SummerStage, organized by the City Parks Foundation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer. For 30 years SummerStage has provided annual free concerts in parks around the five boroughs.

To celebrate 30 years of SummerStage concerts Summer- Stage expanded its schedule hosting more than 140 music, film, dance, and theater events across city parks from May through October. In the month of July, performers from around the country will perform in parks in Queensbridge.

The City Parks Foundation is the only non-profit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs. SummerStage is dedicated to bonding communities in New York City over an interest of the arts by providing free music festivals.

On July 14 in Queensbridge Park SummerStage will be hosting Rhythm and Blues Hall of Famers the Chi-Lites at 7 pm. In the 1970s, the group released 11 Top 10 R&B singles and has been sampled by various artists since then, including Jay-Z. The Chicago native group will perform their singles, “Are You My Woman?” and “Its Time for Love.”

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will be performing in Queensbridge Park on July 15 at 7 pm. The world’s biggest funk band takes inspiration from the music of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa. Geroge Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic had over 40 R&B hit singles during the ‘70s and was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Queensbridge Park will be hosting Lyricist Lounge “Live at the BBQ” featuring Large Professor and Marley Marl on July 16 at 7 pm. The duo are Queens natives who have influenced the hip hop world since the early ‘90s. Large Professor, from Flushing, is the mastermind behind the song, “Live at the BBQ,” that introduced the world to Nas. Marley Marl, originally from Queensbridge, was recognized as a living hip hop legend, receiving the Legendary DJ Award at the 2013 Global Spin Awards. Marley Marl can be heard on WBLS ,107.5 FM, every Friday night, between 8 pm and 10 pm.

On July 17 at 7 pm Soul Inscribed will be performing excerpts from the BRIC Fireworks 2016 production and exhibition of The Spinning Wheel. Soul Inscribed is mix of hip hop, funk, and soul. The group is composed of multi-instrumentalist Yako 440, vocalist Duv, and saxophonist Sean Nowell. The Spinning Wheel combines storytelling and spoken word to retell the life of the late jazz musician Steve Ben Israel. On July 17 also performing on the SummerStage is Jennifer Cendaña. Cendaña is a Queens native dedicated to unifying communities and telling stories of diasporas.

On July 18 at 7 pm Rashida Bumbray & Dance Diaspora Collective will be performing Run Mary Run with Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet’s dancers. Bumbray’s choreography draws from traditional African American vernacular. Her performance Run Mary Run in collaboration with Jason Moran and Dance Diaspora Collective was named Best Concerts of 2013 by The New York Times’ Ben Ratiff.

On July 19 at 7 pm Queensbridge Park will be hosting Pete Rock for the screening of Nas: Time is Illmatic. Twenty years after Nas’ groundbreaking album the Illmatic, the movie Nas: Time is Illmatic will honor Nas in Queensbridge, his childhood home. It takes viewers through Nas’ creative process behind recording the album. The movie is narrated by interviews from Nas and producers that worked on the album.

SummerStage in Queensbridge Park will provide a wide variety of artists and give music lovers of different generations a chance to come together for their love of the arts free of charge. —Ariana Melis

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