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City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Concerts Series continue in August with many top Latin artists--and many free shows.
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The City Parks Foundation SummerStage Concert Series presents over 100 shows in all 5 NYC Boroughs throughout the Summer.

The best part? Almost every show is free and curated specifically for the neighborhood it's presented in. Throughout August, can't miss Latin shows featuring La India, Kali Uchis, Cuco, Eddie Palmieri, Lila Downs, La Sonora Ponceña and more will take place through New York.

Information about each show is below.


Lila Downs / Lido Pimiento / DJ Ripley

On Sunday, August 11th, Lila Downs will perform in Central Park. The Oaxaca-born singer-songwriter and actress has long been a champion of Mexico's indigenous populations - for evidence, look no further than the video for her duet with Juanes "La Patria Modina," which highlights the real-world after-effects of NAFTA and the US-Mexico drug war on indigenous Mexicans. While her early work was often jazzy, she quickly evolved into a folkloric style, and eventually would dabble in ranchera, bolero, blues, and soul, singing in indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha on her way to winning a Grammy (Pecados y Milagros, 2010) and three Latin Grammy awards. She's joined by indigenous Colombian-Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter Lido Pimienta, who pairs traditional indigenous and afro-Colombian rhythms with next-gen synthesizers and electronic compositions. DJ Ripley, a Brooklyn/Philly-based border-busting DJ that celebrates people's stories across race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality with global street bass sounds will join as well. This free show is set to take place from 7 to 10 PM. Doors open at 6 PM.

Who: Lila Downs / Lido Pimiento / DJ Ripley

When: Sunday, August 11th from 7-10PM (doors at 6 PM). Where: SummerStage in Central Park

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation. org/events/lila-downs-2/?date= 20190811

Eddie Palmieri / Baby Power / DJ Lucho / DJ Eddie Batiz

Also on Sunday, August 11th, legendary salsero Eddie Palmieri will perform in East River Park in Manhattan. After playing Carnegie Hall by age 11, the Puerto Rican Grammy Award-winning pianist, bandleader, musician, and composer founded the bands La Perfecta and the Afro-Cuban supergroup Harlem River Drive, helping shift the sounds of salsa, incorporating more trombones and flute for a new "trombanga" style. He is joined by Baby Power, DJ Lucho, and DJ Eddie Batiz. This free show is set to take place from 6 to 10 PM.

Who: Eddie Palmieri / Baby Power / DJ Lucho / DJ Eddie Batiz

When: Sunday, August 11th from 6-10PM

Where: SummerStage in East River Park in Manhattan

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation. org/events/eddie-palmieri/? date=20190811

Selena for Sanctuary: Kali Uchis / Cuco / Ambar Lucid / Helado Negro / IV Jay / Jasper Bones / Principe Q / Santuario House Band with Music Direction by Adrian Quesada

On Sunday, August 18th, a free Selena-themed outdoor concert, Selena for Sanctuary, will take place in Central Park. The concert, hosted in support of immigration rights, was born of a series of benefit concerts in 2017 put together by artist manager and activist Doris Muñoz. This year's party is headlined by Kali Uchis, a Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018's Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes and Daniel Caesar. She's supported by Cuco, an ascendant Chicano bedroom pop star who is set to drop his debut album with Interscope after a prolonged bidding war; Ambar Lucid, an 18-year-old Dominican and Mexican-American singer-songwriter from New Jersey who writes bilingual tunes and wields finger-picked guitars and spaced out electronics with equal aplomb; Helado Negro, a Brooklyn-based descendant of Ecuadorian immigrants who is known for his personal and political avant-pop music; IV Jay, an R&B Latin prodigy who was recently signed to Atlantic Records; Jasper Bones, an up and coming Latinx artist; Principe Q, a DJ and producer who spins R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, kuduro, and dembow; and the Santuario House Band, led by music director Adrian Quesada. This free show is set to take place from 8 to 10 PM. Doors open at 7 PM.

