community service organizations, and cultural art institutions, believing that the arts, coupled with informative, stimulating academic presentations and creative participation, are among the best educational tools for redirecting youth on a positive, progressive, alternative path.

 

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This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.

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A young artist is torn between following his father’s path and living his own life.

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Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
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May 26—May 29, 2017

Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $17.50
TICKETS START AT  $25

Buy Tickets

See all on-sale dates
Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

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Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director for DanceAfrica.

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Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

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Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

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Illstyle & Peace Productions

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

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BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

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Sat, May 20, 2017

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Sat, May 20, 2017

This traditional tribute to those who have passed on features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony for the ancestors conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.
MORE

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DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

This year’s festival kicks off with the annual community welcome for the artists, featuring performances by students from RestorationART who have participated in BAM Education’s DanceAfrica program.
MORE

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Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

BAM Visual Art presents a new work by Guinean painter and illustrator Maeva Kounta.
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Film Series
FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.
MORE

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DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017
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DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.
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DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

Participants are introduced to West African rhythmic traditions and learn the fundamentals of Guinean movement styles in this immersive workshop.
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DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
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Lake Street Dive

June 7, 2017 · 8:15PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · Free

A modern day quartet known for their unique, rollicking mix of R&B, jazz, soul, and 60s-era rock.

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Alice Smith / Bilal / Kris Bowers

June 10, 2017 · 7:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Alice Smith’s voice is a rare and deeply expressive instrument, anchoring her R&B-meets-jazz songwriting with a treasure trove of memorable, personal lyrics

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Lisa Loeb with The Knights

June 17, 2017 · 3:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

In our annual children’s concert, Lisa Loeb will bring us an afternoon of fun-loving, sing-along-able numbers, joined by the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights.

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Yeasayer / Poliça / Cymbals Eat Guitars

June 22, 2017 · 7:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

The illustrious experimental rock trio Yeasayer makes their bandshell debut, alongside Poliça and Cymbals Eat Guitars.

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Pharoah Sanders / Brooklyn Raga Massive: Coltrane Tribute

June 23, 2017 · 7:30PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

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Tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders takes to the bandshell, after Brooklyn Raga Massive tips their cap to Sanders with a tribute to the music of Coltrane.

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The Soul Rebels featuring Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & Kirk Knight / Goapele / Natasha Diggs

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New Orleans’ most beloved brass ensemble The Soul Rebels brings the spirit of the bayou to the bandshell for an evening, joined by special guests Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and Kirk Knight.

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Lila Downs / Orkesta Mendoza

June 29, 2017 · 7:30PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Lila Downs is one of today’s great ambassadors of Mexican folk music, while Orkesta Mendoza specializes in cumbia, merengue and ranchera through a psychedelic prism.

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Garth Fagan Dance

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Garth Fagan Dance celebrates its 45th season at the bandshell, having changed the landscape of movement with its innovative blend of modern dance, ballet and Afro-Caribbean dance.

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Dance/Classes – Dance Africa – Adult Master Class 5/29 12pm – 1:30pm *bklyn *MMDG #BAM #DanceAfrica

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DanceAfrica 2017: Adult Master Class

M’Bemba Bangoura of Wula Dance and Drum Ensemble will lead this immersive workshop for participants to master Guinean styles of dance and music.
For intermediate to advanced levels. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended

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All ages and levels can join the DanceAfrica Family Workshop on May 29 from 10-11:15am. Learn more >

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M’Bemba Bangoura has traveled the world as a performer and teacher of the Djembe drum, and he is revered for his high level of mastery. As a native of Guinea, West Africa, M’Bemba began playing the djembe at the young age of seven. By the age of twenty-one, he was acclaimed as a master drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. Since moving to the US in 1992, M’Bemba is an integral part of the entire drum and dance scene nationwide. He has taught hundreds of students, many of who are now teachers themselves. In addition, he has personally created choreography and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies worldwide.
Working throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, his style is infectious. He has recorded 3 solo albums, and a 2 volumes of DVDS called Wamato: Everybody Look! M’bemba has been a guest artist on dozens of other recording projects, videos, and films. Dedicated to teaching drumming, dancing, and his culture, M’Bemba is one of the prominent ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance!

