New York City-based performing arts gathering SummerStage will make its triumphant return in 2021 for in-person shows, including free performances, throughout the summer.
The first benefit concert announced is Dawes and Erin Rae on September 16th, with tickets on sale this Friday, April 16th at 10AM ET at this location.
Here’s more info from today’s official reveal:
Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is thrilled to announce its return to live, in-person performances this summer. Pending adjustments to current NYC restrictions, free music and dance performances will return to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park this summer and performances will also be held in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park/Richard Rodgers Amphitheater. Performances will follow all state and local regulations regarding large-scale outdoor events, including limited capacity, masks and socially distanced seating. Admittance will require a free ticket, proof of vaccine and/or negative COVID test, and health screening – such as a questionnaire and temperature checks. All in-person performances will be live-streamed on SummerStageAnywhere.org, rights permitting.
Free performances will feature distinctly New York genres including hip-hop, Latin, indie rock, contemporary dance, and global, and will also include a celebration of jazz at the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Artists, performance schedules, and free ticket reservation details will be announced at a later date.
Although SummerStage neighborhood locations will be more limited this summer, the CityParks PuppetMobile will present free, family-friendly marionette theater performances in parks throughout the city. Additionally, City Parks Foundation will soon launch a special micro-grants program for grassroots arts organizations, individual artists, community parks groups, and local community-based organizations to provide funding for free cultural programs in parks and neighborhood plazas in the city’s most under-resourced communities. Both of these efforts will help ensure that free cultural programs are available around the city’s public spaces.
In addition, it has been announced that rockers Barenaked Ladies will perform their ‘Last Summer On Earth’ tour benefit show at SummerStage on July 6, 2022, a rescheduling from July 8, 2020. Support on the show will come from Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket; all previously purchased tickets will remain valid for 2022 — get tickets here.
City Parks Foundation’s Executive Director, Heather Lubov adds:
The last year has been enormously difficult for our city. Live performance, with the energy that is generated by experiencing it with others, will be a balm for our collective soul. SummerStage has been an active member of the NYS Nonprofit Outdoor Performing Arts Coalition, working with fellow outdoor venues and the NYS Department of Health to ensure that we are well-prepared to provide a safe and comfortable concert-going experience that follows strict health protocols. SummerStage will help restore vibrancy to our city through free performances in parks, which have been such important public spaces for New Yorkers seeking safe respite during the pandemic.
In 2020, SummerStage launched its first-ever digital festival titled SummerStage Anywhere. The virtual effort has presented numerous performances thus far and will continue to do so in 2021. Get more info at SummerStageAnywhere.org.