There's truly nothing like summertime in New York City; the perpetual stickiness, the sourness of garbage wafting, the ferocity of rats skittering on the pavement. The days are brutal, but the nights are almost always rewarding. Case in point, the City Parks Foundation's annual lineup of free concerts. Today, the foundation unveiled this summer's schedule, and as per usual, it's absolutely stacked to the brim with incredible sets.
Kicking things off in June, Rhiannon Giddens and Son Little will play in Central Park on the 16th, with Kool & The Gang playing that same night at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Big Daddy Kane will perform his debut record Long Live The Kane in Coney Island on the 20th, and Talib Kweli is linking up with Oshun for a show at Betsy Head Park on the 30th.
July brings Oh Wonder and Gabriel Garzón Montano both to Central Park, on the 9th and 11th, respectively. Ginuwine will hit Corporal Thompson Park on the 22nd. Femi Kuti has a mid-day set on Saturday the 29th in Central Park, while The LOX and Young M.A. will play later that night in Coney Island.
Dancehall legend Sister Nancy is ringing in August with a set in Crotona Park on the 4th. TOKiMONSTA will perform at Central Park on the 11th, with Porches, Crumb and Sunflower Bean playing downtown at East River Park the same night. Dej Loaf is bringing the Detroit sound to Coney Island on the 12th. Rounding out the summer on the 18th is Mura Masa and Jessy Lanza in Central Park, and Rapsody uptown at Marcus Garvey Park.
Check out the entire schedule of acts on the SummerStage website, and start digging up your finest park blanket.