Today, New York City’s City Parks Foundation has announced the initial performers for the 2018 season of SummerStage—an outdoor performing arts festival that brings over 100 live shows to Central Park and more than a dozen other neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. This year, SummerStage has curated a lineup featuring over 200 artists, spanning genres as diverse as rock, indie, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, opera, contemporary dance, spoken word, and more.While the five-month festival has announced its performers with confirmed dates, in a press release, SummerStage festival noted that it will host a number of ticketed benefit shows in Central Park in support of the City Parks Foundation’s free programs. Thus far, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, Mac DeMarco, Trombone Shorty, Dispatch, Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen, O.A.R., have been confirmed with many other artists to be announced in coming weeks.The free SummerStage in Central Park series will kick off on Saturday, June 2nd, with jazz legend Gregory Porter and rising star Victory Boyd. The park will also host performances by 2017 MacArthur Genius, Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder Rhiannon Giddens, iconic hip-hop group Jungle Brothers, famed dancehall artist Sister Nancy, Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene, electronic standout ToKiMONSTA and MC Kero One, and many others.However, outside of Central Park, City Parks Foundation will continue to spread the joys of music, with a veritable eclectic and exciting lineup at parks around the city. Brooklyn rappers Talib Kweli, Big Daddy Kane, and Young M.A. will perform a hometown shows in Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park on June 30th and the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on June 20th and July 29th, respectively. These performances come in addition to a number of concerts falling across a full range of genres.Additionally, the City Parks Foundation has paired the SummerStage announcement with the confirmation of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, which is entering its 26th year. As a tribute to the late and legendary saxophonist, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will offer three days of live jazz in the Manhattan parks nearby Parker’s home—including Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park as well as Tompkins Square Park. Across August 24th through 26th, the festival will host Monty Alexander, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Catherine Russell, and many more.Head over to the SummerStage website for more information and a look at the extensive and full upcoming event calendar.
Organizers behind this year’s Werk Out Music & Arts Festival have shared the complete lineup of scheduled performers to appear at the 2019 summer event. Following the festival’s initial announcement early last month, the 2019 lineup has now been expanded with the addition of Dopapod, STS9, Steel Pulse, and more!Related: The Werk Out Festival Adds The Trancident Featuring Members Of The String Cheese IncidentAnnounced on Thursday, the 10th annual running of the three-day festival will now also include a pair of all-star tribute performances honoring two of rock’s most beloved bands, Queen and Pink Floyd. We Are The Champions: A Tribute to Queen will be performed by Turkuaz’s Josh Schwartz, Sammi Garett, Shira Elias, and Michaelangelo Carubba, in addition to Rob McConnell (Papadosio); Dan Shaw (The Werks); Rob Compa (Dopapod); and Ryan Jalbert (The Motet). The other notable tribute set, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, will also be performed by members of Papadosio, Dopapod and The Werks. Organizers didn’t reveal which members will take part in the Pink Floyd tribute set, but fans should keep an eye out for more details to come in the coming months. “We are doing the slow release because we feel like EVERY act we book are some of the best musicians in the world,” The Werks’ Rob Chafin mentioned via press release to go with the lineup’s finalized expansion. “We want to showcase everyone individually to give everyone the attention they deserve!”In addition to three nights of music from host band The Werks, this year’s festival will also include headlining sets from Big Gigantic and The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The three-day music and camping festival will also feature The Floozies, Twiddle (2 nights), Matisyahu, Opiuo, Turkuaz, Melvin Seals & JGB, Sunsquabi (2 nights), Cory Wong, MarchFourth, and Joe Marcinek Band.Fans can check out the video below for an idea of what to expect at this year’s event.Werk Out Music Festival 2019 Promo VideoVideo Playerhttps://liveforlivemusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Werk-Out-2019_30-Sec-Spot_V3.mp400:0000:0000:29Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.[Video: Werk Out Music Festival]Werk Out Music Festival will take place once again at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH from August 1st-3rd this summer. Fans can head to the festival’s website for more general information on this year’s event. Tickets for The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival 2019 are also on sale here.
Manchester City followed Leicester into the last-16 of the Champions League last night. It followed their 1-1 draw away to Borussia Monchengladbach, a game that saw both sides finish with ten men. Barcelona were confirmed as Group C winners with a 2-nil win away to Celtic. Arsenal were already assured a knockout place, but missed out on securing top spot in Group A for now, as they were held to a 2-2 draw by P-S-G at the Emirates.