Who: Selena for Sanctuary: Kali Uchis / Cuco / Helado Negro / IV Jay / Ambar Lucid / Jasper Bones / Principe Q / Santuario House Band with Music Direction by Adrian Quesada

When: Sunday, August 18th from 8-10PM (doors at 7PM)

Where: SummerStage in Central Park

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation. org/events/selena-for- sanctuary/?date=20190818

La Sonora Ponceña / Jose 'El Canario' Alberto / DJ Lucho

Also on Sunday, August 18th, La Sonora Ponceña, one of New York's longest-running salsa bands, will perform at SummerStage at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island. Formed in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1954 by Enrique Lucca Caraballo and Antonio Santaella, the group has recorded 32 albums and is still going strong, now directed by Caraballo's son Papo Lucca. The band is joined by Jose "El Canario" Alberto, the Dominican salsa vocalist who moved from Santo Domingo to Puerto Rico as a young boy and got his name ("The Canary") on account of his virtuosic whistling ability. Alberto moved to New York in 1977 and got his break with Tipica '73, going on to start his own band and collaborate with the likes of Sonny Bravo, Mario Rivera, and Leopoldo Pineda. They're both supported by the Bronx's DJ Lucho, a mentee of freestyle legend "Little" Louie Vega. This free show is set to take place from 6 to 9 PM. Doors open at 5 PM.

Who: La Sonora Ponceña / Jose 'El Canario' Alberto / DJ Lucho

When: Sunday, August 18th from 6-9PM (doors at 5PM)

Where: SummerStage at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation. org/events/la-sonora-poncena/? date=20190818

La India / Cimafunk / Soni Withaneye / DJ Lucho

On Sunday, August 25th, La India will perform at SummerStage in Central Park. Famously "introduced" by Eddie Palimieri in "Llegó La India via Eddie Palmieri," Linda Viera Caballero quickly made a name for herself as La India, one of the biggest voices in salsa. But before Celia Cruz would dub her the "Princess of Salsa," she got her start in the South Bronx, where she was a founding member of the Latin Freestyle group TKA, and cut a solo record with Freestyle legends John "Jellybean" Benitez and her husband "Little" Louie Vega. After "Llegó La India via Eddie Palmieri," she blossomed into salsa royalty and never looked back, going on to work with Cruz and Tito Puente, and winning Best Salsa Album Latin Grammy for her album Intensamente India Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel. She will be joined by Cuban funk dance artist Cimafunk named by Billboard as one of "10 Latin Artists to watch in 2019." Soni Withaneye and DJ Lucho will also perform. This free show is set to take place from 7 to 10 PM. Doors open at 6 PM.

Who: La India / Cimafunk / Soni Withaneye / DJ Lucho

When: Sunday, August 25th 13 from 7-10PM (doors at 6 PM).

Where: SummerStage in Central Park

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation. org/events/la-india-4/?date= 20190825

For the most up-to-date scheduling and lineup for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the social media handles below and visit www.SummerStage.org for all festival information.

Capital One is the Title Sponsor of the 2019 SummerStage festival. iStar, Subaru, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Bell's Brewery, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Archer Roose Wines, AARP, Disney, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Snapple, Icelandic Provisions Skyr and West Elm are all official SummerStage sponsors.

Generous private support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Shubert Organization, the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. SummerStage is also supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NYC Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; and the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, including Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Diana Ayala, Bill Perkins, Keith Powers, Donovan Richards, Carlina Rivera, Debi Rose, Helen Rosenthal, and Rafael Salamanca. The Only in Queens SummerStage Concert is presented by Borough President Melinda Katz with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYC Parks. Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members.

The refurbishment of SummerStage in Central Park is supported by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, The Thompson Family Foundation, the Jaharis Family Foundation, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Peter Shapiro & Dayglo Presents, the Troubh family, the Goodman Family Foundation, Alexander Durst, and many generous donors who have purchased seat plaques.

Premier Radio Sponsor: iHeart Radio featuring Lite FM, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, and Z100. Media partners include: Zoom Media & Marketing, WNYC, WNET, and All Arts, Telemundo, WBGO, WFUV, Relix, DoNYC, Time Out New York, Futuro Media Group and Big Screen Plaza.

In all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve.

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Official Hashtag: #SummerStage

About City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we program in more than 400 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City and reach 300,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

About SummerStage

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is New York's largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents approximately 100 performances in 15-18 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City's summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 34 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. Capital One is the Title Sponsor of SummerStage. For more information, visit www.SummerStage.org.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $249.8 billion in deposits and $372.5 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2018. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index. Visit the Capital One newsroom for more Capital One news.

About Keychange

K ey change is a pioneering European initiative which is empowering women to transform the future of the music industry and encouraging festivals to achieve a 50:50 balance by 2022. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Keychange is led by PRS Foundation, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Musikcentrum Öst, Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, The Great Escape and Mutek. Find out more at www.keychange.eu.

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