Hot on the heels of Industry City’s summer concerts announcement, the granddaddy of them all– SummerStage– has dropped its 2019 lineup, which kicks off in Central Park with a free June 1 concert with R&B crooner Emily King.
This year, organizers of the citywide, summer-long festival of free outdoor shows are touting a $5.5 million renovation that brings raised seating areas and a new stage and sound system to its home base, TMRk. They’re also hyping the women-run fest as one of the only ones in town to have 50/50 gender parity.
To be sure, SummerStage has always been known for its dizzying musical diversity, and this year’s lineup of free shows includes Prince drummer and band leader Sheila E, Brit soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae; New Orleans bounce act Big Freedia; hip-hop pioneer Slick Rick, Canadian indie pop band Alvvays, jazz giant Ravi Coltrane; Brooklyn’s breakthrough indie rockers Parquet Courts; Fela Kuti cover show Fela! The Concert, featuring musicians from the Broadway musical; and a host of top-tier artists in genres like salsa, reggae, calypso, and all the rest.
Ticketed benefit shows include a farewell appearance by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, indie rocker dream bill Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile; mid-aughts “it” act Bloc Party; and the legendary B-52s.
Check out the full schedule at the City Parks Foundation’s website.