SummerStage 2018 will be running from May 16th through September 23rd. SummerStage is the largest outdoor free performing arts festival of its kind. It takes place around different venues of NYC and more than 90 performances are expected for this year’s program. Read on for some noteworthy performances taking place this summer!
July 18th from 6 – 10pm
Dispatch is a popular indie folk band from the Boston area. They’re known for fusing different genres into their sound. In the past, they’ve dabbled with reggae, rap, rock and ska. Their latest album is called “America, Location 12.” It has already reached the fourth spot atop Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The band will be embarking on a world tour this year. Special guests Nahko and Medicine for the People and singer Raye Zaragoza will also be joining them for their SummerStage concert. Dispatch is also known for their humanitarian efforts. The jam band created a nonprofit organization called Elias Fund to raise money for the impoverished youth of Zimbabwe.
August 8th from 6 – 10pm
Voodoo Threauxdown is a special concert that’s dedicated to the of the city of jazz: New Orleans. The city is turning 300 and SummerStage is celebrating its big anniversary. Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue will be leading the night with their unique blues and hip-hop sound. The band has an impressive resume that includes performances at the White House and also the Grammy Awards. They’ll also be joined onstage by up-and-coming jazz and blues bands such as Galactic. The roster of performances also includes the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the New Breed Brass Band, and other featured guests.
Good Vibes with Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen
August 9th from 7 – 10pm
Californian singers and songwriters Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen are coming together for a concert full of good vibes. Mraz reached stardom in 2002 with his infectious debut single “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”. Since then, he’s also released five successful albums and won 2 Grammy Awards. He was also awarded with the honor of ASCAP Song of the Year for “I’m Yours” in 2010. He’ll also be joined onstage by Brett Dennen. The redheaded California native confects folk melodies with meaningful lyrics.
O.A.R. featuring special guest Matt Nathanson
August 13th from 6 – 10pm
Rock band O.A.R. (“Shattered”, “Love and Memories”) is stopping by SummerStage as part of their latest album tour. The popular band has a long history. In fact, it was founded more than twenty years ago in Maryland. The name of their latest single is called “Just Like Paradise” and they’ll also be performing it on stage. They’ll also be joined by songwriter Matt Nathanson. Matt produces upbeat songs that mix folk with catchy rock and pop melodies. He also reached the top of several music charts with his hit “Come On Get Higher” in 2007.
September 8th from 6 – 10pm
Mac DeMarco is another one of this year’s most awaited performers. The Canadian singer and songwriter’s concert was also one of the very first ones to be announced. DeMarco’s last album, “This Old Dog”, became a success overnight when it hit the top of Billboard’s Independent Albums chart last year. His one-of-a-kind music blends psychedelic rock with also some jangle pop and lo-fi.
The SummerStage 2018 concerts listed above will all take place at Rumsey Playfield. The venue is located by 14 E. 71st street in Central Park. SummerStage is backed by the City Parks Foundation. Funds from each ticket also support the continuation of this wonderful performing arts festival.
More info on Summerstage 2018 here.