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DANCE – News – Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet

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The June 2015 Dance USA conference in Miami was serendipitous for many reasons. It was there I announced MoBBallet and met Bahia Ramos of the Knight Foundation, who on that very day decided to fund us. I met International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance USA’s executive directors Denise Saunders Thompson and Amy Fitterer (in person). Later we went on to organize the first audition for female ballet dancers of color that took place that January. It was after my breakout session that I had the great fortunate to meet Ellen Walker, the Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Beyond Ballet; A Town Hall (video)
Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) hosts Beyond Ballet, a conversation which investigates aesthetics, diversity, equity, and the efforts to redesign arts institutions. This forum is an open study group for organizations participating in the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Racial Equity Learning Cohorts, part of the , the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle. Panelists include Peter Boal, Artistic Director of PNB; Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Erica Edwards,  former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Director of Community Engagement at The Joffrey Ballet; Kiyon Gaines, former PNB soloist and PNB School faculty member; and Andrea Long-Naidu, Former principal dancer with at Dance Theatre of Harlem and CityDance Conservatory ballet instructor . The event is moderated by Theresa Ruth Howard, founder and curator of MOBB.
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Giving “Hiplet” Serious Side Eye
Hiplet is sweeping the nation. Between TedX, Refinery29, Desigual campaigns, Anna Wintour’s #madeforher fundraiser and the plethora of morning show spots, the hybrid dance craze—known for its sassy runway-style walks on pointe and crab-like bent-knee jazzy chassés—has gone viral.
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Dutch National Ballet’s newest soloist Michalea DePrince is now the face of Jockey. In this inspirational and uplifting new spot, DePrince not only shares her origin story but illustrates just how to turn a “flaw” into a signature. There are so many things that are refreshing about this ad, starting with the way it is shot. It is not sleek and glossy rather like most spokesmodel ads, it is natural in lighting and feel. Michaela is not overly styled, she is not a glossy, buffed and shined, photoshopped version of herself rather she looks like… her and she is beautiful. 
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A Continuing Inspiration…

Ms. Johnson was to Ballet what Maria Callas was to Opera..she was not only a wonderful dancer but an incredible actress. Her performance in the mad scene in Giselle,  her Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire and Lizzie Borden were electrifying! Here is a small taste *the final clip she dances with Lowell Smith

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At Random: 303 Stories and Counting.
Sandra Organ was Houston Ballet’s first African American ballerina, dancing there for 15 years (1982-97) and as a soloist under Ben Stevenson and Rehearsal Director for Christopher Bruce. She then founded her own contemporary ballet ensemble, Earthen Vessels, The Sandra Organ Dance Company (EVSODC) for which she created over 100 ballets and employed more than 120 dancers over sixteen seasons of programming in theatres and sacred spaces.
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Dance — STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION -5/20 Performance Lab Series Selects Eight Dance Makers to Present Works in Progress *NYC

STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION ADDRESSES POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DANCE WORKS

 

Performance Lab Series Selects Eight Dance Makers to Present

Works in Progress

The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm that connects artists and community through dialogue, performance, and artistic collaboration, announces Choreography in Uncertain Times, the follow-up to last month’s panel discussion, Art in Uncertain Times. Taking place on May 20 at 8:00 p.m., the foundation has curated a program of aspiring choreographers reacting to the current political climate, the precarious position of the arts, and the impactthis has on the dance community both in New York and at large.

 

Selecting from a large pool of applicants, the Performance Lab offers choreographers and emerging dance makers an opportunity to present completed works, works in progress, or experimental concepts in a highly-curated studio theater setting.

