NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — New York’s City Parks Foundation announced the return of SummerStage, a series of more than 100 free concerts and performing arts events staged around the city.
Scheduled to take place in Manhattan’s Central Park, as well as 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs, Summerstage 2019 will feature 200 recognized and rising artists from around the world, performing everything from dance music and hip-hop to jazz.
Financial services company Capital One has signed on as festival’s new multi-year title sponsor (Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage) and its official bank and credit card. A presenting sponsor since 2015, Capital One has helped SummerStage bring more than 500 artists to 800,000 audience members in parks all around New York City.
The launch of the 2019 season will take place on SummerStage in Central Park on Saturday, June 1 with performances by R&B singer-songwriter Emily King, deep soul revival band Durand Jones & the Indications, and more.
As well, Summerstage 2019 will mark several anniversaries of note for the city’s residents in 2019 with specially-curated shows including the 100th birthday of the Harlem Renaissance; the 100th birthday of choreographer Merce Cunningham featuring the Stephen Petronio Company; the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and WorldPride with bounce queen Big Freedia and all-male ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; the commemoration of the Harlem Cultural Festival known as Black Woodstock with bandleader Igmar Thomas, MC Talib Kweli and trumpeter Keyon Harrold in Marcus Garvey Park; and the 40th anniversary of Queens-based, women-run reggae label VP Records with Elephant Man, Junior Reid, Estelle, and Raging Fyah.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will return for five days (Aug 20 – 25) featuring live jazz in the neighborhoods near where Parker worked and lived, including uptown in Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and downtown in Tompkins Square Park.
2019 will also see the return of SummerStage’s flagship venue in Central Park, which will reopen in time for the June 1st concert after undergoing a major, $5.5 million refurb that includes a new stage and sound system, enhanced lighting, new and raised seating areas, and improved dressing rooms and production spaces.
for 2019, Summerstage organizers also announced that the concert series is participating in the PRS Foundation’s international Keychange pledge and presenting a lineup this season that features a 50:50 gender balance. SummerStage is one of the few local festivals that has achieved this goal.