Music

STAFF PICKS: Summerstage Concert Series 2012

by DJ Run P

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes everyone, festival season has finally returned. After watching Coachella and SXSW kick off 2012 in the most memorable fashion with legendary artists both alive and undead, the standard has been set.
Any organization throwing a music event definitely has some grandiose shoes to fill, but it looks like the City Parks Foundation of New York City has stepped up to the plate with a husky lineup full of talent for its Summerstage Series. With over 120 shows throughout the 5 boroughs, The Couch Sessions staff decided to provide a list of shows that could very well define your summer in The City.

Annual Summertime Gala Honoring Jimi Hendrix feat. The Roots – June 5th – 6PM to 10PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

Bobby Womack | Willis Earl Beal – June 7th – 7PM to 10PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

Buckshot | Smif N Wessun |Sean Price – June 7th – 7PM to 9PM in Betsy Head Park (Brooklyn)

Idle Warship | Screening Brooklyn Boheme – June 10th – 7PM to 9:30PM in Herbert Von King Park (Brooklyn)

Fela Queens | Bindlestiff Family Circus | DJ Stormin’ Norman (BKLYN Family DAY) – June 10th – 4PM to 7PM in Herbert Von King Park (Brooklyn)

J. Holiday | Eric Roberson – June 13th – 7PM to 9PM in Herbert Von King Park (Brooklyn)

EPMD | DJ Scratch – June 14th – 7PM to 9PM in Herbert Von King Park (Brooklyn)

“Paige in Full”  a play by Paige Hernandez - June 16th – 8PM in Von King Park (Brooklyn)

Groove Theory | Soulive | Riq & Rah with strings ( Black Thought and Rahzel with strings) | DJ ?uestlove – June 17th – 6PM to 10PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

ARAABMUZIK | Das Racist - June 19th – 7PM to 9PM in Red Hook Park (Brooklyn)

Brand Nubian | Game Rebellion – June 20th – 7PM to 9PM in Red Hook Park (Brooklyn)

Comedy Central: Indecision in the Park with The Daily Show stars and writers: Rory Albanese,Wyatt Cenac & More - June 20th – 8PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

Alabama Shakes | Diamond Rugs | Robert Ellis – June 24th – 3PM to 7PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

Childish Gambino | Danny Brown | Schoolboy Q – June 25th – 7PM to 10PM in Central Park (Manhattan) SOLD OUT

Norah Jones – July 3rd – 7PM to 10PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

A Tribute to Tito Puente – July 5th – 7PM to 9PM in Saint Mary’s Park (Bronx)

Chubb Rock | Kurtis Blow | DJ Bent Rocs – July10th – 7PM to 9PM in Crotona Park (Bronx)

Nice and Smooth |Ed o.g. | The Awesome 2 – July 11th – 7PM to 9PM in Crotona Park (Bronx)

Upright Citizens Brigade Presents the All Stars of improv – July 17th – 7:30PM to 10PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

Chi-Lites | Felix Hernandez’ rhythm revue – July 17th – 7PM to 9PM in Queensbridge Park (Queens)

Big Daddy Kane | Marley Marl – July 18th – 7PM to 9PM in Queensbridge Park (Queens)

War | Felix Hernadez’ rhythm revue – July 19th – 7PM to 9PM in Queensbridge Park (Queens)

The Uptown Dance Academy – July 24th -10:30AM to 11AM in Maria Hernandez Park (Brooklyn)

Tamia – July 26th – 7PM to 9PM in Springfield Park (Queens)

Keith Murray | The Beatnuts – July 31st – 7PM to 9PM in Tappen Park (Staten Island)

Rob Base – August 1st – 7PM to 9PM in Tappen Park (Staten Island)

Hot Peas N Butter – August 1st – 11AM to 12PM – Pelham Bay Park (Bronx)

Little Club Heads – August 3rd – 10:30AM to 11:30AM in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Manhattan)

Amadou & Mariam | Theophilus London – August 4th – 3PM to 7PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

M83 – August 8th – 6:30PM to 10PM in Central Park (Manhattan) SOLD OUT

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Jon B | Jagged Edge – August 9th – 7PM to 9PM in Marcus Garvey Park (Manhattan)

4th Annual R&B Fest Eric Benet – August 12th – 4PM to 8PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

Goapele | Yolanda Zama | Screening: Come Back to Africa – August 14th – 3PM to 7PM in Central Park (Manhattan)

Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier – August 22nd – 7PM to 9PM in East River Park (Manhattan)

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for our staff picks that we’ll be dropping week by week as we count down to the commencement of this annual feel good summer long series.