SummerStage is New York City's largest free outdoor performing arts festival curated by the City Parks Foundation. For over 30 years, SummerStage have rallied tourist and natives alike in the name of music and performance art.

With more than 100 shows scheduled in 18 parks among the five boroughs, this year's line up shows diversity with artists from various genres like reggae, EDM, and Afrobeat, but it's the hip-hop that is making the most noise in this year's line up.

Old school hip-hop will represent in a major way as Big Daddy Kane will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his debut album, Long Live the Kane, with a special performance at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on June 20. EPMD will take over Springfield Park in Queens on July 8. Pete Rock and The Soul Brothers are scheduled to perform on July 28 in Central Park, while the early 2000s are represented with Talib Kweli's show at the Betsy Head Park on June 30.
The next generation of ladies in hip-hop is representing as well with Young M.A opening up for The LOX on July 29 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island. Rapsody will take over Marcus Garvy Park on August 19, and Dej Loaf will also hit up up Coney Island on Aug 12.

More information about the concert series can be found here.

 

 

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