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22 Best SummerStage Concerts for Black Professionals

22 Best SummerStage Concerts for Black Professionals

Summa, summa, time is just around the corner which means nutcrackers, cookouts, and SummerStage! SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents free performances to serve the diverse communities of New York City. All SummerStage shows go on rain or shine and are only canceled in the event of dangerous lightning during a performance. Check out my top picks for this annual concert series in the park!

Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore / Blue Lab Beats in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival (FREE)
June 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield | 14 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
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Digable Planets (FREE)
June 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coffey Park | 85 Richards St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Just Blaze in association with Meanred (FREE)
June 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coffey Park | 85 Richards St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Denzel Curry in association with Move Forward Music (FREE)
June 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Coffey Park | 85 Richards St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival (FREE)
June 25 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield | 14 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
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KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout (FREE)
June 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Coffey Park | 85 Richards St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Freedom Party® NYC (FREE)
June 28 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield | 14 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
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Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore (FREE)
June 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park | Dumont Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212
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Ginuwine / Boogie Blind (FREE)
June 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park | Dumont Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212
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Everyday People (FREE)
July 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park | Dumont Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212
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DJ Premier and Friends in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series (FREE)
July 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park | Dumont Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212
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Ladies of Hip Hop Festival (FREE)
July 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Queensbridge Park | 21st street, Long Island City, NY 11101
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Mr. Cheeks / Large Professor (FREE)
July 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Queensbridge Park | 21st street, Long Island City, NY 11101
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Capone-N-Noreaga in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series (FREE)
July 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Queensbridge Park | 21st street, Long Island City, NY 11101
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GZA in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series (FREE)
July 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310
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Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring MC Lyte (FREE)
July 30 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield | 14 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
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A Bronx Tale (FREE)
August 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crotona Park | 1596-1672 Crotona Ave, Bronx, NY 10457
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Kid Capri’s Block Party Live (FREE)
August 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crotona Park | 1596-1672 Crotona Ave, Bronx, NY 10457
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Jadakiss (FREE)
August 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crotona Park | 1596-1672 Crotona Ave, Bronx, NY 10457
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Bilal in association with Jill Newman Productions (FREE)
August 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park | 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027
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Step Afrika! (FREE)
August 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park | 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027
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Jim Jones (FREE)
August 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park | 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027
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Def Poets: A Reunion feat. Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas, Toni Blackman hosted by Asha Bandele in association with Manifesto (FREE)
August 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park | 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027
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