Founded in 1986, SummerStage was created “in the spirit of Central Park’s original purpose- to serve as a free public resource to help enrich the lives of New Yorkers.” Over the years, it has been a public platform for great art, presenting a dynamic range of music, film, and performance, including dance, poetry, and comedy. This year, SummerStage’s “This is Hip-Hop” series boasts an impressive roster of hip-hop’s founding fathers and greats like Rakim and Big Daddy Kane who performed in June, The Jungle Brothers who will appear on August, 6, as well as some of the godfathers of production, such as Marley Marl, Pete Rock, and DJ Premier, who are performing toward the end of summer. There is certainly something here for everyone; dance performances, film screenings, DJ sets, and concerts abound.
Below is a curated list of the remaining “This is Hip-Hop” series’ events from the SummerStage calendar.
7.21.2013 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Queensbridge Park DJ D-Nice/25th Anniversary of “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”
7.31.2013 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Central Park World Premier of “RSC Ghetto Made” Rock Steady Dance Crew Celebration
8.6.2013 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem The Jungle Brothers/Zhigge
8.8.2013 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | Queensbridge Park Illstyle & Peace Productions
8.9.2013 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | Bloomingdale Park Illstyle & Peace Productions
8.11.2013 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm |Marcus Garvey Park Illstyle & Peace Productions/ Robbi K/ DJ Set by Stormin’ Norman/ Sweet Billy & The Zooloos
8.10.2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Central Park “Hip-Hop Turns 40” DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell
8.10.2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park DJ Kool Herc and Special Guests
8.11.2013 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | 5Pointz Back To The Roots-DJ Kool Herc at 5Pointz Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop
8.26.2013 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm |East River Park “Wild Style 30th Anniversary Celebration”
8.27.2013 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm |East River Park Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier
All the listed performaces are free of charge and accessible to all ages. For additional events in a range of genres and media, take a look at the full SummerStage calendar here.
Incidentally, many members of the RESPECT. staff will be attending the Quadron and Lianne La Havas show on July 27. See you there?
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