NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:58 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 <![CDATA[Rock Steady Crew 36th Anniversary Concert Featuring Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth / Brand Nubian / Special Ed / Craig G / Q-Unique / Homeboy Sandman / Torae / Rasheed Chappell]]> Date: July 28, 2013

The Rock Steady Crew celebrates its 36th anniversary of being a true Hip-Hop brand ambassador by bringing its annual free concert to SummerStage in Central Park for the first time. In typical fashion, RSC will present the who's who of Hip-Hop past and present by showcasing legendary MCs and DJs alongside some of the best rising talent. The beloved annual gathering always attracts fans from around the world, to be part of one of New York’s longest running annual celebrations of Hip-Hop culture.

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, the critically acclaimed Hip-Hop duo emerged onto the music scene in 1991 with their debut EP, All Souled Out which was followed by the release of the classic LP, Mecca and the Soul Brother. Their signature hit, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” has been recognized as one of the most memorable Hip-Hop recordings of all time.

The Five Percent Nation of Islam was a popular inspiration for numerous thinking-man’s rap groups during the early 1990’s, and Brand Nubian was arguably the finest of the more militant crop. The hoopla surrounding their aggressive Afrocentrism sometimes overshadowed the playful and positive sides of their work, as well as the undeniable virtuosity of lead MC Grand Puba's rhymes -- all showcased to best effect on their highly acclaimed debut, One for All.

Special Ed “got it made” as a rising star in hip-hop when he was just 16. His debut album, Youngest in Charge was on the Billboard charts for 38 weeks and featured, “I’m the Magnificent” and “I Got it Made,” which achieved “classic” status in the Hip-Hop community.

Craig G began with Marley Marl and the Juice Crew in 1985. After signing with Atlantic Records, he released two albums in 1989 and 1991. Allmusic has called The Symphony, “a landmark moment in the evolution of hardcore rap.”

Q-Unique is a Puerto Rican rapper best known for his work done with The Arsonists. Their first album, As the World Burns was released in 1999 reached #78 on Billboard’s Top R&B and Hip-Hop Albums. In 2013 there is much suspense for their release of Lost in the Fire, which will be their first album in over 10 years.

Homeboy Sandman jumped in the game in 2006, and dropped his first EP Nourishment soon after in 2007. Later that year, he released a full-length album which led him into the limelight being acclaimed by underground radio stations, Source Magazine, and

Torae was first featured by Hip Hop DX in 2007 in their DXNext Hip-Hop underground series. Since then, Torae has worked with a number of artists and producers, such as Wale and Talib Kweli.

Part of the “This is Hip-Hop” series

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

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Location: Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Southern Queens GospelFest: Byron Cage / Deon Kipping / Latice Crawford / Michael Pugh / Lenny Smith / The Greater Allen Cathedral Choir]]> Date: July 28, 2013

Join more than 2,000 attendees at Baisley Pond Park for performances by top gospel singers, including Byron Cage, Latice Crawford, Michael Pugh, and the Allen AME Choir.

If there’s a songsmith who understands heartache and pain, it’s Byron Cage, a man who has repeatedly touched gospel music heaven, only to be reminded time and again that the road to life’s mountaintops is often spent in the valley of the shadow. Cage knows the struggle well and his fourth CD, Faithful to Believe is a joyous testament of praise after a season of trials — a soul-searching period where he took stock of his ministry, his music, and his personal relationships.

Deon Kipping is an established, prolific, and inspirational songwriter/producer, whose talents have spawned him to Gold and Platinum success. His works to date include the smash single “Incredible God” and “Praise Him In Advance.” His latest work entitled. I Just Want to Hear You is a collection that will cause you to relate to his life’s challenges, plateaus, and triumphs.

Latice Crawford got her start singing in her cousin's choir, The New York landscape, where she often times gathered inspiration, allowed her to explore her creative capacities - writing, designing fashion and perfecting her signature sound. Judges of BET's hit series, Sunday Best felt the same exact way. The spirited siren wowed the judges week after week with her gifts, successfully securing the number three spot in the series' final round during its second season run.

Michael Pugh is best know from his participation as a contestant on the fourth season of BET's Sunday Best gospel singing competition. Since then he has workd with the famed Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral on their hit single "Greater."

In 1974, Lenny Smith penned “Our God Reigns”. Shortly after, it was being sung in thousands of churches across the globe. It’s now 2013, and Smith has released Who Was And Is And Is To Come. A crowning achievement in a career spanning almost six decades and encompassing hundreds of songs, the record is a gospel album of simple but certain declarations about the primacy of Maker over everything else.

