You know summer is around the corner when you can chill out to live music in New York’s famous parks. For some seriously impressive bands, wrap your lugholes around SummerStage, the annual outdoor art and music festival in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Most performances are free, with the exception of the following big-name ticketed acts.
2017’s line-up kicks off with classic jam-rock groovers Gov't Mule playing with the bluesy Chris Robinson Brotherhood (5pm-10pm 17 May). Next up is Brit rock star Elvis Costello & The Imposters (6.30pm-10pm 15 Jun), a defining voice of the 1970s to 80s punk/new wave/pop-rock scene. Indiana-bred jam band Umphrey's McGee will take to the stage (5pm-10pm 7 Jul), with prog rock influences spanning Yes, Pink Floyd and Genesis. We’re most excited to hear powerhouse English vocalist, guitarist and singer-songwriter PJ Harvey (7pm-10pm, 19 Jul), whose on-stage charisma is legendary. The lady in black will be sharing haunting recent album The Hope Six Demolition Project, which dealt with modern war. Moscow-born, NY-based Regina Spektor’s dulcet tones will also ring out (6pm-10pm 27 Jul), with more dates yet to be announced.
For an extra feel good glow, know that by snapping up tickets to SummerStage’s brill benefit concerts, you’ll be supporting 100 free performances in parks across the five boroughs. Beer and wine are sold at the venue for quaffing during concerts (but no BYO). Cheers to summer!
SummerStage / Rumsey Playfield / Central Park / +1 212 360 2777 / centralpark.com