New York’s SummerStage has announced an exciting lineup of artists for its 2022 festival season. The festivities kick off on June 11, with an opening night performance in Central Park by jazz legend Herbie Hancock. This year, the annual Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage festival will feature over 90 performances across 12 neighborhood parks, spanning all five of the city’s boroughs, with a range of established and emerging artists from a broad range of genres, including salsa, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, pop, and global music, as well as contemporary dance performances.
This year’s SummerStage will also include a number of benefit concerts at the Central Park venue, proceeds from which will help to keep the City Parks Foundation’s free performances running. Trombone Shorty, who releases his latest album, Lifted, this Friday, will be hosting his Voodoo Threauxdown on June 13, alongside funk band Tank and the Bangas and other special guests. Two days later, on June 15, funk pioneer George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will take to the stage.
“We are so happy to be back in local neighborhood parks after a two-year hiatus and to be able to once again build our newly refurbished flagship concert venue in Central Park,” Heather Lubov, the City Parks Foundation’s Executive Director, shared in a statement. “Parks have always been neighborhood gathering spaces, but the pandemic brought to light just how absolutely critical parks are to our city’s health. We are thrilled to be able to bring neighbors together in their parks to enjoy a diverse, representative line-up that is reflective of our city’s rich cultural fabric.”
Later in the summer, SummerStage will host the 30th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Taking place August 26-28 in Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park, the festival will pay tribute to the legendary saxophonist by uniting today’s most exciting jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Jazzmeia Horn, Archie Shepp, and many more.
In addition to musical performances, SummerStage will be commemorating Juneteenth on June 17, with a free screening of Questlove’s award-winning documentary, Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised). The film, which centers around the Harlem Cultural Festival, will be played at Marcus Garvey Park – the original location of the fest, 50 years ago.