The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York is an African Methodist Episcopal church located in Jamaica, Queens, New York. The congregation currently has over 23,000 members, making it one of the largest churches in the United States. The choir has released Reverend Floyd Flake Presents the Worship Experience, which offers an outstanding collection of songs recorded by The Greater Allen Cathedral. The album’s first single is “Greater” featuring Michael Pugh.

NYC Parks hosts this free festival to increase our programming in Southern Queens, and treat parkgoers to an afternoon of soulful sounds. This event is sponsored by NYC Parks, the City Parks Foundation, Council Member Ruben Wills, Globestar Media, Queens College and WLIB. Kid-friendly activities will also be available, including arts & crafts, face painting, and an inflatable bounce house.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

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Location: Baisley Pond Park

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<![CDATA[Lincoln Center Out of Doors Presents Found Sound Nation]]> Date: July 28, 2013

Lincoln Center's Out of Doors performance series brings music and dance out into the streets. Watch as Bang on a Can, a mobile production team, turn random sounds into complex tracks right in front of you. Feel free to join in and try your hand at making music.

Start time: 3:30 pm

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Location: Josie Robertson Plaza (in Lincoln Center Plaza)

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<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Queens Symphony Orchestra]]> Date: July 28, 2013

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Join the Queens Symphony Orchestra as they perform Verdi's opera "Rigoletto".

Start time: 5:00 pm

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Contact phone: (718) 570-0909

Location: George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)

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<![CDATA[Live on Pier 26, Hudson River Park Featuring The Gaslight Anthem With The Hold Steady]]> Date: July 28, 2013

Hudson River Park teams up with The Bowery Presents to bring you a series of exciting concerts on the waterfront.
Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6pm.

The Gaslight Anthem are a folk punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, consisting of Brian Fallon (lead vocals, guitar), Alex Rosamilia (guitar, backing vocals), Alex Levine (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Benny Horowitz (drums, percussion, tambourine). They released their first album, Sink or Swim, on XOXO Records in May 2007, and their second album, The '59 Sound, on SideOneDummy Records in August 2008. The band's third album, American Slang, was released on June 15, 2010.

The Hold Steady is a Brooklyn-based rock band formed by vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn (ex-Lifter Puller) in 2004. Wanting to capture the sound of bands such as The Replacements and The Grifters, he recruited guitarist Tad Kubler (also ex-Lifter Puller), drummer Judd Counsell, and bassist Galen Polivka. In 2005 the band grew to include Franz Nicolay (of The World/Inferno Friendship Society) on keyboards and Bobby Drake took over on drums following Counsell's departure.

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<![CDATA[Lincoln Center Out of Doors Presents the Kronos Quartet with Special Guests, Asphalt Orchestra and More]]> Date: July 28, 2013

The Kronos Quartet debuts new works with Dan Deacon and orchestrator Jherek Bischoff. Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra rearrange the Pixie's album, Surfer Rosa and composer Jacob Garchik leads a "trombone shout choir" in a performance of The Heavens. Also enjoy a world premiere performance by electronic musician Amon Tobin and composer Yuri Boguinia and more.

Parade sets by Garchik and Asphalt Orchestra start at 6:00 p.m. at Josie Robertson Plaza and Hearst Plaza.

Start time: 6:30 pm

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Location: Bandshell (in Damrosch Park),Josie Robertson Plaza (in Lincoln Center Plaza),Hearst Plaza (in Lincoln Center Plaza)

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<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays presents Brown Rice Family]]> Date: July 28, 2013

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Brown Rice Family fresh world roots jam band working towards global solidarity and organic happiness. Guided by a strong belief in the natural flow of things, BRF provides the masses with a distinctively organic World Roots Music, which encompasses jazz stylings, afrobeat, reggae, rock, Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and funk.

Vibrantly danceable live music in Riverside Park accompanied by spectacular sunsets along the Hudson River every Sunday in July at 7pm for free.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)

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<![CDATA[The Tempest by Shakespeare]]> Date: July 28, 2013

Enjoy a wonderful play by Shakespeare presented by the Hip to Hip Theater Company.

At 7:30 p.m. there will be a Children's Workshop so come early and bring the kids. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the evening

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 217-6452

Location: Main Park House (in Cunningham Park)

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<![CDATA[Shakespeare in the Park Presents "Love's Labour's Lost"]]> Date: July 28, 2013

A new musical adaption of Shakespeare's screwball comedy. The King and his three friends take an oath to dedicate themselves to scholarship and swear off women. But the oath becomes difficult to keep once they come across four clever girls from their past.

Start time: 8:30 pm

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Location: Delacorte Theater (in Central Park)

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