The City Parks Foundation has announced the SummerStage lineup for the 2011 season covering all five of the city’s boroughs. More than 300 artists are set to play the free festival this year with some being commissioned to premiere original programming.
Highlights of this season include Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, EPMD, Funkmaster Flex, Talib Kweli, We Are Scientists, Jagged Edge, Wanda Jackson, the Budos Band, the Naked And Famous, Cults, Friendly Fires and Reggie Watts. Roy Ayers has been commissioned to create the “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” set featuring the Jazz Mafia, and Vijay Iyer will be a musical guest in “Armitage Gone! Dance” set. Other works highlight dance and theater such as Sangre, a theatrical work based on Frederico Garcia Lorca’s play Blood Wedding, and a performance by Darrel Grand Moultrie’s Dance Grand Moultrie company.
The SummerStage arts festival is a free event in 18 of New York City’s parks spanning all genres and artistic interests. Celebrating its 25th anniversary last summer, the festival started in 1986 in Central Park and has since presented 850 nights of entertainment. This year’s festival begins on June 7 with shows in Central Park and Brooklyn’s Betsy Head Park and concludes on August 28.