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Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Can’t Miss Hip-Hop and R&B Performances in August

Aug 1, 2019

The City Parks Foundation SummerStage Concert Series presents over 100 shows in all 5 NYC Boroughs throughout the Summer. The best part? Almost every show is free and curated specifically for the neighborhood it’s presented in. Throughout August, can’t miss Hip-Hop shows featuring, EPMD, VP Records 40th Anniversary with Elephant Man, Junior Reid and more, Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary with Igmar Thomas, Talib Kweli, and more and The Originals with Stretch Armstrong, Clark Kent, and more will take place throughout New York City.
Information about each show is below. If you are interested in receiving credentials to cover any of these shows, please fill out the form at the following link: You will receive a response closer to requested show date(s). For further information about these shows and the entire SummerStage season, please reach out to Shoshie Aborn (Big Picture Media) at


EPMD 30th Anniversary ‘Unfinished Business’ / Funk Flex B-Day Celebration
On Saturday, August 3rd, Suffolk County, Long Island’s EPMD will perform in Crotona Park in the Bronx. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, who helped define the sound of New York hip-hop in the late 80s and early 90s, will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Unfinished Business. To celebrate NYC hip-hop mainstay Funk Flex’s birthday, the Golden Age legends will place the classic LP in its entirety and Funk Flex will open up the show with a special set. This free show is set to take place from 6 to 9PM. 
Who: EPMD 30th Anniversary ‘Unfinished Business’ / Funk Flex B-Day Celebration
When: Saturday, August 3rd from 6-9PM
Where: SummerStage in Crotona Park, Bronx


The 70s Soul Jam: The Stylistics / The Manhattans /  Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes / Fred “Bugsy” Buggs / DJ Chuck Chillout 
SummerStage at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk continues on Saturday, August 3rd with a 70s Soul Jam featuring some of the decade’s classic groups, revered by a generation of R&B fans and living on in the next as samples in hip-hop music. The Stylistics had a stunning run of top ten R&B singles out of Philadelphia in the early 70s, with some, such as “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” cracking the top ten on the pop charts. The Manhattans (who hailed from Jersey City, NJ) formed in the 60s as a doo-wop group but were able to sustain success into the early 80s, winning a Grammy in 1981 for their R&B hit “Shining Star.” Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes got their start as The Charlemagnes in the 1950s, but didn’t break out until the early 70s, when they brought in a young Teddy Pendergrass (first as a drummer, then as lead singer) and signed to Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label. Fred “Bugsy” Buggs and DJ Chuck Chillout will also take the stage. This free show is set to take place from 7 to 10PM. Doors open at 6PM. 
Who: The 70s Soul Jam: The Stylistics / The Manhattans /  Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes / Fred “Bugsy” Buggs / DJ Chuck Chillout 
When: Saturday, August 3rd from 7-10PM (doors at 6PM)
Where: SummerStage at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk


VP Records 40th Anniversary: Elephant Man / Junior Reid / Estelle / Raging Fyah
It’s been 40 years since Vincent and Patricia Chin set up VP Records in Jamaica, Queens; the success of that shop would prompt them to found VP Records, now one of the most important sources of reggae and dancehall music in the world. On Saturday, August 10th, VP Recordswill host a showcase in Central Park with some of its illustrious alumni: Elephant Man, whose 2003 hit “Pon di River, Pon di Bank” and collaborations with Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes helped further blur the lines between dancehall and hip hop; Junior Reid, the former Black Uhuru vocalist whose 1989 classic “One Blood” has spawned countless remakes and interpolations; Estelle, the genre-bending, Grammy-winning English singer best known for her Kanye West collaboration “American Boy” and now has her own album, Lover’s Rock, with VP; and Grammy-nominated Raging Fyah, a five-piece band from Kingston, Jamaica that makes music bound to the roots rock reggae tradition. This free show is set to take place from 6 to 10PM. Doors open at 5PM. 
Who: VP Records 40th Anniversary: Elephant Man / Junior Reid / Estelle / Raging Fyah
When: Saturday, August 10th from 6-10PM (doors at 5PM)
Where: SummerStage in Central Park


Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Igmar Thomas / Taleb Kweli / Keyon Harold & Special Guests
On Saturday, August 17th, SummerStage will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Black Woodstock in Manhattan’s MarcusGarvey Park. Taking place in the summer of 1969, the original festival held a series of concerts in Mount Morris Park (now known as Marcus Garvey Park), to celebrate black pride, empowerment, music, and culture, and featured the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, and others. Curated by Neal Ludevig, a founder of the Harlem Arts Festival, the concert will feature musical direction by Igmar Thomas (who has collaborated and led with the likes of Wyclef Jean, Mos Def, Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill and Nas), and be co-hosted by TalibKweli, the fiercely independent MC known for his incisive, hard-hitting socially conscious raps. Jazz trumpeter and singer KeyonHarold (who has performed with Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna) will also perform, along with a number of surprise special guests. This free concert is set to take place from 6 to 9PM. 
Who: Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Igmar Thomas / Taleb Kweli / Keyon Harold & Special Guests
When: Saturday, August 17th from 6-9PM
Where: SummerStage in Marcus Garvey, Manhattan


The Originals: Stretch Armstrong / Clark Kent / D-Nice / Rich Medina / Tony Touch
On Tuesday, August 27th, New York legends The Originals will take the stage in Central Park. The Originals’ name delivers what it promises: authentic sounds from artists who have been there since the beginning. The crew involves Stretch Armstrong, known for programming the beloved “Stretch And Bobbito” radio show; hip-hop producer Clark Kent, Rich Medina, who ran the legendary weekly dance institution APT; and New York DJs D-Nice and Tony Touch. This free show is set to take place from 7 to 10PM. Doors open at 6PM. 
Who: The Originals: Stretch Armstrong / Clark Kent / D-Nice / Rich Medina / Tony Touch
When: Tuesday, August 27th from 7-10PM (doors at 6PM)
Where: SummerStage in Central Park


For the most up-to-date scheduling and lineup for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the social media handles below and visit for all festival information.
Capital One is the Title Sponsor of the 2019 SummerStage festival. iStar, Subaru, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Archer Roose Wines, AARP, Disney, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Snapple, Icelandic Provisions Skyr and West Elm are all official SummerStage sponsors.
Generous private support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Shubert Organization, the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. SummerStage is also supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NYC Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; and the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, including Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Diana Ayala, Bill Perkins, Keith Powers, Donovan Richards, Carlina Rivera, Debi Rose, Helen Rosenthal, and Rafael Salamanca. The Only in Queens SummerStage Concert is presented by Borough President Melinda Katz with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYC Parks.
Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members.
The refurbishment of SummerStage in Central Park is supported by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, The Thompson Family Foundation, the Jaharis Family Foundation, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Peter Shapiro & Dayglo Presents, the Troubh family, the Goodman Family Foundation, Alexander Durst, and many generous donors who have purchased seat plaques.
Premier Radio Sponsor: iHeart Radio featuring Lite FM, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, and Z100. 
Media partners include: Zoom Media & Marketing, WNYC, WNET and All Arts, Telemundo, WBGO, WFUV, Relix, DoNYC, Time Out New York, Futuro Media Group and Big Screen Plaza.
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.
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Facebook: SummerStage NYC
Instagram: @SummerStage
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Official Hashtag: #SummerStage
About City Parks Foundation
At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers.  Celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we program in more than 400 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City and reach 300,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.
About SummerStage
Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents approximately 100 performances in 15-18 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 34 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. Capital One is the Title Sponsor of SummerStage. For more information, visit
About Capital One 
Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $249.8 billion in deposits and $372.5 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2018. 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.
About Keychange
Keychange is a pioneering European initiative which is empowering women to transform the future of the music industry and encouraging festivals to achieve a 50:50 balance by 2022. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Keychange is led by PRS Foundation, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Musikcentrum Öst, Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, The Great Escape and Mutek. Find out more at
SummerStage is now accepting press requests for SummerStage 2019. Press interested in receiving credentials should fill out the form at the following link and will receive a response closer to requested show date(s):
Press Contact:
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