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George Clinton to perform as part of free summer festival at Queensbridge Park


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Photos courtesy of City Parks Foundation

SummerStage, the city’s largest performing arts festival, is marking its 30th anniversary with six-day mini festivals at eight local parks, including one on the Long Island City waterfront.

Queensbridge Park, located along Vernon Boulevard adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge, will host the event from July 14 to 19, featuring the “godfather of funk” George Clinton, local musicians, dance, theater and more.

“As an organization we are dedicated to working in traditionally underserved neighborhoods across the city,” said Heather Lubov, executive director of City Parks Foundation, which produces SummerStage. “By presenting artists and genres that reflect the cultures and communities in these parks, introducing disciplines such as dance or theater alongside musical performances, and providing all of this fantastic art free of charge, we are building new audiences and fostering a broader interest in the arts here in New York City.”

The musical group Chi-Lites will be kicking off the Queensbridge Park festival at 7 p.m. on July 14. The group originated from the ’70s Chicago R&B scene, and in 2000 were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

The following night, at 7 p.m., George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, will perform.

Large Professor

Large Professor

 

Local flavor will come to the park on July 16 with Large Professor (LP) a hip-hop songwriter, producer and DJ who comes from Flushing. Also performing that night is Marley Marl, a producer and DJ hailing from Queensbridge who has made a mark on the hip-hop world.

On July 17 and 18, the festival will shift gears to theater on Friday night and dance the following evening, featuring several collaborative and creative performers.

The final day of the festival will start with family-friendly programming from 4 to 7 p.m., including award-winning and critically-acclaimed jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove, and Karisma Jay and AbunDance.

Wycliffe Gordon

Wycliffe Gordon

That night the festival will close with a performance by hip-hop artist Pete Rock and a screening of “Time Is Illmatic.” The feature-length documentary examines the making of rapper Nas’ 1994 debut album “Illmatic” and his development as an artist and his influences — including a visit to his childhood home in Queensbridge.

SummerStage is also expanding its season to commemorate its 30th anniversary, from May 18 through Oct. 4, when it will offer more than 140 free music, dance, comedy, family and theater programs in 16 parks across all five boroughs.

In Queens, there will also be SummerStage events at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Socrates Sculpture Park.

As part of the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival at Flushing Meadows on June 7, starting at 4 p.m. there will be three musical performances as part of SummerStage by singer Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Hollis Brown, a rock ‘n’ roll band formed by two Queens natives, and another Queens native, violinist Damien Escobar.

Later in that month, on June 24, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore and pianist Dan Saunders will come to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

For more information about SummerStage events, visit www.summerstage.org.

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Mobb Deep to return to Queensbridge for free concert


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Photo courtesy of City Parks Foundation

A Queens-bred rap duo is performing a free concert in their native neighborhood Thursday night.

Mobb Deep, who recently reunited for “The Infamous Mobb Deep,” their eighth album, will be appearing at 7 p.m. in Queensbridge Park, as part of SummerStage, the city’s largest free performing arts festival.

The famed pair, Havoc and Prodigy, grew up in the Queensbridge area of the borough, but met in Manhattan, where they were students at Graphic Arts High School, according to a biography on their website.

After bonding through their love of hip hop, they built a successful career with 20 years of music industry experience, and appearances on records that have sold over 40 million copies.

Queensbridge Park is located near the Queensboro Bridge at 41st Road and 40th Avenue between The East River, Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street.

 

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Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 97. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low of 79. Winds less than 5 mph.

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Free concerts, performing arts events in Queens this summer


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SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, runs in Queens from July 17 until August 9. It features musical performances, from pop and hip-hop to R&B and gospel music, as well as dance, theater film and family programming. For more festival information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

 

Tuesday July 17, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park (concert)
Chi-Lites / Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

Wednesday July 18, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park  (concert)
Big Daddy Kane / Marley Marl

Thursday July 19, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park  (concert)
WAR / Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

Friday July 20, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park (dance)
Liberation Dance Theater/Jamal Jackson Dance Company
(Master Class, All Levels Open Dance, 7 pm; Performance, 8 p.m.)

Saturday July 21, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park (dance)
Malcolm Low Formal Structure Inc. / VON USSAR danceworks / Jamel Gaines, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre
(Master Class, All Levels Open Dance, 7 pm; Performance, 8 p.m.)

Tuesday July 24, 7:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (concert)
Full Force / Force MD’s Johnny Kemp / Jeff Redd / Meli’sa Morgan

Wednesday July 25, 7:00  p.m.
Springfield Park (concert)
Le’Andria Johnson / Trin-I-Tee 5:7 / Brian Courtney Wilson / Amber Bullock

Thursday July 26, 7:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (concert)
Tamia

Friday July 27 – Saturday July 28, 8:00 PM
Springfield Park (theater)
Power of the Trinity

Sunday July 29, 4:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (family programming / concert)
SummerStage Kids Queens Family Day featuring Randolph Matthews/ LuckyBob: Magic Juggling Comedy/ Little Club Heads

Sunday July 29, 7:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (concert/film)
Taj Weekes & Adowa / Shine & The Moonbeams / Randolph Matthews Screening: Africa United

Thursday August 9, 7:00 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park (concert)
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series