 

“Because we are a tight knit community that thrives on building each other up, this particular lab is a wonderful opportunity to open up a conversation that impacts and changes all of us,” explains Diane Grumet, Artistic Director of the Steps Beyond Foundation. “This lab in particular, allows us to advocate for and nurture the ways in which our peers are responding to the current climate and the palpable threats made to our community. Perhaps with discussion will come a solution.”

 

A diverse panel of industry professionals selected choreographers Angel Kaba, Chris MakensKat NastiKatharine Pettit,Keli Gunn, Sidra Bell and Talia Putrino. Additionally, Davis Robertson will be premiering a piece on the dancers of the Steps Conservatory. The evening will include contemporary, hip hop, theater dance and jazz with each choreographer presenting up to an eight minute piece.

 

A brief Q&A completes the showcase, giving choreographers and audience members the opportunity to gain insight and join the discussion. A light reception follows.

 

PERFORMANCE and VENUE INFORMATION

The Arts in Uncertain Times Performance Lab will be held on May 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Steps Studio Theater on the third floor.

 

Steps on Broadway is located at 2121 Broadway at 74th Street and is accessible by the 1,2, and 3 trains.

 

All tickets are $15, and on sale at https://stepsnyc.com/steps-beyond/performances/the-performance-lab/tickets/.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION

Launched in 2015 and directed by Diane Grumet, The Steps Beyond Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining dance artistry and cultivating supporters of the dance community. The Foundation offers collaborative opportunities among established and emerging artists through community engagement, dance scholarships, performances and special events.

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annual performance and gala benefit at New Jersey’s premiere performing arts center, NJPAC, Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE BOLSTERS CHOREOGRAPHIC DEBUT OF PRINCIPAL DANCER AE-SOON KIM AT NJPAC PERFORMANCE AND GALA

 

Ae-Soon Kim Mirrors Carolyn Dorfman’s Mission of Cultural Exploration Through Movement with New Ensemble Premiere  

 

Union, NJ, March 29, 2017 — Carolyn Dorfman Dance, whose bold and dramatic works connect life and movement, hosts its annual performance and gala benefit at New Jersey’s premiere performing arts center, NJPAC, Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Five of Dorfman’s versatile dancers will present the world premiere of Unfolding—created by senior company member and teaching artist Ae-Soon Kim, the fourth dancer in the company’s history to have this opportunity. Dorfman’s enchanting Dance/Stories and the acclaimed ensemble work Sextet will be restaged for the gala celebration.

 

For Dorfman’s Dance/Stories, the company welcomes back the incomparable storyteller, narrator, and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston. Alston will perform live during Dance/Stories, an enchanting interdisciplinary collaboration featuring a selection of folk tales and authentic stories from around the world. The acclaimed Sextet is a dance that explores the energy, rhythm and power of six dancers. Both works have been composed by the elegant and translucent percussionist Horacee Arnold.

 

Ae-Soon Kim’s new company work is in line with the global perspective of Carolyn’s work, exploring her cultural roots and life’s journey on three continents. Kim, of Korean descent, was raised in Japan and has a performance resume throughout both both Europe and the U.S. Unfolding, is an abstract work that weaves together the people, places and things a person encounters in a lifetime to compose the soul. Utilizing silk fabrics and a fan, a key element of Korean Dance, each dancer represents a spoke on a fan, which moves away from the base and folds back together. A traditional Janggo Korean drummer will perform live that evening, representing the sounds of Kim’s ancestors and cultural past.

 

“Through the language of contemporary, modern dance, we celebrate the human journey—

it recognizes and honors both the commonality and the uniqueness of the human story,” explains Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman. “We are all a product of our foundation and experiences, which often informs our work. We see that exploration of one’s roots in Ae-Soon’s new company work, which has already become an important addition to the repertory.”

 

During the gala reception three annual awards will be given—the Encore Award will be presented to Gail and Cliff

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